Reviewed by Susan65
Title: In the Ruins
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #2
Heroes: Jamie Callahan/Kyle Brannigan
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 363 Pages
Publisher: Hailey Turner
Release Date: May 24, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Truth and lies.
Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play—that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.
Dirty little secret.
Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.
Play the game to win.
Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers—and the life they’re trying to build together—depend on it.
Review: One of my favorite tropes is alpha males, special forces with a side dish of romance. What he we get here is a group of specials forces, alpha males (and females) with a side dish of romance for Captain Jamie Callahan and his secret sniper boyfriend, Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan. These two started their relationship on a hot note in book one, and ended this installment on a hot, but a more loving and romantic note. These two finally get to say I love you, even if they are kind of hiding from their superiors and are still not quite able to be seen out in public.
I loved that the relationship continued progressing even though the bulk of story was mission based. This is not a side dish of military action but more a side dish of romance. Be prepared for a full out military mission full of lingo, violence, and intrigue. Our boys play a major role, but that role is almost secondary to everything else. Which, for me, is awesome. We don’t miss the full on romance because it is pivotal throughout the book, just played in conjunction with their team and the operation…and with Jamie’s ever annoying family.
Jamie’s dad is a tool, and I thought his sister was kind of a tool, too. They both irked me and I really didn’t understand why Leah, his sister, was such a *insert bad name here*. She acted like it was all about her and maybe that was because of their ingrained arrogance that comes with that level of wealth, but to me, it was pure unadulterated selfishness. And her saying “one of your team needs to give up a room because I’m not sharing” even though she barged in and knew they were in the middle of an operation. Yeah, no, she is not the kind of girl I would want for a friend and Jamie needs to stop letting his family walk all over him. No thanks. I hope she is not in the next book even if she did try to redeem herself at the end.
Jamie’s dad; what can I say about this man? How about ten times worse then the sister with no hope of redemption. Think Trump but with a brain. It makes me sad to think of our amazing Jamie being the complete douchebag that comes with that kind of wealth and I am glad the military opened to his eyes to his earlier arrogance. He is absolutely correct when he muses that Kyle would not be with the “old Jamie”.
So, basically this was a great sequel to the first book and I look forward to seeing how the current mission plays out. I know there is going to be another book because there is still so much to say. What was said in this one, finally, was the “I love you’s” between our protagonists, and their happy ending is getting closer and closer. Highly recommended for those who like military and undercover missions with alpha males and a bit of hot, kinky and very hard sex. Seriously, if I led with that last line you wouldn’t have even read this review and went straight to one-click. Enjoy.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*