Holiday Heroine is the sixth and final volume in Kuhn’s “Heroine Complex” series. The story of the heroic trio from San Francisco has once again circled to Bea Tanaka. It’s time for her to learn the lesson that when one leans into their strengths (even if others say they are faults) and reaches out for help when needed, one can truly flourish to be their best self. This was the what Evie and Aveda needed to learn in volumes four and five.
Bea loves living in the tiny island town of Makawao on Maui. She’s made a new community of close friends and is supposed to be “thriving” as a demonology researcher. Part of the move was to become more independent and grown up. Bea has stopped coloring her hair in hues of blues and purples and no longer creates poster boards with glitter and craft supplies to share her ideas. Trying to blend in for once and be adulty. What Bea is terrified of sharing with her family is that she is not “thriving” and worries that her relationship with Sam is falling apart due to the long distance. However, she desperately wants everyone to think she is totally fine and they never need to worry about her.
Christmas is the ultimate holiday to Bea and must be reveled in. Every moment should be spent celebrating the season from cookies and decorations to holiday movie marathons in onesies. Six month pregnant Evie, Nate, Aveda, and Sam are coming to have a Christmas in summer with Bea in Hawai’i and it should be marvelous but instead she’s tied up in knots. Worried about projecting the proper image of an adult. But that’s not the only thing on Bea’s mind, she has seen a mini-kaiju, and thinks she may have slipped through time?!
Holiday Heroine is full of Christmas holiday romance tropes and makes for a fun read. This would have been especially nice to read closer to the season but there was a bingo square to be filled out and I already had this on the shelf! This is a great conclusion to the “Heroine Complex” series. At the end of Holiday Heroine, our badass trio is the healthiest mentally and happiest they’ve ever been, individually and as a family. I’m sorry to not have new Heroine adventures to look forward to but am excited for what Kuhn comes up with next.
Note: A Christmas tree covered in hearts felt appropriate for the bingo square.