Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Out of the Ashes
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: A Metahuman Classified Files Novella #1
Heroes: Alexi Dvorkin/Sean Delaney
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 97 Pages
Publisher: Hailey Turner
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: War never leaves a soldier behind.
Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin is still healing from his brief stint as a prisoner of war. While his physical wounds have mended, the emotional scars left behind are slow to disappear. Eager to prove his resilience in the face of lingering trauma, Alexei is determined to complete his first mission in three months and get back into the field—but he’s not forging ahead without his lover.
Nightmares will always linger.
Agent Sean Delaney’s recovery from trauma is more slow going than he would like, but he pushes through in order to return to active duty and not be left behind. But every decision he makes leaves him feeling like he’s gone two steps forward and one step back when it comes to Alexei. The guilt Sean feels from what they both endured still colors his interactions with the man he loves. Trying to overcome it is difficult and exhausting, making Sean question his place in Alexei’s heart.
Holding on is the hardest thing to do.
The ties between Alexei and Sean were frayed by the enemy’s hand. Mending what’s been broken between them will require a depth of honesty neither man is ready to face just yet. But if they don’t, they risk losing a future together neither wants to let go.
Review: This review may contain spoilers if you have not read this series up to this novella.
When I’d heard that a Metahuman Files novella was coming out, I was like, yay, cool. But, when I’d learned it was about Sean and Alexei, I knew it was going to be a heart-breaker and I was going to drop everything and read it. I could not wait to see how they’ve recovered from their last mission, one that had them captured and tortured. We know that Sean was struggling with guilt and fear over his unwilling part in Alexei’s torture, but I had no idea he was still so extremely stuck inside his own head. Alexei is one of my favorite characters in this series, and this installment just cemented what an awesome man he is. A rock solid support for his team, his brother, and the man who would do anything and wait any amount of time for Sean to come back to him.
As with most Metahuman books, this one also deals with a mission, and as usual, the mission goes crack, bang, boom. But, Sean and Alexei make it from beginning to end in one piece and that is the catalyst that prepares them for getting back to normal as a couple, and prepares us for the next book. Now that I know all of the team are in a somewhat better head space, I am looking forward to seeing where their next mission takes them.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*