Reentry Burn is a unique story. This is the 5th book in the Superpowered Love series. I’ve not read any of the prior books, but I was able to enjoy this as a standalone. The two main characters have both been recently incarcerated. They meet in a therapy group for offenders trying to return to mainstream society. Both men have supernatural abilities and used those in their crimes. Outside of that there isn’t much focus on the supernatural aspect in the story. This book is really about the struggles that people face trying to straighten up their lives.
Reentry Burn is told from Malory's point of view and so we not only see his relationship with Theo but we see his inner turmoil on trying to straighten out his life. He has a lot of guilt and a lot of shame over things he has done in the past. He also has a lot of fear that he won't be able to change this time. The two men are really good for each other and they offer each other a support system to help make it through the rough spots. Their relationship was my favorite part of the book and they had some touching moments together. They were also hot, hot, hot in their bedroom scenes.
As previously stated, this book can be read as a standalone and I enjoyed it as such. There is another earlier book in the series though that shows the story of Malory when he's committing his crime. You may want to read that first.
Series: Superpowered Love; Previous Book: Losing Better
Malory Claremont was born and raised to be the villain in someone else's story, complete with fire-based superpowers. But then his cousin and former partner-in-crime, Brady, led him into a trap, and he's been in superpowered lockdown ever since.
When he gets out on parole, he meets Theo McCracken, a cold-superpowered ex-offender. Theo has a modern Hamlet-style past, dangerously pretty eyes, and a hunger for affection that even Mal's best defensive efforts can't deny for long.
They've paid their debts to society, but society doesn't care--from blackmailing coworkers to suspicion from the neighbors, it's hard to catch a fair chance. Pile that on top of their dark family pasts haunting their every step, plus all the leftover abandonment issues and paranoia, and it feels like just a matter of time before they'll be shoved right back into prison.
After all the people he's hurt, Mal isn't sure he deserves a chance to live his own life, to choose his own labels, to be his own man. But maybe having someone like Theo, someone who can love him and be loved, scars and all, could make the whole endless struggle worthwhile.