Book Review – The Hero and the Hidden Royal by Renae Kaye

Royal Powers #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 137
Characters: Derek/Sam
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Shared World

A M/M Superhero Romance

One frightened man with an illegal superpower. One brave man who wants him regardless.

Both are put to the ultimate test. And failure is not an option.

Derek Carson has a superpower—invisibility. But in a country where all those born into the royal family have a superpower, Derek is banned from using his power because he’s not “officially” in the royal family tree. He’s required to conceal it, but how can he do that when fear triggers his invisibility?

And Derek is afraid of everything—spiders, insects, strangers, thunder, heights…. Without control of his power, an invisible man is actually a hard thing to hide. He’s never been brave in his entire life, until the night he rescues a stranger who attempts to stop a robbery.

Sam Jeffries is everything Derek wishes he could be—big and strong, with a protective streak a mile wide—but most of all, Sam is brave. Unlike Derek, Sam’s not afraid of anything. Sam is hero material.

For Sam, dating a guy who’s not only scared of many things, but is invisible most of the time, is not easy. However he thinks Derek is worth it. When Derek turns invisible on him, Sam just kisses him until he forgets about his anxieties and reappears.

But when Derek is kidnapped, both will be tested.

Now Sam has something to fear and Derek must be brave enough to survive.

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I enjoyed this fun sweet romance about an ordinary guy who is a hero, and a guy with superpowers who considers himself anything but. This is the 2nd story in the Royal Powers shared universe. Royals and superpowers, what’s not to love?

While the last story in the series had at its centre men who are royalty so allowed to use their powers, I enjoyed reading the flip side of that. Derek isn’t a royal, at least not officially so needs to hide his powers as he’s not supposed to use them. I loved his total lack of control of his invisibility and thought the author was very creative in the problems that entailed. I liked how his powers are an extension of his personality and who he is, and how his control, or lack thereof, reflects his confidence in himself and his fear of the world around him.

I loved how Sam sees past Derek’s invisibility issues—no pun intended—and accepts him for who he is, and everything that goes with that. I loved Sam and how he is exactly who Derek needs. They’re perfect for each other, and their flirting is very sweet. I liked how Derek’s a total geek and I loved the LOTR references. And it’s a motorbike, not a moped. 😉

The supporting cast are fun, especially Derek’s parents. I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of his mother! She’s so much the opposite of his father who is very direct and onto it.

I liked how this tied into the events of the first book, with what happened in that one in the background, and affecting the characters, in this one. References to other stories are one of my favourite things about shared worlds. The ending for Derek and Sam’s story is perfect on many levels, and I hope to get a glimpse of these guys in the other Royal Powers books.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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