Saturday, August 15, 2015

ARC Review: Against the Grain by Charlie Cochet

Against the Grain (THIRDS #5)
From the blurb:

As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.

Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.

Heather's rating:

Charlie Cochet, why did you do this to me?! Ash and Cael's story was supposed to be epic!!

I'm having a pity party over here, folks. I've been waiting on this story for the past few mediocre THIRDS books, and I was honestly expecting greatness. I've seen some glowing reviews, so I guess some people loved this one, but for me I think I'm being generous with my rating.

What really bothered me was Ash's lackluster and totally wimpy excuses as to why he wouldn't or couldn't be with Cael. It was just... lame. I've heard some excuses in my day but this just took the cake. Gimme something real, something that makes sense, because you guys have been pining after each other for YEARS!

Also, there is barely any sexual tension in this story. There are a lot of miscommunications and lots of missed opportunities, but sexual tension is just out the window. It was all so... boring.

And was I the only one who thought that Ash treated Cael like a little kid, or a little girl? He always calls him "blushing" or "sweet" or "cute". Cael felt very neutered for me. I didn't get the fire and passion between them, and the relationship dynamics felt very M/F romance in a bad way.

The plot... ugh. It is getting so muddled and confusing. Stop complicating the story, Charlie Cochet! This isn't Inception over here!

I think I need to tap out of the THIRDS world. When my favorite character isn't even the main focus of the book (love you Dex, my boo), I think it's time to move on to greener pastures. Though this book had some bright moments, I felt mostly irritated and let down when I finished. 

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

Catch ya later!

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