Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.
Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.
As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song….
I’ve been enjoying the Enhanced series by Victoria Sue, and the characters in it, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel seeing a “side” story with characters who we haven’t met. Since we had no connection to either MC, I wasn’t sure if I’d like re-entering the world with just a knowledge of the world built. I seemed to have forgotten that the author’s strength is even more in character building, not just world building.
I will say I was somewhat confused with Seb’s hearing loss and enhanced ability. I wasn’t sure what caused what to happen with his ability. That being said I loved Seb’s attitude. He clearly loved his father, and those he allowed in, but he got to the point where he knew it was time to take control of his own life. That was a huge step for him, and allowed him to break out of his shell more.
Gray struggled with the age gap between him and Seb. Until he didn’t. 😄 The two were a good personality match, with Seb growing into himself as an adult, while Gray protected Seb, and still allowed him the freedom to make those choices.
The mystery surrounding Seb and who was threatening him was so simplistic, yet so realistic. It absolutely made sense, because that motive ties into so many crimes. But of course there was a little shocker thrown in there, as this author always dies.
My favorite part though, even as I felt Gray’s heart breaking, was Seb finally taking that last piece of control of his life and stepping away to become his own man before he became part of a couple. It was a necessary step for both men, in order to find out if what they had was going to be long lasting and worthwhile.
I definitely recommend stepping to the side of this series, and giving this one a read. Worth the ride.
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