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 Bloodfirst 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.
I am normally not a big fan of novella’s, and when I can …I usually skip them.
But when I found out why there was gonna be an “in between” novella, I gladly made an exception it. This is my fav couple after all!!
After everything they have been through in the previous book, it was very nice getting a little follow up, to see how Alexei and Sean were recovering.
It seems like Sean is struggling a bit harder than Alexei is, and seeing them both so lost broke my heart… Thankfully Alexei once again proves he is the man I always knew him to be, and he doesn’t just give up on his kotyonok.
Now, I don’t think they are not completely healed yet (mentally), but they are well on their way. Which is a very good thing, because the next book is on its way and I have no idea what Hailey has in store for them, next…If there is one thing I have learned, it’s that Hailey loves to shock, and she also loves the tears of her readers.
I highly recommend this series… 💕
But be aware that this book can’t be read as a standalone. You should definitely start with book 1 in this series “In The Wreckage”.