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Out of the Ashes

(Metahuman Files: Classified #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 106 pages
Published February 10th 2018 by Hailey Turner
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“Ya tebya lyublyu,” Alexei whispered.
I’m not leaving, Alexei promised


5++++ All the stars in the world

Leave it to Hailey to give you an intense bookgasm with only 106 pages.


Alexei the love of my life and Sean are goals together.

This little much needed novella picks up after book 4 In the Blood, and is basically all about Alexei and Sean's recovery.

3 months later after the horrible events that happened in the book 4, Sean and Alexei are in therapy but Sean is still finding it difficult to
Everything took time, after all, and surviving was a journey.
It always would be.

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After everything a certain someone *side-eyes the author* made Alexei and Sean go through in In the Blood, both the guys and us readers - okay, at least I - needed quite some time to recover. Even if some tender approaches have already been made at the end of the previous book, it was pretty obvious that Alexei and Sean in particular would have to go a long way to
~Mindy Lynn~
5 Stars!

It was absolutely heartbreaking to see the distance between one of my favorite couples. After everything these two went through together NO ONE deserves a HEA more than them. Hailey Turner really put us readers through with their book. I think anyone who read this couples book needed this book. I know I needed to know how they were coping and if things had gotten any better. Sadly our boy Sean is still feeling some serious guilt where Alexei is concerned. The tension is high and Sean is
I have a tough relationship with this series. Not my favorite, but the writing is solid and the initial world building and the fantastic camaraderie between the Metahuman team picked my interest.

In the last book In the Blood, I felt frustrated because there was too much action for my taste and nothing about the aftermath of the terrible ordeal two of the MCs, Sean and Alexei, went through. Fortunately, this short story is a much needed – at least for me - addition.
It's tough to see Sean lost in
Alexei and Sean are one of my favorite couples. I love them together and individually. This one broke my heart. The distance between the two after their tragedy is wide. But they eventually find their way and I couldn't be happier. They have suffered enough without being able to lean on each other to heal. There's still healing to be done but they are on their way and will be stronger because of it. Thanks Anne, for telling me to pick this one up ...more
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I am normally not a big fan of novella's, and when I can ...I usually skip them.

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But when I found out why there was gonna be an "in between" novella, I gladly made an exception it. This is my fav couple after all !!

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After everything they have been through in the previous book, it was very nice getting a little follow up, to see how Alexei and Sean were recovering .....

It seems like Sean is struggeling a bit harder than Alexei is, and seeing them both so lost broke my heart.... Thankfully Alexei
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4,5 stars*

I simply had to race through this. I had to know how Sean and Alexei get over their problems after going through the most traumatic experiences in book 4.

What can I say? Alexei is SWOON-WORTHY.
For some reason the way Hailey Turner writes his Russian accent does things to me. It's always so to the point, simple and honest and at times absolutely hilarious. But here Alexei also shines through his complete loyalty to Sean and his commitment to their relationship, even when the going is
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
My beautiful cinnamon rolls. My sun and stars. My darling clementines. My Alexei and Sean.

Yes, I’m aware that this level of obsession with fictional characters borders on disturbing and desperate, but guess what?

Out of the Ashes was an intense and immensely satisfying follow-up to In the Blood, the fourth installment in Hailey Turner's utterly riveting Metahuman Files series. Unlike many of my fellow readers, I wasn’t that angry with Turner despite the torture - both literal and figurative -
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

This was a much needed novella with the way things were left for Alexei and Sean. And a nice tide-over until the next Metahuman Files book.
Denise H.
*** Year 2285 Earth ***
This fantastic novella follows IN THE BLOOD, from this Hailey Turner series about The MDF, Metahuman Defence Force; Metahumans with special powers they use to fight evil in our world. A horrific kidnapping and torture left Alexei and Sean recovering. Sean continues to feel guilty for not being able to help Alexei.

*** Now, three months has past, and the men are together, but not touching, because Sean feels he is unworthy of that joy. They are sent on a mission in

Okay, so like I enjoyed Sean and Alexei before this. I really, really liked them. I don't know if I loved them, but I knew I didn't love them quite as much as Jamie and Kyle.

That changed with this short - or at least, they've now come super close to Jamie and Kyle for me. This made me go from really liking and enjoying these two together to loving them.

They go through a bit of a rough patch, understandably, after they were both tortured in the last book - I assume that isn't a
How could I say no to my favourite couple?!

It’s amazing how much action , heart and feels the author managed to pack into this novella. Loved it!
~ 4.5 stars ~

A much-needed addition to In the Blood if you want to know how Sean and Alexei deal with the aftermath of what has happened to them. A heartbreaking but still hopefull novella that shows the deep love between these two men. For a much shorter story than the other books in the Metahuman Series, I think the author dealt really well with the trauma and feelings of guilt they experienced - no magic solutions but therapy, time, patience, and the love of your life at your side every step
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb short story follow up with Sean and Alexei after the traumatic events of In the Blood.

This explores in depth the mental disconnection which the lovers are in after their torture at the hand of terrorist Cillian Halloran and what lengths they're willing to go to get back to some semblance of normality.

