Title: Spandex and the City
Author: Jenny T. Colgan
Published: May 16th 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia/Little Brown Group
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Rating: 5 stars
LOCAL GIRL SWEPT OFF HER FEET
Mild-mannered publicist Holly Phillips is unlucky in love. She’s embarrassed beyond belief when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be ‘Ultimate Man’ – a superpowered hero whose rescue attempt finds her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day.
But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.
Can Holly find love, or is superdating just as complicated as the regular kind?
Mrs R’s review:
Jenny Colgan’s first book came out in 2000 and I have always looked forward to reading her work. For a long time, Jenny’s books were typical chic lit books that I adored. In 2013, her stories took on a food theme with The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris starting it all. These were very different to her earlier books. Whereas her first books used to make me giggle and smile at the antics of the single girl about town, her books today make me feel all warm and fuzzy. Spandex and the City is another departure from her previous books. Going under the pseudonym Jenny T. Colgan for the second time, this is a comedic look at life as the girlfriend of a superhero.
From the first sentence, I enjoyed every moment spent with Holly Phillips as she looks for love. Told in the first person, Jenny is your everyday 20 something girl living in Centerton. Centerton is your typical city; dirty, overcrowded and run down where people are trying live their lives. Holly is a publicist but her hopes and dreams go beyond that as she aspires to be a journalist. Fate cruelly gives her the opportunity to make her mark when Ultimate Man, the city’s superhero, saves her life. More than once, revealing the man with a penchant for purple behind the mask. Holly is a woman with integrity as she decides to keep her knowledge to herself, despite the boost it would give her career. For that I was very grateful, as I felt that Ultimate Man is not a man who is comfortable within himself. A large, shy man who sees the world in black and white, he is vulnerable and unable to form relationships with his ‘job’ of saving the city. As a result, Ultimate Man is a virgin and it was different to read about a man who needed to be shown the way in that area! One always expects the heroine to be swept off her feet but Jenny makes you really think about a man made of steel…..
Of course, there is a growing attraction between the two lead characters but there is also an obstacle, in the form of the villain Fredrick Cecil. As usual, the evil guy is ugly but very smart. In a very unhinged manner. For a light read, Fredrick really had me thinking about the way the world has changed and the impact that the internet has had on the world. I found myself agreeing with what he believed more often than not. The way he wanted to solve the problems of the world though was what caused more problems in the end. But was it really the end? Jenny has left the last chapter very open and I really do hope that this is the start of a unique series.
Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan was published on May 16th 2017 by Hachette Australia via Little Brown Group. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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