Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ARC Review: Rack & Ruin by Charlie Cochet

Rack & Ruin (THIRDS, #3)From the blurb:
New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged 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. 

Heather's rating:

It's good to be back with the toughest and gayest group of crime fighters around! The third book in the THIRDS series was intense, emotional, and delivered on the heat. Charlie Cochet is on fire with this series!

Break out the wine, folks, this book is going to be a 3-glasser.

For once, the drama is less between Dex and Sloane and more between all of the other potential couples. Be prepared for some brooding and a lot of sexual tension. Yes, I'm talking about my beloved Cael and his grumpy love interest, Ash, and the silent but deadly, Calvin and Hobbs. If you are a fan of these two couples in the making, you will be groaning in frustration. But it's the good kind of frustration, the kind where you know something is about to give... and soon.

I loved that Dex and Sloane were more settled as a couple. I don't enjoy when established couples fight or have too much drama, so having Dex and Sloane progress in their relationship was beautiful. Sloane opens up like never before (*wink wink*) but Dex is still the standout for me. I adore his sense of humor and his puppy-like enthusiasm. I dare you to NOT smile when Dex turns on the charm! It's impossible. He is bottled sunshine in a hot, badass package.

Sometime middle books in a series feel like filler, but this didn't. The action was intense (a traitor in the midst!? GASP!) and emotional at times. Get ready to see some injuries along the way. I really enjoyed the mystery and the ride and was only mildly confused with all of different organizations and leaders.

I'd call this one a win.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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