Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Beneath this Mask
SERIES: Enhanced Book 3
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 206 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018
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.
This is the third book in Victoria Sue’s Enhanced series and one that is already eagerly anticipated by her fans. You will not be disappointed as this is yet another solid book that although mainly about Gael and his new partner Jake expands on the overall story arc and provides further information about this different but seemingly growing and relevant community of people who have such different and varied powers. You should definitely read this series in order as they are not really standalone books and you would lose so much of the world building and background of the characters.
Gael wears his scars, quite literally, as his armour against a world that so far has not been either kind or fair to him. Very few people see past that armour enough to realise that he is really a softie at heart and is desperate for someone to share his life with. Before any of that can happen though Gael must learn to trust and trust is the last thing on his mind when introduced to his new partner Jake who is a former member of the Enhanced Police Unit. Jake may have quit his last job over the way the Enhanced were treated but Gael is leery of any regular never mind one that worked for a group that makes his teams life as difficult as possible.
Alongside some pretty well written and thought up action, we all like a good villain now don’t we, Gael and Jake rise above their problems and their broken pasts to form a solid relationship. There isn’t any overplayed drama or angst but rather a very natural progression to lovers that heals them both in similar ways. The story moves the entire series along nicely and sets us up for next one with some nicely placed teasers – I for one can’t wait to see what comes next!