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So Not a Hero

(A Hesitant Hero #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  873 ratings  ·  79 reviews
A reformed villain.
After serving two years in a Federal prison, Karen Hashimoto is out on parole and eager to put her criminal past behind her. No easy task, since she’s also the former supervillain known as Crushette. A chance encounter leads to an unexpected opportunity, and she is recruited as the newest member of the city’s premier team of superheroes: The Good Guys.
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by S.J. Delos
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May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
So Not a Hero turned out to be a surprisingly engaging superpowered tale of redemption. It was a single person POV story following the life of former supervillain Crushette as she tries to get her life back on track after a few years in prison. The story had a good mix of action, humour, character development, fun twists and turns, and even had a tad of romance. It also helped that Crushette was an easy character to like and that S.J.Delos had a fairly engaging writing style.

The story was a fun
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
More of a 3.5, however I was less than surprised the author is male. There's a rather large amount of sexualization and objectification of most of the females going on that at times made me uncomfortable. Though not any more or less uncomfortable as the comic EMPOWERED I suppose.

Karen's struggle is mostly what I was interested in, though what's it say when the villainous ex-boyfriend is way more interesting than most of the heroes?
Robert 'Rev. Bob'
This is a rough book to rate.

On the one hand, I really liked the characters and worldbuilding; I thought those were done exceptionally well, with a couple of snags. I enjoyed the story, although it was fairly standard for the genre. What I grew to despise, in part because the rest was so good, was the editing. I've seen worse, but this was right up there. Most of the issues were fairly minor, like dropped punctuation and comma splices, but there were a lot of them. In addition, there were severa
John Longeway
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
TL;DR: A misogynistic tale of the world ogling a woman's boobs and butt when she is not busy shopping or worrying about men. Too much T & A. Too little super heroing.

While there is some decent writing in this book, I felt the tone was completely uneven and the novel could have used much stronger editing for content. A reformed super-villain formerly known as "Crushette" joins a super team called "The Good Guys" after we get treated to her being coerced into non-consensual sex to avoid viola
Erin Penn
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Book overall is heavy on misogynistic male characters and actions. I recommend reading the first two chapters on Amazon before purchasing - the worst actions appear there and if you can stomach those, the rest of the book is better. The author has set things up so you don't get caught half-way through a purchased book and want to throw it away.

The overall world-building on this book kept me reading; the world is a well-layered superhero world with this particular story set in Charlotte NC (anoth
Niall Teasdale
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhero
Maybe 2.5 stars... Mostly because the book's a mess. The story is fairly good. The lead character is fairly good, but the text... The book doesn't need a proofreader, it needs a fleet of them. I honestly find it hard to believe that the author would fail to spot most of the glaring mistakes I did and can only assume he never reread the text after finishing it. I get it, really: professional proofreaders are not cheap and it's hard to justify the cost when you're charging very little for the book ...more
Deanna Stanley
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: superheroes
Not bad, not great. I did find the fairly explicit sex scene in the middle inappropriate, not part of the flow. The plot was a bit thin, some characters were jerks, but that's normal. There were also great people and even Dr. Maniac, the super badguy has honor.
Jon Davis
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. It's well balanced between the action and emotions of the characters. Kayo is a good addition to the vast array of heroes. And S.J. Delos is a writer to look out for in the future of writing.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this unusual take at the genre. How exactly does one become a hero or villain? Can you become a hero after being a villain? I was surprised by a few of the twist which I enjoyed. I am looking forward to the next installation.
Mar 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was done with this by page 10. If you finish that page and still want to keep reading I wish you luck.
Koen Wellens
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Wow. There are many treasures in this book. Well written emotional scenes. Multiple sex scenes, some more explicit than others. And a superhero battle to lick your fingers clean. But there’s a problem. While I understand all those different scenes can be useful in a superhero book, I would expect a lot more of the superhero battles. And there is only one.

Read the full review at my blog.
Pippa DaCosta
Dec 09, 2017 marked it as to-read
99p in the UK - BOOM. It's on my kindle.

