Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Smoke & Mirrors
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #7
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.
Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.
Review: I do believe I’ve found my new favorite book in the THIRDS series. Who knew that Dex and Sloane could not only keep my attention this many books into the series, but to completely blow me away once so many secrets are finally revealed. This is not the light hearted and humorous book one comes to expect when Dexter J. Daley is playing a starring role; however, with the ending from the previous book, Catch a Tiger by the Tail, the reader should be well prepared for some hardcore action and no shortage of drama in the search and rescue of our hero.
I have to admit, the first part of this book was brutal…and I do mean B R U T A L. I had no idea Charlie Cochet had it in her to create a scenario for our Dex that would just crush me. I cringed, a lot, and had to double check that the series wasn’t taken over by another author, you know, like Dean Koontz or Stephen King. Seriously, I loved it. It can’t be all rainbows and unicorns for our guys, and this installment did nothing more than make me excited to see where she takes us from here.
Sloane and Dex have had their fair share of adversity thrown at them. And not just as a couple, but from birth. We all knew that the deaths of Dex’s parents would play a pivotal role, but I was not prepared for the emotional avalanche that came with the uncovering of the truth. Sloane and Dex weren’t too prepared either. I must admit that I was pissed at Sloane for a little while. And I was happy to see the others rally around our tormented lovers. We all know that these guys will always bounce back from whatever is thrown at them, but for awhile I was kind of sitting edge of my seat wondering what the permanent ramifications were going to be from all that was revealed and permanently forced on our favorite THIRDS agents.
This book tackles many issues that were left unknown or unsolved in previous books, plus it takes on the new and improved realities for our guys. I kind of guessed what was happening, just not the ways and whys of what happened. Look at that last sentence…I sound like Sparks speaking in riddles. Suck it up, Buttercup… I ain’t telling or spoiling this book for anyone.
Now, I really need Sebastian and Hudson to get their acts together. Like, I really, really need them to work through their issues and settle their nonsense. Of course, we are given a bit of hope in this book, so here I am, staying tuned and patiently waiting for updates on that front. We also get a healthy dose of Ash, Cael, Cal and Tony…lots of support for our boys, and many potential future story lines were set up. I don’t see this series ending anytime soon, and that just tickles me to death. Ooh, death…did I just say that word? Oh my…I just can’t go there. Nope, sorry, not saying another work, so read on THIRDS nerds.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*