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5 Stars for Dancing Around The Cop (Alpha and Omega #2) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Romance #Paranormal

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Title: Dancing Around The Cop (Alpha and Omega #2)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2015 – 374 pgs

Synopsis

Terry Martin has an awesome life – good friends, loving parents and a job he loves designing all of the bright and wonderful costumes for the drag queens at Club Blue. Sure, no one but his parents know he’s an Omega wolf, but he’s okay with that. Unfortunately being a twink often means getting picked on and after a night out with friends, Terry has the misfortune to meet an Alpha wolf, Detective Zander Samuels – his true mate.

Zander can’t have a mate, especially a pretty, sweet little man like Terry. His friend of more than ten years, and partner on the force hates gay men with a passion and Zander won’t risk the only true friend he has, not even for a mate. So even though he’s scented Terry, Zander is determined to stay away from the Omega. Unfortunately the Fates are just as determined that the two men should be together and when Zander finds himself hit with the mating curse in more ways than one, he comes up with a plan to have Terry without upsetting his friend.

A nasty boss, a homophobic partner, some really jerky behaviour by Zander and another Alpha wolf keen on claiming Terry for his own, all conspire to stop any chance these two have of finding true love. But did I mention that the Fates are really persistent?

Warning: This book is about male wolf shifters, it includes coarse language, mm sex scenes, a gorgeously cute Omega who will melt your heart and an Alpha wolf you will just want to slap around the head.

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FiveStars

Lisa Oliver continues to blow me away with her books. This book was not a surprise considering I have come to expect this out of Lisa Oliver.

The fact that this book is about a closeted detective named Zander made this book even better. But what made it the most interesting was his mate is a fashion designer for drag queens and an omega, a guy, and a twink to boot.

Zander tried to deny Terry because he is scared of losing his homophobic best friend Sully, his job, and his lady’s man play boy status. But there is a thing that is called FATE that put a damper on Zander’s plans of denying that he wants Terry.

Another interesting and enjoyable read in this series. I love how Lisa Oliver is constantly able to suck me into her stories and leaves me waiting impatiently ready for more. Another wonderful story!!!

Tosha

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5 Stars for Tangling with Bears (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 8) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Romance #Paranormal

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Title: Tangling with Bears (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 8)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2016 – 256 pgs

Synopsis

Tobias tells himself he’s having fun. He has a great life as a beta in the Cloverleah Pack, and while danger still threatens the pack, he has his friend’s wedding to look forward too, and the pleasures that come from hookups in random places. He’d like to meet his mate, just so he’s not the odd one out in the inner circle, but it’s not something he’s expecting anytime soon. So when a hookup just before the wedding leaves Tobias with a permanent scar, he wonders where the heck his life went wrong. Especially when the man responsible for the wicked set of tooth marks, disappeared after the deed was done, to ring a man called Kurt.

Kurt and Luke have been mated for three years. As bear shifters, Kurt has known from puberty that he will two mates and once he’d claimed Luke, his mama warned him to be on the look out for a human female. So when Luke rings him and lets him know he might have accidentally on purpose bitten a wolf shifter, from some town they’d never heard of, Kurt heads to Cloverleah to sort out the mess.

Sorting out their mating is just one of the things the three men have to contend with. A magic user has stepped up his game and no where on packlands seems safe. When Tobias gets taken, Kurt and Luke are helpless to do anything about it. It’s going to take the power of the pack before life will be safe again, for any of them.

Warning: Contains scenes of M/M and M/M/M sex. It also contains a special kind of bear, his grumpy mate, and a wolf that just wants to be loved. HEA and no cheating guaranteed.

While this book can be read as standalone, you will understand more about the secondary characters in the book, if you have read the others in the series.

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This series has just totally captured my heart. I have read each of the books in it so far and I am now impatiently waiting for the next book to come out so I can see what it goin to happen next.

It seems that with each new mating that happens, it happens right when the pack needs it the most. These men in this pack have a calling and that calling is bringing everyone together to a group of men that not only have the strength to protect their pack but also innocents. They have a destiny and even if they do not know what that destiny is just yet, they do they can only accomplish it together.

