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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Blood & Thunder” by Charlie Cochet

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When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead.

With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.

Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.

REVIEW:

Hmmmm …. This book definitely didn’t go where I wanted it to. While it wasn’t bad, this sequel let me down a bit.

Book 1 entertained me with the promise of an action-oriented plot, close-knit buddy everyday life, and the promise of romance along with amusing characters. With how book 1 ended, I envisaged book 2 to be more action-driven, where the threats were escalating, maybe more explosions, more crazy twists from the villains that could make me bite my nails while on the edge of my seat. Oh, I wanted the romance, but I didn’t want it to take over the action.

Alas, what happened with this book was totally NOT what I hoped would happen. Instead, the story went down an emo path. Sloane, this big Alpha leader of Destructive Delta Team, became this emotional guy who went from “feeling guilty of thinking about his ex” to “not being able to talk about his feelings to Dex” to “getting jealous with Dex who reconnected the friendship with his ex” to “pushing Dex away because ‘you are too good for me, I don’t deserve a man like you, I have too much baggage’” crap. Well, I like my Alpha men to be better than this!

Oh, yes, there was a new threat from the Order of Adrasteia (there was an attack on one location that just broke my heart when I pictured out the scenes in my head) but frightening group it was not. Not when their threats were basically pushed to the background to give that emotional angst for Sloane. Seriously, the end result with the villain felt anti-climatic. With the built-up from book 1, I was hoping for some big showdowns, EPIC ones (think of that last scene from Iron-Man 3). What I got was a whisper *sad face*

And where the heck did my Dex go? Oh sure, he was still able to sprout some humorous lines… but I thought he was reduced to this patient lover who didn’t want to push Sloane to ‘talk about his feelings’. I seriously wished that Dex would just draw the line and tell Sloane to “snap out of it!”

On the good side, we got another couple in the making and well, another potential GFY story that I thought would be delicious. I still enjoyed the camaraderie between the agents as well. I did get my chuckling moments for Dex’s antics, I thought Cael was kicking Sloane’s ass (when he reminded Sloane about not hurting Dex’s feeling), and we got to know Hobbs’s brothers!

As always, reviews are subjective. My rating of this book was influenced by my being slightly disappointed because I didn’t get what I wanted. It might not be the case with other readers. You might enjoy a more emotional take to Sloane’s character. One thing, I would stick with this series for book 3 because it still has potential to entertain me. Although I’m hoping that maybe we get another couple on center stage and give time for Sloane and Dex to build their romance in the background. And I still want the series to be more “The Avengers” rather than well, name any angst-ridden movie you could think of.

 

RATING: 3.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

Blood&ThunderLGTitle: Blood & Thunder (THIRDS #2)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 240
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner Press

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

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