Blog Tour: Who We Truly Are (Enhanced, #2) by Victoria Sue

Victoria Sue's here today with an excerpt of her latest, Who We Truly Are, the second in her Enhanced series!

     Talon brushed a kiss on his lips as Finn snuggled into his side. “I hated being gone. I always loathed Washington. I also hate you going back into the home. I told Gregory I didn’t like it.”
     Finn stilled and then raised himself up on one elbow. He frowned slightly. “It’s my job.”
     “I can’t see you being there long, though. The case isn’t going anywhere, and if Swann gets his way, he’ll break ground on the school soon.”
     Finn blinked. “When did you last speak to Gregory?”
     “First thing this morning.” Talon heaved a sigh. They had been upstairs too long. He got up reluctantly and passed Finn his clothes, then started getting dressed himself. “I had a conference call with Assistant Director Manning and Gregory at eight.” He looked up when Finn didn’t answer. “Why?” He didn’t like the way Finn’s gaze was lowered.
     Finn fastened his jeans and let out a long breath, then looked up. “Alan Swann came to visit me at the home this morning.”
       “What?” Talon’s heart crashed against his ribs.
     “He has a friend who owns a boarding school near Jacksonville. He’s converted a new eight-bed unit, and he’s got the go-ahead to take enhanced. He offered me a place.”
     “No fucking way.” Talon took a step and grabbed Finn’s arms.
     Finn’s gaze was steady. “He told me he already has four kids going.” He hesitated and looked beseechingly at Talon. “T—”
     “No.” Talon cut him off. “No way. You’re not ready for this.”
     “Not ready?” Finn echoed hollowly. “You mean, not capable?”
     “No, that’s not what I said. I meant not ready.”
     “So when, Talon? When do you think I would be ready?”
     Never. Talon thought hard. “Agents don’t get sent undercover when they haven’t even completed basic training.” There, that was reasonable. “This isn’t some James Bond shit, Finn. This is real life.” As soon as the words were out of Talon’s mouth, he knew they were a mistake.
     The deep green eyes he loved narrowed. “James Bond? You think I’m treating this as some sort of joke? Like I’m doing this just for ego?” Finn sounded appalled, and Talon tried to backtrack. He took a step toward Finn, but Finn took a step backward.
      “No. I get you’re trying to help—”
     “Trying to help?” Finn interrupted. “I’m doing as I’m told. Did you forget A-SAC Gregory instructed me to do this?”
     “No, I know,” Talon said quickly. “But that was a mistake—”
     “Because I’m not enhanced?” Finn said incredulously. “Because I’m not as perfect as you? Because an ordinary human can’t match up to your exacting standards, or because I can’t kill people just by thinking about it?”
     Talon hissed in a breath. “I didn’t mean—” Shit, he just wanted Finn safe. “Finn,” he took hold of his arms. “Babe, please.”
     Finn tried to pull away, but Talon had him in a viselike grip. Finn stilled. “Let me go,” he said woodenly.
     Talon ignored him. “Finn—”
     “I said, let me the fuck go!” Finn snapped. “This isn’t gonna work, Talon. All those weeks ago, I told you I would leave if you couldn’t work with me. Things have changed now. The team needs me, and the kids need me even more, and I’m not giving that up—”
     “What are you saying?” Talon interrupted. “That the team is more important than our relationship?”
     “Maybe you’re right,” Talon said bluntly, ignoring the quick indrawn breath from Finn. “Maybe I should just be your work partner. It’s not like I need any more problems in my life.” The words were spilling from Talon’s lips as if it wasn’t him saying them, as if he had no control. He was being an ass, but he couldn’t stop.
     “Is that what I am… a problem?” Finn’s voice was so hurt and raw, the words almost bled from his mouth.
     “No,” Talon ground out. He hadn’t meant that. It was just…. He let go of Finn’s arms.
     Finn took a step backward. “I’ll see you downstairs.”
     Talon hesitated. He didn’t know what to say. How had it gone so badly wrong in the space of a few seconds? He gazed at Finn but was almost relieved Finn had his head lowered. The catch in Finn’s voice told him what the hurt would look like in those eyes. He didn’t need to see for himself what he had put there.
     “Finn?” He reached out for Finn’s hand, but Finn snatched it away. “I’ll see you downstairs,” Talon echoed, then unlocked the door and walked through. He didn’t look back.


Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart, and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life.

Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he is having to do it alone.

Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?

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Wrote her first book on a dare from her hubby two years ago and he says he has regretted it every day since. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best, and especially with either a paranormal or a historical twist. Had a try at writing contemporary but failed spectacularly when it grew four legs and a tail.

Is an English northern lass but is currently serving twenty to life in Florida – unfortunately, she spends more time chained at her computer than on a beach.

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