Book Reviews

In the Shadows (Metahuman Files 3) by Hailey Turner

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Future Earth / Soldiers/Mercenaries / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-November-2018

Book Blurb

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?

Author's Note: 'In the Shadows' is a 104k word 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 readers under the age of 18. This is a direct sequel to 'In the Ruins' and reading the previous books in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.

Book Review

‘In the Shadows’ is the third action-packed, suspenseful international spy novel in this series that stars the MDF’s Alpha Team. Please do read books one and two before this one because they definitely build on each other. Set in 2285, six months after the events of ‘In the Ruins’, this novel continues Alpha Team’s efforts to find out who is behind the secret Splice labs funded by all kinds of criminals. The team members delve deeper into the criminal underworld, the danger grows, and there is more than one hairy situation where superhuman abilities are the only reason they make it out alive.

The worldbuilding continues to be excellent, letting me see more of an all-too-likely future where the political, societal, and scientific trends of today have culminated in a pretty scary environment. I also got to see some of the more exotic locations like New Miami (the original having vanished under rising sea levels) and Las Vegas and how they fit into this future. But, for me, the most interesting part consisted of the developments around the illegal Splice labs, the evil experiments run by terrorists, and the threat to all humans if they succeed.

Alexei, of Ukrainian descent, and Sean, a former CIA agent turned metahuman and transferred to MDF, are at the center of the story. The tension that started in the previous book increases, but there is no initial attraction between them. Alexei hates spies with a vengeance, so Sean isn’t letting himself consider a relationship for fear of rejection. Alexei, on the other hand, is slowly beginning to see Sean in a different light and, based on their missions together, has even started to trust him.

The somewhat uneasy balance between them changes when they need to pretend to be involved for their mission, and both men suddenly discover there is far more to their pretend-lover than they ever expected. There is no romance – they jump straight into the physical, and the proximity kicks off all sorts of emotions neither man expected, nor knows what to do with. Even when they start opening up to each other things don’t get much easier for them – mostly because they are both fighting for their lives while trying to take down another international criminal organization.

If you like tough military men who have to face their feelings for a former spy they know they should distrust, if sweeping plots of intrigue and criminal politics are your thing, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful read full of glamorous undercover activities, insights into criminal minds, and a slow-burn romance that hits the main characters almost out of nowhere, then you will probably love this novel as much as I do. The combination of intriguing missions, excellent worldbuilding, and a love story full of obstacles definitely held my attention!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 368 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-August-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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