ARC Review: If I Were A Weapon by Skye Kilean

See the future. Set things on fire. Fall in love? A superpowered sci-fi romance…

Cover Design: Sarah Waites,
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When dying alien ships materialized across the Earth, the nanite infection they released knocked Deneve Wilder out cold. She woke up with the ability to see the future. Determined to keep anyone from using her visions for evil, she took to the road. Giving up everything was a small price to pay for freedom.

The ship that hit Jolie Betancourt’s town gave her the power to set things on fire. It was safer to start over in a new city. Then one terrible mistake demonstrated far too clearly that for her, solitude is safer. For everyone.

So when Deneve shows up after a vision of Jolie being kidnapped, Jolie wants little to do with the frustratingly attractive drifter. Deneve’s surprised by how much she wants to thaw the pretty shopkeeper’s chilly attitude, but the idea of staying in one place sets off her alarm bells.

If they can’t evade whoever’s abducting people with powers, however, the growing connection they both feel in spite of themselves might be the least of their problems.

– The first installment of a near-future science fiction F/F romance series with a guaranteed HEA at series end. Slow burn to high heat.

– Tropes: superpowers, drifter, ice queen, battle couple, forced proximity.

– Detailed content warnings are available in the book’s front matter and on the author’s website.

My thoughts

Okay…wow.

I’m thinking…stories within stories. Skye Kilean packs If I Were A Weapon with lots of stories and intrigue. There is action, bad guys, numskulls, and wanna be heroes that just have no clue. (chuckle)

Imagine one day just going along in your life and aliens suddenly drop down and explode a glitter bomb all over you. You are not washing that stuff out for days. Yeah, that’s what happens to the unsuspecting heroes. Now they are unprepared to go out and rescue the world and each other. I am picturing this one scene from the book and it is just like “Oi vey someone is going to get killed. Oops.” (chuckle)

Luckily for us and the world, Kilean has created one plucky heroine in Deneve. I gotta hand it to Deneve because she really makes do with what she has. If there is fear then she uses it to help people. She is an open book of raw emotion. I wonder if she was like that before the glitter bomb.

If Deneve is open, then Jolie can be described as the complete opposite and we know the glitter bomb had something to do with it. Jolie has secrets, but don’t all superheroes have them? As much as she has tried to close herself off, Deneve manages to slip under the armor. We can totally see it, Jolie can’t, which is very cool.

Kilean has created an interesting set of secondary characters. I had to highlight them in my notebook to keep track of who has what powers. I already think one of the characters is a bad guy. I am looking forward to seeing if I am right. There are plenty of stories that interconnect with Jolie to explore, so this series could go on for quite awhile if Kilean wants it to.

This is a slow-burn romance, like put it in a crock pot for eight hours and this book is the first hour slow burn. (chuckle) It completely makes sense with all of the walls Jolie has up and Deneve’s purpose in her life. Never mind where Deneve is in her life. There is nothing stable in either of their lives. No common bond to tie them together at the moment other than glitter. As Jack Traven says, you gotta have more than the adrenaline rush. (Speed, 1994, Dir. Jan De Bont)

Kilean has given us a great foundation to kick off the “All These Gifts” series. I cannot wait to see where Jolie and Deneve go and how all of the heroes fit in.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: 11 January 2022

Series: All These Gifts #1; Settings: Texas, U.S.

Pages: 148

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