Series: Men of the Pantheon #1
Publisher: NineStar Press
Publication Date: March 9, 2020
Length: 170 pages
Reviewed by Nikki
Down on his luck ex-security meets CEO looking for special bodyguard. Fine print: hazardous working conditions.
Errol Mason got fired from his last job and put on a blacklist for a good reason. Now, scraping the bottom of the barrel and desperate for any job, he finally lands an interview with Stardust Global.
Errol’s interviewer, company CEO Nathan Parkes, has a secret, one that might get Errol killed. All Nate wants is a meatshield while he goes on a one-man crusade against a bunch of psycho cultists and tries to rescue his missing stepmother. Errol is the meatshield in this equation.
Things start pear-shaped and only get worse from there. Between military small-arms fire, freeway fisticuffs, and escaping the cult’s secret bases, the duo quickly forms a bond of trust and lust.
Warning: references to a past drinking and drug problem (off page) and some on-page violence
I’m a big superhero fan.
Like, have strong opinions about Marvel versus DC kind of fan.
So, I was super pumped about reading Jeopardy in Tights and checking out the rules of K. Childs’s universe. Throw in a bodyguard trope and a kidnapped stepmom? Yup, I was all in.
Errol, the bodyguard, is quite the anti-hero. Disgraced and a drunk, he takes the new job of protecting the rich CEO, Nathan, because he doesn’t really have much else going for him. And Nathan, well he’s just looking for a superhuman shield to hide behind while he goes up against anti-superhero fanatics.
The ingredients for a truly engaging story were there… but the execution was a bit lacking.
There were certain parts that I really liked. Childs injects a quirky and sort of dark sense of humor at times that I liked, but the writing failed to engage me due to the way the narrative seemed to jump from one scene to the next without any connective flow. It could be jarring at times.
And the CEO falling for his broken bodyguard?
Sadly, this didn’t really happen. The romantic arc never really takes off or develops. Maybe we’ll get to see that more in future books?
All in all, an entertaining read that fans of sci-fi or interesting takes on superheroes will probably like, but don’t expect a full-fledged romance or you’ll end up disappointed.
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