Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Hell & High Water
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #1
Heroes: Dexter Daley/Sloane Brodie
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 296 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.
Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.
I am so flipping happy with this new series. It is absolutely amazing, and I could not be any more excited to see that the sequel is already scheduled for August…and yes, I will be reviewing that one too. This is my first Charlie Cochet book, but guaranteed not to be my last. This book alone will put her on my auto-buy list.
Wake up, people, there is an awesome new series out, and I already know this is going to be one that is talked about, have groups made of it, and will be on everyone’s to-read or wish-list once they see just how much love this series is going to get. Seriously, it is that good. Think of Cut & Run but with a paranormal twist, or any series where there are two alpha male partners that have to work hard for that happily ever after, and where it doesn’t come fast or easy, and with an ending so incredible that you will be thanking every literary star in the universe that the next book is already written and will be released very soon.
The Therian-Human-Intelligence-Recon-Defense-Squadron (THIRDS) are a military/law enforcement group that pairs its human partners with a Therian shifter. In this case, Dex is newly paired with a jaguar named Sloane. As you can guess, Sloane is big, over six foot six, dark, deadly, and hot as sin. Sloane is also the team leader in the group. Dex is an ex-Detective from the Human Police Force (HPF) who was pushed out after testifying against his asshole human partner who, in cold blood, murdered a young Therian shifter. One would think he would be considered a hero for doing the right thing, but Dex get’s his ass handed to him, a lot…and not because he can’t fight but because he doesn’t fight back against his… well, I’m not gonna say, you gotta read it to find out. Just know that Sloane changes that when Dex is “promoted” to the THIRDS.
The world building is done so well that I had no trouble figuring out what was happening from the beginning. The acronyms grow on you quickly, and before you know it, you’re already fully entrenched in this new, paranormal city, known as New York City. The prologue does a great job of laying the ground work for this alternate universe so that by the time you get to chapter one you’re already well versed on what’s happening, and why.
The world is slowly accepting that there are now shifters living amongst them, but many are not happy with this more advanced species. The Therians, because of the fear many have over their superior strength, are required to be registered with the government. Many rebel and choose not to, but their lives are made miserable, and living as an unregistered is similar to being an illegal alien in our world. Some humans still see the Therians as animals and want to annihilate them at the worst, or at best, cage them. Needless to say, some of the humans are worse than the so called animals they want to eradicate.
Therein lays the basis for this new series. The THIRDS are trying to solve a murder mystery surrounding the deaths of three humans that appears to be committed by a jaguar Therian. There is no evidence left at the scenes, and the team is being pressured to solve it stat. At the same time, you meet the rest of the team and how they really don’t want to accept Dex because the only reason they have a spot open is because one of theirs was killed in the line of duty. Dex has some huge shoes to fill, and he deflects the animosity with humor. That man just cracked my shit up. He was everything I ever loved about my men: funny, charismatic, strong, capable, funny, quick witted, and funny as shit. No fear, Dex had no fear. And his sock puppet of Ash (a fierce lion shifter team mate) was the funniest scene I’ve read in freaking forever.
The bro-mance, turned romance in the making is begun, but not finished in this first book. Dex and Sloane have every obstacle blocking their blooming attraction. We learn a lot about their history, and it would not work or feel genuine if they threw out the “I love you’s” and the “forever” flowering speech this soon in their relationship. But, it ends on a high note, and I am very excited to continue this in the sequel, Blood & Thunder.
Forgive me, please, I am so sorry, I hate writing such long reviews, but I still have so much to say, and if you know me, than you know that when I love a book I get really excited and write a lot, without, hopefully, giving anything away. I hope I didn’t lose anyone with this length, and if you’re still reading than trust me that it’s really, really first-rate and you need to gift yourself with the prezzie that is the first THIRDS series book.
Overall Impression: It was AMAZING
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*