Hell & High Water

Hell & High WaterKindle freebie 4 11 17 Attention all fans of military men and shifters A new series has come to town Excellent paranormal book with simple yet effective world building just what the doctor ordered Charlie Cochet, your hard work has paid off This was very enjoyable, though I almost knocked it down to 3.5 stars because the mystery element was weak In a lot of paranormal books the reader has to do a lot of hard work getting up to speed with the author s created world There is often either an info dump or things aren t very well explained, both of which are pet peeves of mine This was surprisingly simple and easily digestible world building If you read the blurb and were a bit confused, here is what you need to know Therian Shifter That s about it The rest is easy peasy, just some details about how the world got that way and some other basics I liked the care that the author put into the THIRDS world Everything was well conceptualized and nicely executed And the MCs fans self I loved Dex and Sloane and the chemistry between them It was all very alpha male, very testosterone y, and smoking hot I could have used a wee bitdirty talk, but I have a weakness for a dirty mouthed boy.Charlie Cochet also created side characters with a TON of meat on their bones and I don t mean in the chubby chaser kind of way There is so much depth to them I could see this series going on and on Who DIDN T feel the chemistry between Ash and Cael and between Calvin and Hobbs yup, you read that correctly There is a LOT to work with there and I can t wait to read those stories And the writing so tight It had an excellent flow and pace, never getting boring or dull.Now on to the bad The mystery wince That was a blunder if I d ever saw one If you are going to make a bad guy, at least hide him better, Captain Obvious If I m going to read romantic suspense, or a mystery, I want to beclueless I think this author has to work on her red herring skills PLEASE If I m going to nit pick, there was also a ton of back and forth between Sloane and Dex that grew a bit tiresome I don t like my guys to waffle quite so much, but that is just personal preference All in all, a very nice book that will be sure to please paranormal and romantic suspense fans alike. 4.5 starsI want a THIRDS TV show or a movie I mean look at this casting that Charlie Cochet has on her website Chris Pine Joe Manganiello dies Sorry, I got distracted there it s just that I get too excited with this new series from Charlie Cochet She is not a new author to me I first read her stories back in 2012 But so far, I amfamiliar with her historical stories and for someone who doesn t read a lot of historical, I sure do enjoy hers Charlie does have a shifter story awhile ago but this, well, I must say that this one knocks it out of the park It s probably her best yet definitely most ambitious, I mean look at the special site she has for the book THIRDS HQ Talk about dedication.But what about the story itself, you say Like I said, this is probably her best yet Well, it s definitely my all time favorite from her so far maybe until book 2 is released LOL Hell High Water is the first book in an urban fantasy shifter alternate universe series called THIRDS THIRDS is Therian Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron, an enforcement agency made from the toughest agents around, combining human and Therian shifter team to deal with crimes related to Therians.Dexter Dex Daley imagine Chris Pine, with his dirty blonde hair, blue eyes, rather naughty attitude is transferred to THIRDS after he becomes a target from his fellow police officers after he testified against his partner He joins the Destructive Delta team in THIRDS and paired with the head of the team, the deadly over six foot jaguar, Sloane Brodie yes, yes, imagine Joe Manganiello there Sloane lost his partner and he is not planning to replace him But Dex is determined to be accepted by this new team even if that means he will gets under Sloane s skin grin.The banter between Dex and Sloane is just awesome well, Dex is just awesome He s a man child, he s a HOOT, the words that are coming out of his mouth are worth highlighting over and over I couldn t tell you how many times I had to hide my giggle in public because of the things that Dex was saying or doing Let me tell you, Sloane didn t have a chance But Dex is also observant he notes what is wrong within the team after losing the team member, Sloane s partner quickly He just gets it and I seriously think that Dex is what the Destructive Delta needed.Meanwhile, Sloane is your usual brooding big guy who has a deep secret and pain after losing his partner He s dependable and definitely a leader that everyone is looking up to but he has emotional