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Review: Scatter – Molly J. Bragg

Scatter - Molly J. Bragg

Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, Superheroes

LGBTQ+ Category: Bi, Lesbian

Reviewer: Lucy

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About The Book

When Deputy US Marshal Danielle ‘Danny’ Martin was told she’d gotten a promotion, she expected to be leading her own fugitive retrieval team. Instead, she got transferred to Pontian Florida of all places, and assigned to a Superhero support detail for Focus, a seemingly immortal superhero who is also one of the most famous lesbian icons on the planet.

Bad enough she’s got to spend every day working with a woman she’s had a crush on since she was five years old, but when she arrives at her new post, things start getting weird. It turns out that Focus asked for her by name, and it quickly becomes apparent that Focus wants to be more than just coworkers, or even friends.

After Focus has a violent reaction to Danny getting hurt in the line of duty, she starts looking into why the Superhero might be so fixated on her. She begins to suspect that seeing the future might be one of Focus’ powers, but when a mission leaves her stranded thirty years in the past, right at the start of Focus’s superhero career, everything becomes clear, except why the Focus in the past can barely seem to tolerate her presence.

The Review

I want to give this book all the hearts and gold stars and thumbs up at my disposal. Molly J. Bragg starts with an excellent premise, and then fleshes it out with fantastic characters, realistic dialogue, great action sequences, steamy sex scenes, and a story that simultaneously rips your heart out and makes it beat faster. 

Danny Martin doesn’t understand why she’s been put on the support team for a Superhero that she’s admired all her life. And neither does anyone else on her team. But, Danny is amazing. She is dedicated, good at her job, relentless at pursuing her questions, and determined to make the world better by her actions.

Focus has been a Superhero for a long time. For a while, she had a partner who fought by her side, and who disappeared as suddenly as she appeared. No one knows the full extent of Focus’ superhero powers, including the hero herself. But, she seems to keep herself apart from others, not quite unfriendly to those around her, but not openly friends with coworkers, either.

When Danny and Focus meet, their connection is electric – and unusual. And the encounter leaves Danny with a slew of questions that she wants answered. Then an interaction with a Supervillain goes awry, and Danny finds herself thrown back in time. 

Time travel usually has me running in the other direction. I can believe in superheroes, vampires, werewolves and the like, but time travel seems ludicrous, for whatever reason. Which is why I want to give Molly J. Bragg all the cookies. She took a premise that usually has my eyes rolling in my head like dice and made me a believer. I was turning the electronic pages as quickly as I could, and I was not happy when I had to put it down and rushed back to it as fast as possible. I loved everything about this book, including that it is apparently the first in a new series. 

Scatter is everything I love in a book, and more – an excellent read from start to finish, and really hard to put down. For maximum enjoyment, prepare the snacks and plan a time to read this fantastic story uninterrupted. 

The Reviewer

I’m an avid reader who loves pretty much all genres except math textbooks. As a kid, my parents exposed me to everything from fairies, hobbits, and dragons to the biographies of interesting people around the world, interspersed with poetry, plays, and music. Into adulthood, I spent a lot of years with my nose buried in various textbooks. Now, I read whatever grabs my fancy.

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