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In the Solace (Metahuman Files Book 6) Kindle Edition
Jamie Callahan is looking forward to spending the rest of his life with Kyle Brannigan. They’ve overcome impossible odds, and the only thing left to do is walk down the aisle together. Despite the happiness they’ve earned, their enemies haven’t all disappeared.
Make it to the other side.
Colonel Liam Wessex is thrilled his best friend is getting married, but it’s just further proof that his own life is breaking apart. With his classified identity revealed to the public, Liam is struggling with the transition into civilian life. Becoming reacquainted with MI6 Agent Oliver Archer forces Liam to reconcile his past actions with a future that just might be the answer to all of his problems.
It’s not over, it’s just the start.
Oliver thought he’d done enough to cut Liam out of his life. When their professional lives collide, he’s forced to accept the fact that Liam is no longer the spoiled prince he once knew. When terrorists target London and the unthinkable happens, Oliver and Liam learn that second chances come with a price neither can afford to pay.
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"Turner's writing is fantastic, her world building is beyond compare, and with each novel and novella, this world has grown and changed along with ever increasing threats. And love. Can't forget that. Turner is a master at weaving love stories in with the post-apocalyptic action and adrenaline." -- Kris, Joyfully Jay reviewer
- ASIN : B084T2S63L
- Publication date : March 23, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3526 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #69,044 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book, which is now billed as the final entry in the series, picks up where "In the Requiem" left off to focus on fan-favorite side character British Colonel Liam Wessex, the 13th in line for the throne Prince of England, and to tie up two burning loose ends: Jamie and Kyle's long-awaited nuptials, and taking down the last piece of the Pavluhkin conspiracy, the treacherous ex-CIA director Carter Bennett. Picking up from the previously released novella "Fire in the Heart", where we were introduced to Liam's intriguingly caustic liaison with British MI6 Oliver Archer in a failed attempt to bring Bennett to justice, "Solace" begins with the long-awaited wedding.
The wedding and resulting honeymoon were everything fans could have possibly wanted/been waiting for for this beleaguered couple. We've never gotten to actually see from Liam's POV, so that was a new and refreshing twist. From there, the action heads to England, where the secondary plot of Bennett, the Reborn IRA and other terrorist groups are vulturing around the remnants of the Splice terrorist attacks and conspiracies from the rest of the series. It's exciting, it's gut-wrenching, and we get a lot of action and breathtaking thrills. Here is also, however, where we run into one big problem with this book.
A previous novella, titled "New Horizons", gave us our first peek at life post-Alpha Team for our favorite heroes, and showed Trevor Sanchez find his own HEA with a cute and brave medic named Brendan. It was fun, but, as 'novella' indicates, it was also.....short. The story that occurred needed time and space with which to build, and so even though it is nice that the proceeding novella and this novel continued to mention that Trevor and Brendan are still together, it's not as satisfying frankly because they didn't get a full book. This is the crux of the one issue I had with "In the Solace" - it feels like part two of a book that we were never privy to in regards to Liam and Oliver.
Make no mistake!! Oliver is a *wonderful* character; he's one of the only fully human agents we've worked with in these novels so far, but keeps up with his enhanced teammates to a tenacious degree; he's witty, bitingly sarcastic, and instantly endearing. I bought how he and Liam came together, and there's a few twists there that have your heart pounding via obstacles this new couple has to overcome that I won't spoil here. There is, however, a *ton* of history between these two that does not get fully fleshed out nor satisfyingly overcome due simply to the length of the novel and that these two had to share screen-time, so to speak, with Jamie and Kyle and Katie and the others. It's incredibly interesting history and has room for a *lot* of drama, but we don't ever get to see it.
Liam continues to be a very likable man with enough similarities to Jamie that he's instantly understandable, but he does actually stand on his own two feet as a character so anyone worried that he's a carbon-copy shouldn't feel like that. Liam has his own issues and the powerlessness he feels at societal expectations is understandable and is something the actual royal family has had issue with since any of them tried to join active service -- de-powered or not, the symbol of royalty is a very tempting target and being active in a military field could put one's team at risk. Liam wants to serve so very badly, and it certainly wasn't his choice to be 'outed' as a metahuman in the previous novel, so there's a lot of tension going on there. His feelings for Oliver and the tension between them amidst this is fantastic, and they are very well-matched.
