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The Superheroes Union: Dynama (The Superheroes Union #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews

What if your evil ex really was evil?

TJ Gutierrez used to be a superhero. But after the birth of her twins seven years ago, she hung up the yellow spandex. Until the day her archenemy and ex-husband, Singularity, breaks out of prison. When it becomes clear he's after the kids, she's forced to call the nanny helpline—and once again become...Dynama!

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ebook, 89 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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3.5 stars.

This was more than just an okay read. That said, it stumbled on a trope that it didn't need and, without it, it could've been better. I'll get that out of the way.

A big complaint in f/f writing is insta-love and, at first, I didn't think this had it. Insta-sex? Definitely. But, that happens sometimes, right? So that wasn't necessarily a big deal. And, the author actually did a decent job showing what the two leads liked about each other and gave them a little intimacy beforehand. I in
Rebekah Weatherspoon
The premise of this book deserves 6 stars. I felt like I was reading a cool continuation to The Incredibles which is one of my favorite movies ever.

In a world where superheroes are very real and very busy with their personal lives, TJ is trying to get by as a super raising young twins. I LOVE the ides of a superhero, single mom. It's made the more kick ass that she's Latina.

However, I had two issues with this novella.
1) Annamarie. The plot of trying to keep your evil ex husband from snatching y
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
TJ Gutierrez is a divorced former superhero with twin children. Her ex-husband is a villain named Singularity, who can manipulate gravity in nasty ways. Our story begins when Singularity escapes from prison and starts hunting for TJ and the kids…

And then there’s Annmarie Smith, who helps save the world not with superpowers, but by looking after the children of superheroes while they’re fighting evil. She moves in to watch the twins while TJ does everything in her power to intercept and stop her
Robert 'Rev. Bob'
This was pretty well done, except that it felt compressed. The couple goes from being total strangers to falling in love far too quickly; the whole story takes place over about four days, and our heroines are in bed together by the second night.

I think the story would have worked a lot better with some more time and additional dealings with the ex. As it is, we get one encounter, a quick office visit, and then the big finale. Stretch that out to, say, three decent "battles" over the course of tw
Violetta Vane
Full disclosure: I'm a friend and beta partner of Ruth Diaz. I read this for the first time a few weeks ago, and absolutely loved it. On one level it's a very simple story—a woman tries to protect her family, and in the process, finds unexpected love—with a straightforward plot and a feel-good resolution. On another level, it's incredibly complicated and clever and subversive in its relation to the superhero genre. Superhero stories that make it to the big screen are overwhelmingly male-centered ...more
This book was a lot of fun to read! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's set in an Incredibles-like world where superheroes are a reality, not just a comic book staple. I especially enjoyed the world building and all the little glimpses at what the world would be like if superheroes and supervillains actually existed; the Superheroes Union was the most obvious example of this, but I liked the little, passing references too, like news about superheroes trending on Twitter.

The reason I only gave this thr
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Despite The Superheroes Union: Dynama being only 89 pages, Ruth Diaz does a great job fleshing out TJ and Annmarie. Both women are fierce in their own right; TJ hits full on mama bear mode when she hears Singularity is out of prison and Annmarie does whatever it takes to help TJ with her kids and keep her home running. Annmarie grew up with two superheroes as parents and no powers of her own, so she’s all too familiar with what it’s like for children when their parents need to take off at a mome ...more
This was just delightful from beginning to - all too soon! - end. Diaz clearly has a love of comics and superheroes, and this novella shines with both homage and deconstruction. Add to that compelling characters, and a bisexual woman of color as the protagonist and it all pulls together wonderfully. You can see the "twists" coming from a mile away, but that's true for every superhero narrative if you're familiar with the tropes, and it doesn't ruin the novel a bit.

Like other reviewers, there cou
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: feminist superhero fans
Recommended to Danika by: Sam Starbuck
I loved the world of this book, and I liked the characters, but the whole thing seemed a bit blink-and-you'll-miss-it. Once it was over, I wanted the book to be twice as long, and it would have been nice to see the romance develop a little slower.

That being said, if the author writes any more books set in this universe, I'll read the hell out of them. Female POC superheroes? HELL TO THE YES.
Katherine Long
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, lgbtq
I am not a huge Superhero fan but this book was a lot of fun! I've been enjoying the twist in this genre writers are giving it. The romance was a bit quick for me but I'm partial to slow burns. Still very enjoyable.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Minimal Good vs. Evil + Lukewarm Romance = Bummer!

As with a few of the titles I've reviewed recently I find myself citing the blurb as giving a great enough gist of the plot I don't have to summarize it myself. In boiled down basics THE SUPERHEROES UNION: DYNAMA's blurb lays it out. Former superhero mom, evil ex-husband-slash-arch-enemy father of her twin kids, babysitter to the rescue, romance, superhero custody battle, neat and tidy ending. Except that the ex isn't really all that evil, the b
Sam Starbuck
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie Collins
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This was actually a fun read although I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it had been longer. I would have liked a bit more time to see the main pair together and make the relationship a bit more believable.

