Title: The Strength of His Heart (Enhanced #4)
Author: Victoria Sue
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 214 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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.
I’m not going to lie, the ending to the case part of the plot of this story confused the hell out of me. I don’t know if there were just too many characters or if it was the writing, but I had a hard time following along and figuring out what was happening and why. I had to constantly go back and reread whole sections, if not chapters, to understand at times. There were also several points brought up and then dropped, like Vance’s metabolism and heart, that left me with more questions than answers.
The Strength of His Heart felt jumbled and rushed…particularly the supposed “romance” between main characters Vance and Sam.
I’ve been looking forward to Vance’s romance with Sam since Vance first met Sam as “Angel” when Sam was working undercover for the DEA in Beneath This Mask. Sam’s had a particularly rough life and isn’t prepared to deal with the feelings that Vance clearly has for him. So he shuts him down. But then he kind of doesn’t. Even though this is a dual POV from both Sam and Vance, I never felt like I really got to know Sam and his motivations or dreams.
I hated how very limited the romantic interactions between Vance and Sam were and how the “romance” between Sam and Vance was non-existent with Vance pining for Sam for literally 95% of the story. I felt so badly for poor Vance who just wants to love and be loved. Vance is such a great character, but I didn’t feel like he was well represented in this book. I thought there would be far more romance than there actually was between them, but Sam and all his issues were a real pain in the ass to slog through and there isn’t any real pay off or relationship building.
The writing just felt different from the other Victoria Sue novels I’ve read, including the other books in the Enhanced series. I kept wondering if this was just something to fulfill a contractual obligation, because it honestly didn’t feel like there was a connection to the characters and storytelling I usually find with a Victoria Sue novel.
Sorry guys, this was a miss for me, but I’m not giving up on this series. Hopefully I’ll love the next one more.