Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 236 Pages
At a Glance: This is one you don’t want to miss
Blurb: After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost.
With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart.
Review: It is a well known fact that I am highly addicted to Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS Series and all the extremely fabulous characters she has brought into my life. The first three books have centered around Dex Daley and Sloane Brodie, while letting us get to know the rest of the team members and their stories in a peripheral way. Honestly, I thought we had pretty much finished Dex and Sloane’s romance in the last book, but boy was I wrong.
With Brodie in the hospital, Dex makes it his new mission in life to track down the people responsible for putting him there. When Lieutenant Sparks pulls the entire team off the case, Dex has to decide if he wants to go it alone or if he wants to pull in a little help from his friends.
Just like with all the other books in the series, there is plenty of action and humor. The one new thing we get in this book is a glimpse into Dex’s mind we haven’t had before. Things he thought he had put behind him come back to take up space in his head. Thankfully Brodie is there to help Dex, and the two men end up closer than either of them thought they ever could be.
Aside from Dex and Brodie’s romantic entanglements, we also got a glimpse into Cael and Ash’s relationship, or lack thereof. Surprisingly, Calvin and Hobbes make a very memorable appearance as well.
In my opinion, this is the best book in the series so far. We got to see so much more of the serious side of Dex and Sloane both. Neither one of these men are known to share their feelings often, but when they do, WOW, they really do.
I am already starting a countdown to the next book. I may even be doing a tad bit of whining, but don’t tell anyone. I feel Charlie Cochet left Dex and Brodie in a great spot, and I am desperately looking forward to see what is next for Destructive Delta (crossing my fingers for Cael and Ash’s story next, but I can’t imagine I would be disappointed with whatever comes my way). One new character was introduced at the end of the book, and I can’t wait to see what role Old Betsy is going to play for Ash and Brodie.
So, if you haven’t read this series yet, I would tell you to hurry up and get reading. This is one you don’t want to miss.
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