Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Guarding His Melody
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced (Standalone)
Heroes: Sebastian Armitage/Gray Darling
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A standalone in the Enhanced World
Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.
Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.
As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song….
Review: I’m a big fan of the Enhanced series, so I didn’t hesitate to grab this one, even though it is more of a side story than part of the actual series. It takes place in the same world, and while the other characters are talked about in a round about way, they don’t play any significant roles here.
Gray is a bit skeptical of his latest assignment, but decides to check it out before making his decision. When he meets Sebastian, he can tell something isn’t quite right, though he has no idea what is really going on. His job is to protect Sebastian, as a few deaths seem to be tied to him in one way or another – one was his piano tutor, the other his previous bodyguard. Sebastian is Enhanced, although it didn’t seem to have any positive effect on his deafness. His father has gone to great lengths to “cure” Sebastian’s deafness, but it is apparent the efforts are really taking a toll on Sebastian’s overall health. Gray commits to getting to the bottom of things all while getting to know Sebastian. It doesn’t take long for Sebastian to trust Gray, which is a good thing given there are secrets to be kept.
Although Gray has strictly been a short-term contract bodyguard, it becomes clear that an exception will have to be made for Sebastian. The two end up being exactly what the other needs, and I really enjoyed watching them help each other through their issues. My heart broke for Sebastian and all he was put through, and I was happy to see Gray make amends with his sister as well. This was a great side story that, while a stand alone, I was happy I already knew the background of the Enhanced. It made me eager to read more, and I can’t wait for the next installment in that series!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*