Danger and evil keeps seeking this pack out and instead of the stress of it caring a wedge between the mates or pack members it does the opposite and brings them all closer together.

And once again in this book, fate has stepped in just in time and brought together three mates (Tobias, Kurt, and Luke) just when their bond was needed the most for not only the pack but for them.

Lisa Oliver is just truly an amazing aunt to be able to come up with a long standing series and make each book more exciting then the last.

Tosha

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THREE 5 Star and ONE 4.5 Star Reviews for Against the Grain (THIRDS #5) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Paranormal @Dreamspinners

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Title: Against the Grain (THIRDS #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 3, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.

Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.

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Wow…..what more can I say. Thirds just keeps getting better and better.

With each book more and more comes to light. The people you think are good are really bad and the people you think are bad are really good. You never really know who to trust until the very end.

This book is primarily based around Cael and Ash. These are two people you would think would make an unlikely pair. They are so opposite that it is not even funny.

Ash is this brash, out spoken, no non sense, hard a&&. Where Cael is sweet, trusting, open hearted person. These two actually balance each other nicely and make the perfect couple. But even with the perfect couple they still have hardships, trust issues, and past heart ache they have to overcome to find their balance.

Of Dex and Sloane are in this book and constantly becoming a stronger, more solid couple that are always going to be my favorites. I love seeing their relationship bloom.

As always the thirds agents are out to protect and serve and face all the troubles head own as a united team. This book is no exception.

Another win for Charlie and I have a feeling the best is still to come.

Tosha

FiveStars

The THIRDS saga is still going strong with this one told mostly from the perspectives of Ash and Cael.

It’s a refreshing change to see things from the new perspectives. And it’s nice to get to get caught up in a new romance even while in the midst of a longer series.

In the previous stories I was able to predict the outcome of the mysteries fairly early on (to some degree at least). This is the first one that really had me guessing, and I loved not being able to guess at what was coming.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys not only a great M/M Romance story but also a strong genre plot (Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Mystery and Crime).

Amanda

FiveStars

Awe, I am so happy these two FINALLY got their stuff together!!!! I just love this series and can’t get enough of it! Ash has good reasons for being scared but he knows that if he keeps his crap up that he will lose the best thing ever, Cael. Dex and Sloane weren’t the main characters this time and I found that refreshing, we still see them and the rest of the team but it was nice to get to have the full focus on Ash and Cael. I also love how Ash and Dex seem to sort of get a long now….I mean they do but they don’t, Ash will still give Dex grief but he is there when Dex needs him and that just makes you fall more in love with Ash once you find out all the back story. I can’t wait to read the next book to see what happens, I am addicted!

Angie

FourandHalfStars

Well this was a whole different type of read than the previous 4. That may be expected as it is with a different couple and that means different personalities. Not everyone can be Dex and Sloane. Even with that said, this was only maybe a 4.5 read. We have always been in Dex and Sloane’s pocket so we never knew how Ash and Cael spent their own time together and now we do. Be prepared to go visit the dentist afterwards though. This one was more of a sweet romance with a few action scenes sprinkled throughout verse being balanced or heavy on the action side or smexy side.
This one starts off where the prior stopped and that was Tony pulling Ash and Sloane in to have the “dad talk” with his Old Betsy. I loved how Tony was daddy protective of Cael, but he had respect for Ash. I think Tony was able to see Ash’s caring side toward Cael from day one and we know Ash is protective of Cael. I think Tony just needed to nudge Ash in the right direction to start seeing it himself.
I loved the holiday scenes. We get to see all sorts of sides from the Maddox/Daley family. I enjoyed getting to know Tony more. He is such a strong, supportive, loving and funny man. I wish I could have had a father like him. It was good to see a different side of Ash. The big bad lion can never always be the tough guy. He does have a heart and we get to see it. It was just painful to see him wrestle with his heart and realize the multiple uses for it. Cael was amazing in how he is so patient waiting for Ash, knowing Ash is the man for him. But, Cael is his own man too, and he needs to do things for himself.
It was a fun field trip to get to see other characters through new POVs. I think this will help balance the book so it’s not always Dex and Sloane. I love all the characters and expect to have different feels while reading their own stories. I must say, Sparks, she is one tough cookie and definitely do not want to run into her in a dark ally. Austen has sunk his claws in my heart and I am hoping we get a story for him.
It always amazes me how authors can write a character that you are not a fan of in the beginning (Ash) but then find yourself rooting for them. I am hoping with Hobbs story next, Rafe will be able to thaw the frozen shield of emotions for him. I have a feeling something big is/has brewing/brewed with him which is why he is the way he is. But for now, I must toughen my shield around my heart for Calvin and Hobbs, I have a feeling tissues are going to be needed for Hobbs’ story.
Keri

