Manhattan Ten - Book 2
Another stunner superhero romance novel from the amazing Lola Dodge. This novel is before Temptress but it makes no difference to the story line. Dodge starts the book off with a mammoth bang and I was done for. Valdis a.k.a Ivory is a flight attendant but she has the wicked power of ice. I was intrigued as to her "kind" because it's mentioned often but not really explained. Maybe it's those fancy ice giants, regardless, Valdis doesn't want to be a superhero or anything in the public eye, she wants to be normal, live under the radar. Unfortunately, an anti-superhero butt head decides to make a sense on the plane causing Valdis to take action. Charming Mr. Panther is there and able to save Valdis, whisking her away to the Manhattan Ten headquarters. Panther is attracted to Valdis like bees to honey but she wants to keep him as far away as possible. It makes for an amusing read - charismatic guy meets ice queen.That cold day in hell? It’s here…If Ivory’s fellow flight attendants whisper that she has ice in her veins, they’d be right. She’s spent years ruthlessly suppressing her dangerous ice powers, pretending she didn’t grow up wild on the tundra.Her legendary coolness has held solid—until a crazed attacker snaps her composure, unleashing her ice beast and blowing her cover. And she’s not sure if the man who defuses the situation is any less dangerous.When Panther’s trans-Atlantic catnap is interrupted by Ivory’s ice spear through his mark’s gut, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her as one of the Manhattan Ten. It’s the only way to shield her from prosecution. It doesn’t hurt that the Nordic beauty puts his inner cat on the prowl.Panther tempts Ivory in every smoldering way, but to let him melt her resistance is a risk she can’t afford. But when her past rises up to claim her, Pan is caught in the crossfire…and the only way to save him is to let the beast claim her, body and soul.
While I preferred Temptress to Valdis, they are both wonderful female leads. Valdis has her feet firmly planted on the ground and dislikes any kind of special treatment. She's a little Rogue-esque in the sense that she's afraid of how strong her powers are and thus keeps herself in tight control. Panther is a sneaky beast, he wants nothing more than for Vladis to let her powers and control loose. It's a cute battle of wills and I love their dynamic. The plot is perfect for a novel of this length, not too detailed but also not too sparse. Lola Dodge has a way with superheroes and I can't wait for the next installment, though I wouldn't mind more of Thinktank and Temptress! ;)
Thank you to Lola Dodge for the copy in exchange for a honest review!
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