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.
In the Ruins is a 105k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a sequel to In the Wreckage and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.
In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner
Hailey Turner has done a terrific job creating this universe and with “In the Ruins“, the second installment of the Metahumans Files, she achieves something incredible: maintain the reader interested in her amazing world. Well, not really. We are not talking here about just keep the interest of the reader. Probably the terrific plot and the characters development make book 2 better than “In the Wreckage“. This is another gem and a very shiny one, I must say.
In the Ruins starts a few moths after the last scene in book one, and directly into action.
Our heroes have been together nearly seven months and still hiding their relationship. In this book, we have the chance to witness how their physical connexion develops in something bigger, sweeter, deeper.
And the intimacy between them?
The plot in this second book is an undercover mission, using our incredible and wealthy guy… oh, please, Wait… this description sucks, I should say Jaime is incredible, wealthy, loyal, unselfish, bossy in bed, awesome as the team leader and absolutely generous with their friends.
He is such a good guy, not just a rich, honorable and hot man. And I love him!
“Because my life -my privileged, stupid life, Katie- shouldn’t be worth more than the hundreds of people who are being used as test subjects and killed by criminals who won´t stop even if I do”
And I have to say the plot and the mission itself are brilliantly constructed and developed. It’s not just science fiction, this book has a great dose of thriller and a fantastic espionage basis. I really enjoyed the story line.
The other side of this undercover mission, the love story part, Kyle’s insecurities… I don’t want to say anything about it. You must read this book! That’s the way you should find out how perfect this story is. Well, first you have to start with “In the Wreckage” since this series can’t be conceived as standalone novels. And after that, enjoy this second and great installment.
These books are amazing!
I have to do a special mention here since I didn’t in my review of book one: The girls in the alpha team are fantastic. They are funny, brave, bad-ass and really smart. Yes, they are! And they were that smart before becoming Metahumans, it’s not a superpower, promise! 😀 (read the sentence with all the irony it’s charged with).
It’s refreshing to read some great female characters in M/M books and I really loved the interactions among the team. Male and female. The characters are perfectly delimited and deep enough to make the reader care about them. In fact, I wouldn’t mind reading about Alexei a little more. He speaks English like I do, high five Alexei!
The bets, the banter, the funny dialogues, the deep ones… Everything Alpha Team related is terrific. All of it is super entertaining. And the new additions are awesome too and I want more…
Everyone is going to want more… I have no doubt.
The way Hailey Turner describes this futuristic society is very appealing and addictive.
This is Sci-Fi suspense at its best.
A highly recommended book for all those readers who enjoys action, great dialogues, some good thriller and smoking hot characters.