In the Shadows (Maya’s Review)

Title: In the Shadows
Author: Hailey Turner
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Romance
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.4 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?

This is the third book in series and I haven’t read the previous ones. It has its own pairing, Alexei and Sean.

Sean exploded on the scene in the middle of an undercover op going sideways. That’s one way to keep me reading! The writing is tight and precise and doesn’t overwhelm the reader with information. I managed to pick enough information about alternate reality this book is set in without loosing thread of the story.

Sean is captured and we get introduced to Alexei, who seems to be no-nonsense, hard-nosed type preferring action over words. Sean is a spy and he seduces information out of his targets. Alexei goes after his targets. He is a soldier, but one with tactical mind. He is willfully walking into trap to rescue Sean and while his chances are slim he is determined to make the best of them. While they are similar in a way, there is enough differences to make interesting mix.

At first they come across as friends and coworkers. At this point I was regretting not reading other books in series since it would give me a glimpse into how their relationship formed. The first time Sean allows himself to acknowledge attraction toward Alexei is unbelievably hot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tame scene and they barely kiss, but undercurrents make this scene powerful.
They are undercover together and danger accompanies every move they make. Then a new enemy pops out and they are scrambling to act.

There is plenty of action scenes. They are detailed and carefully planned out. I could practically smell gunpowder. The way way team’s powers were utilized is smart and flashes of humor in their interactions brings welcome relief in tense situations.

This title is clearly in the middle of series because storyline opens possibility for new story arcs. I’m curious what is going to happen and would love to read upcoming ones!

About the only complaint I have concerns the relationship part. The beginning was great, but their chemistry fizzled out later. That’s said, it’s still great read.

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