Duking it Out (An M/M Superhero Romance) by E.J. Russell #Audio #Paranormal #LGBT #Review #MM

Erryn reviews Duking It Out (An M/M Superhero Romance) by E.J. Russell. The ebook was released June 6, 2020 and is 192 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Kirt Graves.  It was released May 16, 2022 is 5hrs and 31min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I loved the Fae out of Water series.

Royal dukes from rival countries shipwrecked on a deserted island. The grudge match of the century—or a love story of super-heroic proportions?

Sander Fiala, Duke of Roses, is fourth in line to the South Abarran throne, even though his rogue power earned him the nickname “The Monster of Roses” and got him banished from the castle. But right before he’s about to set off on his annual birthday sailing trip, the queen asks him to meet with the notoriously volatile North Abarran Duke of Arles.

Tarik Jaso, Duke of Arles, expects the worst from people because—let’s face it—people are the worst. His superpower bombards him with any and all electronic transmissions, which…yeah, people suck. So when he’s attacked and wakes up in the cabin of a stranded boat, he knows he’s royally screwed. Because the man looming over him—the man he’d gone toe-to-toe with right before the attack—is the infamous Monster of Roses.

Tarik is positive the Monster is behind his kidnapping. Sander is sure the whole thing is Tarik’s fault. As they work toward rescue, Tarik realizes that the disturbingly hot Sander is no monster, and Sander discovers that Tarik’s temper masks a caring soul wrapped in a cantankerous (though undeniably sexy) body.

For their burgeoning connection to endure, they’ll have to duke it out with political factions, dark conspiracies, and centuries of traditions that keep them on opposite sides of the border.

But first? They have to get off this damn island.

Duking It Out is a 46,000-word M/M enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract, superhero rom-com featuring only one bed, a grumpy duke who should know better than to jump to conclusions, a self-doubting duke who’s good with his hands (heh), gossipy seagulls, competent assistants, a guaranteed HEA, and (unfortunately) capes.

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My Review: 

I admit I didn’t see much hope for Sander and Tarik.  Stranded on an island with only themselves to rely on – each believing the other kidnapped them and this is part of some nefarious plan.  They also have prejudices toward each other – Tarik believes the tale of The Monster of the Roses and Sander believes the story of Tarik being ill-tempered.  Except neither is accurate.

Slowly, hour by hour, the men start to learn more about each other.  They eventually challenge their prejudices and get to know the man behind the myth (a lesson for all of us, I think).  Finally, each man confronts his superpower and learns there might be more going on than they believed.

Rescue seems impossible as the boat has been destroyed and no one seems to know where they are.  In the end, though, things work out.  They have to, after all, because this is a romance.  When they return to civilization, though, they are different men. So the question became – could they finally get their happily ever after?

I adore Kirt Graves and I thought he did a great job with this lovely audiobook.  I look forward to more books!

My Rating:

9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars

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E.J. Russell–grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.


Eh, not so much.

She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and 😎 would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).

E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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