Saturday, January 6, 2018

Book Review ~ Rack & Ruin (Thirds book 3) by Charlie Cochet

Book Review ~ Rack & Ruin (Thirds book 3) by Charlie Cochet

Rack & Ruin 
Series: Thirds: Book 3
Pages: 207
Published:  November 7th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press

New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice. 

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

5 Stars!

Rack and Ruin is book number 3 in the THIRDS series and it was just as funny, intense, emotional and sexy as the previous books, actually, this one packed a bit more steam than its predecessors. Charlie Cochet has truly given us a fantastic group of characters and a world that never manages to get old. This is definitely one of my favorite series.

One of the things I'm loving the most about THIRDS is the ongoing development of the relationships, both personal and professional within the team. There is a nice balance between the romantic relationships of Sloane and Dex, Cael and Ash and, of course, Cal and Ethan. While also focusing on the action and plot line that is taking place around them.

With less drama between Dex and Sloane, we get more sexy and sweet moments. It was great to see them more settled as a couple. However, the other potential couples seem to be picking up the slack and providing us with the brooding and sexual tension. Cael and the perpetually grumpy Ash are forced to face some of the feelings that seem to be showing and best friends Calvin and Hobbs are dealing with questions of their own. It’s apparent that for the team to keep functioning at their best, everyone needs to work on what they want and need from one another.

As with the previous books, I absolutely adore Dex. Between his charm, his sense of humor and his almost child-like enthusiasm and behaviors, it’s hard not to smile or laugh out loud at his antics. You combine that with the fact that he’s a badass in his own right and in many ways the glue in his team and he’s undeniably the star of the show (or the story, I guess I should say).

As much as I hate to say this though, I definitely think Ash is number 2. Without him, this series would not be the same. He’s the dark to Dex’s light. He’s like the Grinch and Dex is Cindy Lou Who. Ash is endearing in his own way and while I should be mad at him for a number of reasons, I just can never bring myself to dislike him. This series would not be the hit it is without our Big Grumpy Lion Therion.

Like I mentioned before the action in this one is intense, especially with a traitor under their noses. It also can be emotional at times. However, it’s the ending that packs the biggest punch and I have to warn you, it ends on a cliffhanger. You will want Book 4 right afterward. Highly recommend!

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

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