Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives—four weeks for them to survive.
This was a wonderful story. The world that includes the enhanced humans was well thought out and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything when it came to the background of the story. Talon and his team have continued to stand by the fact that they don’t want regular humans on their team. And in walks Finn, he breaks down all the walls that Talon has put up without really pushing to which is the most scary thing for Talon.
Finn isn’t quite what Talon expects from reading his file and can’t help but be intrigued by the different depths he has. Finn knows that being on this task force is his last chance to make his dreams come true, but his family, past and Talon’s issues may make it impossible for it to happen. Both have made some mistakes and make new assumptions that may tear them apart.
In this story I can feel how desperate Finn is to make this opportunity work and then his defeat when he knows that it’s never going to happen. Every time they get close Talon feels he has to push Finn away and keeps playing push and pull with his feelings. Once Talon gets some sense knocked into him he fully realizes the mistakes he has made and will do anything to get Finn back on the team and in his life. This is a wonderful beginning to what I hope is a new series and I hope to read more about these two and the other members of the team.
Cover art by AngstyG is great and sets the tone for the story well.
ebook, 216 pages
Published: December 1, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English