Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) by Charlie Cochet #mm #review @charliecochet @dreamspinners

Disclaimer MaleTAGTHIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14

I’ve been cautiously waiting for Darkest Hour Before Dawn since I first found out a new sequel was coming out. However, as good as some of the extraneous pieces were, the overall story felt lacking.

I loved Wolf, so seeing how he fit into the puzzle was nice and I look forward to more Wolf in the future. However, the story seemed more like an angst fest than a defined arc – so if you enjoy angst, you’re going to love this story (I dislike constant back and forth relationship angst). While there were two distinct major arcs in the story, they didn’t take away from one another. I understand it was about Hudson and Seb’s relationship, but after all the angst-hell we were put through in the first 2/3rds of the book, the decision that brought them together seemed blasé, as though it almost was an afterthought.

The bomb scene toward the end of the book felt odd. Most likely, because the rest of the book dealt so much with the relationship out of a THIRDS context that getting back into the THIRDS frame of mind felt like starting a new book, and yet it wasn’t.

There’s one scene in the book that, if attack/rape scenes trigger you, this one might. It triggered me. I had to walk away from the book and calm down before I returned. It’s another one of those scenes where clues were dropped and then not picked up again. (That seems to happen a lot in this book which is strange as Cochet is usually really good at pulling all the strings together so that things make sense.)

The scene with Taylor early in the book felt strange because after about 2 of those, that was it. No more mention of Taylor and his issues. It didn’t feel like a part of the story arcs, as though it was thrown in and then… nothing.

I still love THIRDS, but will say I prefer the books where Dex & Sloane are the main focus. The military part is the major plot focus, plus I adore Dex. Now with THIRDS turning more and more TIN, I’m interested to see where Cochet’s taking things. There are still so many plots the author can use and have fun with. Bad guys (those who think Therians are the dominant species) who are as good at what they do as the quasi good guys (TIN) –TIN isn’t really “good” – It’s just less bad than the bad guys 😉

Gotta love that. I look forward to seeing what our favorite THIRDS agents (the real good guys) do to the organization.

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