Review: Small Town Superhero II (Small Town Superhero #2) by Cheree Alsop

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Kelson has a new mission—keeping the people of his town safe in his disguise of the Black Rider. He and his new partner work together to keep criminals on their toes, but an even greater challenge for Kelson is coming face-to-face with his past and the demons that haunt him. When a new threat puts his school and the people he cares about in danger, he is forced to acknowledge how much it all means to him—even worth risking his life to protect.

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The Black Rider is still going strong.  Magnum is now his partner as they help the sheriff fight crime in Sparrow.  Kelson and Magnum try to keep up appearances so their secret identities are safe.  No one can know they are working together.  So they continue to be at odds at school.
Kelson’s fear catches up with him as his uncle’s barn catches fire and his cousin becomes trapped.  Magnum and his uncle rush to help but Kelson is frozen with fear as memories of his sister’s death swamp him.  He is shaken and feels guilt after he is able to move and helps pull his cousin out of the burning barn.
Then he is shaken again when Maddy’s mother dies.  His peaceful retreat now needs him.  He has no idea how to help her.  Past issues arise again for her and Kelson has to intervene.  Kelson is also kept busy as the Black Rider when a gang takes over the school, kidnapping Magnum.  Kelson has no idea if he will survive the next confrontation.  Maybe it’s time to hang up the Black Rider for good.
This story took off where the first on left off.  I had a harder time getting into this one even though there was a lot going on.  There may have been too much from the fire in the barn to Maddy’s mom and dad, then the gangs attacking. Kelson was so busy and emotionally drained yet the reader and character didn’t have time to react or process before the next thing happened.

I think part of the problem was some of the storyline was unbelievable to me.  I had a hard time picturing it after reading the first one.  The idea of the book was good.  I liked the characters and how they related to each other.  I also liked the setting.  Kelson was more comfortable with farm life.  He was also more comfortable with Magnum.  My main issue was there was too much Kelso had to deal with.  It was a bit overwhelming for the reader.  I give this story a 3 out of 5.

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