The Strength of His Heart (Susan’s Review)

Title: The Strength of His Heart (Enhanced #4)
Author: Victoria Sue
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5


Enhanced World: Book Four

To protect and serve…. All Vance Connelly ever wanted to do was continue his family’s tradition and join the Tampa Police Department, but his dreams were crushed the day he woke with the enhanced mark on his face. After years of struggling to adjust to life as an enhanced human, by a stroke of luck, he met Talon Valdez and became a proud member of the FBI’s Human Enhanced Rescue Organization.

Samuel “Angel” Piper is eager to leave his DEA undercover work behind as he joins the HERO team as Vance’s regular human partner. But Sam’s painful past is ever present, just below the surface of the life he has built for himself as an ambitious young agent. When the team investigates rumors of a new drug using enhanced blood, the case’s mysterious connection to Sam threatens not just his life but Vance’s.

Trust doesn’t come easy for Sam, but Vance is willing to fight to convince his partner that the strength of his heart might be the salvation they both need.

It’s been quite a while since I read a romance book with almost no romantic development. And no matter how much I loved the first two books in the series, I really didn’t like this one. Even the writing felt different. I was often confused and just decided halfway to go with the flow and to stop trying to actually understand this book.

My biggest complain in this was Sam. I’m not sure why but I felt very disconnected from him. I felt as if he wasn’t really there. Even when the big reveal happened around 35% about his childhood, I didn’t feel any emotional connection. That was partly because I simply didn’t like him, but I also felt he was written in an unemotional way.

Then let’s talk about the romance, or should I say the lack of romance. This book started with Vance and Sam as partners. Vance is already in love with Sam, Sam knows this and tries to ignore it. He even says to Vance he’s not gay (BIG LIE). The rest of the book is things happening with their case about enhanced children.

Then there is kind of a sex scene somewhere around 60%, which of course ends bad. And then we have them sort of getting together at 90% and then they get into a fight at 92%, where Vance stops Sam in the middle of a sex scene because Sam didn’t prepare Vance enough (or at all). And then at the end Sam proposes, because he is scared he didn’t let Vance know he’s really committed to him. WTH?!?
There was no romance whatsoever throughout this book except for Vance’s pining. Sam didn’t even think about Vance all that much.

I’ve loved lots of other books by Victoria Sue, but I think I might have to throw in the towel with this series. The plot and the people confuse me and if the romance isn’t all that good either, then I’m not sure why I should continue with this series. And that saddens me. I used to be able to count on Victoria Sue’s books being winners, no matter what. 🙁

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