Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Release Day Review: Beneath This Mask (Enhanced World #3) by Victoria Sue

beneath this maskTitle ~ Beneath This Mask

Author ~ Victoria Sue

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 16th January 2018

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Gael Peterson has spent years hiding behind the enhanced abilities he wears like a mask, even though he is an important, confident member of the FBI’s exclusive H.E.R.O. team. The hurt and betrayal of his mom’s abandonment and his father’s fists are secrets buried deep beneath the ugly scars on his face, and he doesn’t trust Jake, his new regular human partner, with any of them. In a world where those with special abilities like Gael’s are regarded as freaks and monsters, it won’t be easy for him to rely on Jake to have his back, especially when the abilities of a vulnerable nonspeaking enhanced child make that child a murder suspect.
Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life.

 

Jane’s Review

What a book! What a series! This is the third Enhanced world book and it really builds on the first two. I absolutely loved it and was totally absorbed into the world once again. This book focuses on Gael Peterson and his new regular human partner Jake. Gael is hiding behind his enhanced abilities and showing the world only what he wants them to see. He is hiding his past and all of the hurt he endured as a child after being abandoned by his mother and left defending his younger brother from the fury and fists of his father. The burns on his face tell another story and it's heartbreaking to read. This book is much angstier than the previous two and I had my heart in my mouth on more than a couple of occasions. Gael doesn't trust easily and so doesn't try to get to know his new partner and asks for Jake to be swapped to another team member, Vance. However just before the transfer happens Jake manages to breach Gael’s defences and they make a connection. They have an attraction to each other and I was glad that Gael finally let someone in. Jake is an absolute sweetheart and I fell in love with both him and Gael, their relationship is beautiful to watch unfurl. However, Jake’s background does throw a spanner in the works at one point as we discover how he's come to be on the H.E.R.O task force.

The plot in this book is fascinating and I was totally gripped. The enhanced are being targeted and in a very unique way.  Whilst I did guess correctly who was behind it, I felt sick reading it. What Gael endures as he's targeted by the serial killer will make your pulse race and heart pound and not in a good way. I was praying Jake and the rest of the team made it to him in time. The writing of this part was so brilliant, gripping and white knuckled, I was so totally there with Gael feeling everything he was going through. I hated the serial killer so much. I had quite the violent reaction to him and was praying he got what he deserved.

One of Gael’s enhanced abilities is his unrivalled language and communication skills. He uses this on a mute enhanced child Derrick who is a murder suspect, all tied in with the unfolding story. He manages to be one of the only people who can communicate with Derrick which he does through tactile signing. Gael’s connection with the child is heart melting and is a beautiful arc to the story. There are other characters we’re introduced to in this book and I defy anyone not to immediately fall in love with the mischievous but charming blue haired Angel. The ending of the story had a little angst I wasn't expecting, but it wrapped it up beautifully and I had a little tear in my eye at how it all worked out for Jake and Gael and I just loved being introduced to Vance’s new partner which sets it all up nicely for the next book.

This is a brilliant, well written, hard hitting and gripping instalment of the series which just builds on the first two books and is just getting better and better in my opinion. If you haven't read any of this series yet you really must add it to your list. Highly recommended.

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five minutes longerFive Minutes Longer (Book 1)

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.

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who we truly areWho We Truly Are (Book 2)


Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life.
Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he will have to do it alone.
Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?

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Meet Victoria Sue 

sue-bio-smVictoria Sue… Victoria Sue fell in love with love stories as a child when she would hide away with her mom’s library books and dream of the dashing hero coming to rescue her from math homework. She never mastered math but managed to dream up quite a few heroes. Loves reading and writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best—especially with a paranormal twist—but always with a happy ending. Is an English northern lass currently serving twenty to life in Florida—unfortunately, she spends more time chained to her computer than on a beach. Loves to hear from her readers and can be found most days lurking on Facebook where she doesn’t need factor 1000 sun-cream to hide her freckles.

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