Royal Powers II #2
Publisher: Prescourt Books
Genre: Paranormal, Series
Spy vs Spy
Jim Calhoun and his sister Lori are just two Americans in North Abarra exploring their roots. They are definitely not off-duty CIA agents.
Enzo da Silva is the head groundskeeper on Princess Odile’s country estate. He is definitely what he seems to be – the guy who trims the hedge maze and measures oxygen levels in the national forest.
The Princess’s birthday bash is a major celebration every year. As the big day approaches, a series of accidents plague the preparations. It’s almost like someone wants things to go wrong. But it’s not as though two commoners like Jim and Enzo – with absolutely no super powers – can stop a rogue supervillian. And if Jim and Enzo keep showing up at the same crime scenes, it’s not because they can’t keep their eyes off each other.
I love this series, and this story is a great addition to the Royal Powers shared world. I loved Jim and Enzo, and the misdirection of the book’s title. I thought this was a fun read, especially given Enzo’s power. I got hooked into it as soon as I started reading and ended up finishing it off in one sitting.
One of the things I love about this shared world is that other characters pop into the books. I enjoyed catching up with Bastien, Sander, and Tarik in particular, and the references/cameos by Remy and Mickey. I love Bastien.
Enzo’s power is a lot of fun, and very original. Jim’s is interesting as well, and I liked the way Enzo picked up on the other side of it, although Jim hadn’t. I guessed very early on that Enzo wasn’t exactly what and who he appeared to be, and I thought the authors did a great job in sprinkling red herrings as to who the bad guy was, although when I found out the truth, it made a lot of sense and the signs were there all along. Nicely played! I liked how Enzo and Jim are drawn to each other despite telling themselves and each other there’s no trust between them.
The scene where everything comes to a head and the villain makes their move was wonderful, and funny despite the situation being a very real threat in a kingdom full of royals with powers.
I enjoyed the ending, and of course Bastien has time to play matchmaker. I liked that the next chapter of Jim and Enzo’s story is just beginning and hope to see them in future books.
5 out of 5 stars.