Title: Out Of The Ashes (The Metahuman Files: Classified #1)
Author: Hailey Turner
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: February 11, 2018
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Romance
Page Count: 106 pages
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 Blood first 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.
This novella was everything…!! I loved everything about this..!! There is action, romance, heart break, anguish, two sexy heroes and the right mix of all the elements.
Sean and Alexei are dealing with a lot The aftermath of their traumatic nightmare has affected them deeply. Sean is helpless against the guilt and Alexei is feeling helpless due to his inability to help Sean. The rest is how they overcome what’s plaguing them. I loved this novella. I loved that we see how they overcome their problems and find a semblance of normalcy. I especially liked the way the author portrayed their anguish and love. It seemed realistic and I couldn’t help but fall for them more as I finished reading the novella.
There is action and also sexy times. What I really liked is how the author has crafted the book by mixing all the elements in the right way. It makes for a truly phenomenal read.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Highly Recommended.