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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 want a THIRDS TV show … or a movie!! I mean look at this casting that Charlie Cochet has on her website. Chris Pine! Joe Manganiello! *dies*
Sorry, I got distracted there – it’s just that I get too excited with this new series from Charlie Cochet. She is not a new author to me – I first read her stories back in 2012. But so far, I am more familiar with her historical stories (and for someone who doesn’t read a lot of historical, I sure do enjoy hers). Charlie does have a shifter story awhile ago … but this, well, I must say that this one knocks it out of the park. It’s probably her best yet – definitely most ambitious, I mean look at the special site she has for the book: THIRDS HQ. Talk about dedication.
But what about the story itself, you say? Like I said, this is probably her best yet. Well, it’s definitely my all-time favorite from her so far – maybe until book #2 is released *LOL*. Hell & High Water is the first book in an urban fantasy/shifter/alternate universe series called THIRDS. THIRDS is Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron, an enforcement agency made from the toughest agents around, combining human and Therian shifter team to deal with crimes related to Therians.
Dexter “Dex” Daley (imagine Chris Pine, with his dirty blonde hair, blue eyes, rather naughty attitude) is transferred to THIRDS after he becomes a target from his fellow police officers after he testified against his partner. He joins the Destructive Delta team in THIRDS and paired with the head of the team, the deadly over-six-foot jaguar, Sloane Brodie (yes, yes, imagine Joe Manganiello there). Sloane lost his partner and he is not planning to replace him. But Dex is determined to be accepted by this new team – even if that means he will gets under Sloane’s skin *grin*.
The banter between Dex and Sloane is just awesome – well, Dex is just awesome!! He’s a man-child, he’s a HOOT, the words that are coming out of his mouth are worth highlighting over and over. I couldn’t tell you how many times I had to hide my giggle in public because of the things that Dex was saying or doing. Let me tell you, Sloane didn’t have a chance!! But Dex is also observant – he notes what is wrong within the team (after losing the team member, Sloane’s partner) quickly. He just ‘gets’ it – and I seriously think that Dex is what the Destructive Delta needed.
Meanwhile, Sloane is your usual brooding big guy – who has a deep secret and pain after losing his partner. He’s dependable and definitely a leader that everyone is looking up to but he has emotional issues. Don’t worry, Dex thaws him wonderfully :)
The camaraderie between the THIRDS team is great – and one I always love to read. I admit that I don’t feel a lot of urban fantasy series involving teams, even in non-MM, so it is very much appreciated.
If anyone has known me for awhile, I very rarely giving a 4.5 or 5 stars. When I do, usually they are for books that can touch me emotionally. But once in awhile – just like I’m gushing over the new Captain America movie! – a fast-paced book that is just pure entertainment with a great cast of characters, charming banter, EXCITING action (oh, and some explosives!), and a well-worthy villain, can definitely enter my top favorites too. This one is an example.
If I have but one complaint (why it is not on my 5-stars list yet) it is probably that I’m still hoping to get deeper insight on Dex. I know he’s amusing, but somehow I also feel that there’s more to Dex than meets the eye, and I’m dying to know about it. Also more about Sloane’s past. Oh, and the villain is a bit too predictable, although he has characteristics of a sociopath that just fit the nature of this book.
By the way, the ending is a smart hook for making readers eagerly waiting for book #2. I know I am. Luckily it will not be long. Book #2 is coming in August. BRING MORE THIRDS!!! In the meantime, some dreamy imagination is needed *sigh, drool*.