Ultimately, "In the Solace" is a very good read, and it was lovely getting to jump back into the world of the metahumans. Jamie and Kyle's wedding made me tear up, and there's a lot of closure for loose ends to be provided in this book. I will, however, admit that I was fiercely unsatisfied with the brevity of the Oliver/Liam plot -- I wanted more, and it felt as if it was owed more time and space than it received. So, on the off-chance that you're reading this, Ms. Turner, please please please reward us with one more novella for these two; they really deserve it.
(In related news, I highly recommend Turner's "Soulbound" urban fantasy series; they're fantastic and just as well-written as "The Metahuman Files" with two main characters that are only enhanced by the zany cast of side-characters they're surrounded with, just like the metahumans; if you've not tried them yet, you're missing out!)
The author decided to surprise readers with this book and it is so worth the wait and the expectation. We get time with the series first couple, Jamie and Kyle, as well as seeing a new couple in Liam and Oliver.
You guys, the Honeymoon scene is fantastic. It is so Jamie and Kyle and extremely hot. These two have been heating things up since their first encounter and they don't disappoint here.
We get to head to London and explore Liam's world. I am so happy that we get to see more of his life and the challenges that he is having. Oliver is a good counter point for Liam and shows us how much Liam has changed from who he use to be when he was younger.
A lot of action happens in this story and our guys are always in the thick of things. So much happens to them and I don't want to give anything away. I feel like your only disappointment is that this is it for the series. I'm holding out hope that we will get another short story or more later on down the road.
If you love action, military, snark, laughter, romance and hot times then you need to read this series and this book. You need to read the series in order. Not a standalone.
What a wonderful end to an excellent, excellent series. (Yes, I meant to say it twice because it is worth it.) As with the previous books, In the Solace gives readers well-formed, unique characters, lots of action in a compelling storyline, and some super-hot sexy times.
While reading the wedding and honeymoon scenes, I kept flashing back through the series and the way these two came to love each other so fiercely and so effortlessly while suffering through the torture this author oh so gleefully inflicted upon them. The off the charts desire that drew them together in the first place is still as strong as ever. I was smiling (and crying a bit) in satisfaction as Jamie and Kyle finally committed legally to what they had been emotionally committed to for quite some time. I appreciate the closure the author gave me with this couple.
Liam and Oliver’s story is interesting and sexy. The action scenes are well done, dragging me into their world as they battle the bad guys, incurring more of the author’s diabolical treatment as it progresses. The sexy times are very well done. mmmmmmm
I would have liked to have more backstory for Liam and Oliver. What is there is interesting, but more on their initial friendship before they parted ways would have helped strengthen my sympathy for one and see more of the other without the hero tinted glasses would have made me appreciate him more as he is now.
The secondary characters are supportive of the storyline and it was great to see characters from previous books making their marks on these pages.
I will be rereading the Metahuman Files. They are too good to put aside.
I look forward to more from this author.
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As with the previous books in the series, In the Solace is set around 250 years in the future where the war between the governments in the US/UK and terrorists intent on committing atrocities using splice bombs continues. The main events of the book start with Jamie and Kyle's wedding, with Liam as Jamie's Best Man, but the action soon moves to London where, amidst terror threats at major landmarks, we learn more about Liam's personal life as a member of the royal family and his past poor behaviour in his youth. What we also see is how he has developed from a spoilt rich kid into a worthy team leader and a truly decent man. The biggest demonstration of this is his wanting to make amends with the man who he treated horribly when they were young. Enter Oliver, at home with the aristocracy, bitter about his mistreatment at Liam's hands and the bullying that followed, spy for MI6. As part of the investigations into the splice bomb threats, Oliver is assigned as MI6's liaison to Liam's team and, to twist an old saying, danger makes the heart grow fonder.
The reader gets everything they can and should expect from a Hailey Turner novel with In the Solace. The world building grows even further (out into space), the action is fast-paced and full of jeopardy, the characters are multi-dimensional and feel like real people, the developing relationships - both longstanding and renewed - feel genuine so the emotional roller-coaster you ride with them is as full of huge highs and sinking lows as usual (finishing on a high) and there is the humour and heat...so much heat!!
If you've not started the Metahuman Files series, don't start with this book - they absolutely should be read in order and you absolutely will thank yourself for diving headfirst into In the Wreckage; but if you already know Alpha Team and Liam this is an easy pick and a worthy end to such an awesome series. 5*
An ARC was provided by GRR in exchange for an honest review.