‘Hell & High Water (THIRDS #1)’ @CharlieCochet #LGBT #Review #Audio

Bethany and MtSnow review ‘Hell & High Water'(THIRDS #1)  (Published by Dreamspinner Press on July 7th, 2014. 297 pages. Audiobook released September 29, 2014, Length 10 hours, 6 minutes.)

HellHigh&WaterAUDLgCOVER ARTIST – L.C. Chase

NARRATOR – Mark Westfield

LENGTH – 10 hours and 6 minutes

Why MtSnow listened to this book (AND re-listened, already!):

First glance. The Cover. L.C. Chase does it again. And it delivers. Second glance. Military, Cops, Action, Suspense, Series, Shifters. Um, 80s Retro Radio? Need I say more?

Why Bethany listened: When we were given the audio book in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance.

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.


MtSnow’s Review:
First off, let me say the narration is top notch in this series. The only issue I had was with his Latina female accent (that was a little odd, being from south Florida like I am, it sounded nothing like any Latina woman I’d ever heard), but the rest of the voices were spectacular, and in my opinion top notch fits for the main AND supporting cast. Looking forward to the rest of the series with this same narrator most definitely.

Winner in 1. Hooked immediately from the first page on. This author’s writing style grabbed me instantly with the internal dialogue of ‘Dex’, one of the most charismatic MCs I’ve come across in a long time. I mean, someone that’s into 80s Retro Radio, loves cheesy-doodles, and risks his life and limb to hold onto the last pack, just for principle. Gotta love him.

Dexter Daley is full of immediate comebacks to big, giant dudes that are like three times his size! And is able to make people crack up even when it looks as if he’s gonna be the underdog and have the crap beat out of him. He’s a scrapper, and like the Energizer Bunny, nothing seems to keep him down.

As for Sloan Brodie, well who wouldn’t love a cuddle with a big, black scary Jaguar Therian ‘pussy-cat’ described as ‘like a nut, tough on the outside with a gooey, chewy middle’? He is one scary guy, and makes it rough for Dex to be accepted in the team, but Dex gets under his, and everyone else’s, skin almost immediately with a sick sense of humor, elaborate pranks and tenacious determination.

All I can say is that this story had me in tears of laughter and chuckles to myself throughout. I must’ve looked goofy to anyone watching me. That is not to say that there was not a lot of serious stuff happening, with the issues that a broken team has to go through, and how or whether they ever will accept a new teammate in Dex. Especially Sloan, who lost even more than just a teammate previous to Dex joining the THIRDS.

The chemistry between Dex and Sloan was hot, and surprised me that I didn’t even realize there wasn’t a lot of sex until the last 2/3rds of the story because the action and mystery aspect had me hooked. But when it happened? OMG. Sizzle-city.

And the underlying suspense kept me on my toes throughout. Not an easy guess as to who’s behind the murders and attacks. I think the original premise of how shifters came to be, and the mix of current day with dystopian reality would make this an excellent visual to see either in a TV series or the Big Screen. The first book may seem a bit on the long side, but the details really add to the visualization of the world that now exists, and are a great setup for the continuation of the rest of the series.

FAIR warning: This IS A CLIFFHANGER, SO have the NEXT book at the READY!

I have to give this first installment in the series a 9.5 out of 10. I personally loved, loved, loved it, and can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Bethany’s Review

I’ve looked at this series for a while now but for some reason I kept passing it up.  Why in the heck did I wait so long. I LOVED it.

Dex had my attention from the very beginning.  His sense of humor left me crying from laughing so hard. I just think I found a new book BFF.  And when Dex meets Sloan, the brooding dark were-panther, oh man you can cut the tension with a knife.  Sloan is standoffish after what happened to his last partner, making it hard for Dex to be accepted by him or the rest of the team.  But Dex being Dex manages to win MOST of the team over.

I absolutely loved the rest of the team, especially Ash and Dex’s brother Cael. They really helped make the story and the narrator did a wonderful job with all the different voices.  Sometimes I did have issues with the female voices, but it was never enough to put me off.

The plot for the story is wonderful, the author knows how to write a story that will constantly be second guessing who you think the bad guy is.  The story is a brilliant beginning to this series and after I finished this one I jumped right into the next one.  I highly recommend you read this one, or listen, cause this will be a series that I plan on rereading MANY times.

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AuthorBioM/M Romance author by day, artist by night, Charlie Cochet is quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From hardboiled detectives and society gentleman, to angels and elves, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

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Our review for book two and three here:

Blood & Thunder

Rack & Ruin

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