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.
Charlie Cochet did it again. The author grabbed my attention from the first sentence in Thirds-Rack & Ruin. This book is once again a Home run for Charlie.
Dex, Sloane, Cael, Ash, and the rest of the Thirds team is back again working hard to take down the bad guys while trying to save as many lives as they can and staying safe in the process.
In this book we learn more about Ash and more about his past. Along the way I really started to question exactly what type of guy Ash really is and if he was the mole that everyone was trying to find.
Dex and Sloane still continue to work at their work relationship along with their personal relationship.
Through all the trails and tribulations each of the characters face, I cannot help but feel their pain, their frustration, their happiness, their wariness, and all the other emotions that Charlie has been able to pull off in a single book.
As I said in the beginning, I was hooked from the get go. It is hard to put down a book that you feel like you are apart of to do simple things like eat, sleep, clean, etc and this is definitely one of those books.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that has romance, action, mystery, and a well unfolded story line.
This is a great continuation of the THIRDS story. This series continues to be highly entertaining, interesting, and exciting on multiple levels.
In Rack and Ruin there is a lot more conflict inside the THIRDS team. It’s interesting to see how they manage to hold it together enough to get the job done as the interpersonal issues come up. I love getting to know Ash more in this and having him more humanized. (Therianized?) Ash becomes a real character instead of being simply Dex’s adversary. In general, Charlie Cochet continues to do a great job creating complex and lovable characters.
I have one suggestion for potential readers. This book ends on a cliff hanger. If you already love this series and expect that you’ll be moving on to the third (Rise and Fall), you might want to have it on hand to be able to jump right into it.
This is the third book in the series, which you should read in order. I must say this is my favorite so far. As always Dex keeps you laughing and on your toes with his feistiness. Sloane is becoming so much more affectionate with Dex and it just makes my heart melt. The book has its fair share of action and we learn more about Ash and why he is a jerk and when we find out, well, you can’t help but understand. I will say I shed a tear while reading some parts of this book as well. This one does leave the reader hanging at the end, so I can’t wait to jump into book four!
This series has not stopped in the wow factor. We continue getting to see Dex and Sloane progress into the solid sexy couple that we all know they are.
In this story, we get more character development about the characters, and how they interact with each other and their pasts. Sloane and Ash’s discussions about them growing up, ugh….tears. I am much more looking forward to Calvin/Hobbs and Cael/Ash. Oh, Ash, you are going to be a heart breaker when your story comes.
There is more of Sloane licking and rubbing Dex (I think Dex secretly loves it.). There is more sexy times, and boy, can these two light up the pages. They can also be sweet and real, and their deep discussions make you want to love them more. Dex continues to be the funny man with what come out of his mouth….and let’s just say, the Dex and Ash stand-off about Dex’s pre-birthday party party….oh yeah, Dex better just run from Ash.
The continued story line of why there are THIRDS, keeps you balanced so this isn’t just a love story. There were intense moments that kept you on your seat, especially the ending. I mean, that was the mother of all cliffhangers….I couldn’t decide if I wanted to throw my kindle or be thankful enough that I had #4 (Rise & Fall) ready to go. Yeah, I had to read the first chapter of that one before writing the review, because damn, my heart couldn’t take the suspense.
Overall, I am still enjoying this series, and everything about just gets better. There has not been any downtime or lull in the reading.
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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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