TWO 5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Hell and High Water (THIRDS #1) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Military @charliecochet @dreamspinners


Title: Hell & High Water (THIRDS #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 7, 2014 – 296 pgs


When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

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I just finished reading “Thirds – Hell & High Water book 1” by Charlie Cochet this morning. I have to say that I was blown away by this book. This is the first book I have read by Charlie Cochet and I have now found a new author that I will continue to follow and read books from. This book has everything a reader could ask for in it. There is heartache, love, distrust, acceptance, mystery, sadness, happiness, seriousness, and light heartedness. I fell in love with the characters of this book. First there is Dex…..Dex is one of those people that everyone loves and wants to be around. He is full of spunk. He views the world as a glass always full type of person. He is one of those people who wants to make everyone smile and laugh at times when stress could spiral Individuals into the darkness. But at the same time he knows when to be serious and is a person who you can depend on in any situation. He is the heart of the “Thirds” team. He brings a broken team back to life and starts healing their broken hearts. Then there is Sloane….Sloane is a broken hearted Thirds team leader who lost the love of his life Gabe, which also happened to be his partner on the Thirds team. With Sloane you can feel the hurt and pain rolling off of him in waves. He is also one of those individuals that you are rooting for to find a happy ending. Then there is the team itself….a bunch of misfits that make up the perfect partnership to fight for the rights of the humans and Therians.

Most would read the description of this book and think that it is a book about paranormals but is so NOT. This is a book that could become a reality in the future.

This book is a book that catches your attention from the first page and will not let you go until the very last page. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

I highly recommend this book. You will definitely enjoy the read.

I have owned this book since May of 2015 and never read it. I am kicking myself for not reading it as soon as I bought it! I normally don’t read books with shifters or paranormal aspects to them, they usually aren’t my cup of tea but everyone raved about this series so I thought I would give the first book a try. While I found the book to be really wordy and too detailed at times I really enjoyed Dex and his personality and his wit. I would love working with someone like that, makes the day go by, but I can see where at times it would get on your nerves. Sloane is the hot alpha jaguar who has secrets that we will hopefully find out about in future books. Dex and Sloane are made partners at THIRDS when Dex testifies against his partner and Sloane loses his partner when he is murdered. The secondary characters are wonderful as well. The banter and camaraderie between all the THIRDS members is great and made the story. I can’t wait to jump into the second book and see what happens next.
Well, wasn’t that just the strawberry on top of the cupcake. I absolutely loved it. Ok, I will confess, I am ashamed I hadn’t read this series yet, but after reading this one, I couldn’t stop and I binge read the whole series up to the current. So now, here I am, thinking about each one. I just can’t. This whole series is fanfreakingtastic, and must never be passed up.
Dex…..Dex, Dex, Dex. How can you not love Dex? I mean, sexy, bold, 80s lover, sugar lover, full of energy, quick witted and so full of humor, that if you don’t catch yourself from laughing out loud from him, something is terribly wrong with you. He is the perfect opposite of his new partner, Sloane. Dex may act like a man-child at times, but he is mature and not a child. We all have child like tendencies in ourselves. It is a shame that all of us cannot embrace it and rock it like Dex does. He is an adult and take responsibilities seriously, but he just has the lovable optimistic side of him.
Sloane is the broody, mysterious black panther Therian Team Leader. Tall, dark and sexy just doesn’t even cover it. He  has deep emotional pain, that makes you want to dive in, find out what it is and just hold him. But let’s leave that to Dex because he does it so well. The chemistry between these two becomes almost too hot from the first look on. These two were fun both in and out of the sheets, and on and off the job.
The rest of the team of Destructive Delta was a perfect blend of everything. They were family. Something was wrong and when Dex showed up he saw it immediately. Dex was the perfect addition and what the team needed. The banter between everyone and Dex was funny. I loved Ash and Cael, then Calvin and Hobbs, the ladies,  and can’t forget the sarge, Tony.
Overall, this story had great build up, character development, some mystery, lots of humor and love, family and friendship through the roof. Besides we have Military + Shifters = Sexy Badass.


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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.


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