I'm going to need all the help I can get if I'm going to reach my 2017 Goodreads Reading challenge goal.
Sean Duggan
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this one up on an impulse after Amazon recommended it to me and I found I couldn't quite put it down. It follows one Karen Hashimoto, aka Crushette, former supervillainess in the pay of Doctor Maniac. Now, she's an ex-convict on parole, finding that her criminal past and her powers mean that she can't hold down a job, can't retain a place to live. After aiding Mister Manpower, member of the Good Guys, the local superhero team, she gets extended an offer to join them. Can a former villai ...more
Greg Kopstein
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This could be straight out of a comic or a movie. Does Marvel know about Delos and this awesome first book? Engaging story, relatable characters, entertaining narrative, and a great heroine that, besides hyper-sexualization, is a strong and interesting character. I do think it's overly sexualized, but so are comics in general. This is changing though, so Delos should change and adapt with the times. If you're looking for a quick and entertaining read, you've found it. I cannot wait to read the n ...more
Ryan Mangrum
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superhero
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I came into it thinking it would be yet another of the ranks of mindless crap that pollutes the urban fantasy/paranormal/superhero genre, but by the end of the first chapter you realize the protagonist isn't a carbon copy of every other female protagonist: she's had a hard life, been to prison, homeless, penniless, friendless, living down a bad reputation in a society that's hellbent on denying second chances. Due to the weight (from density, not fat) h ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-self
I found this book to be a little on the juvenile side. It's more of a comic book than a superhero novel. The misogynistic rhetoric was more bearable than the manner in which the empowered female characters accepted it. Our busty, hot super heroine, kicking butt in her panties, is intelligent and strong-minded, except when it comes to men. Her relationship with her parents, especially her dying mother, was touching, and added to her character. But why are the bad guys so excessively honest when a ...more
Jonathan Scotese
It's about a superpowered ex-henchwoman/girlfriend of a mad scientist, trying to give up villany after getting out on parole after two years in jail, eventually joining a hero team.

I got a YA feel from the writing except for the sexual aspect. The main character is female but the writing is very male gazey. Lots of description on her breasts and she is constantly having her clothes torn/disintegrated. It starts of with her trading sex with her sleazy parole officer not to get sent back to jail f
I enjoyed it, but it could have used editting and was crude at times. It felt selfpublished.

There were a lot of unnecessary characters. Some of them come and go randomly. There was a lot of sexdriven dialogue that borderlined excessive.

There were way too many possible love interests! The only one I was interested in was the villain ex-boyfriend. I thought the leader of the hero's was a possible love interest, but that went nowhere. I had zero interest in the detective. He was my least favorite
It's a story that starts out dark - a male in authority using his power to manipulate a woman into agreeing to unwanted sex over possible law enforcement consequences. The remainder of the story has a grittiness to it, but not that dark.

I was very much sucked into Karen's story - where does the motivation come from to be either do good or do bad? Can she reform? Does her anger control her or can she control it?

It is also Exhibit A in why when a guy says, (view spoiler)
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural, crime, comic
It's an enjoyable yet problematic read.
The amount of sexual references during a fight doesn't need to be written particularly when it's men saying them.
Also the sex acts within the book, particularly at the very start? Really? Not a good way to make this book seem interesting, it actually made me wonder how bad this would be.

The plot was good, decent although you could see who the villain was going to be after a while. The character's were also all right, although many of them need to be establ
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. A "superheros are people too, with all our petty human disagreements!!" book without, hrm, the excess of some in the genre. Really liked Karen, found her very believable and interesting.

Saw one of the plot twists coming a MILE away when (view spoiler) but I didn't see the other!

The opening's a little rough, esp with the incredibly dubious sex that happens within a
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
After two years in the Max, the super villain Crushette is no more, and now Karen is trying to rebuild her life, but how can she keep from breaking her parole when she is like a trouble magnet?

Overall, an entertaining read, but it could have been better. The descent into trash romance novel territory around the middle did nothing to advance the story and could have been reduced to one or two paragraphs to convey the same idea (okay, they like each other). The book also needs a proof read because
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Davis Emmanuel
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

This was an excellent read but I couldn't give full marks because of a lack of editing. For example, the protagonist's real name is revealed at on point in the novel, yet a few chapters later she is called by a different real name. There was also an instance of responses to things that weren't said. Every time that happened it pulled me right out of the story, which sucks because the story itself was great.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wasn't sure, but glad I did...

Checked out the reviews for this book before I deciding to buy it. Glad I decided to give it a try and I'm very happy with my purchase. I'll definitely be picking up any follow up novels in this series!
J. Judkins
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superheroes
Very much worth reading. Finally, an explanation for the skintight costumes! I I liked the fight scenes (which were frequent) and banter between the characters, and only saw the plot twist when the main character Karen did. Recommended
Darla Phillips
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I almost didn't make it past the beginning...

I would have given this book 5 stars but the sexual event at the start was repulsive and completely unnecessary. I really enjoyed the rest of the book so it was a shame it was tainted by that.
Amy Albaugh
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good fun surprising depths

This is a good book. The characters are well done and the story is subtle without being boring. Very nice.
Arref Mak
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good character study and fun read. I like the voices of the distinct cast.

Less satisfying are some of the threads changed or handwaved at the End.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero
This was ok. Some heavy dudefic vibes and a bit uneven, but I'll pick up the sequel.
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