Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Published May 21st 2018 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN 1626497532 (ISBN13: 9781626497535)
Series Anchor Point #7
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Book 10, Tried and True wraps up the THIRDS series. While I am sad, because I LOVE THESE BOOKS, Charlie Cochet is continuing on with a spin off series based on TIN. So it isn’t goodbye, just see you soon.
If that paragraph doesn’t make any sense to you, go read these books. Seriously. “I don’t like paranormal” “I don’t read shifters”. As a friend and I call it- it’s the Rule of THIRDS. You have to throw out all preconceived notions because this series is so worth it.
Ok, on to book 10…..
It’s the big event we’ve all been waiting for. Dex and Sloan get married! We have waited a long time for this. Our guys have been through a lot. And they are going to go through more. They are moving on from Destructive Delta at THIRDS and becoming TIN agents. But there are still a lot of secrets, a ot of unknowns. And it all comes to a head in this story.
Everyone we have met is involved in this story. And yet it doesn’t seem overstuffed with characters. We have gotten to know them all and they are all represented well.
But before the wedding they have to go through a kidnapping, and attempted kidnapping, several assassination attempts and yes, another kidnapping. But in the end, all of the loose ends are tied up. We know everything. Finding out who (and why) Dex’s parents were killed all of those years ago leading up to all of the events in the past 10 books is satisfying. The big reveal could have been so many people. Someone we knew really well, someone brought in just for this. But, as always, no spoilers from me.
This book (and series, really) made me laugh out loud, cry, gasp, cringe and swoon. Charlie Cochet told the story of an unbelievable world in a completely believable way. I never felt like I was reading “paranormal”. I just felt like I was reading a really awesome story with lots of sex, romance, action and intrigue.
Farwell Destructive Delta. I will miss you. But I look forward to TIN. Have some Gummy Bears on me.
Cover art by L.C. Chase is terrific and in keeping with the characters.
ebook, 254 pages
Expected publication: November 24th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Series THIRDS #10
CharactersSloane Brodie, Dexter “Dex” Justice Daley
settingNew York City, New York (United States)
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Ezra is an introverted artist who doesn’t let a lot of people see who he really is. He’d much prefer to binge on Netflix than go to a club with his friends. While Conner (book 2) came the closest to really getting to know Ezra as his roommate, Ezra still kept him at arm’s length. Until Daevonte starts to wiggle his way into Ezra’s life.
Daevonte is a yoga instructor at a studio where Ezra has been commissioned to paint another mural. A lover of life and sex, he wants to hook up with the quiet painter. But Ezra doesn’t do the hook up thing. So after some false starts, they become unlikely friends.
As you can imagine the friends part of the book evolves. It is a nice slow burn which really fits with Ezra’s character. He is demisexual- meaning he has to really connect with someone as a person before he feels any attraction to him. So as the book progresses, as does the connection between Ezra and Daevonte.
I really love that books are starting to have main characters on different colors of the rainbow. Of course gay (this is the genre we are reading) and bisexual (which opens a lot of past story lines), but now we are seeing a lot more asexual, demisexual, and pansexual. I love seeing these people represented and their stories told in such a manner that makes you truly understand what it is they are about.
Because Ezra is demisexual, this book actually inadvertently gives us my favorite trope- friends to lovers. Daevonte is so confident in who he is and has a unique way of starting to bring Ezra out of his shell- without trying to change who he is. He has utter respect for Ezra and it shows.
We, of course, get glimpses of the guys from past books. In fact, I really love that they have a once a week dinner together. AND that one of the secondary characters develops a het relationship. Real life.
Book one, Touch the Sky, is my favorite of the three but this is definitely a very close second.
The cover illustration is gorgeous and seeing all three covers together is perfectly cohesive.
Expected publication: February 20th 2017 by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
SeriesFree Fall #3