4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Beth Jumper Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Scorching/high heat Shifter

Rise and Fall (THIRDS Book 4) by Charlie Cochet

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After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost.

With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well-intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart.


So as the series continues I would say that this is almost like part 2 of the previous book Rack and Ruin. I am fortunate to have the complete series lined up to read in order and hanging storylines (not Cliffhangers) just push me to start the next book in the series.

Dex’s need to protect the people he loves is the basis for this next book. The fact that he will basically lie, cheat and misdirect everyone to get there is where we find this story going. Sloan is no fool and he basically knows what Dex is up to but he wants Dex to be honest with him. As the story continues Dex starts bringing in the rest of the team and although they disagree with him keeping Sloan out of the loop they help and assist as needed. Dex ends up in some pretty harrowing situations and escapes with luck and help from his team.

Things escalate until we get a declaration from Sloan that he loves Dex, as well as a need to let everyone know that Dex is his. The team works together to take down the bad guys, Ash is faced with his desire for Cael and we get just a glimpse of Calvin and Hobbs as a couple.

The sex is as intense as always, the storyline moves along at a good pace and we are given enough twists and turns to want to continue following the series to see where everything goes. Dex and Sloan seem solid in their relationship so I believe the author can start exploring other pairings of the team. We are left with Sloan and Ash facing Maddock knowing they had to explain their involvement with his sons. Definitely a good incentive to pick up the next book.


4.5 of 5 stars

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