Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Rack & Ruin
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #3
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 206 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 7, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.
Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.
Review: I know it is so difficult to write an amazing book. It’s twice as hard to keep that ball rolling with an equally remarkable sequel. But it’s just about impossible to take the same group of characters and an established couple and still bat one out of the ballpark with the third book in the series. Charlie Cochet not only continues on the path of serial super stardom with her THIRDS series, but raises the bar, intensifies the heat, and leaves you panting breathlessly waiting for book four. That ending!?!?!
It was so refreshing to see Sloane and Dex in a more relaxed and comfortable-but-moving-forward relationship. Obviously, the rest of team needs to remain in the dark, but they both understand the logistics involved, and it’s for the best that they remain silent, for now. Fortunately, that doesn’t create too much undue stress on the guys. Until Ash…
Yes, that big pain in the butt and totally sexy Ash is the catalyst for the main issues affecting the team in this installment. I was expecting something along the lines of what happened, and didn’t for a minute believe he was a bad man, but his treatment of Cael left me second guessing myself. I know these two will, eventually, get together (right?) but it was so hard to read. Cael is just way too sweet to have anyone, especially Ash, do that to him. You understand it, even if Cael does not, but it wasn’t pretty. One of the things I really love is that everybody has somebody watching their back…in most cases, more than one person. It makes it easier to handle when you know a beloved character is going through a rough patch. Sometimes it’s the last person you would expect.
What you can look forward to is even more hilarious one-liners and open-mouth-insert-foot moments from Dex. Even Sloane is forced to shake his head at some of the craziness that spews from Dex’s mouth. The closet scene was hilarious. How anyone in that room could NOT laugh is beyond me. Talk about taking a tense situation and breaking it down to funny. Loved it and was so glad to see that the Dex, Sloane, and Ash’s relationship is moving forward.
It’s so easy to write reviews for this series, but impossibly difficult to do so without giving away any spoilers. I find myself wanting to mention all the great moments between these amazing characters, but in doing so, I would ruin the fun for others. So, take my word for it, this series is the real deal, these characters are so completely developed you feel as if they are real people, and this installment has done what many other series have not been able to accomplish…keep me invested enough to not only continue reading but chomping at the bit for the next book, especially with that evil, evil ending.
Bravo Charlie, Bravo!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*