After regaining the rights to her series, Lola Dodge is at last able to re-release this thrilling set of superhero novellas to the world! These novellas are fast, exciting, bite-sized pieces of adult fiction featuring superpowers good and evil with romance threaded between. I was pumped to receive an ARC of book one, Ivory, so I’ve added my review below! Dodge’s current plan is to release one novella a month beginning in October so keep an eye out! (I’ll keep updating this post as more info is released!)
Series Release Dates
Ivory – October 22, 2019
Temptress – November 12, 2019
Belle Fury – December 10, 2019
Angel – January 7, 2020
Ivory (The Manhattan Ten #1) by Lola Dodge (2019)
An ice princess. A jaguar shifter.
She’s a flight attendant who wants nothing to do with super heroes. Hiding her ice powers. Hiding from her family. Hiding is a full-time job, but Ivory can only suppress her inner warrior if she wants to keep the normal life she’s built from nothing.
He’s a career hero and a member of the legendary Manhattan Ten. Tall, dark, and shifter, the concrete jungle is his playground. Jag takes nothing seriously until Ivory tempts his inner predator.
Can he melt the stone-cold goddess?
Temptress (The Manhattan Ten #2) by Lola Dodge (2019)
A seductress. A super brain.
She’s an indie operative who only works alone, stealing other super heroes’ powers with a kiss and bringing down the bad guys. Those stolen powers add up to a crazy arsenal, but Temptress isn’t built for super strength and shooting laser beams. Her body is falling apart and a teensy mission slip-up gets her tangled with the Manhattan Ten.
He’s the M10’s leader. The man, the myth, the Mensa-conquering legend. Nothing escapes Thinktank’s calculations… Until a run-in with Temptress leaves him powerless. Superpowers stolen with a kiss can only be returned with a kiss.
Natural enemies can only get closer. And closer. And closer…
Belle Fury (The Manhattan Ten #3) by Lola Dodge (2019)
A ballerina. A lightning-powered soldierboy.
She’s focused on career, career, and only career. This dance-a-holic wants nothing but the stage and the spotlight and she has the talent to back up her dreams. Belle’s path to stardom is a straight shot until her late-onset super powers erupt mid-show and blowing up the stage becomes a little too literal.
He’s the Manhattan Ten’s second-in-command with red lightning jazz hands and military-grade loyalty to his hero crew. So, when the boss assigns him to babysit a rogue dancer, Red Ruin can only follow orders. But the more time he spends with the not-so-blushing ballerina, Belle, the more she steals his own center stage.
Angel (The Manhattan Ten #4) by Lola Dodge (2020)
A super secretary. A jaguar shifter.
She’s the organizational mastermind behind the famed Manhattan Ten super hero crew. With perfect recall, she can remember every face, every book, and every moment of her life. Angel can’t forget her past and she can’t escape it, either.
He’s a jaguar shifter who hasn’t left the jungle in a looooong time. When Tequani hitches a flight to visit his brother at the M10 headquarters, he’s so rough around the edges, he sparks a full-blown TSA panic. After Angel steps in to rescue him, he’s fascinated by the woman who can do it all.
If home is where the heart is, Tequani might as well start shopping for a penthouse in the city.
pooled ink Review:
What you see is what you get and I didn’t mind at all. It’s a superhero romance novella and is entertaining from start to finish. We are introduced to The Manhattan Ten, a group of supers who use their powers openly to protect the people, and Ivory is their latest (reluctant) recruit.
The story moves admittedly quick as it is just a novella, but it wasn’t as shallow or lacking as many novella romances tend to be. I got a sense of character, world, and plot despite the swift pacing and although I might’ve wished for more time and depth, it was still a fun read with a beginning, middle, and end.
Not only did I have fun with the idea of superheroes but Dodge even imbedded unique cultures for each inherited super lineage which I thought was really cool. This is a novella though so the plot and the romance are pretty quick with no time to waste but I didn’t see that as a bad thing because while there are days when I want to sink my teeth into a hefty novel and spend hours devouring each detail, there are other days where I simply want to be entertained but not feel bad for it and Ivory hits the mark. It’s quick enough to satisfy my craving but intricate enough to not make me feel like I wasted my time (ya know like with junk food? You just want something fast and tasty but then afterwards you can’t help but feel a bit like your stomach resents your laziness lol). Also, it left me excited to read more and meet the other supers!
The Manhattan Ten is a novella series worth exploring. Exciting, fast-paced, steamy, unique, and a perfect bite-sized package of entertainment. I’m so thrilled that Dodge regained the rights to her series so she can do this re-release and finally introduce these characters to her readers!
Meet Lola Dodge!
Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.