Rise & Fall
(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.
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It's safe to say by now that I'm a total fangirl when it comes to this amazing shifter world Charlie Cochet created. I remember like it was yesterday when I first read Hell & High Water (Thirds, Book 1), going into it without any expectations because it was my first read by this author and also to see what's the whole hype about and then finishing it and being totally enthralled. Since then the story has only got better with every next book and with them my infatuation. I was one of the lucky ones who got the opportunity to devour the 4th installment in the series before publication and what can I say- I loved it!
Action-packed, fun & deeply emotional.
The author gave me everything I wanted from this installment: engaging plot, fun and charming characters, lots of love and thrilling action. The story continues right after the heart-wrenching cliffhanger of the previous book. With two of their best agents on sick leave, the Thirds Destructive Delta team is in chaos, both physically and mentally, but underneath it all is a burning desire for payback time on the criminals who are trying to kill off their agents. I don't want to reveal much, because I don't want to spoil it for other fans, all you need to know is that I think you'll be more than pleased with the outcome, just as I am.
The core of the book was as always our beloved Dexter "Dex" Daley- a badass Thirds agent who wears his heart on his sleeve. Driven by desire to protect and revenge his team he did some reckless things, but you just can't stay mad on that guy. He just keeps growing on you with his playful and geeky personality and remains my favorite Thirds agent. The reward to my favorite secondary character in this installment goes to Austen Payne. I must admit that I found that guy a bit pushy and annoying in the previous book, but he totally won me over with his humor and charm in this one and I can't wait to find out more about his character.
The highlights of the book for me were:
1. Every part involving the awesomeness of Dex Daley of course
2. Dex' & Sloane's moments of cuteness overload
3. Austen Payne's snarky remarks
4. Ash's & Cael's moments of "so close, no matter how far"
5. Dex & Ash bonding
5. Dex & Ash bonding
5. One "voyeur" scene involving... ...ha, read the book and find out!;P
6. The hilarious ending
6. The hilarious ending
As much as I look forward to the next book- Against the Grain (THIRDS, #5) which will focus on and be told from Ash's and Cael's point of views, I must admit that I'm also a bit sad and already miss our one and only Dex Daley and his shenanigans, even though I'm sure we'll get our fix of him there too. Let the counting begin!
Sloane: What would I do without you?
Dex: Lead a quiet, peaceful existence?
Sloane: Sounds boring as hell.
Dex: Can I get that in writing and notarized?
Sloane: Shut up.
Highly recommended to every mm paranormal romance fan!
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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