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.
Christelle's rating :
4th book of the “Enhanced” series. Not a standalone : this series, while featuring a new couple each time, follows a plot line and a band of “special” FBI agents.
Let’s be clear from the start : I love the world Victoria Sue imagined and seeing how it slowly evolves in each book from a massive prejudice to a better place. I just can’t get enough.
The setting is in a world where some kids randomly wake up with various superhuman capabilities. These enhanced humans are feared and greatly prejudiced. Mentalities and laws are slowly changing and the new FBI unit called HERO, a mixed of enhanced and regulars, helps by intervening when enhanced are involved, mostly trying to protect kids.
This time, we get to follow the huge teddy bear, Vance, with an incredible strength and a heart bigger than his stature, and Sam, his new regular partner, added to the team in the previous book : Beneath This Mask and who couldn't be more different than Vance, but for his dedication for his work and his team spirit.
I loved following them in their investigations about another wave of disappearing enhanced humans and some new drug experiments, getting more news about the previous secondary characters and some possible leads about the enhancing origins. And seeing a little bit of the development of the relationship between Vance and Sam.
It’s the instalment I enjoyed the most so far. A niggle though : I would have loved more pages about the development of the relationship between Vance and Sam and more on their HEA.
As it is the Christmas period, I’m going to make a wish : please, dear author, could you add more sexy times and steam ? You proved you’re good at that. That would make it perfect for me ! A greedy and enthusiastic girl can dream 😉
And now, I am eagerly awaiting the next adventures and the next couple : if it could be Eli and Daniel !!!
ARC of “The Strength of His Heart” was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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