4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Beth Jumper Book co-workers to lovers Contemporary Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers Humor Hurt/comfort m/m Men In Uniform Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter

Men In Uniform: Hell and High Water (THIRDS book 1) by Charlie Cochet

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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.

(Who does this look like?  Hmmmmm 😉   )

I have heard about this series for a long time and finally took the plunge. I love when an author creates an alternative world. The similarities and differences blended together to make it realistic yet different. Yet it isn’t your typical shifter story either. The shifters have been created by a byproduct of a vaccine.
Dex is the human character that makes this story. The first chapter shows he has integrity and a willingness to stand by his convictions. As the story progresses his humor and insight into how people interact and respond gives us some wonderful scenes throughout. His new partner is a shifter and is dark and brooding, and Dex just cannot resist poking the guy every chance he gets. The dialog between the two is entertaining and no nonsense at the same time. As they play off of each other you can see the bond building.
The rest of the team haven’t been developed as completely in the first book , yet I’m sure we will see and learn more about them as the story progresses. We are left with a HFN and if I didn’t know there were more books in the series I might have been disappointed. I look forward to reading the next book to discover all of the who, what and whys we are left with.

4.5 of 5 stars

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