#ReleaseDay — Out of the Ashes (A Metahuman Files Novella: Classified) Hailey Turner #Review
Out of the Ashes
A Metahuman Files Novella: Classified
Release Date: February 12, 2018
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.
- Out of the Ashes is a 28,000 word novella that follows directly after In the Blood in my Metahuman Files series and builds off of events in that book. It is recommended that you read In the Blood first before reading Out of the Ashes. There are explicit intimate scenes that are not suitable for readers under the age of 18 within the novella.
Out of the Ashes, a Metahuman Files Novella, by Hailey Turner, gives a heart-wrenching, painful, inside seat to the guilt, insecurities, and past hurts that continue to hover in Sean’s mind months after his last mission with Alexei.
In the Blood, book four is a must read prior to this novella in-order-to understand the magnitude and the depth of pain Sean and Alexei endured when their last mission together turned into the most horrendous nightmare imaginable.
Now, months after and back together, although I use that term “together” loosely as they are basically roommates passing in the night, they are trying to move forward. The guilt is crushing Sean even though he knows it wasn’t his fault, and Alexei continues to hold steadfast in his convictions and love... it will ALL be okay.
I’m just going to add how much I love Alexei and his strength. He can be one bad-ass, grumpy, mofo, but put him in front of Sean and he is a sexy, swoon-melting, Mr. Romantic. ♡♡
Sean is finishing his counseling and being tested for field work—as is Alexi—however, the real test will be when they are on a mission and expected to work together.
Will Sean be able to put the past behind him and focus on the present? Will Alexei continue to hold on…giving Sean space and the patience he needs to start believing in himself?
Hailey Turner writes another compelling and gratifying story grabbing you by the throat from the first few pages and keeping you embedded there until the last. So much care went into, both, plot and execution, as well as heart and soul.
At the end of In the Blood, we could only hope and use our own imagination that Sean and Alexei would pull through after one of the worst clusterfuck missions OF ALL TIMES. Out of the Ashes takes us on that journey, giving the reader EVERYTHING we could have hoped for and more.
This is the first novella under “Classified” so I’m hoping there’ll be more of these to come as it truly felt being exposed to a more personal view.
A must read by all Lyosha fans!!
* My thanks to the author for my copy *
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Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing. She’s been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story. Hailey loves stories with lots of action, gritty relationships, and an eventual HEA that satisfies the heart.
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