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FOUR 5 Star Reviews for Rise & Fall (THIRDS #4) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Military @charliecochet @dreamspinners

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Title: Rise & Fall (THIRDS #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 2, 2015 – 236pgs

Synopsis

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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This series just keeps getting better and better. I found myself wanting to cry at times, laughing out loud at some of the antics that go on, wanting to yell at the characters to “RUN” or “DONT GO IN THERE”. I did not that think that Charlie could make me love Dex and Sloane anymore then possible but it happened.

Throughout this series I continually find myself cheering for the good guys and hoping the bad guys do not win. This is one action packed book that you feel like you know what is going to happen then takes a complete turn and goes he opCharlie 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.

Tosha
FiveStars
This story had it all! It starts exactly where Rack & Ruin ended and let me tell you…thank goodness because that ending, I mean…I don’t think my heart was able to take it if it started anywhere else. My heart was in complete turmoil.
The beginning… An explosion!!! It makes you and Dex crumble. As much as I love Dex’s humor, we get see to see his soft, teddy bear, loving side. We also get a few uh-oh moments, holding your breath with Tony.
The middle… More couple development with Ash/Cael and Calvin/Hobbes with their emotions and possessiveness starting to show. More humor from Dex. More insights to the emotional side of the Therians which was needed, to really understand the difference of humans verse the shifters. Of course, hot and steamy sex from Dex and Sloane and oh my, my, my. Sloane is very much more hot being protective and alpha. The claiming? Holy hotness!!!
The ending… Tony is such a crack up. He is being a true dad to his two boys, or shall I say to the intended love of his two boys. He brings Old Betsy out to play with Sloane and Ash. Cael and Dex are just too funny when Tony comes in. But Sloane is pretty much let off the hook for even attempting to truly love the crazy Dex. But Ash? Oh, poor lion. Lion meets big bad daddy with a bat of the man I love, and I would lose my voice as well. But Tony just cracks me up. Thank goodness I can go straight into Against the Grain to find out how that conversation goes.
This story just keeps you going with action, humor and smexy times. It is a fabulous story to set up the reader for Cael & Ash and Calvin & Hobbs.
Keri

FiveStars

This book picks up right where Rack & Ruin left off. When Sloane is almost killed Dex decides to take things into his own hands. There is so much in this book, you have the recovery of Sloane, Dex lying to Sloane, and Sloane knowing that Dex is lying. A team working together, because they are family and will do anything for each other, action, tension and lastly, love. Each book gets better and better and I fall in love more and more with Dex and Sloane and all the others on the team. I can’t wait to jump into the next book to see what happens next. I seriously hope that Ash and Cael get their stuff together, I wanna see them happy!!!
Angie
FiveStars
Just when I was starting to think that this series wouldn’t have any more surprises, this book comes along. I will freely admit there were moments of tears as well as laugh-out-loud moments. Charlie Cochet once again pulls out all the stops with this great THIRDS adventure.
Although heartbreaking at times, it’s really interesting to see Dex’s detective side come out. His struggles are shown in a very real and relatable way. This story also delves deeper into the mysteries of the Therians and more specifics about the human-animal dynamic, which I find fascinating.
It’s great to see the core cast of characters grow as Lou and Austen take on more important roles in this book. I hope to see more of them as the story continues.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys not only a great M/M Romance story but also a strong genre plot (Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Mystery and Crime).
Amanda

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FOUR 5 Star Reviews for Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Military @charliecochet @dreamspinners

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Title: Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 206 pgs

Synopsis

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.

