Reviewed by Susan65 and JustJen
Title: Catch a Tiger by the Tail
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #6
Heroes: Calvin Summers/Ethan Hobbes
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 5, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety. Calvin’s confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that’s been his whole world for as long as he can remember.
As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.
Susan65’s Review: One of the things I love most about Calvin and Ethan was the fact that they have unflinchingly had each others backs since childhood. Ethan is a big, strong, tiger therian whose strength and fierceness protects Calvin physically, whereas Calvin uses his heart and words to protect Ethan mentally and emotionally. These two, no matter what adversity throws at them, are solid. But, that friendship is strained when love is thrown into the mix…and even though I knew they would persevere I was still glad that Ethan seemed to jump on the boyfriend wagon a lot easier than Ash did.
And call 9-1-1, because as quiet as Ethan is, he is a tiger in the sack. I was kinda hoping he would be fierce in the bedroom and he did not disappoint. Calvin is a happy boy.
I loved learning more about Ethan’s selective mutism, and especially had an “awe” moment when he was finally able to speak to his older brother, Rafe. Oh man, poor Rafe. I had no idea I could end up feeling bad for that guy, but I was really feeling his pain. Ethan, Seb, and Rafe have had it rough, and I was thrilled they seem to be on the road to recovery. I’m sure we will be getting a lot more from that front.
Even though this is mainly an Ethan and Calvin book, we still get a solid dose of Dex, Sloane, Ash, Cael, and the others….and it’s the others that pulled me in most. I can’t wait to see how Hudson and Seb repair their relationship. Those two have it bad, and it gets worse…but hopefully it gets better soon.
And, as I’ve been coming to expect, we get a nice little cliffhangar which thrills me to no end that our next book will about Dex and Sloane, again. And with an ending like that, I can’t wait.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
JustJen’s Review: This is one of those series that every new book is a refreshing, comforting feeling of goodness. The gang is all here and ready to rumble and it takes no time at all to be back in their world.
It feels good to see how the guys are all doing in their respective relationships. Here, we have Calvin and Hobbes as the next focus. They’ve been friends since childhood and have been there for each other through thick and thin. I love that Calvin is able to help Hobbes through his episodes and how Hobbes is always there to back Calvin up. They are perfect for each other in so many ways. Their friendship gets tested here though with their feelings put out on the table.
As with the previous books, there is a lot going on in the THIRDS world. They still don’t know what exactly they are being trained for, whom they are fighting when much of the time it seems they all are chasing their tails. We do get some answers though.
Another big part of this story has to do with Hobbs’ family, his father, and more specifically, his brothers, Seb and Rafe. Rafe has always been, or appeared to be, very detached from Seb and Rafe. But things are revealed that show a very different story, and it is a bit heartbreaking. Through it all, while it may seem bad, it brings the guys together in ways never previously achieved. There are definitely some teary moments in this area, and I’m sure we will see about this in the future.
While this story doesn’t have quite the impact as the previous books, it is still a great and exciting read. Knowing all of these characters and seeing all of their quirks and different personality traits come alive again just makes it so worthwhile. It is one of my favorite shifter stories, and I’m ready to jump right on board with the next one as soon as it’s ready.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*We received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*