Against the Grain (THIRDS #5) by Charlie Cochet #mm #review @CharlieCochet @dreamspinners

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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. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Listening to Andrea LeeTAG

Well, having waited so long after the last one to read this one I must say, I was impressed that I remembered so much with out having to be reminded with those annoying flash backs. Kudos to the author for that.

This one unlike the last novels had a different feel to it, right from the get go. We were more in relationship building, bonding, mending, growing, and all those other words we use. And not just the ‘couples’ but friends, family, team mates.  And although this is tagged to be Cael and Ash, we still get Dex and Sloane. And of course the others. Which for me really worked out, because I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of either one and this story really didn’t help with that.

We did find out more of the back stories on what shaped both of these men. Past loves and so on. And we did have a little of the humor that made the first one and two in the series so great. But this was much more serious. And to me the humor that was given was almost canned, fell flat.

As far as the actual Delta team working, well for a long while I was’t sure they would in this book. But we finally get around to a case and it’s a good one, but it’s almost like an after thought and rushed to be started and ended at the end of the book.

However, looks like Calvin and Hobbs is up next and those two…. yes, please.


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