Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan ** Blog Tour**

 Welcome to my stop on the blog tour to celebrate the publication of Spandex and the City on 18th May.

‘Could you please . . . possibly . . . possibly forget we ever met?’

I thought of how much I wanted to be a journalist. I thought of what a gigantic scoop this was. I noticed how downcast and miserable he looked.

‘You know,’ I said. ‘None of the pictures on the internet of the people who are supposed to be you are actually you.’

‘I know,’ he said.

‘I mean, Ultimate Man . . . you sound like a bra.’

‘I know,’ he said. ‘All the good names were taken.’


Mild-mannered publicist Holly Phillips is unlucky in love. She’s embarrassed beyond belief when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be ‘Ultimate Man’ – a superpowered hero whose rescue attempt finds her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day.

But when Holly's fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn - and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Can Holly find love, or is super dating just as complicated as the regular kind?


    When I was offered a copy of Spandex and the City to review, I accepted knowing that it didn't look like my usual sort of book. One of the great things about blogging is the chance to read a great variety of books and step outside your comfort zone. So it proved with this book which turned out to be great fun. I soon learnt to take it with a giant pinch of salt!

A quirky, funny read, it features Holly Phillips who meets a superhero with the unusual name of Ultimate Man. Those who are au fait with the superhero genre will recognise all sort of references which went over my head, I am sure, but there was still enough to keep me amused. In addition, there is the inevitable boy meets girl situation.

    Probably the most interesting character , in my opinion, has to be the so-called villain, Frederick Cecil, who hatches a plan to turn off the internet. Knowing how dependent society seems to have become on the internet, I can appreciate the anguish at the loss of it. You only have to sit on a train and watch everyone glued to their smartphones to grasp how used everyone is to being in contact with everybody else, all the time.  It does add another level to the story, prompting you to consider the power of technology in our daily lives. Fast paced, with some far-fetched situations and laced with humour, Spandex and the City proved to be a fun read.

In short: superheroes, romance, a dash of humour and a gentle dig at 21st century popular culture.

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and Little Beach Street Bakery. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Under the Jenny T. Colgan pen name, she has also written the Doctor Who tie-in novel Dark Horizons and Doctor Who short stories Into the Nowhere, Long Way Down and All the Empty Towers.  Jenny is married with three children and lives in Scotland.       

You can connect with Jenny on    Twitter    Facebook and on her  Website.

Thanks to Clara Diaz and the publishers at Little, Brown for a copy of the book and a place on the Blog Tour.

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