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Spandex and the City by [Colgan, Jenny T.]
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A superpowered love story from the Sunday Times bestselling Jenny T. Colgan, author of Resistance Is Futile and Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and Little Beach Street Bakery. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Under the Jenny T. Colgan pen name, she has also written the Doctor Who tie-in novel Dark Horizons and Doctor Who short stories 'Into the Nowhere', 'Long Way Down' and 'All the Empty Towers'. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1242 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (18 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010PIFLT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Unlucky in love Holly was forever being pushed by her best friend Gertie to find herself a man. On a night out together, villain Frederick Cecil raided the bar they were in, taking every ones jewels, phones, money, etc. Not wanting her best friends new engagement ring to be taken, Holly stood up to the villain. Unfortunately, not everything went as she had hoped.

Dragged out of the bar by Frederick, Holly came face to face with Ultimate Man, the protector of Centerton, Holly’s home town. After a brief fight, Frederick disappeared, and Holly found herself thrown over Ultimate Man’s shoulder, leaving her knickers on show for the world to see.

Not exactly being a fan of Ultimate Man, she was disappointed when once again, she came face to face with him at a corporate party, in the city’s art gallery. Frederick Cecil had taken the opportunity to steal from some of the wealthy city dwellers. Unfortunately for Ultimate Man, after Frederick once again got away, Holly saw him mid changing, and for the first time someone knew his real identity.

With their paths continuously crossing, Holly started to fall for Ultimate Man, though he told her he couldn’t date anyone, as his life was too complicated. This attraction hadn’t gone unnoticed by Frederick, who decided to use her as a pawn in the battle between good and evil.

Spandex and the City, is a complete bonkers book, but it is oh so funny, and laugh out loud from beginning to end. Sometimes you just want to read a book that will give you a lift and make you feel happy, and this book certainly does that.

It is a take on all the superhero books, but rather than the focus being on the hero or villain, it is on Holly, the woman caught, unwantedly, between the two arch-nemesis.
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This is what the story of Lois and Superman would be if narrated by Lois Lane. This is the bit where I say I don't like or read chick-lit and then give it lots of stars. I found it fun,funny, quick to read and something where I didn't have to think too hard after a few too many depressed detective stories.

Holly is your typical superhero gal that keeps getting kidnapped although she does have a bit more sass that most of them. The hero - Ultimate Man - keeps having to rescue her. I enjoyed the gentle loving mocking of the hero in spandex whilst at the same time trying to get inside the said lycra outfit. And purple spandex...urgh rightly deserved mocking.

A credit to the writing I actually fell a little bit in love with the bad guy. I mean who wouldn't want to live on their own island and do nothing but read??? Frederick Cecil's ideas about the dangers of the internet echoed a lot of my own thoughts. As a small business owner who relies on social media I do wonder how I would have attempted to build up a business without it even just 20 years ago while at the same time acknowledging how much it turns us into zombies that just don't talk to each other anymore. (And I'm so guilty of spending hours doing nothing on twitter). I'm slightly in danger of being the bad guys acolyte!

The other potential love interest is co-worker Nelson, ex-farm boy. I'm so disappointed (in a good way not in a bad book way) that he didn't turn out to be Superman! I can't say anymore on that without spoilers but seriously (sod copywrite) he would've been a cool Superman.

And as a mum to an autistic son I was so happy to see a spectrum character. Thank you for that.

My only real bug bear was the superhero himself. I just found him a bit bland.
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By Ashrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Well, this was something a little different and so far removed from my usual gritty crime dramas, it was a delight to read something that doesn't take itself too seriously. This was a light romp through the world of a vigilante superhero and his sort of girlfriend Holly.
They meet when Ultimate man saves her from the bad guys, slinging her over his shoulder, she becomes famous for more than this as the photo blasted all over the papers depicts her flashing her knickers. After a second encounter, she then turns the tables and find him in a compromising position - mid change! With his identity blown, they start dating, well, sort of, as dating a superhero turns out to be a bit more trouble than it's worth. What follows next is a delightful romp, funny and quirky and, for me anyway, a bit of fresh air.
Characterisation was, on the whole, good. I loved Holly and the bad guy but, despite trying real hard, I just couldn't connect with Ultimate man, even in his "mild mannered janitor" phase. I found him to be bit wooden to be honest. I did find Cecil more interesting and so I guess I sided a bit with him at times. I also liked the ethos he was trying to instil in people with his antics. A bit of food for thought there methinks!
The story was, at times, a wee bit silly, although as already mentioned, contained a message. That said, it was well suited to the genre. As I have said many times, I do like my lighter reads to have a bit of grit, and this book ticked that box for me too.
So, all in all, a nice little read that made a chance from the norm for me. A palate cleanser if you like, one that ticked most of the boxes I need, leaving me refreshed and ready to go back to the darker side.

My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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