TJ is a former superhero that now stays undercover but still works on behalf of the superheroes union. She has a lot on her plate with her day job and as the mother of twins. She is undercover and well hidden due to her now ex-husband being under lock and key for turning to the evi
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bisexual, superheroes
A romantic bisexual superhero adventure, The Superheroes Union: Dynama is a wonderfully fun piece of fiction from Ruth Diaz. The basic premise is as crazy as it is original - when her supervillian ex-husband escapes from prison, a retired superhero is forced to break out the spandex once again, leaving her kids with a nanny who specializes in superhero families . . . and with whom she falls in love.

What I loved most about the tale is the fact that Diaz doesn't try to recreate the feel of a super
3 1/2 stars. TJ Gutierrez --aka Dynama, aka The Hidden Hand -- may be a superhero but she's not supermom. When her ex/arch-nemesis Singularity escapes from supervillains jail, she knows he's going to come after their twins, and she can't take care of them and take care of him at the same time. So she hires Annemarie, a disturbingly attractive nanny whose only power is a super immune system.

Annemarie is as competent as she is cute, and her nurturing extends to TJ as well. It feels good to be the
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This really gets a 3.5 but there's no half star rating on here so I've marked it as a 3.

TJ secretly helps the Superheroes Union with some stuff - as long as her identity gets kept safe - as she holds down a full time job and is a full time mum. But when she hears that her ex has broken out of prison, she calls in the help of a nanny - a nanny that only works with superheroes kids so she knows the importance of keeping secrets. What neither of them counted on was falling for each other. TJ has to
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book really caught my attention and I couldn't wait to read it. Overall, the story and charcaters are interesting, but, it needs more pages. The romance between TJ and Annemarie needed more build-up, it kind of felt like they were just thrown together. Flasbacks of TJ and Jon's relationship would have been a wonderful way to give us more of an idea of both the superhero's and villian's character. I kind of felt like everything was glossed over and this book could use a good f ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This novella was so much fun! It's a play on half a dozen stereotypes and clichés, and they're all done so well, and with such a lighthearted approach, that this story is just a blast to read.

Dynama a novel about superheroes, and I'm not just talking about the kind that wear spandex. I feel like F/F novels rarely focus on being a mother and on the importance of parenting, so it was refreshing to read a novel with two women whose sole focus is on protecting the children
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly don't like superhero stories, and this one didn't change my mind about that. Nonetheless, Ruth Diaz somehow managed to take a silly setting and a dorky plot, and in the middle of them place characters who are warmly human, with appealing emotional vulnerabilities; there's sweet romantic chemistry and children I can actually care about: I call this quite an accomplishment, although perhaps having achieved it in spite of the aforementioned handicaps of ridiculousness makes it seem more of ...more
Superhero TJ Guiterrez's supervillain ex just busted out of jail and is probably headed straight for their kids, complicating TJ's budding romance with Amber, the nanny the Superheroes Union sent to take care of her kids. Diaz clearly has great love for the superhero genre, while offering a lot of things it doesn't usually consider: Bisexual Latina superheroes! Unionization! Childcare benefits! The recognition of the constraints of childcare on women! This is a novella rather than a novel and co ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
More books like this, please! (F/F superhero/nonhero romance)

It's shorter than I tend to prefer (and therefore contains fewer layers/twists), but it was excellent: just the right amount of action, with a nifty premise. I do hope there are sequels eventually. (But there's no cliffhanger, so go read it.)
Ruby Ridge
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable superhero read. I liked the interactions between heroes especially the little nicknames (for example, The Invincible Woman is Vincy and Gear Girl is Gigi) it makes the whole thing seem more real. I would love to see more of this series, will there ever be a #2.
Recommended for fans of superhero books and anyone looking for a good not too long read.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun little book that has a lot of conflict stemming naturally from the characters and their day-to-day lives. It's fun to see the very mundane challenges of being a working parent recast in the context of having superpowers.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book about a world where superheroes with superpowers exist. The romance aspect of it felt rushed, but that's hardly the least realistic aspect of the book.

I wish there were more books in this series! I'd read 'em!
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Family drama - supersized. Ms. Diaz does a great job worldbuilding for this novel, and her characters have a surprising depth and variety in their motivations for a story of this length. The action is good, the romance is adorable, and the drama will leave you wanting more.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because it was cheap and the concept was interesting. I can't say the concept completely succeeded in the execution - comics are such a visual medium, and not everything survived in the translation to novella format - but it was such a fun, cute read that I didn't care.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, lesbian
Hey! A latin lesbian hero? How awesome is that!
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian, ebook
I loved it!
3.5 stars, rounded up

I really liked this book. TJ and Annemarie took care of each other, and they both took care of the kids, and it was all good.
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Ruth Diaz chooses to spend her life walking between worlds. With one foot in the fantastic and one foot in the sensual, she enjoys writing people to destinations they might never have reached on their own. When she's not creating space station-shaped castles in the air and crafting unearthly love stories, she works as a freelance editor and reads in her spare time. A misplaced Arizonan, she and he ...more
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