Book Review – Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue

Enhanced #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 205
Characters: Talon Valdez/Finn Mayer
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Series, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal

Blurb:
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.

Buy Link:
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/five-minutes-longer-by-victoria-sue-7839-b

Review

I got hooked by this story from the very first page. What often makes or breaks a story for me is its characters, and I loved the contrast between Finn and Talon. While Talon has powers, Finn has had to find a way to work around his dyslexia, and hold onto his dreams despite the shitty hand life has dealt him. While his brother did come across as a little stereotypical at first, sadly it reflects life and some of the people who populate it a bit too well. There’s another character I’m keeping my eye on who I suspect is not the nice guy he portrays himself to be, but time will tell.

The world building in this story is interesting, especially with the way it could be present day, but for the twist of the enhanced gene that becomes active in some at puberty. I thought the fact that 50% of humans distrust those who are enhanced was very realistic. Some might argue that parents wouldn’t turn their back on their own children, but sadly this has been shown to be true as well.

The story itself kept me reading way too late several nights in a row for just one more chapter… It’s gripping, and I thought the action scenes were well written, and edge-of-the seat.

I was really happy to learn that this is the first in the series, and I already have book two loaded on my tablet as part of my TBR list. Although the ending of this one is satisfactory for now, I figured Finn and Talon’s story wasn’t over, and I’m hoping the other team members of HERO (Human Enhanced Rescue Organisation) will get their own stories, as it’s obvious they have them to tell.

When I read a review copy, I usually take a lot of notes about what happens—and my reaction—for said review, but with this story I got so caught up with the characters and everything happening that there’s very little written down. It’s the reason it has queue jumped my review pile ahead of books I’ve read and still need to write reviews for!

I’d recommend Five Minutes Longer to readers who enjoy reading romances with suspense, interesting world building, and characters who stay with you long after you close the book. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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