Title: Five Minutes Longer (Enhanced #1)
Author: Victoria Sue and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 25th 2017 by
Genre(s): M/M Science Fiction / Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
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.
Five Minutes Longer was a thrill ride! Action-packed from almost the beginning, so much happens to these characters and the story takes place in less that two weeks! There is strong pace that doesn’t let up, some sexy times, and the beginning of a romance between human Finn and enhanced Talon.
Mostly I was really happy this was told in a dual POV, because without it I might have really hated Talon based on his actions. But for real though? I just felt bad for Finn in this. Man, the guy has had a really rough week.
“He hasn’t had a good week, really.”
I’m so happy I grabbed this up on audio! Nick J. Russo doesn’t disappoint. He makes this a fun listen, with great character voices, a steady pace, and good tone. Every audio I listen to Russo seems to be getting better – honing his craft and giving great performances.
All in all I thought it was an interesting story, but I would have liked a little more world building. Though this doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, not all loose ends were tied up, so it’s a nice set up for a series.
I am definitely down for listening to the sequel if Nick is narrating it.