Story Rating: 4.25 stars
Audio Rating: 4.5 stars
Narrator: Greg Boudreaux
Length: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Trevor Sanchez and the rest of Alpha Team have moved on from their role in the Metahuman Defense Force into their new lives. In Trevor’s case, he is studying to be a doctor. When a shooting breaks out at the teaching hospital where Trevor is in class, however, he doesn’t hesitate to jump in and try to help. With his telekinetic powers, Trevor is easily able to take down the shooters. He is even able to provide assistance to an EMT who got injured trying to protect a patient. But when it turns out a Sons of Adam cell was involved in the shooting, things get a lot more dangerous.
Brendan Kane was just doing his job helping a patient injured in a domestic violence attack when the shooting started. Brendan was determined to protect his patient whatever the costs, and that left him right in the gunman’s path. Fortunately, the sexy former Alpha Team member is able to not only stop the bad guys, but also insists on staying with Brendan while he gets his treatment. But when they learn that that Sons of Adam are involved, things get complicated as they may be looking for revenge against Brendan for getting in their way. And with someone needed to watch over Brendan, Trevor once again steps in.
As the men spend time together, the spark that started when they met begins to burn even brighter. Brendan and Trevor can’t resist acting on their attraction and are enjoying their growing connection. But the Sons of Adam cell is still out there and looking for revenge. With Brendan in their sights, it is going to take not just Trevor, but all of Alpha Team, to take them out and keep Brendan safe for good.
New Horizons is a novella set in Hailey Turner’s fabulous Metahuman Files series. It is one of three stories that are part of the Metahuman Files: Classified series, meaning they are shorter stories that fit outside the main novels. While you could probably read this without being familiar with Metahuman Files, I think you are going to get much more out of it if you know the series. Also, be aware that this book takes place after In the Requiem, so the story itself will have some spoilers for events in the main series.
Trevor has been a side character in the main series and this is the first book from his POV. I found it a lot of fun to get in the head of one of the more minor side characters and get to know someone who hasn’t had a ton of page time. Since the book takes place after the attack on DC, this story gives us a look at what life is like for Alpha Team after they leave the MDF. It is fun to see what celebrities the group have become, and people are a combination of awed and intimidated when they meet them. For Trevor, he finally has a chance to be open about his telekinesis for the first time. But he also finds that a lot of people are fearful of his abilities. So Trevor has a nice connection with Brendan, who not only isn’t afraid of his powers, but actually kind of turned on (leading to a super hot telekinetic wall sex scene that you don’t want to miss). There is a sweetness to the dynamic between the men, as Trevor takes care of Brendan, but they are also playful and super sexy together.
This story is not quite as high octane as some of the books, but there is still excitement. There is a intense scene that starts the book where Trevor takes down the shooters, as well as some other suspenseful moments. We also get to reunite with Alpha Team, who come together to take out the Sons of Adam cell, and while much of that is low key or off page, it is still fun to see them all back again. I also got a kick out of how in awe everyone is every time Jamie walks in the room.
As with the rest of the series, I listened to this in audio narrated by Greg Boudreaux. He has become the voice of this series for me without question, and his narration is a key part of the overall experience. Boudreaux brings consistency to the characters from the main series and the whole gang is easily recognizable. Brendan and Trevor have distinct voices and the narration flows smoothly. Trevor has a slight accent that seems to waver at times, but overall, I found the narration excellent as usual and I think Boudreaux really does an great job with this audio.
I am enjoying these novellas and getting a chance to revisit this series that I love so much. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Metahuman Files, definitely pick up this series form the start. It is well worth your time.