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REVIEW: Burn Outs, by Dani Hermit & Nevi Star

Burn Outs

Title: Burn Outs

Series: Back Issues Book One

Author: Dani Hermit & Nevi Star

Genre: Paranormal, Sci Fi, Romance, BDSM

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Publisher: Self

Pages: 222

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

A Dark Kinky Superhero Yaoi Romance. From the authors of the Parliament of Twilight series comes a new world of kinky heroes and villains where the difference between good and evil isn’t as simple as which side you’re on.

More than 25 years ago, Matt Evans’ superpowers burned out. He left the world of the Chosen and their staged battles behind. But he also left behind the love of his life and their naughty games of submission. 

Out of the blue, a Hero launches an overwhelming attack on the Chosen, stealing away all of their powers. In the aftermath of the attack, Matt’s long dormant powers come back online and he makes the impossible decision to reconnect with the only man who might understand what is happening, Colton Stephens, the lover he had abandoned in his youth.

When Professor Colton Stephens sees Matt standing in the back of his lecture hall, years of secrets and pain come rushing to the surface. Their reunion is less than the amazing moment he had been hoping for. But it sets in motion a series of events that brings Colton to his knees at the feet of Blue Bolt, the Hero turned terrorist who stole everything from the Chosen.

Blue Bolt twists Colton’s kinky desires to his will and restores his long lost powers, bringing Mythos back to life and changing everything about Colton’s life. Can Matt rescue Colton from Blue Bolt’s firm grasp? And in the shadow of Blue Bolt’s ability to fulfill Colton’s needs, will Matt be able to admit that he wants to be the master that Colton serves with his heart, soul, and most importantly, with his body?

The Review

What happens to Heroes and Villains once they “burn out”?  They get older, lead different lives, loose touch with one another, until their power starts to come back. Now, it’s thirty some odd years later and a few of them that are now in their fifties, find they are in that situation. Matt “Hammer” Evans isn’t happy with his dilemma and it forces him to get back in touch with Professor Colton “Mythos“ Stephens. In fact, Matt never wanted to be a Chosen or a Villain and the past just makes it harder to see Colton again.  

When Matt visits Colton for the first time in thirty years and Colton finds Matt’s power is returning, Colton get’s the idea that he can help.  But Colton’s good intentions and his surrender to his kink, put him in the clutches of the evil and vile Leo “Blue Bolt”.  

Thomas “Anvil” Davos was Matt’s old partner, better known as ”Hammer and Anvil”.  Thomas shows Matt a video that Mythos has made and it sends Thomas and Matt on a rescue mission, before Colton really disappears.   Along the way they come across Serpent Mound, fight some zombie snakes and meet Boris “Cat Boy”.

Now, there’s a whole lot more going on from there! 

I have to admit, this is not what I routinely read but there’s a whole lot of weird, crazy, and fun going on in this novel.  After I got the players all straightened out in my head, this became a real page-turner for me.  Dani Hermit and Nevi Starr do a really good job at building this strange world with:  Disk, Priests, Legacy Program, Chosen, gems, marks and more incredible ideas. They present an in-depth look into all their fantastic characters that reveal all kinds of emotions:  guilt, jealousy, friendship, anger and they get into some fights too. There’s new things they learn about each other and it’s not without surprises and secrets.  For those that are sensitive, just fair warning, the story is somewhat dark, there’s BDSM and kink that get’s everyone into trouble.

As fas as characters go, Matt is level headed and just want’s a normal life.  Colton is smart, nerdy and has a kink that leads to all kinds of trouble.  Lucky for Colton, Matt knows how to keep him under control and calm.  There are plenty of secondary characters that are interesting and I’m sure there will be more to come as this series continues.  Two particular characters that stole the show: Thomas “Anvil” and Boris “Cat Boy” definitely get up to all kinds of high-jinks and the banter between them is hilarious. 

The deeper I got into this story, the more I thought that this would make an interesting graphic comic or hero/villain movie, but it would definitely be X-rated.  I highly recommend “Burn Out” for anyone who likes heroes and villains. Dani Hermit and Nevi Star deliver an intriguing cliff-hanger at the end.  I was throughly entertained with “Burn Out” and plan on following this series. 

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams. 


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