Book Reviews

Who We Truly Are (Enhanced 2) by Victoria Sue at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Agents/Spies / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 14-July-2017

Book Blurb

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?

 

Book Review

I had a strong suspicion the author wasn't going to rest until she made ‘Enhanced’ into a series, and I for one, am thrilled. There are several other members of the H.E.R.O. squad, a SWAT level trained unit combining enhanced with humans… although Finn is currently the only human onboard. Regardless, I am very happy that this second book focuses, again, on Finn and Talon, mainly because I'm positive there are far more revelations to come.

“It was so easy to forget he was a killer when that green-eyed stare rested on his. When the most beautiful smile he’d ever seen lit Finn’s face, directed at him. But he could kill with a thought, and the nightmare that he might do that to Finn didn’t just come during the night; it was around him all the time. Every second of every day, and he simply didn’t know if he could live with it any longer.”

Finn goes undercover, much to Talon’s dislike, in a group home for human and enhanced boys. It would appear that enhanced boys are being taken and then their bodies are turning up. Finn is the only member of the team who can pass for seventeen, much to his dismay, so he's it. Some of the enhanced boys at the group home just about broke my heart. The thought of waking up one morning, changed in a fundamental genetic way through no fault of their own, and being rejected by the people who are supposed to love them no matter what, is heartbreaking. Much like so many GLBTQIA+ today.

There is a whole lot more going on here than missing enhanced boys, however. There are politics, people trying to tear their team apart, Talon’s abilities are taking a huge, and very powerful turn, and no one knows who they can trust. Not to mention that Talon’s overwhelming fear of Finn being hurt is destroying their relationship because Finn believes that Talon sees him as not capable of doing the job. It also doesn't help that Talon has yet to express how he feels to Finn, leaving Finn with a lot of anxiety about the status of their relationship.

“It had always been the same. All the way through his life. Not quite good enough. Never good enough. Not good enough to ever get his brother’s respect. Not good enough to get his mother’s love… and not quite good enough to keep his dad from blowing his brains out.”

An insanely exciting conclusion with fire, metal deconstructing, chemicals exploding… yep, it was intense and I adored it. I loved all the intrigue and political machinations, plus the additional background I got on the team members. I'm really looking forward to more books as these men are fascinating and so is the worldbuilding. Oh, Ms. Sue, thank you for pairing Gael and Jake together at the end. I can't wait to see what kind of sparks they're going to throw each other's way!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 206 pages/74158 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-July-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/who-we-truly-are-by-victoria-sue-8670-b