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


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


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.



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).



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!



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.


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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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