Title: Blood & Thunder
Series: Thirds Book 02
Author: Charlie Cochet
Narrator: Mark Westfield
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: 7 hours and 50 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (October 27, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.
Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.
Review: This has got to be one of my favorite series to listen to. I look forward to getting paid and being able to purchase the next book in this series. Getting ready for work I make sure my iPod is charged and that the story is ready to go. I turn it on to listen all the way to work and then here I am jumping up and down at Dex and Sloan. Makes my co-workers look at me funny when I have this shit eating grin on my face when Dex does something crazy, and you know he will. He is always there for a laugh, a joke or even a hug. I also love the way he is with his baby brother.
Mark Westfield always manages to bring them alive for me and for that it makes this story even better. He has the best pitch for each character and makes them just jump out at you. You can feel the happiness, the cheerful grins and laughter, the anger and the pain, and even the goofy attitudes from the others. Mark has got to be the best voice for this series. I always look forward to hearing the voices he can do every morning.
Dex has not been on the team for very long, but he is starting to fit in. He will do everything to keep his friends and his family safe. As one knows your team is your family. The man behind the killings and explosions is needing to be stopped, but when a bomb goes off at the youth center it brings it all forward. He did what he needed to keep his teammate safe, which means breaking the rules. It causes a rift between him and Sloan, but by gods he is standing his ground.
For Sloan it brings what he had lost to the for front right along with the pain of losing his lover. He knows full well what Dex did is right but for the life of him he just can’t fix it. His secrets are about to come out and he fears what Dex will think. He should trust in his partner and learn to forgive himself.
The guys are moving forward very slowly to an outcome that will have them experiences something good. I love the way this story captures you and keeps your attention to the very end. For me it had me aching to get my hands on the next story even before finishing the one I am listing to. I came across Charlie not too long ago and she has made her way to being one of my favorite authors of all time.
When you sit down and have a book in your hand you are feeling what you think they are, but when you are listening to them talk and argue it brings your feelings on even stronger. Charlie has such a gift that shows how an alpha predator can feel something stronger than you would think. I love how you can tell that even though Sloan is strong, he still feels lost. It makes him even more powerful in my eyes. Whereas Dex even though he is laughing and telling jokes, you can feel his pain at the same time. You just know that he is covering parts of what he feels from others, but those around him do everything they can to show him that he is definitely wanted.
This story has a serious tone to it, but damn you can see the humor in it which for me is a top reason to read. Even now I am wanting to start the next story right away. I bought this story a few months ago and have listened to it at least five times a week. So now I finally set down to show you how good this story is. It even brings tears to my eyes with the pain they feel at the loss of one so important and by the hands of someone who was supposed to have loved him. This story brings out more than feelings I suppose.
I think for me the best part was Cael telling Sloan about the vacuum cleaner and Dex. That was the best part ever. I spent most of the time just laughing my ass off at that. I absolutely loved this book and would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to start on book three.