The Superheroes Union: Dynama, by Ruth Diaz
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 2012
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
TJ Gutierrez used to be a superhero. But after the birth of her twins seven years ago, she hung up the yellow spandex. Until the day her archenemy and ex-husband, Singularity, breaks out of prison. When it becomes clear he’s after the kids, she’s forced to call the nanny helpline—and once again become…Dynama!
Annmarie Smith doesn’t have a superpower. She saves the world by keeping kids safe while their parents fight evil.
She temporarily moves in with TJ, and the way the magnetic mama puts family first captures Annmarie’s respect, and maybe her heart—even though she knows better than to fall for a superhero. Still, it’s hard to resist their wicked chemistry. Kapow!
But they can only hide from the world for so long. When Singularity’s quest for custody puts the kids’ lives in danger, can the two women conquer the evil villain and save TJ’s family—all before their first date?
This novella was so much fun! It’s a play on half a dozen stereotypes and clichés, and they’re all done so well, and with such a lighthearted approach, that this story is just a blast to read.
Dynama a novel about superheroes, and I’m not just talking about the kind that wear spandex. I feel like F/F novels rarely focus on being a mother and on the importance of parenting, so it was refreshing to read a novel with two women whose sole focus is on protecting the children in their care.
It was the only superpower Annmarie had ever wanted, and it was its own kind of magic.
I love the characters, and the plot was very well written. But the best part here is the children. I don’t have a maternal bone in my body, but I can appreciate a novel that treats the kids like people instead of props, and shows parents trying to do right by them.
The only downside to this novel is that it was a super rushed relationship… falling in love after only a few days of knowing each other? I wish this had been a full-length novel, so we could better see the evolution of TJ and Annmarie’s relationship!
Dynama is Ruth’s first novel, and so far it looks like the only one she’s written. But with the preface at the front of the title, hopefully we’ll get more Superheroes Union stories in the future!