Book Reviews

Everybody Burns (Enhanced World 6) by Victoria Sue

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Agents/Spies / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 18-September-2020

Book Blurb

Eli was only seven years old when he had been given to monsters.


Sixteen years later he finally gets the chance for revenge, and with his enhanced abilities changing, nothing and no one is gonna stop him, especially a new partner that seems to see right through the black holes in his soul.

 

Agent Daniel Connelly left Washington trying to keep his sanity, but the images of the innocent victims are still haunting him and knows the horror in Eli’s eyes is exactly what he is trying to forget.

 

Everybody Burns is a story about two men falling in love. Except, one doesn’t think he is capable of it…

 

And the other doesn’t think he deserves it.

 

Book Review

Eli has always been the biggest unknown of the HERO team and at the end of book five I was surprised that their boss paired him with Daniel Connelly, a man with a happy childhood, loving family, and a stable life, mostly. Eli has no family and truly not much is known about him so I was interested to read this sixth installment in the ‘Enhanced World’ series. These books really should be read in order as so much history and backstory, along with plot continuations, occur throughout.

 

The day before Eli’s seventh birthday his mom never woke up having suffered a brain aneurysm in her sleep. He had no one and was placed into foster care with a true monster, an abuser of the worst kind. When Eli was nine and transformed, he burnt the house down accidentally. He thought he’d killed the monster but it was his brother who died in the fire. To make matters even worse, Eli was put into a decrepit psychiatric hospital where everyone was past retirement age, and then left there for years being drugged up and put in a straitjacket. I couldn’t even begin to imagine the horror he suffered and I will say that there are enough details shared in the story that if any of this is a trigger, I wouldn’t recommend reading this book.

 

Daniel recently left his job with the FBI in Washington, DC, and is now in a position with HERO back in his hometown. His job was tracking down pedophiles over the internet in data intelligence and he’s more than a little burned out. Daniel grew up in a loving family and when his younger brother transformed the family gathered around him and loved him even more – there was no giving their child to the state. Daniel’s parents were foster parents for many years and now they foster a teenage enhanced boy and his mom runs a support group for parents of enhanced. It’s the kind of home everyone should grow up in.

 

The majority of this story deals with their attempts to catch Caffrey, Eli’s monster, and put an end to his trafficking and sex trade. The author does a wonderful job weaving Eli and Daniel’s love story throughout and I was happy to see it dealt with in a positive and encouraging light. My biggest disappointment with this book is the editing, or lack thereof. I am not just talking about misspelled words and some grammatical errors. Whole sentences do not make sense within the context and more than once I struggled to figure out who said what in a dialogue sequence. I am, however, not going to rate this book lower because of that. The plot and storyline are powerful and thus deserve a good rating.

 

I look forward to more in this series and I truly hope the author plans on writing Richard and Sawyer next as I think I could see that as a strong partnership. Thank you to the author for the wonderful worldbuild and characters.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 291 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-June-2020
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Burns-Enhanced-World-Book-ebook/dp/B087QJGC1S