Thursday, January 18, 2018

Featured Guest Author: Beneath This Mask (Enhanced World #3) by Victoria Sue. Includes Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway.

Background Black

We are thrilled to have Victoria Sue with us at Sinfully today to celebrate the release of Beneath This Mask, the third installment of her Enhanced World series. Go check it out!



“Well, well. Look what we have here.”

Gael didn’t so much as raise an eyebrow to acknowledge the mocking tone. He didn’t need to look. He knew who it was.

Shit. So much for him trying to face his fears.

“Are they even allowed in here?” a second voice said.

“Better let Bernie know. I mean, he’s gonna want to know he’s got an infestation problem in his bar,” the third voice crowed.

“Oh, I think we can take care of his rodent problem.”

Gael did look up then, straight into the murky green eyes of Sergeant Mac Carmichael, ENu team leader and general all-around douchebag. Gael yawned deliberately, as much to calm his racing heart as for effect. He took the last swallow of his beer, almost giddy with relief that he didn’t have to choke down a full glass. An empty glass was an excuse to leave, right? No one was chasing him out.

“Just let me know when you take care of your personality problem as well,” Gael drawled and stood to leave.

Carmichael’s hands fisted, but Gael had at least a very satisfying three inches on every one of the guys standing in front of him. He took a step toward Carter, and the man stepped backward. Gael dwarfed a lot of regular guys, and the five feet eleven inches of Mac’s teammate didn’t even merit a thought. In fact, if Gael had found the situation at all amusing, he would have laughed. But as it was, he was struggling to keep his beer still in his stomach and to make sure none of them knew that.

“Hey, Mac,” one of the two guys entering the bar called. Carmichael glanced at them and then back to Gael.

“We still need to have a little talk about your new partner. No one interferes with my team,” he added threateningly, then turned sharply to greet his friends.

Gael threw a twenty on the table and walked out. Slow. Unhurried. Like he had all the time in the world. Not like he wanted to run. His new partner? Carmichael could have Jake Riley back anytime he said the word.

Gael cleared the door at the same time as a mob of drunken twentysomethings fell out of the bar entrance opposite him, and Gael—heart about to pound out of his chest—ducked his head and slipped into an alley.


It was dark. No way they could see his face, his scar. Making all six feet four inches of him invisible was downright near impossible, but he would try.

They all stumbled past, and Gael had a second to wonder what the hell he had been thinking, coming out in the first place, when every hair on the back of his neck rose, and one hand went for his gun as he turned sharply.


Gael stared at the man—boy?—standing stupidly with his hands raised in a surrender gesture.

“Settle down there, hotshot,” the man said, grinning. He lowered his hands slowly without being asked, seeming completely unfazed by Gael’s hand on his Glock, by his scar, or by his mark. Gael relaxed his arms and gazed at the pint-sized guy. He wasn’t a child, Gael realized now that he could see him properly, but he had to be a good five years younger than Gael’s own twenty-eight. Gael’s eyes roamed over the spiky blue hair and laughing blue-gray eyes. He had more freckles on his nose than Vance’s niece had on her entire face. The fact that the guy barely had any clothes on made Gael wonder if he was going clubbing, though it wasn’t even eight o’clock.

The guy took a step closer, and Gael resisted backing up. He had to be, what, five feet four, if that? And there was definitely nowhere to hide a weapon in those tiny black shorts—so tight he would be lucky to be able to bend down—or the ripped neon green T-shirt that strategically displayed both nipple piercings.

“You okay?”

Everything in Gael wanted to suddenly scream no until he saw the man was looking at him with concern, worry, and something else Gael wasn’t sure about. He took another breath, forcing air into his lungs. He hadn’t had a reaction like that in a long time, but then, it was the first time he had gone drinking in a public place on his own in what seemed ages. Make that never.

“Maybe we can get a drink?” the guy interrupted Gael’s thoughts with a purr, and a bright purple painted nail lightly scored Gael’s chest.

