in the solaceRating: 4.5 stars
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Length: Novel

Colonel Liam Wessex, captain of the Royal Legion and thirteenth in line for the throne, has not been able to be in the field since the events in D.C. revealed his identity to the world. But he doesn’t want to give up his position or his team. Taking a break by getting off British soil and attending his best friend’s wedding is exactly what he needs. Jamie Callahan and Kyle Brannigan are perfect for each other and Liam is thrilled to stand up with Jamie as they say their vows.

But back home again, Liam is faced with his old one-time lover, Oliver Archer, who is now an MI6 Agent. When Oliver is tasked to Liam’s team to face a threat, it finally gives Liam a chance to try to make amends for what he did when they were teenagers. Except Oliver wants nothing to do with him, and Liam is forced to deal with his burgeoning feelings alone.

Jamie and Kyle are finally married and a honeymoon in space is exactly what they need. Their love is stronger than ever, and nothing can tear them apart. Not after what they went through together. They’re also happy to attend the Ascot at the Queen’s invitation, and when things go south, they quickly step in to help Liam.

Because a big threat has come to England. Carter Bennet has shown up again, which makes Jamie and Kyle even more determined to help. Because of the threat the royal family, Liam insists he’s put in the field. With the Reborn IRA working with Bennet, and Splice in play, Liam will do anything to keep his family, friends, and country safe. Even if it means leaving Oliver’s bed, after they’ve finally gotten to an okay place.

Liam and Oliver band together, along with the team and Jamie and Kyle, to finally put a stop to everything, once and for all. Can Liam and Oliver’s new love survive the worst? And can they finally put the threat to rest?

Oh man, ever since the first book in the Metahuman Files series, I’ve been hooked. 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 every increasing threats. And love. Can’t forget that. Turner is a master at weaving love stories in with the post-apocalyptic action and adrenaline.

This is the last book in the series and it finally, finally brings everything to a close. With each book, the immediate threat was tied up, but there was always a through thread that kept things going. After the Fire in the Heart, there was a lot more conclusion, but Bennet was still out there and I have to admit, I was disappointed by that. In this book, we finally get the ending we deserve.

And we get Liam’s story! Liam was a constant secondary character throughout the series, a friend to Jamie, and a help to the MDF and our team. He’s always been a likeable guy, witty and full of sass, while at the same time showing a serious and competence one would expect from a military trained Metahuman. I always loved him when he showed up on page, and I loved how Turner laced in some longing from him, especially when he saw Jamie and Kyle’s relationship, so that we could see he was ready for one of his own.

It’s clear right from the moment we meet Oliver that he and Liam do not get along. Here in this book, we find out why, and I, for one, was immediately on Oliver’s side. But because Liam is painted so well, we can see he’s not the man he used to be. He’s grown and changed, and we know he’s truly sorry for his foolish actions as a pompous, self-indulgent, privileged brat. It takes time for Oliver to give him the time of day, let along actually listen to him, but that’s necessary for Oliver to get past the hurt and to begin to heal. I liked that Liam was persistent without being too overbearing, and when these guys took it to the next level it felt natural. The chemistry poured off the page, and even as things went sideways again for a bit, it was easy to believe they would find their way to each other.

Alongside their romance, we have Jamie and Kyle’s wedding and honeymoon, which is just as satisfying as you’d expect it to be. Jamie and Kyle both get page time in this long novel, and I loved how Turner managed to incorporate it without it feeling like they were taking over the story. Which, let’s be honest, would be easy for these two powerhouse characters to do. We get to see them finally having their HEA that the deserve, and it’s really lovely to see.

And of course, there’s the threat of Bennet and the Reborn IRA. These both play on the story that has been building throughout the series, and nothing is too surprising here. But what really works for me is how it’s both originally while feeling familiar. And I definitely enjoyed the conclusion on this.

But one thing that didn’t work as well for me was part of the ending. Without giving too much away, it’ something we’ve seen before. Especially with the way it was written. To be honest, it didn’t have as much as an impact as it could have, because I knew without a doubt what was going to happen next. I would have liked to see this written differently, so that I could truly feel the impact, the worry, the moment of fear.

In the end, love wins. Liam and Oliver find their happy, Jamie and Kyle are finally living their best married life, and the bad guys get their due. I’m in love with this series, and as conclusions go, it’s supremely satisfying. These books definitely need to be read in order, and I strongly urge you to do so. And now that it’s complete, you can binge them without having to wait to find out what happens next.

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