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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 listen to In the Blood first before listening to Out of the Ashes. There are explicit intimate scenes that are not suitable for listeners under the age of 18 within the novella.

©2020 Hailey Turner (P)2020 Hailey Turner

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A story of compassion and love!

This was a spectacular edition to the series. I liked getting into the minds of Sean and Alexei. I loved that we get more of them in this spinoff. I loved listening to this action packed gem. Greg Boudreaux did an amazing audio delivery for this one.

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A much needed addition to the series

I love the Metahuman series and I always felt that between In the Blood and In the Requiem not much attention was given to the aftermath of what Sean and Alexei went through. Thankfully this novella was written to give us a feel of the mind space of Alexei and Sean. The POV is for the bigger part Sean's, since his torture was mostly psychological, except the dental work, thus having a bigger impact on his psyche and more to work through. I wish that Alexei's state of mind wasn't summed up in "he's trained to overcome things like that" and it's the reason I'm giving the story 3 stars. Alexei's POV mostly entails his desire to help Sean and be there for him no matter what. Greg's always a joy to listen to, various voices, accents and emotions! His Alexei is especially delicious!!! I received an ARC from Gay Romance Reviews and this is my honest review.

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A really lovely addition to “In the Blood” book! I’m extremely gratified to get more of Sean and Alexi. “In the Blood” was full of actions and thrilling excitements. Although I loved it, I felt like I didn’t get enough of these two MCs so I’m very happy to get this shortie. Sean has major guilt when it comes to Alexi. And he still has nightmares which he dreamt about hurting Alexi and it seriously brought a rift and so much tension between their relationship. It was so fulfilling to see him pull out of this pit himself and our men went on a mission together again. It wouldn’t be Hailey Turner if there isn’t a little bit of excitement. Loved it. 5 I’m not leaving stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Audio rating Story - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Narration - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Performance - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overall - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sooo good!

narration excellent as always, Hailey is the most incredible world builder. I love the depth of the characters. excellent story

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Loved it

Loved this additional novella in the Metahuman series from Hailey Turner! Greg Boudreax is phenomenal as the narrator,.as usual! Well worth the money!

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Alexi and Sean’s story was one well needed to be told so we could get closure... the narration was great and mad me enjoy the story that much more...

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Great Listen

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. This is such an amazing series and I am SO glad Hailey kept it going with this new series. I really enjoyed hearing about Sean and Alexei and after what happened to them in the last book I’m glad to see that they are trying to get over it.

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sooo good! loved Alexei and Sean!

I loved Alexei and Sean!! Alexei is still recovering from when he was held as a POW. Sean's recovery is taking longer but he's still harboring guilt. This was fantastic!! I was so happy to hear more about Alexei and Sean. Greg Boudreaux did a fantastic narration, I felt like I was right there with them.

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  • 11-19-20

reclaiming love

These guys. Sean and Alexei are special and fantastic. This is their story of them finding themselves again and regrouping as a couple after everything that happened to them. Greg Boudreaux did a fantastic job as always and brought the guys off of the pages and into your heart. I enjoyed listening to this quick story and while it is not a standalone, it and the rest of the series are fantastic.

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Lovely Novella

I’m so happy we get more of Sean and Alexei on audio!! I love these two so much and they have been through a lot in these stories. I’m glad to get to know even more about them and just see more of them since they make me so happy. I enjoyed how this focused on healing for these two and gave them a chance to heal from the events of previous book. I’m so happy this is on audio the narrator did a really good job.

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  • 11-29-20

Incredible

This story is heart-breaking and hauntingly beautiful. I loved it. Alexei and Shaun have been through so much and here we get to see the impact of all of it.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 11-20-20

Questions answered

This novella answers the questions about how Sean and Alexei will recover and rebuild their relationship after the horrors of In the Blood. As expected, their sense of themselves and their ability to trust have been nearly destroyed and while it is painful to watch them struggle it is so worth it in the end. Greg Boudreaux's performance here will break your heart with the pain he conveys with these characters and then will put it back together as the men find a resilience they didn't know they had.

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  • 11-20-20

A Wonderful extra to the series!

I love when an author created extras that helped to round up an already amazing world making everything more authentic giving the plot some interesting dibits. This story helped us to learn more about Alexei and Sean' s dynamic and allowed us to witness their reaction to the traumatic events happening in the book "In the Blood (book 4)" and how they healed together. A wonderful book 1 on these files, masterfully narrated by Mr Boudreaux.