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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.
Tosha
FiveStars
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.
Amanda
FiveStars
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!
Angie
FiveStars
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.
Keri

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FOUR 5 Star Review for Blood and Thunder (THIRDS #2) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Military @charliecochet @dreamspinners

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Title: Blood & Thunder (THIRDS #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 4, 2014 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.

Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.

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I have to say this is a book that o could not put down. I started reading it this morning and finished it tonight. That should tell you something. Blood and Thunder picked up pretty much at the point that Hell & High Water ended. This book was full of action packed adventure. Of course you have your same characters in this book as book 1 did and Dex and Sloane do not let you down. Dex is his still funny, caring, loving, loyal self and Sloane is still trying to move on and get over losing Gabe. Sloane finally starts to realize that he has to make a choice to either let Dex into his life and open up to him about his past and his fears or he has to let him go.

Again Charlie Cochet nailed it with this book because you could feel the fear, the happiness, the loss, the pain and the love the characters feel in this book. You can picture exactly what is happening and you feel as if you are there.

I would recommend this book to readers in a heart beat.

Tosha

FiveStars

I loved the first book in the THIRDS series, and this one lived up to my expectations. Charlie Cochet tells a story that is suspenseful and dramatic while it’s also funny and sexy.
In this second book of the series she does a great job of delving deeper into Sloane’s mysterious past and showing his struggle with moving forward – both for himself and for a potential relationship with Dex. I love how the alternating perspective between Sloane and Dex allows the reader to see everything from both sides. For me it makes all the aspects of the story richer and more meaningful.
Endings to books in a long series like this can be tricky. The author needs to strike a balance of a satisfying ending while also enticing the reader to keep reading. I think Charlie nails the ending here, and I’m excited for the next one.
All in all, the story and characters are revealed more and more, sucking the reader deeper into the scary, exhilarating, fun and crazy world of THIRDS.
Amanda
FiveStars
Blood & Thunder picks up right where Hell & High Water ends, you really need to read the books in order to get the full gist of what is going on. While I still thought this book was wordy and too detailed at times, I am either getting used to the authors writing style or just too into the story now that it doesn’t bother me as much. I will have to say there was a scene or two that had me tearing up and my heart constricting. A few things were revealed right at the end of the first book now the mission isn’t just to stop the Order, it’s personal. The back and forth with Dex and Sloane is still going on, we all wonder how much more Dex can take without getting his heart broken. When members of the THIRDS get hurt we see a few glimpses into possible future relationships amongst team members, not that we all didn’t think they would eventually happen. Action packed and full of emotions, this was another good book and I am jumping into the third book today, I have to see what happens next!
Angie
FiveStars
This follow-up was better than the first, but only because the stage has been set, so you can just let loose all the laughter, ride the action, and enjoy the camaraderie with the team.
 
Even though the stage has been set, we still dig into the relationships being evolved. Dex and Sloane are smoking hot together. Although Dex is outgoing, humorous, smart, he is so patient with Sloane. We get to find out why Dex is obsessed with the 80s and it both breaks and melts your heart.
 
There is more action and nail biting scenes in this book than the first, more depth into the shifting and PTSC. Speaking of shifting, the scene with Dex and Sloane at training just cracked me up. I wondered what Sloane’s payback was for the song incident and well I found out and just couldn’t stop laughing.
 
Overall, this book has a good balance of hot action…ummm in the streets and in the sheets, laughter (karaoke night and the team’s banter with each other) and romance (I am really intrigued with Cael/Ash and Calvin/Hobbs).  On to the third pronto!
Keri

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

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

Synopsis

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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FiveStars

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.

Tosha
FourStars
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.
Angie
FiveStars
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.
Keri

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