Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS #7) by Charlie Cochet #mm #review @dreamspinners @charliecochet


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Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14A-nony-mouseTAG

Let me categorically state that I think it’s a shame I can only give this 5 stars. It deserves at least 10. I bought the book this morning and only stopped reading when my tablet ran out of juice. Once it was back up and full of battery, I finished it.

In this, book 7 of Cochet’s THIRDS series, she rounds everything up. We find out what originally happened with Dex’s parents. We find out what is happening with Dex. And she ties the storyline that began in Hell & High Water up very nicely, while leaving a very large opening for possibly another series.

I’m going to try and say what I need to say without giving anything away – because there are tons of things that happened.

Nothing about Sparks surprised me in this book – I still don’t like her, even if she is involved with a certain someone. She’s a good representation, though, of an operative working in an organization that makes its own rules. Basically being ABOVE the law and not having to answer to anyone and using people for her own purposes.

There was less interaction between Dex, Sloane, and the rest of the team – a little, but not much – but that’s because of all the loose ends that Cochet was pulling together. (I’m rather jealous of how wonderfully she did it.)

She finally brought back Tony the fighter, who I found to be unusually silent in the last two books, which was nice. And she even gave him a somewhat happy ending. However, I had this dreadful feeling about what was going to happen to him in the book and I was proven right… though it didn’t end as badly as I feared.

What’s up in the future for Destructive Delta? Now that’s the question. The end of the book leaves it open for Cochet to start a new series, have a few books about characters we want to see HEAs for (Seb and Hudson!) in the THIRDS, and to basically continue into infinitum storylines about wonderful characters I do not want to see the end of. However, because of how she ended it, I would be happy enough if no other stories popped up. Kind of like how I felt at the end of Harry Potter.

So again, because I’m only allowed 5 stars, it’s 5 stars, But in my head, it’s 10.


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