To protect and serve…. All Vance Connelly ever wanted to do was continue his family’s tradition and join the Tampa Police Department, but his dreams were crushed the day he woke with the enhanced mark on his face. After years of struggling to adjust to life as an enhanced human, by a stroke of luck, he met Talon Valdez and became a proud member of the FBI’s Human Enhanced Rescue Organization.
Samuel “Angel” Piper is eager to leave his DEA undercover work behind as he joins the HERO team as Vance’s regular human partner. But Sam’s painful past is ever present, just below the surface of the life he has built for himself as an ambitious young agent. When the team investigates rumors of a new drug using enhanced blood, the case’s mysterious connection to Sam threatens not just his life but Vance’s.
Trust doesn’t come easy for Sam, but Vance is willing to fight to convince his partner that the strength of his heart might be the salvation they both need.
(Book reviewed here previously)
Sigh. There is so much I love about this world and this series – but there is so much that I get frustrated with as well.
In this case – I was really unimpressed with Vance and Angel’s romance – which was a drag because I really thought Angel would be one of my favorite characters’stories based on his presence in other books.
I find myself skimming a lot in this story and I think the author could use a strong hand with an editor to really make these stories leaner and more powerful. There was just so much thrown in here that I found myself confused a lot which led to frustration and finally to indifference. Frankly, it was too much work to figure out who, what and where with this – even though I’d read all the books leading up to this book.
There is an awful lot of telling and not nearly as much showing as I’d like and the end result is more of a lukewarm romance than something that really sets the heart/pages on fire. When I read the next to last sex scene I was ready to be done with the entire series – it’s really awful – and if it hadn’t happened just near the end I would have DNF’d the book – it felt almost like non-consensual contact- though it wasn’t – and it happened almost at the end when our MCs are already supposedly in love and happy… it felt really uncomfortable and we didn’t get nearly enough Happy to make up for it.
2.75 rounded to 3 of 5 stars
I super love Nick J Russo. He makes any book better just having narrated it. I really enjoy his ability to do a plethora of characters with a variety of accents including women and children. This is a series with a metric ton of characters and Nick does an excellent job of giving each of them a unique sound. I enjoyed in particular his version of Luis and was able to make it through this story as an audiobook despite my reservations from reading it.
I’m still a big fan of this series and I definitely recommend the audiobook as a terrific way to enjoy this story.
5 of 5 for the narration