Villainous (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #2) by Kristen Brand


The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4.2  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Valentina Belmonte isn’t evil anymore—honest. She’s hung up her supervillain costume, retired to Florida with her family, and hasn’t committed a crime in years. (Well, not a felony. What’s a misdemeanor here and there if you don’t get caught?) This time, she’s not the one in trouble with the law—her goody-two-shoes, former superhero of a husband is.

He saved her life two months ago but committed a spectacular amount of assault and property damage along the way. The feds plan to press charges…unless Val does something for them in exchange. Apparently, an old friend of hers is importing a deadly drug that gives people temporary psychic powers. The feds want to send in Val with a wire to get evidence to bring him down. Sounds simple enough, but things turn deadly fast, and Val finds herself up against another supervillain—one who can out-play her at her own game.

Val’s worried she’s gone soft since retirement, but if she doesn’t get the feds the evidence they need, her husband will end up rotting in one of the most hellish prisons in the country…


Genre(s):  Superhero, Fantasy

Series:  The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #2

Length:  164 (estimated)

Release Date:  September 28, 2015



“This is Agent Nicole Lagarde,” said the prosecutor. “She’s here to make sure everything goes smoothly.”

“To make sure I don’t mind-control you into dropping all charges and then telling me your bank account information, you mean,” I said.

The prosecutor tugged at the collar of his shirt as he sat down. “That, too.”


My Opinion

This book picks up where the last one ended, taking us back to retired superhero Dave del Toro and his wife Valentina Belmonte. After saving her life two months before, he might now have to go to jail – unless Valentina gets sufficient evidence against a drug trafficker. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Villainous, Kristen Brand has created a thrilling story of a loving wife trying to keep her husband – a former villain with superpowers – out of jail. Villainous is a gripping and touching read with human characters, not only enjoyable for superhero fans. You get to know the characters better and better as the story proceeds, the nerd in me had reasons to chuckle and also hold my breath along the way. I was drawn into the story – trying to stay one step behind Val.  😉

This is for you if you like thrilling suspense with twists and a mixture of strange events and sometimes funny situations.

This is the entertaining second instalment of a superhero series.


In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person


About the author

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she’d want telekinesis so she wouldn’t have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she’s not writing, she’s usually reading novels or comic books. Hero Status is her first novel.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Villainous?  Or – if you did not yet read Villainous  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Villainous was filmed – who should direct them, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



6 thoughts on “Villainous (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #2) by Kristen Brand

  1. Pingback: Almost Invincible (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #3) by Kristen Brand #BookReview @brandedkristen – My train of thoughts on…

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