Saturday, August 08, 2015

Against The Grain (THIRDS #5) by Charlie Cochet

Against the Grain (THIRDS #5) by Charlie Cochet 5*
BLURB: As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.
Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.

My Review: All the way through the first four books I have enjoyed the relationship between Ash and Cael. This book adds more depth and insight into said relationship. What made it truly remarkable was the way Charlie started the book exactly where the previous one finished off so that you were dropped straight back into the worlds of THIRDS and the Therians and everything that makes these books so good. As is usual with this series there is a subplot running through it and although it takes up a lot of the book it doesn't (IMO) detract from the relationship between the main characters. Off course reading about all the others was fun too and I can't wait to see what Charlie gives us in the way of relationship problems and resolutions for Calvin and Hobbs who I absolutely adore (right after Dex).

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