Title: Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 8, 2016 – 230 pgs
Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.
Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.
I really enjoyed my first complete story in this series. I thought that Cochet did an amazing job at creating emotion and mystery throughout the story.
There were really strong primary characters, Dex and Sloane were great together. They had a great chemistry and a great working relationship, which only added to their personal relationship.
The secondary characters were great as well. Ash and Cael were amazingly funny and sweet – while also keeping the main characters in line. I also liked how Tony was able to weave in to the story in a great way – it was complex, but not so much that it made things complicated.
The story itself was full of emotion and turmoil, but also with sweetness and a great background. I cannot say enough good things about this story and all that it encompassed. I hope that you take the time to read it, as it is a quick read.
I am looking forward to more books by Cochet for sure!
Holy plot twist! I absolutely love this series and I am amazed by the imagination employed to not only keep the story going but to add such an incredible and unexpected new arc after six books. If book six felt a little bit like a wrap-up and goodbye, book seven opens up a whole new set of ideas and introduces some exciting new characters.
Book seven takes readers back to Dex and Sloane. While I am growing tired of the insecurities and commitment issues between these two characters, I really enjoyed the fresh new paths Cochet takes the familiar couple down in this book.
I am still waiting for Seb’s book (okay, I’m greedy – I want all the books!) but after this book, I understand why Cochet brings readers back to Dex and Sloane for a new start. This feels like a redirection for the whole series and I’m not sure it would have worked with any other couple as the focus.
As I am reviewing an ARC I really don’t want to give too much away. Fans of the series will love this and as always, new readers need to start at the beginning – this is not a stand-alone.
Charlie Cochet is just such an amazing author and with each book that she writes in this series we as readers are able to see just how amazing she truly is. This series caught me and grabbed my attention and heart from the very first book and with each book I fall a little more in love with the characters in this series.
Each book seems to be more amazing then the last. Charlie never seems to let us down with her books and she always leaves me wanting more and waiting impatiently for the next book to come out.
I have to say that every book in the series has left me thinking that it was my favorite so far but then a new book comes out and I realize that I love that book more then the last. This book is no exception. This book blew me away completely and now I want the next book so I can see if it will be better then this one.
In this book Dex and Sloane are faced with some very troubling times and it seems that no matter what, they find that staying strong with each other is the way to face everything that is happening to them. They face so much uncertainty, pain, fear, heartache, and trust issues that any normal couple would have caved and given up but not these two. Instead of giving up or giving in they band together and face it head on. They work through all of it together even when they aren’t together.
The both face the uncertainty of whether Dec will live or not from being kidnapped and tortured and also from Dec’s mysterious illness that is crippling to Dex when the symptoms occur. But regardless of the uncertainty of all that and the people who seem to be trying to kill them at every turn, both men take the love of the other man and use it to make each of the stronger so that neither of them want to give up. Even Ash is coming around to excepting that Dec and Sloane are destined for another and that is a miracles in itself.
This book will not disappoint those that read it. It is full of mystery, love, heartache, uncertainty of the present and future, hope, friendship, family, and so much more. Until Charlie I had never read a book with shifters in and now I am a huge fan. And “The Thirds” series is definitely one of my favorite. Another amazing book Charlie. Keep up the incredible work and I cannot wait till the next book.
I just love this series, I am always on the edge of my seat and waiting to see what happens next and never want to put the books down. I have a soft spot for Dex, he is one of my favorites and this book just made my love for him deeper. How no one could know what was happening to him after Sloane marked him is beyond me, you had to know what was going to happen eventually! I can’t wait to see what happens next and I really, really hope that Hudson gets his HEA.
I have to say this could very well be my favorite book in the series. However? That wouldn’t really be fair as I feel it was quite different than the other books as well. The other ones have been about falling in love and entering a relationship while this one is about a relationship that has already been established, but going through some new things.
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.