Title: Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 206 pgs
New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.
Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.
We had Sloane’s past in book two. But we always knew Ash was there too. So we have Ash and Sloane actually talking. And fighting, and trusting, then not trusting – whew! Add in Dex and Sloane as an actual couple who actually talk things through (a little too sappy for me) and actually have lots and lots of sex (perfect for me). And then Dex and Cael – even the brothers can’t get along in this one!
All a little soap opera. Have I mentioned that this is still a really complicated paramilitary action story? And that all these men talking about their feelings are really kick-ass THIRDS agents? For the first time in the series, the action seems to peel away from the characters a bit for me. I loved the relationships, but probably couldn’t explain the actual fighting plot to you very well at this point. I’m sure that’s more about my reading than the author’s writing!
The author keeps teasing us with Cael and Ash’s romance or bromance and it is a bit easier to see in this third book. Again – I fell for Ash, so I can finally see why Cael does.
I love the humour in these books. There is humour in the dialogue during action scenes and humour in the heartbreaking relationship moments. Every time someone says something poignant or something awful happens, someone (usually Dex) says or does something incredibly stupid. Which is brilliant.
This isn’t a stand alone story. The full series needs to be read in order. I certainly wasn’t able to stop reading once I’d started.
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 adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. 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.