issues Don t worry, Dex thaws him wonderfully The camaraderie between the THIRDS team is great and one I always love to read I admit that I don t feel a lot of urban fantasy series involving teams, even in non MM, so it is very much appreciated.If anyone has known me for awhile, I very rarely giving a 4.5 or 5 stars When I do, usually they are for books that can touch me emotionally But once in awhile just like I m gushing over the new Captain America movie a fast paced book that is just pure entertainment with a great cast of characters, charming banter, EXCITING action oh, and some explosives , and a well worthy villain, can definitely enter my top favorites too This one is an example.If I have but one complaint why it is not on my 5 stars list yet it is probably that I m still hoping to get deeper insight on Dex I know he s amusing, but somehow I also feel that there sto Dex than meets the eye, and I m dying to know about it Alsoabout Sloane s past Oh, and the villain is a bit too predictable, although he has characteristics of a sociopath that just fit the nature of this book.By the way, the ending is a smart hook for making readers eagerly waiting for book 2 I know I am Luckily it will not be long Book 2 is coming in August BRING MORE THIRDS In the meantime, some dreamy imagination is needed sigh, drool.Edited to add July 10th, 2014Did the little quiz to see which Destructive Delta team member I am Apparently I am Ethan HobbsYou have simple needs, are down to earth, dependable, and persistent You love to eat, drink, and be merry You must always feel comfortable, don t like changes, and favor routine At times, you can be cranky for no reason You re old fashioned, affectionate, and family orientated.I am so cool with that The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is required for any ARC received. Hell High Water would make a kick ass movie This book read like a fast paced flick but contained certain elements I dislike in the M M romance genre Focus on action vs romanceMany secondary characters that drew the attention away from the MCsVery little steam on page there was one, count it ONE, sex scene, and it was over before I blinked Lots and lots of bantering to the detriment ofrealistic dialogueInfo dumping to set up the premiseAn unhinged, rather obvious villain who confesses to the crime as an easy way to resolve the weak mysteryAn asshole of an MC Sloane blew hot and cold and treated Dex like shit, and Dex kept taking it No resolution at the end, with a cliffie to boot glares I know it s a series, but must we be so fucking obvious about it And yet I m giving it a solid 3 stars.Why, you ask I enjoyed Charlie Cochet s writing, and I like the idea of cat shifters Therians and the politics surrounding this alternate world The idea behind the THIRDS is cool I mean, come on, gorgeous men and women walking around wearing sleek black clothes, facing danger, sparring, and showering together what s not to like While the story dragged on too long and contained too much filler, parts of it were quite funny and engaging Dex is also all kinds of awesome I loved his sense of humor and his interactions with his brother He should have made Sloane beg, though I appreciate that the females in this book are smart and tough It s still mostly a boys club, but it IS an M M book, so I can forgive that I will read book 2, because despite myself I got sucked in Plus, I m hoping we ll seeof Sloane as a jaguar Claws are FIERCE. 3 3.5 StarsSo this was a fun little nugget to start what I hope will be an awesome series I love M M.I love PNR.And I love shifter romance So you give me gay shifter romance in some alternate post Vietnam reality And I ll make like a chubby Storage Wars asshole who bids on everyone else s superfluous crap.Dex and Sloane were some really good and interesting charactersalthough they were saddled with one of my least favorite story glitches view spoiler The dead former lover hide spoiler Written August 7, 20153 1 2 Stars Sweet FunBook 1 I m so relieved I finished this story at lastafter a whole year.I never finished reading the ebook last summer Stopped at 83% not because I didn t enjoy it but it was summer vacation time and not enough time Then time went and there were other books Nearly a year later, I added the audiobook just 2.10 hrs narrated by Mark Westfield and I crossed my fingers Hell High Water would work better this summer Jeez, I must start by saying that I m impressed by this THIRDS series big set up Just facts view spoiler A well made webb page thirdshq.com with lots of interesting information, pics of all the characters and the casting, some about the huge police agent organization they work for, etc There are six or even eight planned full length books already As much as three