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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Blood & Thunder (THIRDS #2) [Sloane & Dex] by Charlie Cochet

Great novel! Really enjoyed it! One of those books you are reluctant to put down. I really enjoyed the previous one, and this one was just as good. I loved getting to know the MC as well as the rest of the Destructive Delta team even better and now it's even more than just wanting Dex and Sloane to find their HEA, there are more I want to see getting there. This had more action in my mind but the real resolve only comes in the last few chapters in which we understand the global threat to THIRDS as well as a MAJOR reveal of Sloane's secrets. 

The previous book ended with Isaac Pearce, Gabe's brother (Sloane's lover and partner) killing off a THIRDS agent in live TV, making them realize he not only escaped their last face-off but he is plotting a lot more evil through the organizing he has formed the last year called "Order of Adrasteia". Yet they are feeling they are on a wild goose chase most of the book, not understanding Isaac's selection of targets. They only know he is after THIRDS secrets mostly ones concerning the "First Gen" Therians (like Sloane and Ash) and how they came to be a part of the THIRDS agency. Thats one hell of a guarded secret, not only government-wise, but also from Sloane's perspective. He and Dex are getting closer but first, he STILL isn't ready for a relationship and second, he is unwilling to share is past secrets with Dex, believing they would distant Dex from him. 

Dex is frustrated. He and Sloane might feel more for one another but it's obvious Sloane is scared shitless from getting into any sort of commitment, but besides that, he realizes Sloane doesn't trust him, or rather trust IN him. It shown not only in Sloane turning his back whenever he should be confinding in Dex, but also when he doubts his judgement on a mission and later on even goes as far as taking disciplinary measures against him (well, sort of..). He might saved Hobb's life (a Therian team member) but disobeying Sloane's direct order to get the hell out puts them on odds for more reasons than simply the action both of them took on that specific occasion. 

In the previous book we (and Dex) were left with a lot of questions concerning Sloane's past and we totally get them in the very end of this one. I loved the whole scene between Sloane and Dex.  It was sad and tender. I see it as one of the most meaningful interaction they had up until now. It gives Dex a necessary glimpse into who Sloane really is. Dex is mostly an open book, and if he isn't asking him gets you the answers. Sloane is the exact opposite which made this scene so powerful and emotional. 

This book brings a possibility of TWO new relationships. I'm not saying who but I think it's quite obvious. I was waiting for more of them both from the previous installment. Can't remember where I had similar "misgivings" about too many operatives turning out to be gay.. Guess it's more common in series which are based only on MM.. I don't really mind that truly because I enjoyed the characters so much. Besides, it's Paranormal :) Not everything should feel "realistic", though I do think the connection and relationship buildup EVERYONE in this series feels totally genuine. I guess this is as good a place as any to also add that I really enjoyed learning a bit more about Hobbs (and Calvin) and the reason for his silence. 

Like the previous one, this one has a lot of Laugh Out Loud moments, mostly because that's who Dex is and also there's quite a lot of sexy between Sloane and Dex. They might have their problems saying what they mean to one another but they have NO problems showing their mutual attraction as well as sweet connection. 

Off to read the next one :) yep, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as the previous one. 

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 234 pages, 4-5 November 2016 / On GoodReads

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