Friday, April 17, 2015

Rise & Fall by Charlie Cochet

Title: Rise & Fall
Author: Charlie Cochet
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: THIRDS #4
Main Characters: Dex and Sloane
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost. 

With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart.


My Review:

Yay. After reading book #3, I was worried about this one and that it might end in another cliffhanger (since this is the last book in the series for a few months, that would be torture). But there was no cliffhanger. In fact, I was laughing out loud with the way that this one ended. So perfect!!

This book...LOVED IT! Dex and Sloane have been involved for a year and it's been a REALLY stressful year for them...both on the job and personally. This book picked up exactly where book #3 ended, with Sloane hurt, and Dex angry about it. That theme stays throughout the entire book and these two begin to lose a bit of themselves because of it. Neither one is acting exactly as we're used to them acting. 

Dex is more than a little obsessive...his family has been targeted and he's not going to let that go. In fact, he's getting a bit scary in his need to take care of Hogan...to the point where he's not taking care of Sloane anymore. I loved Lou in all this as he knows Dex better than anyone after their four year relationship, so his insight was invaluable.

Sloane, though, is a little off too...and it's not just because of his injury. He's worried about Dex and that has his jaguar all riled up. I'm interested to see if there is more to this side of the story in the future. Ash and Sloane are both 1st Generation Therians and as such, are maybe a little more unpredictable. On the surface, Sloane's issue was worked out in this story, but I just don't feel like it was enough. I think more's going to happen on this side of the story in the future books. 

This book was all things great for ALL the (somewhat incestuous) relationships within Destructive Delta. I love how they aren't supposed to fraternize, but every single one of them is...to some extent...involved with someone else on the team. But they all moved forward in this book and I loved that about it. But best of all was Sloane and Dex. I love where they ended up in this one...even with the threat at the end. 

I loved this series and cannot wait for more.


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