Title: Guarding His Melody (Enhanced #4)
Author: Victoria Sue
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal, Science Fiction
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A standalone in the Enhanced World
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…
This is a tough one to rate. On the one hand we have my expectations, which were probably way too high, and on the other hand we have the story itself. I’m having a hard time distinguishing the two in my head.
My expectations were so high because it is Victoria Sue, and because I love the Enhanced series. But while the Enhanced series is filled with action, this was not. Not that there was no action, it was just all at the end.
20 year old Seb still lives with his father, since he has guardianship over him ‘til he turns 21. Seb is an enhanced, but seemingly without any powers. He is a bit of a musical prodigy and is very passionate about playing his piano, even though he is deaf and can’t hear a thing.
When it looks like someone is threatening Seb, his father assigns him a bodyguard.
Gray doesn’t know that to think of the Armitage household. There is the overprotective father who appears to love his son, but also wants Seb to continue having surgeries to be able to hear even though they make Seb sick. Then there is the head of security who seems to want nothing to do with Gray. Also the doctor who is really pushing Seb to have more testing and more surgeries. And then there is Seb himself.
Gray can’t figure Seb out. He doesn’t seem to have a real life and stays at home all the time. Except for when he has ‘therapy’ or surgeries he obviously doesn’t want.
But now Gray needs to figure out who wants to harm him…
While this was interesting and the storyline kept me entertained, I was a bit bored throughout the story. And that makes me sad. It’s a Victoria Sue book for heaven’s sake! I should have completely loved this.
And then the romance. While I can do a slow burn just fine, here I felt these guys were merely bodyguard and charge for 75% of the book. Now I know they were indeed forming a kind of friendship, but I was missing the real longing, the desire to be with each other. There was almost none of that.
Now that all sounds like I didn’t like it, but I did. It was just different from what I expected.
I think if there would have been a bit more furtive glances, a bit more flirting perhaps, or anything that remotely resembled them wanting each other, I would have given this book 5 stars. Because the story itself was intriguing. And I liked the overall quietness of the book. These guys spend time together without much interruption for a good part of this book. And I liked that. But I just wanted a bit more intensity between them. Even the one sex scene was over in 5 sentences.
For now I’m giving this 3.5 stars…