Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: In the Blood
SERIES: Metahuman Files #4
AUTHOR: Hailey Turner
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 373 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 15th, 2017
Running out of time.
Captain Jamie Callahan is frustrated with his team constantly being at the mercy of the enemy in order to further the MDF’s goals. To make matters worse, his father’s political campaign is ramping up and Jamie’s every move is being watched by the media. He is acutely aware of all the eyes trained on him, his team, and Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan in particular. Meanwhile, Kyle would give anything to stay in the shadows, but he refuses to leave Jamie’s side, no matter the scrutiny. Staying out of the spotlight becomes impossible when their families are threatened and vital choices about their future together can no longer be ignored.
Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin and Agent Sean Delaney are enjoying their time together as a couple when Sean’s past catches up with him. As Alpha Team’s long-running mission gets derailed in the worst way possible, Alexei discovers the enemy is playing for keeps, and neither he nor Sean are in any position to beat the odds and win the game. As for Sean, he’s worried that even if they make it out alive, Alexei may never forgive him for giving into the enemy’s demands.
Stand your ground.
Manipulation is the name of the game, but Jamie is done playing by everybody else’s rules. So is the rest of Alpha Team, because if there’s one thing Jamie’s team knows? It’s that they’re a family—and you don’t mess with family unless you want to get hurt.
In the Blood is a 107k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence and on-page torture within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, so please read with caution. There are also explicit intimate scenes that are not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a direct sequel to In the Shadows and reading the previous books in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.
Ooooh…this was so damn good…I really did not want this to end. Hailey Turner stories make me wish sometimes that I don’t have any other responsibilities other than reading and reviewing. I HATED putting this down when I had to go and do something over the weekend. Like the previous books this one is action packed to the extreme. This author doesn’t shy away from the gore either. I must have said to myself over and over again, “Oh no she wouldn’t do that” and she did every single time…ugh this was so intense and I was sucked right in.
Kyle and Jamie are still undercover in the middle of an impossible mission. Jamie is playing more of an active role in his father’s Presidential race which thrusts him and Kyle in the public eye. Threats are everywhere however and Jamie struggles with being a son/brother and the leader of his MDF unit. With Kyle by his side Jamie is confident in his abilities to protect his family and team.
Sean and Alexei story is interwoven with Kyle and Jamie’s in In the Blood. Both couples are tried and measured throughout the book but Sean and Alexei go through some intense things that could make their relationship stronger or tear it apart completely.
After I was finished with the book I was sitting there and realized there are less than a handful of love scenes in this book and I still was completely enthralled. What Hailey Turner did was make the few sex scenes so intense and emotional I didn’t miss the fact that they were few and far between. Both couples grow immensely in this book and even with the pain and torment, I totally loved it.
This is absolutely not a standalone. Don’t even try…but I highly recommend getting book 1 and starting this amazing series.