Thursday, December 28, 2017

Audiobook Review: Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue Narrated by Nick J. Russo #Review #Giveaway

Book: Five Minutes Longer
Series: Enhanced #1
Author: Victoria Sue
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Release Date: September 25, 2017
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

Reviewed by Morningstar


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.

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Since getting this audiobook to review I’ve listened to it a couple of times, that is how much I fell in love all over again, not just with the story, but with all the characters. I am not one to be drawn to cops or FBI type stories but you add enhanced humans and Finn Mayer, and I am THERE!

I read this book when it had first came out, and I was hooked and couldn’t wait for the next one. Nick, the narrator, made that feeling grow even more! Talon and Finn are by far one of my favorite couples in a romance book hands down. I cannot get enough of this unique story that the author has created.

The cast of characters in this story is fantastic. From each enhanced having their own special ability; some official, some not. To Drew the “regular” who I cannot quite trust. Then there’s the Gregory the “regular’ that leads the team and Deputy Cohen who is at best a complete douche canoe.  Each of the enhanced has their own well developed personality that adds to the dynamic of the group, and their backgrounds are as different as night and day. But they all have their reasons for wanting to be part of this team. Gael has to be by far my favorite, but I am thoroughly intrigued by Eli.

The world she built was wonderfully constructed with details given as part of the story and given in small pieces without overloading the reader. Building a whole new type of human is complex, and she handles it without any issue while still allowing the story to flow and build around the characters. The detail makes sense and adds to complete the whole story. None of this surprises me since I have read both her paranormal and historical romances that required this as well.

Nick has long become one of my favorite narrators to listen to. He has a way of creating the right tone and voice for each character with every emotional inflection coming through loud and clear. I listened while I designed covers for books and while I designed projects for school getting so lost in the story that I could sit for HOURS and not even realize it.

I hope he’s doing Who We Truly Are!!


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