Title: Thick & Thin (THIRDS: Book Eight)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 95 Pages
Category: Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Charlie Cochet continues the intrigue and fluffy, hot goodness of the THIRDS series with this bridge novella.
Reviewed By: Angel
Blurb: In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.
After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.
Review: Charlie Cochet seamlessly blends shapeshifting, romance and alternate history in this fantastic series. There has always been a mystery element in the books, but it has stepped up in the last few of the chain.
T&T, which is a fantastic acronym for the book, is just that—dynamite in a small package. The novella picks up a few short hours, possibly a day, after Smoke & Mirrors ends. Are all the questions from the previous book answered? No, and a metric ton more pop up in these action-packed, emotion-filled pages. And that’s okay as this is just a transitory novella, but it does satisfy that THIRDS craving until the next book is available.
T&T is by no means a standalone story, and I’ll try to do it justice here without spoiling the novella or the series. The situations Dex and Sloane are about to embark upon cause havoc and destruction in both their personal and professional lives. Many characters from THIRDS, past and present, make an appearance, and readers are given their reactions to the events leading up to the explosive conclusion of Smoke & Mirrors.
Charlie Cochet also delves more deeply into TIN and THIRDS inner workings, and the stories themselves become a bit clearer in the overall picture. I love how the author has completely filled in the -verse, and yet manages to keep my interest as well, with a few unanswered questions and suspicions.
Ash and Cael are still my personal favorites in spite of the fact that Dex and Sloane are the most directly main characters of the series. I still don’t care for Sparks, and I absolutely hope she isn’t redeemed in the series. Yes, you read that correctly. Every series needs its ‘bad’ characters, and I sincerely hope Sparks remains as she is. Not to put a too fine of a point on it, but you’ll see why soon. *insert evil laugh here*
Regardless, I adored this novella. I forced myself to take the reading slowly so as to not miss the clues in this increasingly complex world, and I wasn’t disappointed. And despite my pacing myself, it still went by too fast and left me yearning for more. When is the next book out again? *g*
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