The THIRDS is back! Review of Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3) by Charlie Cochet

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Title
: Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, adventure
Story rating: 5 out of 5
Smex-o-meter: 5+ out of 5
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Release date: November 7, 2014
Source: ARC provided by the author

Blurb: New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the after-effects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

Review: You have no idea the amount of squee-age involved upon receiving an e-mail from the author with an ARC-copy of this book. There was a crazy happy dance involved that made the cats run for the hills. Needless to say I dropped just about everything to read the book. Want to know why I liked this book so much? Read and find out!

Rack & Ruin continues the storyline started in the first book with Dex and Sloane moving deeper in their partnership and ‘secret’ relationship. It also continues the storyline of the coalition and the mysterious new Therian group calling themselves the Ikelos Coalition. There is a lot happening in the story with a focus on the new group: finding out who they are, what their game plan is and just who is helping them? It’s not without danger, adventure and angst for Destructive Delta. They have their share of confrontations. Not always the ones they are expecting.

Whereas the previous book focussed more on Sloane and his past, the spotlight is once more on Dex in Rack & Ruin. Not that he needs to do a lot to reclaim it. Of course, Sloane’s past is not forgotten, but now there is a different angle. The author does a great job of not making Sloane’s past disappear, but not having it taking over the book either.

The writing of the story, like in the previous books, is very real. There is nothing static about the voices in this story. There is slang, bad puns and so many double entendres that your forehead will feel sore after reading this story. Okay I may be exaggerating the last, but with Dex you just never know. My point is, that the writing makes the characters very real and vivid persons, with their likes, dislikes, mannerisms, ways of saying things, attitudes and some definitely have their geek on.

It shows that the author works hard to make the characters have a solid presence in the story. The amount of research done must be staggering. My only fear with regards to the characters – especially Dex – is that they don’t become stereotypes with their own label. But I don’t think we have to fear as such.

There is a lot happening in Rack & Ruin with the funny beginning, action packed and ‘hot’ middle and – like with the previous books – an open ending. This one a little more prominent than the previous books.

There’s a ton more I could say about this book, but not without giving too much of the story away. What I can say is that this book is a keeper and a must read (read the previous books first though). It has everything: well liked characters, not so typical and believable bad guys, romance, action, adventure and angst. Definitely a lot of angst.

Why you should read it: what, I haven’t convinced you yet? Stop reading and get this book!

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