The mission is a hoot as it drops back in with London-based Liam Wessex and has a lovely car chase along the A1!

Eventually all is well and Sean and Alexei deal with the issues which forced
This is a short novelette describing the aftermath of Boston attack and how Sean and Alexei were dealing with what happened to them. Ms Turner is a master storyteller. The depth of emotions between the two men made this book feel larger than it was. Wonderful book with so many hidden feelings, ever present humor and hot and steamy encounters. Loved it!
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 Stars!

This novella was everything...!! I loved everything about this..!! There is action, romance, heart break, anguish, two sexy heroes and the right mix of all the elements.

Sean and Alexei are dealing with a lot The aftermath of their traumatic nightmare has affected them deeply. Sean is helpless against the guilt and Alexei is feeling helpless due to his inability to help Sean. The rest is how they overcome what's plaguing them. I loved this novella. I loved that we see how they overcome
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

A Superman/ Metahuman need to heal. This book is all about healing. The healing of my guys as they struggled to get out of a portal

The cause and effect. The PTSD. The LOVE.

This book was just what I needed to recovery from book four.

These guys were ever so sweet, ever so good, and ever so scrupulous. This was the best book ever. This little story was packed with a touch of PTSD. But, it’s not a tear-jearker. It was just sweet and very well done. So sweet, so endearing, and so worth the wait.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Serena Yates
At the center of this novella-length interlude within the ‘Metahuman Files’ series are Sean and Alexei and how they deal with the trauma of having been tortured by one of their biggest enemies. They don’t just have to deal with their individual responses, that would be tough enough. What makes everything worse is the guilt Sean feels for “letting things happen” to Alexei – things he had no control over and shouldn’t feel guilty for – except he does. It’s a complicated psychological conundrum ...more
Courtney Bassett
An important follow-up

I think it was a good choice to make this a novella. The characters needed to deal with the aftermath of the events of book 4, and though there was a mission and a little action, it was mostly focused on their healing and relationship. There were no magical, overnight fixes here, which is realistic, and made me appreciate the result even more after the tough journey to get there.
Joyfully Jay
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

After the events of In The Blood, I was very glad to see this follow up novella focusing on Sean’s recovery and his and Alexei’s relationship. They were horribly tortured, and they’ve had to work through the aftermath. Healing takes time, and I love that Turner has given it the respect it deserves. Sean says it best when he thinks “Healing is never linear and never easy.” Even though Sean knows, intellectually, it wasn’t his fault, that doesn’t stop him from
Beth doesn't write  enough reviews
Great little short!

Alexei and Sean needed this side mission to find their way back after what they went through.

They are perfect for each other & they were breaking my heart. Especially Sean, he wanted to be well again so badly.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet novella about Sean and Alexei. So glad they worked everything out between them. I was hurting so much because of what happened to them in last installment.

"I keep thinking I'll hurt you if I touch you. I never wanted to hurt you."

"Always want your touch. Always want you, Senichka."


*on to the last!
Amy Aislin
This was a nice novella that delves deeper into Sean and Alexei's heads after the events of book 4. We knew what they were going through at the end of book 4 and where their heads were at, but this novella dug a little deeper and showed us the repercussions three months down the line, when Sean and Alexei are both back on active duty.

I loved that this story focused on Sean and Alexei without the interference or meddling of their teammates. The addition of Liam was welcome comic relief when
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we follow Alexei and Sean as they recover from the trauma of their last mission and attempt to rebuild their relationship which has been damaged almost irrecoverably by the emotional scars.
Hailey has a way with words and builds the excitement gradually through to a thrilling conclusion during this short story. Truly heart-stopping.
~nikki the recovering book addict
3.5 stars

This was sweet, unhurried and satisfying in that while it was in the Metahuman Files universe and had a mission that was part of the overarching story arc, it focussed more on Alexei and Sean’s healing as a couple and I appreciate that we get to see it. Great addition to the series!
Victoria Loves Books
Cleared for duty!

I needed this novella after reading In The Blood. All it took was working together on an undercover job to bring Sean out of his guilt ridden fear of being touched. I love that Alexei is the anchor that grounds Sean and lets him breathe.So much love for these two
Amanda Prado
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
hailey turner, seeing that i don’t care for alexei and therefore don’t want to read the stories focused on alexei/sean: haha let’s see her resist THIS (adds my fave tropes aka hurt/comfort and trauma recovery to the character i like aka sean)
me: ,,,,,dang it, ms turner, you got me once again
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Perfect way to show Sean and Alexei ‘s healing. We get a ton of emotion and a little action. I loved how their feelings were affirmed in the end.
Christi Snow
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this novella...Sean and Alexei needed this! LOVE
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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.

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“Alexei closed the distance between them again, pressing a hard kiss to Sean’s mouth that lasted only a second. “Would never go with her,” Alexei said when he finally lifted his head. “Not her, not no one. Never.” 1 likes
“Stay,” Sean whispered. “Always, Senichka. Always.” 1 likes
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