In the Ruins (Audio Review)

Title: In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2)
Author: Hailey Turner and Greg Boudreaux (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 24th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Sci-Fi Military Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Truth and lies.

Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play – that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.

Dirty little secret.

Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.

Play the game to win.

Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers – and the life they’re trying to build together – depend on it.

In the Ruins is a sequel to In the Wreckage, and you’re definitely going to want to listen to In the Wreckage before diving in to enjoying this, because these are not standalones.

This has a great story, interesting world building, plenty of action (both in and out of bed *winks*), and multiple points of view (including Kyle’s brother Alexei and a new team member!). I’m going on record right now saying I love this cast of characters. LOVE THEM.

On top of the great story we have the wonderful narration by Greg Tremblay, under his sexier Greg Boudreaux brand. Greg makes sure the listener is able to easily follow along with the large cast of characters, and their accents, and all the action without getting lost and having to repeat sections. I mean, some of the sexy bits might be something you rewind – but you don’t have to…if you know what I mean.

I can always tell how much I’m enjoying listening to an audiobook by how upset I am if I’m interrupted or forced to set the audio aside for several days, and the fact that I was so mad every time I had to pause In the Ruins means, for me, this was a terrific listen. The narration here makes a great story even better.

In the Ruins is a sci-fi, military, steamy romance with multiple POV and a HFN ending. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series, In the Shadows and seeing Alexei get his man.


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Audio copy of In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

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Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future