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Equilibrium
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
I'm so glad I decided to try this author. I found her while I was checking the Loose Id Website. It was on their list of staff choice picks. I saw it and said what the heck? I'll give it a try. The two main character's had such personalities. The story was written in first person narration, Hansen's point of view. Hansen, best friend to Sam, was a riot,so that helped to set the mood for the story. :D

The story was quirky and hot. There were a couple of very yummy, steamy love scenes. Just in case you are one of those who is particular about that type of plot. I think the main emphasis of the story was to show relationship between the two boys/men. It centered around a pivotal point in their lives when they are trying to grasp control their super powers, at the same time encountering resistance from outside sources that seek to destroy them. But as they mature and over come the obstacles it only serves to deepen their ordinary friendship to deep full blown love.

I will definately go on to read the rest of this author's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
I bought this book after reading just half of the sample because the characters leapt off the screen. The story is told from Hansen's point of view, and I found his character to be both witty and thoughtful. The dialog is great, and Hansen's inner commentary keeps the story moving. Sam had such a great sense of humor, and I loved how much depth his character had (even though we only see him through Hansen's eyes).

The paranormal element was creative. The powers are explained in a way that makes them seem plausible, and although I don't want to include any spoilers, my inner science geek was thrilled that the author made both the abilities and the explanation so believeable.

There is nothing new about the straight-best-friend-becomes-love-interest theme, BUT books this well written are not so common. I would recommend reading the sample because the characters and the story are great from the first paragraph to the last. I will happily read this story again, and I'm really looking forward to reading more of Ms. Hawthorne's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
This is a well crafted read. While it is within the range of a young adult novel.. It is still well told and works for older folks who are still young in part.. The story line is the tried and true buddies where one of the guys is straight and the other gay and has held a torch for the past 10 years... they are now in their mid 20's and room mates... the nicely crafted part is that the author uses a paranormal talent that the two have... one has been raised and taught how to use it and the other has not... Further that although the general public knows about this community (calling themselves "awakened" while the general population are "sleepers") there remain a few who are threatened by the awakened and pose a real danger (Salem witch trials are used in the story)... and the author subtly leaves it to the reader to see gay and awakened are treated pretty much the same by the general public.. many accept some don't and some are haters.
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4.25 of 5 stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

I was eager to read Equilibrium for two reasons: First, I had read book three in the series, Nobody’s Hero, accidentally out of order, and enjoyed it. Secondly, I am making my way through the authors attending this year’s GayRomLit Retreat and Katey Hawthorne is on that list. I was pleased to find Equilibrium did not disappoint!

Sam was adorable, and it was sad to think of the struggle he went through before he met Hansen. I liked how Hansen handled all the situations thrown at him and kept his “cool”. Together they were hot, even if it took Hansen awhile to believe Sam was not just experimenting with him. By the end, they reached “equilibrium” nicely.

I also appreciated that this novella was well edited. I found no errors that I could recall and everything flowed smoothly. In the end, the only thing holding it back from a 5 star rating is that I never felt that “spark”. It was good, really, really enjoyable and maybe a reread is needed, but in the end I did not have the necessary connection for it to be amazing.
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on March 1, 2014
It's been on my kindle for a few months; I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Interesting mix on the superpowers. The psycho was unexpected. Highly recommend, Im looking forward to the others in this Superpower series.
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on March 17, 2013
Title: Equilibrium (Superpowered Love, #1)
Author: Katey Hawthorne
Cover Artist: P.L. Nunn
Publisher: Loose ID
Reviewer: Sean
Genre: Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay & Bisexual
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating: ★★★★★

Review:

That book was such a fun read. It was neat to see how the author showed the characters' powers. Heat and Electricity actually worked together. It was different from what I usually read that contained characters with powers coming from their families. At first I thought it was Gay For You (GFY) until I got to middle of the book and realized, it wasn't a GFY book. It indeed was a bisexual character. I was so glad the author described the bisexuality really well in this book. It showed that Sam was trying to tell Hansen that he went both ways. It was the inside that attracted him the most. That was the type of bisexual I was looking for in a book. The author hit the spot right there.

The "shocking" part about this book lacked a little. It was a bit predictable. I wasn't totally surprised when the villain was revealed. But to learn what made the villain like that was good. In such a quick read, the author succeeded to make the story feel complete without any obvious cliffhanger. For that, I was relieved.

The sex between Sam and Hansen was done marvelous. It was that hot and I enjoyed every scene. It didn't repeat the similar sex scenes either. Plenty of sex scenes in this book but the plots were still there enough for me to be able to enjoy the book as a whole.

Highly recommend to readers who enjoy a quick fun adventure fantasy story!
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on August 12, 2012
At first I was a little worried, as we jump from Hansen and Sam's first meeting straight to four years later a tad abruptly, but all was fine from there. They've got a tight friendship, stemming mostly from Sam's lack of knowledge about his ability and what it means for him and Hansen's support. It's a little sad for Sam at first, but it gets exponentially better once Sam coaxes the truth from him. Ho-ot!

This story's got everything you want from a paranormal novella. You've got drama, danger, comedy, and sexy romance. They are so comfortable with each other in public, so sweet in private, and so playful all around. On top of that, you've got the special abilities. Now this gets pretty scientific in the book, but I'm not quite that brainy, so I just got the gist of what they can do and how much it requires physically to control it and such. Bottom line is that it's a pretty neat concept and is portrayed wonderfully.

If you're looking for an quick, easy read that's a well rounded paranormal M/M romance, Equilibrium is an excellent choice. Just don't read it if you've got something important to do, because it will certainly get your juices going...so to speak.
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on July 22, 2012
I loved Sam and Hansen, and thought they balanced each other beautifully. The first scene in the cafeteria reminded me of my own college days, but I wish the book were a little longer with a bit more world-building. I was able to figure out a lot in context, but more detail/background/explanation would have been nice.

I liked that Sam was clear he was bisexual and didn't seem to have any angst about it, even with Hansen trying to push him into the classic "straight or gay" false dichotomy. I also really liked Nessa, and the way she and Sam related to each other even after the breakup. I liked a lot of things, the story really worked for me and I'm looking forward to more from this author!
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