I picked up the first installment in this superpowers-themed, shared-world romance series because I’d read another book by the first author. The author note at the beginning helps with the world-building issues in such a short text, and even though I still have lots of questions about these countries, none of them prevented me from enjoying this first story.

This isn’t quite an enemies-to-lovers story, because the two main characters have never met in person before the events of the plot. However, they are on opposite sides of a stark political divide, which gives excellent tension to the shipwreck plot when neither man has any idea how they got there or who is too blame.

The chemistry between Sander and Tarik ensures that their dynamic is never dull, even when the men’s kinder natures overwhelm their natural suspicion of each other. The subplot of Sander’s superpower also becomes relevant to the greater storyline, and while the final resolution was a bit campy, I still had a ton of fun. I look forward to reading more in this unique world.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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