When your mind is a prison, love can set you free.
Ever since her supervillain father experimented on her as a child, Mirabelle “Mirage” Wroth has been able to project unbreakable illusions into the minds of those around her. But when a run-in with an evil Mind Bender snaps a delicate thread in her psyche, she loses control of her gift and can no longer tell where reality ends and illusion begins. Only sanctimonious superhero Captain Justice is immune to her gift and can help her find the truth again—if Mirage can trust another man to define her reality.
Justice is sick of saving damsels in distress–he just wants someone to look beyond the cape to see him— but he can’t turn away from the hauntingly vulnerable Mirage. Suddenly Justice is helping her hide from the police, willing to be downright villainous to be her hero. But as they work to save Mirage from herself, other forces are circling to threaten them both. Tangled in illusions and mind games, can love be real?
** spoiler alert **
All right guys let's do this thing.
So Once Upon a Time Samhain Publishing released three novellas in the "Midnight Justice" series from three different authors. While I had my issues with the :ahem: cover art, by in large I enjoyed these superhero romances. There needs to be MORE superhero romances in my life. Vivi Andrews' story SUPERLOVIN'--about DynaGirl (Darla) and Demon Wroth (Lucien) and how they hooked up--was my favorite of the three. I appreciated that neither fit the mold of who they were portrayed as in the media and that they both did what they could to break out of that model. Also Lucien sounded HOT.
Meanwhile other characters were introduced--Captain Justin (aka Justin) and Mirage (aka Mirabelle, Lucien's sister)--who I wanted to know more about. And thus did Andrews answer those pleas.
Initially this is less about the romance and more about helping Mirage figure herself out. The guy who was controlling her did a real number on her mind and on good days she wants to be better (on bad days, which were more frequent, she didn't trust anyone, not even her brother). The opening scenes of Mirage desperately trying to not only piece together what was going on, but what was true were heart breaking. Like her brother she wasn't EVIL, but because of her talent and the bias people have she was labeled evil before she could defend herself.
Justice got himself dumped (he's meant to be a Superman type, complete with a reporter girlfriend) and I can't say I felt overly bad for him. He didn't even seem wrung out over it so much as hurt and shellshocked. Kim didn't help things by basically saying 'Yeah we had a thing, but really this was all about helping my career even if I didn't want to admit that to myself until just this moment'.
I found the interactions between Mirage and Justice to be interesting, but I wish there had been more about the mindbreak she went through. In a lot of ways I compared this to To the Fifth Power which also dealt with a heroine who had her mind screwed up. Andrews discusses things like Mirage why Mirage was ending up where she was ending up, but doesn't go too deep into them. In fact much of the plot turns out to be something of a red herring as the ending has very little to do with the beginning.
Overall though I loved Mirage so much that I kind of didn't care that her brain damage got a bit of a short shift. Her and Justice together were enough to make me pleased with how things turned out.