Erryn reviews In the Shadows (Metahuman Files #3) by Hailey Turner The audiobook, narrated by Greg Boudreaux was released April 19, 2019, and is 9 hrs and 52 mins. The ebook was published August 22, 2017, 368 pages.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: A friend recommended this series so I had to try it out.
Take a chance.
Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin doesn’t trust easily, and he most certainly doesn’t trust spies. He’ll work with them if ordered to, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. Except Agent Sean Delaney is proving to be the exception to the rule. There’s something about Sean that gets under Alexei’s skin and won’t let go. Alexei would be lying if he said he wasn’t interested in what lay beneath the agent’s mask. When they’re assigned together for a mission, Alexei vows to keep Sean safe all while trying to coax the hot agent into his bed.
Hold onto hope.
Agent Sean Delaney has spent his entire adult life living a lie for his country. When the MDF tasks him with finding evidence of criminal wrong-doing against the owner of a private military company, Sean knows exactly how to play the game to get what he wants. He just doesn’t know how to handle Alexei’s advances, nor his own attraction to the younger soldier. Being a spy is lonely work, and Sean knows he should keep his distance, but saying no to Alexei is impossible from the moment they first kiss.
In a world of lies, the truth can be deadly.
When the mission takes a turn for the worse, the only thing left to do is run. In the wake of betrayal, and in the path of danger, can their fragile trust survive the battle?
In the Shadows is a steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for listeners under the age of 18. This is a direct sequel to In the Ruins and listening to the previous audiobooks in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.
In the synopsis, it is recommended that you listen to the previous book in the series. I’m here to say that it’s okay if you haven’t. I didn’t have the chance to go back and listen, although I often try if I can. That being said, I was never lost or struggling to keep up. Alpha Team is a tight group with great dynamics, but it was fairly easy to keep up with who was who and what role they played. The main couple from the first two books are Jamie and Kyle. They are back in this book, but the main couple in this book are Sean and Alexei. Alexei’s family adopted Kyle so they are brothers. There are many team members but their roles are clear. There are a list characters and terms at the end of the books, but if you don’t have access to that, no worries.
In this book, Sean and Alexei are thrown together, forced to pretend to be a couple. Doesn’t take long for the lines to blur and there are sexy times. Very sexy times. There’s more to the relationship, though. Pet names get exchanged, in Russian no less. And this is where I give a great shout out to Greg Boudreaux. I don’t speak Russian, but I never questioned that Greg nailed the words and handled the language perfectly. He is always a great narrator and he carried this book, bringing the right amount of tension to the high action scenes and the right amount of affection to the scenes between Alexei and Sean.
I should take a step back to discuss Metahumans. They are created when they’re exposed to dangerous Splice. After exposure they have superpowers. I enjoyed the creativity behind those characters and their superhuman abilities.
Finally, I want to discuss the world building. This book takes place in 2285. It’s unfathomable to me that human are still kicking around given how abusive we’ve been to the environment. I liked that the world Ms. Turner created reflects many of the worst case scenarios the scientists have been projecting – much of the world unlivable because of global warming, clean water being at a premium and, gasp, very little coffee. The imagination required to create a future vision of earth takes a creative mind and this book was well done. I can recommend it.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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