The Strength of His Heart (Audio Review)

Title: The Strength of His Heart (Enhanced #4)
Author: Victoria Sue and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 8th 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal / Science Fiction
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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 love Nick J. Russo and they way he makes every character come to life, but there’s a lot happening in this and the story itself sometimes felt disconnected to the way the rest of series has flowed for me.

I’ve been looking forward to Vance’s romance with Sam since Vance first met him as “Angel” when Sam was undercover for the DEA in Beneath This Mask and while I loved the narration, the story was a miss for me.

The first time I read this I thought there would be far more romance than there actually was between them, but there isn’t any real romantic pay off or relationship building. Please make sure when buying you understand this is a Paranormal / Science Fiction story and not a romance. In all, the writing feels rushed and disconnected from the other Victoria Sue novels I’ve read – including the rest of the Enhanced series.

I was hoping that listening to it might help me, and while I absolutely loved listening to Nick J. Russo, I’m still left with more questions than answers and without the romance I was craving for Vance and Sam.

Paranormal / Science Fiction with dual POV, action, HFN ending.

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Audio copy of The Strength of His Heart provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.

This was a miss for me, but I'm not giving up on this series. Hopefully I'll love the next one more. Paranormal / Science Fiction with dual POV, action, HFN ending.


  • For me authors I’m not familiar with I try them most time by listening to the audiobooks (that’s why I’m happy more audiobooks are being produced now more than ever, although not all are good quality but anyways). That’s how I started this series as well and I LOVED the first 2 books. But the 3rd and 4th, not even Nick’s narration could improve things. And with the added disadvantage of not have read the story things became even more complicated.

    Nick’s narration was great and on point. But the story especially for the 4th book was all over. We had names dropping left and right that I couldn’t keep up with, no relationship and romance development between Vance and Sam and then at the end their disastrous sex scene and the out of the blue happenings on the epilogue.

    • That’s pretty much everything I put in my original review. LOL I really hoped Nick’s narration would help. Unfortunately, it was a miss for me.


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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future
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