Book Review: ‘Guarding His Melody’ By Victoria Sue

Written on 09/18/2021
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Title: Guarding His Melody
Series: Enhanced World Standalone
Author: Victoria Sue
Published: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Erotic Romance; Sci-Fi Romance; Urban Fantasy
Length: 200 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Bodyguard; Hurt/Comfort; Deafness; May/December; Wounded Warrior; HEA; Standalone; Disorder: Panic Attacks; CW: PTSD, Abduction, Violence, Off-Page: Attempted Suicide, Torture

About Guarding His Melody 

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: 

If you haven’t discovered Victoria Sue’s Enhanced series, Guarding His Melody is going to win you over big time. A perfect standalone novel, Victoria Sue gives us just enough background information about the Enhanced, without it being overwhelming. It’s easy to grasp the important nuances, and you won’t feel like you’re missing something or playing catch up. I enjoyed ‘Guarding His Melody’ so much that I sincerely hope this spinoff is the start of something new and wonderful!

I’m a sucker for an age-gap romance, and this one has all my favorite bells and whistles. Young, deaf, tormented musician, meet your hot as hell (and equally damaged) new bodyguard. The chemistry between these two, along with all the naughty and forbidden reasons they shouldn’t be together, is guaranteed to work.

Only twenty years old, and deaf since childhood, Sebastian is a truly gifted musician. Always a bit of a recluse, transforming at age twelve didn’t help matters. It’s common knowledge that each Enhanced human has special abilities, and strangely Sebastian’s haven’t emerged yet… at least he’s not disclosing them if they have. 

I’m a sucker for an age-gap romance, and this one has all my favorite bells and whistles. Young, deaf, tormented musician, meet your hot as hell (and equally damaged) new bodyguard.

Sebastian isn’t the only one with secrets, Gray has quite a few he’s not sharing either. Survivor guilt and PTSD are just the tip of the iceberg for this poor tormented soul, and his dark and vivid flashback scenes are not for the faint of heart.

Alas, this is a romance after all, and Victoria Sue sets up this kind of connection like no one else. Watching these two men fall in love, as they find comfort in each other, made me so happy.

I’ve really been enjoying the unique blend of urban fantasy and science fiction Victoria Sue has created in the Enhanced World series. Though I will say, no matter the genre, this talented author always draws me in from the very first scene. Ms. Sue sets up such intriguing stories with loads of action and intensely complex and interesting characters. Plus she writes some of the most glorious sex scenes I’ve ever read. I know I can always count on Victoria Sue for a great book every time and ‘Guarding His Melody’ is no exception.

A copy of Guarding His Melody was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Dreamspinner Press, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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