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Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) by Charlie Cochet

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THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.


I must admit through out the series as small bits of Seb and Hudson’s story was revealed my heart went out to them. So I was excited to know more but apprehensive because nothing in the world of THIRDS comes easy. This book is not a standalone, each book builds on the previous one.

Sebastian Hobbs (Team Leader) and Hudson Colbourn (Medical Examiner) bonded as mates but were pulled apart. We finally get to know the details of what happened to split them up and why Hudson blames himself. (It’s been explained before but if you don’t want to know right now – it’s hidden 🙂  )

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Now there is a danger to Hudson and Seb needs to be there to lookout for him. The push pull of their attraction to each other is palpable. They are just reconnecting when Hudson happens to meet the boy’s mother and pulls away again. Hudson is carrying a lot of misplaced guilt and I can understand why he reacts this way given his family history. But he is a bit of a martyr. I got so frustrated with him and the way he was hurting Seb.

But….The make up scenes are powerful and romantic.

I really like that the story is told from both Seb and Hudson’s points of view it feels like a more rounded picture of events. The direction the series is heading in with TIN and what it will mean for Destructive Delta is both exciting and concerning.

I still don’t trust Sparks and nothing in the stories so far has changed my mind, the jury is still out over the way she gets what she wants.

I love how Charlie Cochet keeps the tension building with each book and this one though slower in pace is no exception. I am looking forward to the audiobook book coming out.

Highly Recommended! 5 of 5 stars




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