Title: Hell & High Water
Series: THIRDS #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Length: 296 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
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.
This month I chose Hell and High Water (Thirds Book 1) by Charlie Cochet as my Flashback Friday review. I have to admit to being reluctant at first to read a shifter book, but my best friend convinced me to give it a try and I’ve never looked back. This series is one of my very favorites and one I recommend to everyone. The way the author uses science to explain the shifters is just brilliant and it makes you think...this COULD happen.
Our main characters are Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie. Dex is a former homicide detective and human, Sloane is a team leader for THIRDS and is a Jaguar Therian (shifter). Thirds stands for Therian Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron and is a force made up equally of humans and Therians to keep things fair and to strive to always have equality. When Dex comes on board, Sloane’s team has been trying to recover from a huge loss and doesn’t want to accept a new member. Dex is used to making quite an impression on people and definitely does on his first day at Thirds. Quickly the team realizes that though they don’t want a new member, Dex may be just what they need. Sloane is not so sure, but he can’t deny how drawn he is to Dex. This is book 1 of a series that is 10 books long and one that gets better with each and every book.
I love these books and these characters so hard. Dex and Sloane may lead the pack, but the rest of their team members often steal the show. Their team is a family and as with most families, they can drive each other crazy, but they always have each other’s backs. The comraderie, love, and support along with the practical jokes and pranks help make this book, this team feel like the family you wish you had. I am so crazy about each character, I am so glad I took this journey with Thirds. Charlie Cochet found a way to write a story that made us believe panthers, lions and cheetahs could run down our city streets along with their human partners...made us want to see it. The heart of these books is family and Dexter J. Dayley. He was the right man at the right place, the right time and he helped heal a broken unit. He is an extremely charismatic, loving and kind man with a side of silly, plain crazy and a wild streak a mile wide. I wouldn’t change a hair on his head and seeing the power of Dex is action kind of feels like coming home to me. He’s a bit of a sanctuary, even while he’s driving everyone crazy. If you have never read this series, you are missing out on so much wonderful! The author is releasing the first book in a spin off series soon and now is the perfect time to catch up.
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