In the Wreckage (Metahuman Files #1) by Hailey Turner
A Marine with honor. After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team—all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated.
A soldier with secrets. Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break.
Two men trying to survive. Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape—duty, or love?
Hailey Turner came to me at the recommendation of author, Jex Lane. The only specifics I knew about In The Wreckage (ITW) is that it was an m/m, military sci-fi. I have been on a huge sci-fi kick of late, so reading this was a no brainer.
ITW hits you with a ton of information from the first page. It was a lot, but do not let that stop you from reading it. The details she provides are absolutely needed. You are introduced not only to Jamie, but his team, their powers and discover their history of becoming metahumans.
Up front, Jamie Callahan is your typical military leader. He is strong, both mentally and physically. He runs the best team in the MDF, the Alpha Team. His life is his career, his team is his family. The only flaw I found, Jamie came off as kind of stiff.
Kyle Brannigan is an exemplary soldier, but he lacks the stiffness Jamie tends to carry. He is serious when required. But, for the most part, Kyle’s personality is relaxed, sarcastic and funny.
Jamie and Kyle together? Duuuddeeee. They are fuckhot. Jamie is not as rigid as I thought. When they are around each other, Jamie becomes a completely different person. He gives as good as Kyle takes.
The book isn’t just about hot sex. While the sex combustible, it is the threat and the Team’s mission to bring that threat down, that kept me reading.
ITW is so well written and Turner’s characters are badass. Kyle may be my favorite, but Jamie’s second in command, Sergeant Ekaterina Ovechkina, is perfection. You can truly see the inner workings of this team and the expectations required of each member to provide during their hellish missions. Alpha Team is the best due to their familial bond and years of working side by side. Each may have a different power, but they wield that power to aid their team to a successful mission.
A soldier with secrets. I didn’t forget that little nugget of information Hailey talked about. But, just like Hailey, my lips are sealed. I can tell you this, the big reveal knocked me on my ass. Well done Hailey.
Buy the book. Read the book. If you love military sci-fi, I promise you will not be disappointed. Actually, I think you will one-clicking In The Ruins, Metahuman Files Book 2, to see what happens next.