Author: Katey Hawthorne
Title: The Takedown
Series: Superpowered Love #8
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Reviewed by Meredith
Jody Aguirre's family was kidnapped and tortured by witch hunters, and after a few days of captivity, he's all that's left. Using his frosty awakened superpowers, Jody manages to escape—and is rescued from the side of the road by Bren Faulkner's stretch Town Car. Bren, a hot-thermal awakened with government connections, promises to help find the witch hunters who destroyed Jody's life.
While navigating his trauma and pain, Jody comes to rely on Bren for more than just food, his house, and his superpowered connections. Brendan is all that reminds Jody what's left to live for, and a strong advocate for justice vs. vengeance, like the proverbial knight in shining armor he is. As their affection for one another deepens and their attraction becomes impossible to deny, Bren wonders if acting on their feelings would be taking advantage. Jody, meanwhile, struggles to claw his way back to something like normality, knowing that Bren's part of the solution, not the problem.
But none of it matters if they don't take down those witch hunters.
The "Superpowered Love" books feature stories of the awakened, people with either thermal or electrical superpowers. While they share a world, there is little to no character crossover, and they can be read in any order. For more info: http://www.kateyhawthorne.com/p/superpowered-love.html
The supernaturals in Katey's world are referred to as The Awakened. I love that so clever. They're elementals (their powers use the elements). Of course these guys have enemies and they are called Witch Hunters. Now, I don't know the feel of all the other books but this one was quite intense. There's a darkness to it and it's weighty.
Jody (MC) really has everything going for him. But like any horror it happened so quickly and his perfect life turned into a nightmare. The author does great warning her readers of triggers so heed them. But there is happiness and good that come as well so hang on.
Jody is such an awesomely powerful character. He doesn't let life tear him down nor does he let it define him. As I progressed in this book I appreciated him more and ultimately was in awe of him.
What I loved most about this book was the norm toward transgender people. What a concept, a world where we treat all humans the same! Bren is the other MC, transgender, and such a wonderfully written character. Perfect for Jody!
I'm a paranormal/sci-fi fan most of the time but I'm also super picky. It's hard to pull me in but The Takeover did. So, if you're like me, grab this book.
Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered and paranormal romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Ohio with her family, two cats, and one very large puppy. In her spare time she enjoys travel, comic books, B-movies, loud music, video games, Epiphones, and Bushmills. Her favorite causes include animal rescue and bisexual representation in media. She is an unashamed fangirl and collects nerdy tattoos like she’s trying to prove it.
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