Rating: 4.8 stars
Jamie Monday is living two lives. In one life, he is normal and outwardly gay, he’s the life of the gay party scene, the office extrovert, everyone’s favorite homo. Then there’s his other life, the hidden one as a member of the Awakened, people who can control the elements. As an Awakened, Jamie is deep in the closet. He hides his sexual identity from his mother and the Awakened community who expect him to marry and procreate. Additionally, Jamie hides the fact that he is an Awakened from those in his “normal” life. Jamie has been good at keeping his identities compartmentalized but the increasing pressure by his mother to marry and the hot new IT guy at work has upset his equilibrium.
Kellan Shea is brainy, adorkable, and a Sleeper, the name given to Humans with no supernatural abilities. From the beginning Jamie feels drawn to him. It doesn’t matter that Kellan is socially awkward, defensive, and downright prickly, Jamie realizes that Kelly is who he wants. Kellan has a pure core within a sizzling exterior and Jamie finds himself falling in love. But Kellan hates lies and Jamie’s life is one of deceit. Can Jamie find the courage to be himself or will he lose the only man he has ever loved?
This is the third book in the Superpowered Love series and just a great read. I have come to expect wonderful and quirky characters from Katey Hawthorne and Nobody’s Fool is chock full of them, starting with Jamie Monday. Jamie seems superficial to begin with but a shallow gorgeous surface hides a deeply conflicted man. Jamie wants to please his mother, his only family. The Awakened community they live in is close-knit, rigid, and almost incestuous in their intermarrying. They all have high expectations of their progeny. Jamie acknowledges all of that while still trying to have a “normal” life. It’s not so much that he wants to lie as he doesn’t want to disappoint anyone. Each time my frustrations build with his character’s seeming inability to deal truthfully with those around him, Jamie’s inner dialog makes his position seem all too human and understandable.
And then there’s Kellan Shea. I adored Kelly right from his mumbled fingernail chewing introduction to Jamie and friends at the office. He is such a contradiction. Kellan is Catholic and not just in name only. He believes in his religion and is unafraid to say so. He has a potty mouth, hot temper, and a vulnerable soul. He is so very interesting in his outlook on life and sex that I feel as though I haven’t come across a someone like him before. These two characters ease into their relationship with all the grace of two porcupines waltzing.
The beauty of this story is that we all can relate to Jamie and the way he has complicated his life. Who hasn’t wanted to please their parents to the point of suppressing their own wants and needs? Who hasn’t told a lie or smudged the truth so someone isn’t hurt? Life is full of complications, ones we create and those created for us. For Jamie, it is not only his sexuality but his supernatural powers that he is hiding. There is not one part of his life that is clear and open. And not even Jamie realizes the full impact that has had on him until the end. All the conflict, all the hurt that emerges are realistically and vividly portrayed. I ached for those characters as I watched them fumble and sometimes fail as they reached for each other.
And did I mention the hot sex? I should have because this story is full of it. It’s that wonderful falling in love/lust/love sex where you can’t get enough of each other. And it’s also diversion sex, makeup sex and everything in between. It’s sloppy, and all encompassing. There’s also great music, wonderful locations and a great Irish family I couldn’t get enough of. I was so sorry to get to the end of Nobody’s Fool and it’s endearing cast of characters. I hope you will feel the same.
Available from Loose Id.