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Beneath This Mask (Enhanced, #3)

Gael Peterson has spent years hiding behind the enhanced abilities he wears like a mask, even though he is an important, confident member of the FBI’s exclusive H.E.R.O. team. The hurt and betrayal of his mom’s abandonment and his father’s fists are secrets buried deep beneath the ugly scars on his face, and he doesn’t trust Jake, his new regular human partner, with any of
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***4.5 Stars***

“A different set of eyes never sees the same picture.”

Gael Peterson does not want to feel attracted to this guy. He does not want to want him. Much less like him.

Jake Riley, former member of the ENu (short for Police Enhanced Unit), a kind of rather testosterone-ridden SWAT team that is called in everytime a so-called Enhanced seems to be out of control, reminds him of everything he hates about being different. Not only because of his special abilities, but also because



“A different set of eyes never sees the same picture.”


Gael Peterson does not want to feel attracted to this guy. He does not want to want him. Much less like him.

Jake Riley, former member of the ENu (short for Police Enhanced Unit), a kind of rather testosterone-ridden SWAT team that is called in everytime a so-called Enhanced seems to be out of control, reminds him of everything he hates about being different. Not only because of his special abilities, but also because of the ugly scars on his face. Even if his ability of having an impenetrable skin should give him all the security he needs, it is his uniform that makes him feel safe. And now said Jake Riley is about to turn his world upside down by not just being the newest member of Gael’s H.E.R.O. team, a special unit of the FBI consisting in equal shares of Enhanced and ‘regular’ humans, hell no, it is getting even worse: he is supposed to be his designated partner.

After fighting this partnership tooth and nail – unsuccessful I should add – he teeth-gnashingly accepts his fate and is in for a surprise. Working together is not the anticipated nightmare he feared it to be at first glance and when he discovers that his new partner is in fact not just a gorgeous face, but a decent and nice – not to say hot – guy, who has his heart in the right place, he suddenly stirs feelings in him that go way beyond being just collegial.


Home.



That one word was guaranteed to push every one of Gael’s buttons. It had always been a place. Somewhere secure. In his head Gael had always imagined a sturdy front door, protecting his space, his heart, strong enough to keep every one of his demons out. But it had always been a thing, a building. Suddenly it seemed like a person.

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For Jake his new partner is the most beautiful guy he ever met, scars notwithstanding. Strictly speaking, they even make him more attractive to him because they tell the story of his life. Despite having to fight personal demons of his own, he is intent on making this partnership work, not only on an operational, but also on a personal level. While their desire is sparking and their bond growing, they discover that their feelings for each other might already go deeper than both expected.

When the team’s still not solved case of Enhanced dying a brutal death by the hand of a vicious serial killer claims another victim and the life of a disabled enhanced child is at stake, the team apparently gets too close for comfort to the killer, who suddenly puts Gael in his crosshairs. Now Jake’s least of his problems is to convince Gael of his love. Now he has to give his all to not only stop the killer, but to save his lover’s life while time is about to run out.

Beneath This Mask was one of my most anticipated books for a long time and what can I say other than it was worth the wait!!! My crush on this series gets cemented with each new book and Jake and Gael really proved to live up to my expectations. I have to admit that I would have loved to get a little bit more of a quarrel between these two at the beginning, though, a bit more sparks flying aside from inside the bedroom, or the shower, or… Well, you know what I mean. The ‘ugh-I-can’t-stand-him’ over ‘okay-I-try-to-avoid-him’ to ‘damn-this-guy-is-awesome’ happened a tad too fast for me, but that is of course just a matter of personal taste. Don’t get me wrong, it was not all sunshine and roses from the get-go, of course there were some barriers to be broken down, but I missed a bit of a banter at the start. Wishful thinking aside, I loved these guys. I had a soft spot for Gael right from the start and Jake was the perfect match for him. Their chemistry was off the charts and the sex hot, but also very tender.

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“Stay,” Gael rasped.




Jake smiled and nodded. The one word seemed to clutch at his heart, and only a promise could be the answer. “Always.”

There were a few scenes where I had my problems following their train of thoughts and internally I was like: “Umm, guys… full sentences maybe?” But that is probably all on me and my lacking ability to concentrate at the moment.

The bad guy in this story creeped the hell out of me. I had a bad feeling about him all along, so I was not surprised that I was right, but I never would have thought that he was such a sick bastard. I am glad that my next read will be something other than a mystery because my murder plotting of book characters is getting more and more out of hand and my Kindle is leading a dangerous life nowadays. 😉

The ending gave me heart eyes and the way Jake proved his feelings to Gael and convinced him that he is in for the long haul made me all smiles and teary-eyed at the same time.

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I’m sure – well, I hope! – we will get to see more of them in the next book. I’m a bit torn about whose story I want next. I’m hoping for Eli, he is actually the one I’m dying to know more about, but I guess it will be about Vance and his new partner Samuel. And let me tell you, this is a guy who already pushed all my buttons. 😉

***ARC generously provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!***

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Susan

Jul 19, 2017

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4.25 stars

I love this series. I do have to say that I still like Finn and Talon better, but Gael and Jake were pretty awesome together too!

You can’t read this book as a stand-alone. You have to read these in order or you’ll be totally lost.

Gael is part of the FBI’s H.E.R.O. s team. He has the power to make his skin impenetrable. He can also understand any language in the world. When he gets partnered with Jake, Gael knows their partnership can never work.

Jake is a former member of the ENu, the P

I love this series. I do have to say that I still like Finn and Talon better, but Gael and Jake were pretty awesome together too!

You can’t read this book as a stand-alone. You have to read these in order or you’ll be totally lost.

Gael is part of the FBI’s H.E.R.O. s team. He has the power to make his skin impenetrable. He can also understand any language in the world. When he gets partnered with Jake, Gael knows their partnership can never work.

Jake is a former member of the ENu, the Police Enhanced Unit, but quit because the ENu treats all enhanced as criminals and Jake doesn’t want anything to do with them anymore. He knows he probably has to prove himself to his new team, but he really wants to be accepted. Especially by Gael, his new partner. But it seems that Gael doesn’t want a partner at all….

I really liked that both Gael and Jake had some traumatizing experiences in their past but weren’t assholes because of it (I’ve read that in other books too many times to count). They were both actually pretty sweet. Gael didn’t want a partner, but that was only because he felt he didn’t have a lot to offer a partner and because he was dealing with some personal problems.

I’m also very happy Victoria Sue doesn’t do unnecessary relationship angst. I always feel that the problems the couple faces or the fights they have, feel natural and are never simply to insert some angst into the story or to keep them apart. Jake and Gael were attracted to each other, then got to know one another and started a tentative relationship that eventually turned into love. Yes, they fought some at times, but never without reason.

Oh, I do have to say that I really liked the villain in this. (Liked as in, I hated his guts) I didn’t care about the villains in the 2 previous books, but here I wanted to shoot the dude, or kill him slowly.

And that ending! I think I might have found my new favorite (future) couple. I can’t wait to find out if the next book will be about Eli or about Vance. Both men have very promising love interests already!

Victoria Sue has quickly turned into one of my favorite authors. This series is filed with action, a very good plotline, lots of hurt/comfort and pretty sweet romances.

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An ARC of Beneath This Mask was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.
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