From acclaimed comics writer Alex de Campi, a sexy (prose) novel about an agency that specialises in breaking up relationships, with a side hustle in the occult.
Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Romance
Publication Date: June 22, 2021
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing / Solar
Evie Cross had big dreams of becoming an investigative journalist but at 25 and struggling to make it in New York City, she’s finally starting to admit that her dream is her side hustle and her day job is actually…her job. That is, until she signs on as a temp for a small consultancy whose principal, Misha Meserov, specializes in breaking up relationships. Misha is tall, infuriatingly handsome, and effortlessly charismatic—he can make almost anyone, man or woman, fall into bed with him. And he often does.
But the more Evie is exposed to Misha’s scandalous world, the more she becomes convinced that he’s hiding something… when a wealthy San Francisco tech CEO with a dissolving marriage starts delving into the occult and turns up dead, Evie has to decide between her journalistic desire for the truth and her growing desire for Misha.
I wasn’t expecting quite as much as I got with this book, which is a good thing! It’s a supernatural thriller, with over 18 age romance sprinkled through (one steamy hotel scene in particular comes to mind).
The story follows Evie as she begins work at an agency who specialise in breaking people up through whatever sultry or underhand means deemed necessary. When some mysterious deaths point to her new boss, Misha, Evie is catapulted into a supernatural world that she never knew existed. Together, Evie and Misha investigate a case that changes everything.
From the outset I enjoyed the characters, particularly the female lead, Evie, who I found relatable and funny. The other female characters were all well developed and brought a richness to the story that kept me going.
Then there was Misha, the hot, muscles made of rock, supernatural, swoon worthy poster boy. I could go on. Although he was less relatable or perhaps believable, there were still interesting facets to his character, sexuality and life experience.
I found Heartbreak Incorporated well written; the descriptions and scene setting really captured my imagination. It took a bit of building before I got a sense of where the plot was going, but once that kicked in, it was a fast paced train until the end.
This is a great cross genre book that I found original (not too much swooning), funny and intriguing. I’d love for this to be a series of cases for Heartbreak Incorporated!
Thank you to Storytellers on Tour and Alex for having me on this tour! There are lots of great hosts taking part so make sure and have a look at their reviews too.
Rebellion (ebook): https://rebellionpublishing.com/product/heartbreak_incorporated/
UK Paperback: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/426/9781781089125
Alex de Campi’s mostly-indie career stretches from her Eisner-nominated debut Smoke (Dark Horse) through recent Eisner nominees Bad Girls (Gallery 13) and Twisted Romance (Image). Plus company work: she’s killed off most of Riverdale, twice, in Archie vs Predator I & II. Her next projects are YA adventure The Backups (Imprint / MacMillan, 2020) and a thriller with director Duncan Jones. Catch her YA adventure Reversal on her Patreon, and action-thriller Bad Karma on Panel Syndicate. She also writes for TV and film (the Blade Runner anime & more). She is on social media as @alexdecampi. She lives in Manhattan.
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