Author ~ Victoria Sue
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 2nd December 2016
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives—four weeks for them to survive.
This is a paranormal romance centring on a newly formed FBI task force that comprises both enhanced and regular humans. Enhanced humans tend to transform at puberty when a mark appears on their face, they then develop, somewhat unpredictably, a form of enhanced power. They are reviled by the general public with lots of parents disowning their children if they transform. It seems everyone is scared of the power they have and the unpredictable nature of it. They are not allowed health insurance, access to jobs, and they certainly can’t serve in security or military forces. The children are often taken into care & adults find themselves locked away.
Talon Valdez is an enhanced human who eventually gets the chance to set up a new task force, Human Enhanced Rescue Organisation (HERO), but the team has to work with regular humans. Distrustful of them and their ability to keep any secrets, they deliberately set up the regulars to fail. The team are an interesting bunch and we start to get to know them and their back stories during the book. I connected with a few of them that we got to see a lot of and I liked the powers the team members’ had as they tended to be a bit different to ones I’ve previously read about.
Finn Mayer is the newest regular human recruit. Having always been his life’s ambition to serve in the FBI, his undiagnosed dyslexia prevents him from achieving this. When he gets a phone call offering him this opportunity to serve with the enhanced he jumps at the chance, especially as it takes him away from his god awful mother and brother at home. It’s always good to have villains and this book has a few.
There are some teething problems for Finn and the rest of the team, but during the story these are ironed out. They find themselves in the unique position of trying to change the public’s perception of the enhanced, but they meet with a few issues that disrupt this. There’s a bank robbery and foster children going missing and they also have to deal with a megalomaniac who wants the enhanced to take over the running of the country. The standoff at the end of the book had my heart in my mouth, it was intense and gripping.
The romance develops between Talon and Finn very tentatively and sometimes Talon messes up, well a lot actually. I felt like shouting at him quite a few times, luckily Gael, one of the other enhanced team members, was able to do that for me. Talon does eventually pull his head out of his ass but I was wondering if it was going to be too late. Finn has never had a relationship of any kind before as he was so focused on getting into the FBI and wanted nothing to stand in his way. Talon is his first and I did like the way Talon was softer and more gentle with him. I think Talon’s problem came from thinking himself unlovable as his past shows he can be unpredictable, or rather the nature of his power can be. Finn suffers a little like Talon with a bit of a lack of self belief. However, by the end of the book we have them together with a bit of a HFN.
I would like this to develop into a series as its premise is good and we have room for expansion of the team members and the enhanced powers that are still developing and changing. Also, to see how things progress with Talon and Finn. Overall, a great read with a page turning ending!
Meet Victoria Sue
Has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids' adventure stories, she would go raid her Mom's. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.
She's still in love with them. Any size, any shape, any creature —love is love, no matter what it says on the box.
In fact if they don't fit very neatly into any box she loves them even more!
She has a very patient husband and three wonderful children. In 2010 in search of adventure they all moved from the UK to the US and are happily settled in Florida.