Erryn reviews In the Solace (Metahuman Files #6) by Hailey Turner The audiobook, narrated by Greg Boudreaux was released July 28, 2020, and is 9 hrs and 5 mins. The ebook was published March 23, 2020, 354 pages.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: I’m LOVING this series.
Built to carry you.
Jamie Callahan is looking forward to spending the rest of his life with Kyle Brannigan. They’ve overcome impossible odds, and the only thing left to do is walk down the aisle together. Despite the happiness they’ve earned, their enemies haven’t all disappeared.
Make it to the other side.
Colonel Liam Wessex is thrilled his best friend is getting married, but it’s just further proof that his own life is breaking apart. With his classified identity revealed to the public, Liam is struggling with the transition into civilian life. Becoming reacquainted with MI6 Agent Oliver Archer forces Liam to reconcile his past actions with a future that just might be the answer to all of his problems.
It’s not over, it’s just the start.
Oliver thought he’d done enough to cut Liam out of his life. When their professional lives collide, he’s forced to accept the fact that Liam is no longer the spoiled prince he once knew. When terrorists target London and the unthinkable happens, Oliver and Liam learn that second chances come with a price neither can afford to pay.
In the Solace is a 99k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HEA and concludes the series. This is a direct sequel to In the Requiem and Fire in the Heart. Listening to the previous books in this series would be helpful in enjoying this one.
Okay, I have to call out Ms. Turner. In the past couple books there’s been a moment where it looks like one of the heroes has died. She did it again in this book and I can quote the words she used because I was so devastated. I knew – I knew – he wasn’t dead. Because no self-respecting romance author kills off one of the heroes. But…I still cried at the mere thought he might be dead.
Well done, Ms. Turner. Making me cry.
Okay, on to the book itself. I love this series because metahumans are just so cool. And although the American Alpha team has been disbanded, doesn’t mean we’re not going to see many of our favorites as the British fight the Reborn IRA. You might have thought war would be over two and a half centuries from now, but you’d be wrong. And now they have splice bombs that obliterate people causing them to die in the most horrible way.
The book begins with the wedding of Jamie and Kyle – the main heroes from Alpha Team. There are little cameos from other team members, but the focus is on the two men. Their friend Liam Wessex joins coming over from England. Liam who is a member of the royal family, although quite far down on the line of succession. Still, his grandmother is the Queen of England so he owes deference to her. Last year the world found out he was a metahuman and there’s been a push for him to retire but this is all he’s ever known – he’s a military guy who doesn’t want to settle down to do charity events and tea parties.
When Liam is partnered with MI6 agent Oliver Archer, a man from his past, he’s forced to confront things he’d long since left behind, including a man who’s always seen him as a pampered prince. Oliver has worked hard to get where he is but he’ll never have the class status afforded to someone like Liam. Seems that hasn’t changed much either. So much for egalitarianism.
As the men fight the Reborn IRA, they are also fighting feelings for each other. That push/pull eventually culminates in something special. Something precious. And then it’s all threatened again.
So, another rollercoaster ride from Ms. Turner.
The book is narrated by Greg Boudreaux and he did a great job, including the many accents and tons of characters. He always delivers a solid performance and this one was no different. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. Especially with the photons.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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