Reviewed by Susan65
Title: In the Blood
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #4
Heroes: Jamie Callahan/Alexei Dvorkin
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 303 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Running out of time.
Captain Jamie Callahan is frustrated with his team constantly being at the mercy of the enemy in order to further the MDF’s goals. To make matters worse, his father’s political campaign is ramping up and Jamie’s every move is being watched by the media. He is acutely aware of all the eyes trained on him, his team, and Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan in particular. Meanwhile, Kyle would give anything to stay in the shadows, but he refuses to leave Jamie’s side, no matter the scrutiny. Staying out of the spotlight becomes impossible when their families are threatened and vital choices about their future together can no longer be ignored.
Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin and Agent Sean Delaney are enjoying their time together as a couple when Sean’s past catches up with him. As Alpha Team’s long-running mission gets derailed in the worst way possible, Alexei discovers the enemy is playing for keeps, and neither he nor Sean are in any position to beat the odds and win the game. As for Sean, he’s worried that even if they make it out alive, Alexei may never forgive him for giving into the enemy’s demands.
Stand your ground.
Manipulation is the name of the game, but Jamie is done playing by everybody else’s rules. So is the rest of Alpha Team, because if there’s one thing Jamie’s team knows? It’s that they’re a family—and you don’t mess with family unless you want to get hurt.
Review: I love this series. It is truly getting better by the book. It kind of helps that you are so totally invested in these people by now and you hurt when they hurt. Or, in this case, when two of your favorites are actually tortured. I admit, I was a little floored by that as I didn’t see it coming…and the descriptions of the torture, OMG. My knee still hurts from phantom pains. That is all I am going to say about that part, but trust me, when you get to it you will completely understand where I am coming from.
This being book four of the Metahuman Files, we are well on our way to seeing how their undercover operations, which included Jamie’s family, continues to play out, and is coming to a close. On the one hand, you love that Jamie and Kyle can be open about their relationship as it fits with their cover, but on the other hand, it is creating a rift that just might rip Jamie apart. The ol’ catch 22 in action.
Jamie and Kyle are solid. I don’t foresee any instance that they can’t overcome. But Alexei and Sean are still new and this job is intent on testing their tenuous bond. The love and affection are there but they go through so much in this installment that I was getting a little scared. I was also worried that it would not be settled in this book, but fortunately, their bond was stronger than my belief in them. I am so ashamed.
There is violence galore in this story, so prepare yourself. But, these are enhanced humans with unbelievable strengths of character and body, so you know that it will end well. It is just a bit hard to see them go through it. As in the other books, there is some levity in the form of the team bond and Alexei and Kyle’s family. Some much needed levity. But, all in all, this is easily my favorite of the series, so far, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*