book parts the first year 2014 and twoyear 2015 This first series starter was a kind of hype here among a lot of M M readers last summer With mostly very happy reviews and high raitings hide spoiler 6 4 18 audioversion..also 5 stars This was my very first shifters paranormal book I normally don t read these kind of books but after a few recommendations of some people whoms opinion I trust, I gave this one a try And boy am I glad that I did I am totally converted This book was awesome I loved the suspense..the hot alpha menthe sexual tension I have a serious crush on Sloane and Dex made me pee my pants laughinghe was so fucking funny I cant wait to see what happens next This book was not high on the romance, but since the storyline was so good, that didn t bother me at all It kind of reminded me of the first book of the cut and run series I hope the romance love thing will develop, but I will just have to wait and see..or in this case..read The only thing that makes is a 4,5 stars and not a full 5 is that I would have loved somesexytimes I would also like to see someshifting Those kitties are HOT Who would have thought This book really surprised the shit out of me and I m jumping into the next one right away Thank you to my friends for recommending 4,5 stars from me. 3.5 starsJust a few of my random notes made whilst reading Dex has a complete personality change about a quarter into the book He started out serious and turned into a ham when he got to THIRDS HQ.A lot of attention to detail Too much maybe 33% saw me with tears in my eyes Ash making fun of Dex and Dex getting upset.I did really enjoy this book and I will definitely read the next in the series There were a few things that threw me off see notes above and I guessed whodunit pretty much from the beginning Dex read way younger than his age he was 33 He feltlike a teenager to me Now, while I m all for embracing my inner 12 year old, this is not something you do on the job.The world building was great but there was a bit too much attention to detail I don t need to know every piece of furniture placed in every room you visit I also don t need to know every store or club that is on a particular street It kind of took me away from the story a bit.The concept of how the Therians came about was ingenious I give full marks for that one So creative For all its over the top shenanigans, there is quite a bit of subtlety here too Like how there isn t really any prejudice against gay people or, for that matter, against race or religion All the focus has been shifted onto the Therians and they are the ones that are persecuted instead.I think most people will like this book, even if you re not a fan of shifters I recommend you give it a try. 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 Reread June 2019Seeing a few of my friends read this for the first time made me want to reread the series Here we go binging again Still hate the whole dead ex thing but absolutely love Dex Originally read August 2018Why my GR friends do this to me I do not know Encouraging me to read shit I see another binge reading coming on sigh Plenty of reviews at there but for what it s worth I absolutely loved Dex He s hilarious but he s also a kind and loving person He takes care of Sloane and knows just what he needs But I will say this, dead exes are not my thing It s one of my least favorite troupes For the most part, I didn t find it to be too big of an issue here from Sloane s perspective and I was glad Seemed to me everyone else made it a big deal I can already see that Sloane feels differently in some ways about Dex But impatient me, I want to see him treating Dex the way he deserves Like I said I love him and it kind of pisses me off Sloane lashes out at him at times And the ending Dex should have resisted just a wee bit longer Sloane deserved it for the silent treatment Well, that is all I got On to the next one Hell High Water was totally amazeballs I had the BEST time reading this and fell in love with every character in it..apart from the baddies obviously, Duh As well as making my tummy tingle, Dex had me peeing myself laughing..the fight for the cheesy doodles wasclassicand the lion puppet Ash incident had me In tucks Sloane had me drooling and the rest of the gang including Tony, Ash, Cael, Calvin Hobbs and the kick ass Rosa and Letty, just made me wanna be in their gang I want to be a Therian I doI could rock that uniformI COULD Well in my head I can pouts Ohand it s a fantastic plot..So freakin good I am hooked GO THIRDS o


[KINDLE] ❆ Hell & High Water Author Charlie Cochet – Ultimatetrout.info
  • ebook
  • 296 pages
  • Hell & High Water
  • Charlie Cochet
  • English
  • 13 January 2019
  • 9781632160126

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