I think this is the first time I’ve read a full novel with vigilante heroes aside from the usual Marvel/DC adaptations. As a comic book fan, I really enjoyed A Royal Pairing in Perish. It was a refreshing read that took me away from my regular romance routine.
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About A Royal Pairing in Perish
A Royal Pairing in Perish by C.G. Coppola
Pub Date: March 24, 2023
June aka Quick Claw
I want revenge. It’s been fifteen years since a home invasion changed everything. But I’m Quick Claw now, and everything I’ve trained for has led to tonight—to making the two men who broke into my apartment suffer. That is, until my moment is stolen by Black Coyote, the city’s infamous vigilante.
An error on his part, he makes me a deal—what if we help each other?
Nikolai needs a female to help with undercover roles, and I need to track down my intruders again. Win-win. And while I’m still upset my original plan fails, I don’t expect the security and comfort I feel around Nikolai…or how attractive he is. I’ve spent my life working towards justice, but suddenly, revenge isn’t the only thing on my mind…
Nikolai aka Black Coyote
I need to stop an arms dealer from polluting my city. Fighting crime as Black Coyote, I lead a small team to assist in protecting the citizens of Perish. But I don’t always get it right. Because when I end up saving a woman who isn’t in danger, I discover it’s Quick Claw, the female vigilante from the news.
Feeling guilty, I offer an exchange of my assistance for hers.
At first, it works, but I don’t expect the reality of June—or how she makes me feel. So, when an impulsive decision exposes a high-importance mission, I know I’ve fucked up. To make matters worse, a ghost from my past returns, throwing everything into chaos and sending June and I down a path I’m not sure we can return from.
Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the Author for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
As a Batman and Catwoman-inspired story, the comic book themes were truly well-executed. I enjoyed the high-octane action scenes filled with tension and thrill. I also loved how fleshed-out the main characters were, and I think the dual POV really added to that. June and Nikolai’s rapport and banter were built well, which also contributed to their good chemistry, both as partners in crime and well… romantically.
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I really enjoyed the romantic aspect, especially how it was executed. The characters really bounced off each other pretty well and the fact that they started as kind of frenemies also added to the sexual tension between them.
I guess the only thing I didn’t like was the overall writing style. A lot of times, it felt more like telling, and as a reader, it always takes me out of the story because it’s so descriptive and wordy. But other than that, I really enjoyed reading it.
I’m really excited to finish the second book, In The Moment Before, too! Funny story about that, I thought Book 2 was the first one so I was a couple of chapters in already before I realized hahahaha! Anyway, I really enjoyed what I read so far. It’s also more YA since the main characters are in high school and it feels like going back to my roots as a YA fan!
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