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  • Magnus
  • 11-19-20

Great addition

Hailey Turner did an amazing job with the short stories following the Metahuman series. Although each book in the Classified series can stand on its own, its best enjoy after the original series. Greg Boudreaux was super with the narration. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Lex Buchanan
  • 11-19-20

Touching and Emotional

This story had everything from heartbreakingly tender moments, emotional upheaval to action and adventure. I adored these two characters, the chemistry and love between them was thick and beautiful. Turner did an impeccable job with this short story, keeping readers/listeners interested and drooling. The story didn’t leave me wanting for more but satisfied and happy with the way it ended as a whole. Greg is an amazing narrator, as always connecting with the characters on another level. His accents are perfect, going from voice to voice smoothly. Greg is phenomenal at communicating passion and emotion in his voice, always giving the characters life and the plot enthusiasm. Looking forward to more!

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  • Amelia
  • 11-19-20

An emotional healing journey

Even though Alexei and Sean were rescued in the main series, I'm so glad Hailey Turner dedicated an entire novella to exploring how they recovered from their trauma. The things these men had to live through were truly horrific, and being able to witness their healing journey soothed the tension that never quite left me when I was reading the previous story. In a series where Metahumans have so many advantages, it was both refreshing and heartwrenching to see Sean and Alexei struggle with the same emotions all humans experience. It really brought home the message that even Metahumans aren't invincible, that they deal with the same emotional tumoil as everyone else and need the same support systems to heal from difficult situations. I love that even at their most strained moments, Alexei and Sean never gave up on each other. The depth of their love never felt quite as strong as it did in this story, and it left me feeling hopeful even when I wasn't sure things would ever go back to normal for these men. While I can't deny that the emotions Sean and Alexei had to process were heavy, this novella stayed upbeat and action-packed when they went on their mission in London. In true Metahumans fashion, things went a bit sideways, but Sean and Alexei made it through with their quick thinking and excellent teamwork. After listening to this adventurous novella, I can say with certainty that Alexei and Sean have overcome the worst of their trauma and are ready to get back in the swing of things again. **I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.   

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 11-19-20

The in-between story

I love this series and had seen these novellas but hadn’t picked them up. Needless to say, I was thrilled when they came to audio. Greg Boudreaux narrates the series and he did these shorts including Alexei’s Russian accent. He always does a great job. This story takes place after Alexei and Sean’s horrific kidnapping. That story line – that violent incident – is seared in my memory. It nearly broke me with what they went through. I knew it wouldn’t be all roses and chocolates after that – how could it be? But I wanted the men to find their way forward both in their careers and in their personal lives. And there is work to be done. Sean still freezes up when Alexei touches him, yet turns green with jealousy when anyone shows an interest in Alexei. There is love there, but barriers need to be breached. And when Alexei and Sean go on their first covert mission, there is another kind of healing. These men’s self-worth is derived from their work, so getting back in the saddle, so to speak, triggers more healing. That and blowing up London is just fun. A cameo by my favorite British metahuman rounded out the great story. This novella was well done, and I look forward to more shorts.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 11-19-20

I love Alexei and Sean so much!

Sean and Alexei are dealing with the aftermath of the events that happened in book 4 in the Metahuman Files, In the Blood. I know that Jaime and Kyle are the series' fan favorites, but for me, Alexei and Sean have been my favorites since they got together in In The Blood and this novella just confirmed it for me. Alexei is so steadfast and supportive and perfect *dreamy sigh* and Sean, well, he broke my heart with how much guilt he felt over what happened to Alexei and that's all I'll say because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone. *hugs Sean* It's kind of amazing how easily Greg Boudreaux can convey such a wealth of emotion with his voice. He's an outstanding narrator and definitely one of my Top 3. I've listened to almost all the books in the series, and having the chance to listen to the novellas as well is such a treat, even if I know Hailey Turner will tug at my heartstrings when she makes my beloved boys suffer. Even so, I wouldn't dare miss out on this fantastic series, and you shouldn't either.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 11-17-20

A Time To Heal

Sean and Alexei went through so much in book 4, In The Blood, so it was great to have this novella, a book 4.5 if you like, to see the beginning of healing and a resolution to the torture they both endured. Thank you Hailey, I can never get enough of these guys.

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  • L.D.
  • 11-16-20

Out of Ashes and Into Healing

This book should be read after In the Blood. Although it says it’s book 1 in the Metahuman Files: Classified series, it’s really book 4.5 in the Metahuman Files series. This book delved into the lingering trauma that Sean and Alexei experienced after their capture. It was a tough but healing read, especially after feeling like my heart was being yanked out of my chest during In the Blood. I loved that Hailey Turner gave us this novella and spent the time to detail out the healing process for Sean and Alexei. I read this book a second time as an audiobook and it was fantastic! I loved how Greg Boudreaux narrated the book and voiced all the characters. He has a wonderful range and has a talent for conveying emotion. The audibook production was well done.