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~Pre-Release Review~In the Shadows (Metahuman Files #3) by Hailey Turner~


35926800Title: In the Shadows
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #3
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Sci-Fi Military
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5


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?

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What happens when two stubborn hotheads collide?😜…Sparks will fly…

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Okay…in Sean’s and Alexei’s case it is more like a blaze, but I did not expect anything less after they encountered each other in the last book and I could not get my grabby hands fast enough on their story. 

Months have passed since ex-CIA Agent Sean Delaney -now working for the intelligence division of the Metahuman Defense Force– was assigned to Alpha Team for a mission and although this was a one-off so far, he and Alexei Dvorkin of all people formed a tentative friendship based on mutual respect and trust.

Everything beyond a friendship would be a bad idea, right?😉 A very bad idea.

For a variety of reasons…Well, that is was both men persuaded themselves, since for one, Alexei doesn’t do spies due to his past and Sean, on the other hand, is a shadow. A man who can slip into any role, pretending to be someone he wasn’t and this dangerous life lead him to stay on his own, to cut off most of his ties and rather be lonely than risk the life of someone he is close to.

When a new lead on their case sends both men together on an undercover mission that not only requires all of their superpowers to catch the bad guys and sends Alexei’s protective streak towards Sean into overdrive…

“Alexei liked the way Sean never seemed to back down from a problem. His stubbornness toward completing the mission was admirable, but Alexei really wished Sean would learn to duck. He had a feeling he shouldn’t let Sean out of his sight…”

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…But that also demands of them to act like they are more than just friends and business partners, both Sean and Alexei realize that there is more to it than just their stubbornness that lets the sparks fly. Both guys are good at playing roles, so they are prone not to show their feelings, but one closer look can be a real eye-opener, even if it is hard to admit.

“His mantle of spy was an immediate turnoff for Alexei in that regard, something Sean had known from the first mission they’d worked together. But they had a role to play here, one that came with expectations of reactions. It’s okay to look, he thought to himself. Because nothing would come out of it, even if the sight of Alexei right now had just catapulted him into the starring role of Sean’s late-night fantasies.”

The most important thing, though, is to stay alive in order to see if there is a chance for love for both of them…

Boy, this series is so right up my alley, it should warrant its own road signs…⚠😋

The world building once again was out of this world. The detailed description of scenery, equipment, and events was so vivid, I could not only see everything right in my mind’s eye but had a feeling I would be there, right amidst everything that happened. The action is hellishly thrilling, especially towards the end and during a car chase that had me breathless and grinding my teeth with tension.

It was great to see the whole team in action again, their team dynamic is absolutely unique, from Jamie the team leader right down to each and every badass heroine and I love every single one of them. Not to say that Alexei managed to crack me up again with his dry comments in his broken English.

And Sean and Alexei? Holy hotness! 😍

Okay, umm, hot does not even describe them in the slightest, scorchin‘ might get a little bit closer. Alexei likes to mark his territory and… to watch. Lord, I would have loved to be the fly on the wall, or should I say on the ceiling mirror? 

But what I loved the most was the fact that even right in the middle of action and drama, there was always time for some tender moments.

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“Lies were a lonely way to live, and Alexei was ferociously glad there was nothing between them tonight but the truth.”

In The Shadows ends on a HFN for Sean and Alexei and with at least two more books to come in this series I cannot wait to see where Hailey leads us with this story, especially since the case is only partially wrapped up and the bad guys are still on the loose.

❤I’m also dying to see more of Jamie and Kyle again in the next books. 🔙🔜

💕 Highly recommended! 💕





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