Title: Beneath This Mask (Enhanced #3)
Author: Victoria Sue
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal M/M
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
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.
I love this series. I do have to say that I still like Finn and Talon better, but Gael and Jake were pretty awesome together too!
You can’t read this book as a stand-alone. You have to read these in order or you’ll be totally lost.
Gael is part of the FBI’s H.E.R.O. s team. He has the power to make his skin impenetrable. He can also understand any language in the world. When he gets partnered with Jake, Gael knows their partnership can never work.
Jake is a former member of the ENu, the Police Enhanced Unit, but quit because the ENu treats all enhanced as criminals and Jake doesn’t want anything to do with them anymore. He knows he probably has to prove himself to his new team, but he really wants to be accepted. Especially by Gael, his new partner. But it seems that Gael doesn’t want a partner at all….
I really liked that both Gael and Jake had some traumatizing experiences in their past but weren’t assholes because of it (I’ve read that in other books too many times to count). They were both actually pretty sweet. Gael didn’t want a partner, but that was only because he felt he didn’t have a lot to offer a partner and because he was dealing with some personal problems.
I’m also very happy Victoria Sue doesn’t do unnecessary relationship angst. I always feel that the problems the couple faces or the fights they have, feel natural and are never simply to insert some angst into the story or to keep them apart. Jake and Gael were attracted to each other, then got to know one another and started a tentative relationship that eventually turned into love. Yes, they fought some at times, but never without reason.
Oh, I do have to say that I really liked the villain in this. (Liked as in, I hated his guts) I didn’t care about the villains in the 2 previous books, but here I wanted to shoot the dude, or kill him slowly.
And that ending! I think I might have found my new favorite (future) couple. I can’t wait to find out if the next book will be about Eli or about Vance. Both men have very promising love interests already!
Victoria Sue has quickly turned into one of my favorite authors. This series is filed with action, a very good plotline, lots of hurt/comfort and pretty sweet romances.