Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Five Minutes Longer
Author: Victoria Sue
Heroes: Talon Valdez/Finn Mayer
Genre: MM Pararnormal
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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 are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.
Review: What a great start to a new series! This is the story of a group of “enhanced” guys who have been trained as an elite “SWAT” type team in order to show the rest of the human population that they can be useful on the side of the law, as opposed to something that needs to be feared and hidden away. The new idea is to pair an enhanced with a human partner, thus creating team H.E.R.O. or Human Enhanced Rescue Organization.
Ms. Sue is wonderful at world building. Here, she has created a group of genetically enhanced characters who each have different and varying degrees of enhancements. For example, Talon, is able to slow down someone’s body organs, another can dissolve metal objects. When the team is created, none of the enhanced are on board, most especially their leader, Talon. Finn, who has been working to join the FBI, is brought on board to be Talon’s partner on a trial basis. From the outset, it seems likely he will fail, and the guys try their best to see that it happens. But, he surprises everyone at every turn, warming each team member up to him as he passes each task. Even after they learn Finn must either work out, or the team will be disbanded, the team, and Finn, have come to accept him as their team mate.
It takes a while for the trust to build. The enhanced are all keeping secrets from their superiors, not quite letting on the full extent of their abilities. They have a lot of work to do to win over the public and the people who would like to see the enhanced all put down. Through it tall, Finn and Talon grow closer, their chemistry is front and center right from the start. Talon knows he should not act on it, but finds it hard to ignore. They hit some bumps in the road before they finally get on the same page, but it is easy to see they make a good team both on and off the job.
This was an exciting read that grabbed me from the start. I absolutely loved the paranormal aspects which were unique and interesting with an X-men type feel, but make no mistake, it is a story all of its own. It is full of action and adventure, love and smexy times. There are some really interesting characters on the rest of the team, and I’m really looking forward to seeing these guys again in the next installment, which I hear is already in the works.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*