Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ARC Review: Thick & Thin (THIRDS, #8) by Charlie Cochet

Sequel to Smoke & Mirrors

In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.

Jewel's rating:

Thick & Thin picks up immediately where Smoke & Mirrors left off. Dex is still reeling from all the changes that happened at the end of Smoke & Mirrors, both to himself and the team. We get some questions answered in Thick & Thin and are set up for the next book quite nicely.

At the end of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane made a decision that kind of left me going "say what?". All of that gets explained here in more depth and I was happy for it, though I am still kind of giving that whole direction the side-eye. I'll just have to see how it plays out. I don't want Destructive Delta (as a team or as individuals) to lose themselves, so I guess I'll just have to exercise a bit of trust. There are obviously still a lot of questions that need answering and I'm looking forward to seeing it all unfold.

My one real niggle, though, is that I think Thick & Thin should have just been included as part of Smoke & Mirrors, rather than being a separate book. Thick & Thin is less than 100 pages and seemed to only really serve to tidy up some hanging threads for Smoke & Mirrors. My guess is that it was decided to have a separate novella because Smoke & Mirrors was already over 200 pages. Still, I think it shouldn't have been a separate book. I did enjoy it, though, and I am looking forward to Seb & Hudson's story in Darkest Hour Before Dawn.

ARC of Thick & Thin was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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