Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet (audiobook)

Title: Hell & High Water
Author: Charlie Cochet
My Rating: A
Narrator: Mark Westfield

Genre: Paranormal Suspense (m/m)
Series: Thirds #1
Main Characters: Dex and Sloane
Release Date: July 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
Overall.... 4.5
Performance... 4.25

Story.... 4.5

Wow, wow, wow. I bought this book the week it came out in kindle format. And I've watched people rave about this series with every release from the series since, but it was only once I saw that it was available in audio that I decided to move it up to the top of my TBR pile. Why oh why did I wait? I knew it would be good. Too many of my fellow readers have raved about it for it to be any less, but I'm still blown away by how much I loved this story, this world...Dex. 

Hands down, this book is all about Dex and what he brings to this Thirds team. I thought it was interesting, because the way the story unfolds, I had no idea what kind of character Dex truly was the first few chapters of the book. He was such a different, sadder person at the beginning of the book with the circumstances he finds himself in with the HPF and the fact that he's basically sent his partner to jail. Instead of the demotion or firing that he thinks will happen, he gets promoted to the THIRDS and finds himself working within this elite force with his adoptive brother, on his team, and adoptive father, as his commander. 

As Dex settles into the THIRDS and tries to find his place, the reader finds out what an irreverent, never-stop, irrepressible guy he really is. This is a character who I can't imagine working with, but he's exactly what this team needs. The team is mourning the loss of one of their own...the guy who Dex is replacing...and they've gone through a string of replacement officers before running them out. But Dex is different. He's so bizarre and weird and completely out there on everything, you can't help but fall in love with him and his fun, snarky sense of humor and fun. 

And Dex's new partner, Sloane, doesn't know what to do with him either. He sure doesn't want to like the guy who's supposed to replace his dead work and in life. If he accepts Dex onto the team, that means he's accepting his partner's loss. Something he's not willing to do yet. But then Dex worms his way in...into the team, through Sloane's super-high walls...and suddenly Sloane has more issues than just accepting Dex. Suddenly he WANTS Dex....something that can't happen. 

In the midst of all the team drama is the suspense story line. Someone is terrorizing the HumaniTherian community and the pressure is high on the THIRDS to figure out who is doing it, but as they get closer and closer, the clues point toward a surprising tie-in to the team. There is a lot of action and suspense with this book that was just as good as the romance and entertainment value which were both extremely high. It was a simply an all-around GREAT book. 

And I need to note the narrator for the audiobook. This is my first time listening to a Mark Westfield narration. I thought he did a really good job with this one. There are a lot of characters and he did a phenomenal job balancing them all.

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