Gael finally processed the other look on the guy’s face, and his mouth fell open slightly. “Wait, what? You’re propositioning me?” The question came out on a squeak, and the guy smiled wide and then arched an eyebrow that definitely had been plucked and tweezed at some point. Gael was dumbstruck. The mark of the enhanced was usually enough to send regular humans running for the hills, but couple that with the ugly way the left side of his face puckered and twisted from the burn injury, and most people didn’t hang around for a second glance. And this guy… was smiling?

Gael narrowed his eyes. He must be high, drunk, and blind. Talon had been propositioned before, but not Gael. One evening when they’d both had way too much of the Dutch vodka Talon liked, he had told Gael how he used to regularly hook up. That some guys got off on the danger. Enhanced could and sometimes did lose control, and Gael supposed if that was what one was going for, a mind-blowing orgasm would help hurry things along. The funny thing was that Talon was the most tightly controlled individual Gael had ever met, and of all of them, the least likely to lose it.

“We could go somewhere quiet?”

Gael did take a step back then—not because he was frightened, but because he honestly had absolutely no idea how to respond. “You wanna be careful,” Gael cautioned, and the young man smiled.

“Why, you gonna go all Superman on me?”

Gael nearly groaned. The Superman teasing because of Finn was out of control. Gael had hoped in the five months since the unit had been “outed” in the papers, things would have died down, but the press were worse than ever.

“No,” Gael said dryly and lifted his T-shirt, clearly showing his gun this time. “Because solicitation is going to get you locked up.”

The guy tilted his head in consideration but still didn’t look intimidated. “You got a badge to go with that Glock, big guy?”

Gael’s eyes narrowed suspiciously, but just as he was about to ask the wannabe rent boy how he knew what Gael’s weapon was, his phone rang with the team’s alert notification. Sighing, he pulled his cell out of his pocket at the same time as the man took a step back, blew Gael a cheeky kiss, and pivoted to walk quickly around the corner. Gael’s phone rang again, vibrating angrily in his hand, and he glanced at the screen. It was Talon.


Beneath This Mask

Victoria Sue

BeneathThisMaskORIG_v2Series ~ Enhanced World (Book 3)

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Release Date ~  16th January 2018

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





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, enhanced, nonspeaking 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 :::

Purchase Links




Meet Victoria Sue

Victoria 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. – sign up for my newsletter and download a free story The Wrong Alpha





For your chance to win an eBook of your choice from Victoria Sue’s backlist, please leave a comment below.

Please leave your email address with your comment so we can contact you.

Good Luck!




  1. This book sounds so good. It is going on my tbr.
    heath0043 at gmail dot com

  2. I so love this series. I'm really looking forward to next book (I hope it is Vance's)

  3. Overtime I see this cover with Victoria's name on it my heart starts racing! I know a good time is ahead!

  4. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. This sounds like an interesting series. I would love to win an ebook from this author, I haven't read any of her books. My email is: Nicole9375 at aol dot com.

  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

  7. I read this excerpt and downloaded all three books. I don't know how I missed this series. Thanks for the hours of reading.😁 zetatau at hotmail for com.

  8. I have read and enjoyed the first two. I have bought this one, but haven't had the time to read yet, but I am trying.

  9. I'm just about to start reading this series!
    jlshannon74 at

  10. Ack! I need to read this series, because that excerpt has me hooked.


  11. Congrats and thanks for the post. I'm like the others. I feel like I need to catch up on what sounds like a great series. Just got the first one and look forwarding to starting it. And this cover, wow. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

    1. Congrats! You are our lucky winner of this post by Victoria Sue. An email is on its way to you :-)

  12. Thanks for the excerpt!
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

  13. This series is getting so good reviews. I have to read it soon

  14. Looking forward to giving the book a read. Congrats on your new book release in the series.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  15. congrats and enjoyed the excerpt
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

  16. Looks interesting, though I have to say it's the blurb and the mystery than got me curious more than the excerpt ;)

    foebz (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

  17. Really liked the cover. Can't wait to read.
    Yup. Mine.!!!
    fides fox (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Can't wait to read it. Moondrawn (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. This sounds right up my alley- would love to win the first one to start the series!


Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.