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: Belen
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…
NOTE: While Guarding His Melody is set in the world of ENHANCED, it has little to nothing whatsoever to do with Talon and his crew in Florida.
When thirty-seven year old, short-term bodyguard for hire, Gray Darling is hired to protect twenty year old Sebastian Armitage, from a confirmed high risk—verified threat, he doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the kid. As Gray learns more about Seb, including the threats around him, he struggles to maintain a professional distance. But what happens when your closeness is the only thing that makes someone feel safe?
All his life he had felt wrong. Wrong in his body. His home wasn’t the safe space he needed. His own body let him down time and time again. But here, with Gray, he didn’t need anything else, and he could just be.
Told in a dual POV, the story focuses on the threat to Seb and the lengths Gray goes to protect him. There is some romance, but just to be clear, it’s slow build and partially off page. Guarding His Melody‘s fast-paced with some light action, slow burn, hurt/comfort, and a happy ending.
My only complaint is the epilogue somewhat confused me, specifically: why were Talon, etc. there when they really had nothing to do with the story and there’d been no page presence to explain the camaraderie and friendliness? I sort of felt like a chapter or section got cut by accident. It just felt forced and didn’t flow as easily as the rest of the story had.
In the end, I liked the characters and story on the whole, though it’s definitely a departure from the rest of the series, the world-building that Victoria Sue has so carefully and lovingly drawn shines through on this quieter installment in the Enhanced world just as brilliantly as it has for the rest of the series.
This also opens up so many possibilities of where Sue could take the series eventually. It’s so exciting! I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.