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.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives.
In the Ruins is the second book of Hailey Turner’s Metahuman Files series. Events in this book build on those from the first and while a complete story, there are ongoing story arcs so you’ll definitely want to listen to them all & in order. As such, there may be spoilers to book 1 in my review.
Again, Turner has a fantastic mix of action, suspense, political, thriller, and romance. She does a wonderful job of balancing all the characters’ back stories while still moving forward with an engaging and exciting story. Jamie & Kyle are on solid ground, both in their careers and in their, albeit somewhat secret, relationship. An undercover assignment gives them a chance to be out in the open – but with pretending to be other people it’s not a freeing as it seems.
We get to know individual team members even better and we’re introduced to some new characters as well. There’s more writing from other’s perspectives and it’s great insight. Jamie’s family plays a bigger role in this story and I enjoyed how Turner explored that dynamic.
While I liked that the first two books have centered Jamie & Kyle’s relationship – I’m definitely looking forward to the fact that book 3, In the Shadows, will feature Alexi & Sean.
Greg Boudreaux continues to be a great narrator for this series. Characters are consistent from book to book – and he has the added difficulty of accents and mannerisms for when the group is undercover.
About the author:
Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing. She’s been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story. Hailey loves stories with lots of action, gritty relationships, and an eventual HEA that satisfies the heart.
You can connect with Hailey Turner here:
About the narrator:
Trained in vocal and stage performance, Greg Tremblay brings a passion for storytelling to every aspect of his life and work. Critically-recognized and listener-beloved, Greg’s work has been praised by Audiofile Magazine’s “Earphone” award, numerous blogs, and is the recipient of the GoodReads Reader’s Choice award for Best Narrator – 2016 in M/M Romance. Greg also maintains a curated collection of uniquely and delightfully spicy boudoir treats branded under the “Greg Boudreaux” narration name. (Rellim’s note: As a rule, I don’t post pseudonyms, but this bio is copied directly from Tremblay’s website.)
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My Favorite Quotes
He trusted Jamie with his life, so it wasn’t any surprise he’d started trusting Jamie with his heart. – In the Ruins by #HaileyTurner #Audiobook narrated by GTremblayVoice #MetahumanFiles #MM #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #SciFi #Supernatural #Paranormal #MilitaryRomance #KU #AudibleTweet
I won’t give up what I’ve fought so hard for just to give my father another pillar to stand on. – In the Ruins by #HaileyTurner #Audiobook narrated by GTremblayVoice #MetahumanFiles #MM #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #SciFi #Supernatural #Paranormal #MilitaryRomance #KU #AudibleTweet
For once, I want to be able to touch him in public and not worry it’ll fuck up everything else. If I need a cover in order to do that, at least I’ll finally know what it’s like. – In the Ruins by #HaileyTurner #Audiobook narrated by GTremblayVoice #MetahumanFiles #MM #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #SciFi #Supernatural #Paranormal #MilitaryRomance #KU #AudibleTweet
The long game was never as satisfying as a bullet finding its target with brutal immediacy. – In the Ruins by #HaileyTurner #Audiobook narrated by GTremblayVoice #MetahumanFiles #MM #RomanticSuspense #Thriller #SciFi #Supernatural #Paranormal #MilitaryRomance #KU #AudibleTweet