Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Darkest Hour Before Dawn
Author: Charlie Cochet
Narrator: Mark Westfield
Series: THIRDS #9
Heroes: Sebastian & Hudson
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.
As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.
I’d read this book when it first came out, but I am following after each book by listening to the audio, as well. For one, it is such a great series, and you tend to learn things you’d missed while reading…and honestly, I get more out of the story when I can hear them actually speaking and interacting.
In this case, Mark Westfield does a stellar job, again, of keeping in character to point that I have no trouble figuring out who is speaking. Obviously, with Hudson being British, it is much easier to distinguish him from the rest of the group. However, as much as I love Sebastian, his voice was just a bit too submissive and near whiny for me to completely enjoy. He is a huge alpha, and leader at the THIRDS, but with Hudson he turns into a kicked puppy who allows himself to become Hudson’s doormat. I struggled with that part.
I never really bought into the whole reason why Hudson kept Sebastian away. I understand the guilt, but come on…For a smart man, he was quite dense for a very long time…years. But, that is neither here nor there, and was really only a minor aspect of this story. What I love the most is the interaction from the entire team. That, to me, is what makes this series so top notch. As I mentioned at the beginning, I’d read and reviewed the book over a year ago and so for reference, I just went back to see what I’d written, and what a surprise…it was bit different this go round. A couple of the same items appeared, but the voice of Sebastian, which is not clear in the book, made a big difference in my audio review. But regardless, the fact remains that this book, and this series, are incredibly entertaining and I look forward to seeing where we go from here.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*