Just as brilliant as the first two – now I need book 4!

In the Shadows (Metahuman Files #3)In the Shadows by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is absolutely brilliant. I’ve said it before, but it is difficult to write good sci-fi with metahumans and just not have them be so powerful they can instantly diffuse any situation.

Hailey has got the balance between having her diverse bunch of powerful people be able to neutralise threats and deal with the bad guys but still have an inherent feeling of danger which makes your heart race just a tiny bit while reading.

In this one we step away from Jamie and Kyle to focus instead on Kyle’s adoptive brother Alexei and oh lordy is he delicious. Fiery like his pyrotechnic power, he’s brusk and terse, a man of actions not words, and he doesn’t like spies.

Which puts rather an interesting twist on things when former CIA agent Sean Delaney’s mission gets more complicated and Alexei has to get up close and perhaps a bit more personal than he’d initially liked.

The two of them are gorgeous together, Sean is shy and inexperienced in spite of the times he’s had to sleep with someone as part of his cover and Alexei brings out a hidden side of him which is sensual, erotic and downright sexy.

When the mission goes south, both men fight to keep the other safe with all the skills at their disposal. The action is as nail biting as in the first two books, the angst is low level and the camaraderie between the team is still great to read.

When Team Alpha deploys, the bad guys know it and smoking wreckage is usually left in their wake. There has to be a book 4, I want more of this pair, more of this team and the big bad threat is still looming on the horizon.

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Release Day for Santino Hassell’s Oversight

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Today is the release of Santino Hassell’s Oversight, The Community #2 from Riptide Publishing.

I’m joining in with the release day buzz here on Mirrigold’s Musings by offering readers this little sexy sneak peek inside the pages of this fabulous paranormal suspense romance which will keep you firmly on the edge of your seat

My own review of this excellent follow up to The Community #1 Insight, can be found here.

“He half-expected to be shoved away and for a fist to crash into his face right before the taste of iron bloomed in his mouth, but it didn’t happen. The hands gripping him closed down harder, grinding bone and muscle, but that was the only way Six reacted. He was frozen as Holden stroked his tongue gently and coaxed it into a response before sucking it entirely into his mouth.

A groan muffled against him, low and quickly aborted, but Holden heard it. And he felt the way Six leaned into him. It was barely a response, but it encouraged Holden to pin Six against the door and dive into a hungry kiss. Slicking tongues, frantically moving lips, and a full body press that made it quite clear that Six was into this. His dick was fully rocked up in a way that could not be explained by anything other than arousal for Holden.

It was right about the time triumph usually exploded in Holden’s chest with invisible banners and balloons celebrating a conquest, but this time he felt apprehension. He didn’t want to end this kiss. He wanted Six to keep exploring the inside of his mouth with a delightfully frantic lack of finesse, and he wanted a genuine fucking smile once they were done. But that wasn’t in the cards. That wasn’t what this was about.”

Author Bio:

SH imageSantino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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So so good, I love this world building

In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2)In the Ruins by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For her follow up to the staggeringly good In the Wreckage, Hailey has crafted yet another brilliant mission led espionage thriller with a side order of romance.

The world building in these books is exemplary, set a few centuries into the future where metahumans are a real force to be reckoned with and there are many shady organisations desperately fighting for power in the secret behind the scenes murky underworld.

This is like X-Men meets Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with a side order of The A Team only without a sense that anything has been cribbed or borrowed.

The series feels unique and fresh, the characters are fully developed with personalities to match and, in Jamie and Kyle, Hailey has created a red hot alpha pairing who continue to push at the boundaries of what’s allowed within this military world.

Their love is powerful and their connection anchors the narrative of all the other plots built on top. I can’t wait now to find out more and also see just what’s going on with Kyle’s adoptive brother Alexei and a certain ex CIA agent.

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Absolutely blown away by this debut novel

In the Wreckage (Metahuman Files, #1)In the Wreckage by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s not often I find myself shocked into a lack of words over anything but this debut novel just did that to me.

Set in the difficult to write field of sci-fi, the world building is utterly superb, think Marvel Agents of SHIELD levels of military complexity, coupled with all the Men from UNCLE (original TV series please!) slash you might ever have dreamed of, with a healthy dose of erotic porn with plot on top and you might come close to how I felt reading this book.

It’s an absolute triumph from the initial set up through to the explosive meeting of the two MCs, to the Tom Clancy level of espionage twists which drive the narrative forward, to the camaraderie of the Alpha Team at the amusingly named MDF (sorry peeps but that just reminds me of home design programmes here in the UK) Government agency and all points in between.

I never felt bogged down in jargon and each team member’s special ability which explained well without a lot of exposition and there was enough outside the main spy/sci-fi story to keep me enthralled.

Rounding it out are some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read outside of a full on erotica or porn site, this is explosive levels as Jamie’s super strength and durability is out to excellent use in wringing Kyle out into utter bliss.

You name it, there’s probably some of it here, edging, dildos, orgasm denial, window sex, cock rings (and how often do you read about those, even in dedicated BDSM stories?!), breath play, it runs the gamut but it’s never done gratuitously or just to thrill. Each time these two men come together there is passion and emotion and a deep connection.

I cannot wait to read more in this setting and I believe it’s Alexei’s story next so that’ll be a cracker I’m sure. Bonus points for awesome cover too.

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