Saturday, December 30, 2017

Tried & True (THIRDS #10) [Dex & Sloane] by Charlie Cochet

As usual, a great read. I would have been crashed if this was actually the last I heard of Dex and Sloane but lucky for us, their story will continue in the new spin off series - TIN. CAN'T WAIT! There is something so terribly beautiful about this series, it combines action, with huge beasts (our Therians or usually called - shape-shifters) but also high-tech and fire arms with a larger than life romance you swoon over. It's no wonder THIRDS is my absolute favorite PNR/UF series. It simply has EVERYTHING I could wish for. 

This book started so lazy.. I think the first third of the book was just them and the team, and everyone around them being themselves. Thoughts about the present, past and future and living the life though worried about the future. It takes time for the action to start when someone VERY important to the team is being kidnapped. From there there's so much stress and heart ache but also hope. With these two and the amount of people they have who love, trust and willing to help in any situation the changes are almost always in their favor. I loved seeing that, because it was also a way of seeing how much these two went through over the years, how many people became more than friends and colleagues, but actual family. 

From there things certainly escalate, mostly over so many revelations there weren't aware of, but also because they FINALLY find a crucial piece in the puzzle. Naturally I won't say more not to spoiler.. But I WILL say that throughout the book I felt the little hints adding up so when the big reveal happened it was only a sort of sadness for the guys not a real surprise about who it was pulling the strings around them. It was rather ingenious actually.   

Dex and Sloane met a few years back, when Sloane heart broken over the loss of his partner (and secretly also his lover) was assigned to the new to the THIRDS Dex. So much have come to pass since then. A little bit of hate, but mostly interest, attraction and later on - trust, love and companionship. This book is a closure in both the sense it's an ending to their current position at the THIRDS, as they are moving to becoming TIN operatives (a secret agency) but also because they are finally tying the knot. I'm not big on weddings (in books and real life) but this one, like few other I actually got emotional over was mainly because of the journey, what the couple went through to get there. THEN it feels like the beginning of the HEA. This is why a wedding in the final installment of the THIRDS series is more than appropriate. But maybe because a wedding ISN'T actually what brings the HEA, I'm excited to see these two with different badges :) I DO believe they WILL be HEA, but life's little adventures (with these two, it's HUGE adventures) doesn't end when you look into your lovers' eyes and kiss when pronounced married. 

This book was everything I could have hoped for in a final installment, but also gave the promise of getting so much more in the spin off. Can't. Wait!

Read on:
29-30 Dec 2017


THIRDS is my absolute favorite Paranormal MM Romance / Urban Fantasy series. It's the first I've read by Charlie Cochet (and wasn't the last!). I absolutely ADORE the series, each book was simply superb! There's a lot of action in the books, but there is also A LOT of laugh out loud moments as well as heartfelt ones between the MCs. I couldn't have asked for more. This series has it all!

The world building is AWESOME, it's explained right in the beginning of the series - A biological weapon used in the Vietnam war caused a mutations that made the Therians, a new species of half man - half animal. What we usually call "shape shifters". The world is struggling to deal with this new species, a lot of prejudice, a need to register and somehow contain the new members of society. The THIRDS - Therian-Human Intelligence, Recon, Defense Squadron is formed to help the "human police" deal with Therian threats.

The series focuses on the "Destructive Delta" team, mostly the leader - Sloane a Jaguar Therian and his new human partner Dex (with 3 novels focus on other couples). 

The Destructive Delta Team:
Sloane Brodie (Therian Jaguar) - Dexter "Dex" J. (Justice) Daley
Ash Keeler (Therian Lion) - Julietta "Letty" Guerrera 
Cael Maddock (Therian Cheetah) - Rosa Santiago 
Ethan Hobbs (Therian Tiger) - Calvin Summers

The series contains 10 novel but Dex and Sloane's journey continues on the spin-off - TIN (Therian Intelligence Network)

HIGHLY HIGHLY Recommended! 

Each book contains a cast members list and a glossary, but if you want MORE - about the books, characters and the world of THIRDS - look into Charlie's dedicated site THIRDS HQ.

1. Hell & High Water [Sloane & Dex] (Published 5 July 2014) ★★★★★
2. Blood & Thunder [Sloane & Dex] (Published 3 August 2014) ★★★★★
3. Rack & Ruin [Sloane & Dex] (Published 7 November 2014) ★★★★★
4. Rise & Fall 
[Sloane & Dex] (Published 2 February 2015)

5. Against the Grain [Cael & Ash] (Published 3 August 2015) ★★★★★
6. Catch a Tiger by the Tail [Calvin & Ethan] (Published 5 November 2015) ★★★★★
7. Smoke & Mirrors 
[Sloane & Dex] (Published 8 July 2016)

8. Thick & Thin [Sloane & Dex] (Published 1 February 2017) ★★★★★
9. Darkest Hour Before Dawn [Seb & Hudson] (published 25 April 2017) ★★★★★
9.5 Gummy Bears & Grenades [Sloane & Dex] (published 4 October 2017) ★★★★★
10. Tried & True [Dex & Sloane] (published 24 November 2017) ★★★★★

THIRDS Universe 
These are side stories of characters mentioned throughout the series and will center around THEM (not the Destructive Delta arc) so they could be read as stand alone. Yet be advised they MIGHT contain spoilers to the main series. 
Currently there is only one book published with quite a lot of promised couples - Dom & West ; Wolf & ??? ; Taylor & Angel ; Lou & Bradley ; Felipe & Bram Zachary ; Brayden Kavanah & Eden Zachary 

Love and Payne [Austen Payne & Osmond "Zach" Zachary] (Published 4 September 2018) ★★★★★


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