(THIRDS Series, Book #4)
by Charlie Cochet
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.
5 out of 5 stars
Have you delved into the world of the THIRDS yet? You’re missing out if you haven’t because this is one of the hottest m/m paranormal series out right now. For those of you that haven’t read them, this is the fourth book in the series and they are best read in order.
The previous book Rack & Ruin left everyone hanging on a pretty maj0r cliffhanger. Rise & Fall picks up moments after the events in Rack & Ruin and literally takes you on a wild and crazy ride. In Rise & Fall you’re shown different sides to the already well established characters in the series. The main couple, Dex and Sloane, is dealing with Sloane’s injuries and eventual healing, and Dex’s need to fix and protect everything. After Sloane, the man he loves, is almost killed it sends Dex down a dark path filled with the need to avenge and protect his family and team. This is a very different Dex than we’ve seen in the previous books, as he is normally the 80’s music loving, adorkably sweet and silly one on the team.
There’s still Ash and Cael, and Calvin and Hobbs, along with their other teammates Rosa and Letty. While they’re not established couples, yet, they are part of the THIRDS team with Dex and Sloane. When they’re all placed on leave due to Sloane’s injuries, it makes them focus on each other instead of their cases. We have a surprising scene with Hobbs comforting Dex that was perfect in its simplicity. Then there’s a moment when Calvin and Hobbs actually have to focus on each other. Unfortunately it’s hard to share a lot of the standout moments because they’ll give the story away to those that haven’t read Rise & Fall yet. Let’s just say that this is definitely the book I’d consider the turning point in the series.
I promised myself to not be a raving fangirl while sharing my love for this series. It’s hard not to because the entire concept of this series has been well conceived and so very well written by the author. Charlie Cochet has been able to give life to not just one couple, but six complete couples in various stages of relationships. She’s made you want to know more about them or cheer them on or want to slap them depending on their actions. That’s a lot of care and detail packed into one book and you enjoy the ride she takes you on. This is one of those series that you need to give a try because all the elements combine into what may very well be your next favorite book.
About the Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn't writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
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