TITLE: Beneath This Mask
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Enhanced World
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Paranormal; Sci-fi
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback
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 them. In a world where those with special abilities like Gael’s are regarded as freaks and monsters, it won’t be easy for him to rely on Jake to have his back, especially when the abilities of a vulnerable, enhanced, nonspeaking child make that child a murder suspect.
Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life.
Gael Peterson is an enhanced. He’s a member of the first enhanced team H.E.R.O. He’s confident…on the surface. Deep down, Gael is hurt, traumatized and alone.
Jake Riley is the new member of the H.E.R.O team, and he’s partnered with Gael. Jake tries his best to be part of the team and earn their respect. Nothing is simple between Gael and Jake, and their team investigation on a series of murders inside the enhanced community doesn’t help them much.
What Gael and Jake need is to take off their masks and trust each other.
Wow. Victoria Sue did a great job with this book.
I knew I’d love Gael’s book, but I didn’t know I’ll love it so much.
Gael is perfect, absolutely perfect. He seems confident and strong, but inside he’s still the little boy who was abandoned by his mom. He sees himself as an ugly man who can’t be loved. My heart broke for him and with him so many times in my read. I found him so beautiful.
Jake is what Gael needs—he’s sensitive, strong and honest. He loves to take care of Gael, loves to be there for him and give him comfort. And together they are so good, lovely and beautiful.
And then comes Derrick. I cried all the time for Derrick, happy tears, sad tears, all the tears that can exist in the human emotions, I give them to Derrick. I’m team Derrick.
The plot and the story were good and well-built with a good twist.
I loved how the author wrote about them, how she did the exact opposite of what people must have thought or expect of Gael or Jake. I loved how she presented Gael to us, just a human. And yes, it’s not because he’s huge, an enhanced, with an incredible gift and an amazing strength that he has to be like that all the time. What we see outside isn’t always what we can find inside. It’s easy to wear a mask and pretend to be someone else. It’s harder to be one’s self.
I can only recommend you for to read the two previous books of the series first, it’s better to have the full ride and you’ll enjoy it a lot.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to cry again, because I have to wait I don’t know how much time for the next book with Vance, I hope it’s Vance.
It’s 5 OptimuMMs for Gael, Jake, and Derrick.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***