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.
I was excited to finally get some insight into these two and their relationship after seeing parts of it in the last four books of the series. And it was just as good as I’d hoped it would be.
There is a lot of drama and history that both of them are dealing with but finally we see them working through it. The story that goes along with the THIRDS in this one was really good as well, although most of the time it was in the background, it really worked as it showed what was happening with no explanation (which we got at the end).
I can’t wait for more in this series. I absolutely love the way Ms. Cochet writes and how in depth the characters are as well as a good story line that pulls the reader in.
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked Rainbow Reads.
This one is absolutely perfect. I loved every minute of it. All my favourite characters are back, Ash and Cael take centre stage, and even the action bits kept my complete attention.
I’ve been moaning for a while about the overly complex plot that built over the first four books. I struggled to keep up as the storylines grew more unruly. Here, the main story has concluded and the team are tying up a very manageable loose thread. So most of the book focuses on the relationships between the team members. Fantastic!
I’ve been waiting for Ash and Cael’s story and this didn’t disappoint. We’ve seen Ash from Dex’s perspective for so long that it was wonderful to see him from a different view point. I loved his history! Oh – and Cael has a back story of his own – and it’s good!
We see Dex and Sloane again, but they’ve left centre stage for Ash and Cael. I’m guessing Calvin and Hobbs will have their book next.
I love this series, and for me, this is the first book I’ve loved unreservedly all the way through. I love the shifting dynamics of the team, the emerging prominence of Seb’s team and the increasing involvement of Lieutenant Sparks. Dex and Cael’s father, Maddock, also has some brilliant moments as he invites his sons’ partners to stay for the holidays.
Ultimately, the fifth book offers all the warmth and wonderful character development unique to the THIRDs books – along with a plot simple and exciting enough for me to enjoy.
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.