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 are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.
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I adored this story. I enjoyed all of the characters and the world Ms. Sue created. She weaves stories with characters you get attached to and worlds you get lost in and don’t ever want to come out of. I liked how we could see the history of the enhanced and the social-political climate surrounding the enchanced. There was an interesting backstory to the evolved humans. The way they fought for their rights was well written. You could see the parallels to other equal rights movements. Ms. Sue has a way with words that always pulls you into the story and doesn’t let you go until it’s over. I always love that feeling.
Finn hurt my heart. He was dealt a crap hand and struggled to rise above what was thrown his way. He was eager and wanted to impress his superiors. he was also loyal. Finn was someone you wanted to have on your side. He fell for Talon quickly but you could tell he was scared they wouldn’t be returned. He encounters some pretty bad situations throughout the book. It’s almost as if he’s a magnet for trouble. However by the end you can tell he’s deeply happy.
Talon put up a front of not giving a crap about Finn, but you can tell he’s just lying to himself. He’s got deep feelings but is reluctant to show them. He takes his role of team leader seriously. He makes sure the rest of the enhanced aren’t ever put at risk of not not having options. He struggles to accept he’s worthy of happiness. But Talon also wants to be loved even if he’s not ready for it through most of the story. By the end of the book he’s finally realized he can have that joy in his life.
Finn and Talon are wonderful together. They compliment each other well and feed off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Once the others on the team accept Finn, Talon lets himself trust Finn. I’m eager to see more about all of the other team members. You can tell there’s more to their abilities than they’re letting on. We get hints about their past and I can’t wait to learn more about each guy on the team. Seeing Finn and Talon dance around each other at first was lovely. They had their ups and downs over the course of the story. But ultimately they were just right for each other. They have such a sweet happily ever after. I’m hoping in the next book we get to see their relationship continue to grow.
Four and a half
Wrote her first book on a dare from her hubby two years ago and he says he has regretted it every day since. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best – especially with either a paranormal or a historical twist. Had a try at writing contemporary but failed spectacularly when it grew four legs and a tail. Loves her wolves! Is an English northern lass but is 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.