Reviewed by Susan65
Title: In the Shadows
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #3
Heroes: Alexei Dvorkin/Sean Delaney
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 105K+ words
Publisher: Hailey Turner
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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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?
Review: I loved Alexei Dvorkin when he, along with his brother, Kyle, was forced to leave Strike Force (the elite human special forces team) and go to Team Alpha on the MDF when they turned into meta-humans. I loved their story, their brotherhood, their fears, and their family drama. Knowing Kyle was settled with Jamie, I was hopful Alexei would find that same happiness. Alexei is funny and fierce, big and sexy, and Sean had no chance of fighting his attraction to the bigger than life Russian. I think I have a thing for big, strong Russians because Alexei hit everyone of my buttons. Sean wasn’t a pushover by any means. He was used to working alone as a special agent/spy for the CIA, and he was fierce in own ways, but he was also a natural bottom to Alexiei’s natural toppy-ness.
These stories all have military mission(s) and the amount of detail in those missions is kind of staggering. The author really did her homework and didn’t skip corners. I do admit to skimming a few of the details but for the most part it was spot on. I loved that the romance between Sean and Alexei was never an issue with the team, and I especially loved that they grew closer and closer, but didn’t drop the “love” bomb in this book. It took the realism to another level and I appreciated that.
What I really wanted was to know what the Russian words meant that Alexei used on and with Sean. Every time Sean said ” I still don’t know what that means” I was like, yeah, me neither…tell me!!
If special forces, kinda sci-fi-paranormal, alpha males are your thing, then I would highly suggest you read these books. They are sexy and have great dialogue. That is a winning combination for me and I look forward to seeing where we go in book 04.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*