Dex’s initial meeting with his new unit doesn’t go smoothly
and there isn’t time to build any rapport before they’re thrown into a high
profile case. There’s been three HumaniTherian activists murdered but they have
few leads and no suspects. Becoming part of the team is difficult but not
impossible, and as the case progresses, Dex grows closer to Sloane. Then the
investigation points in a direction no one expected and the danger mounts. With
a killer still on the run, can Dex and Sloane survive to build a relationship?
HELL & HIGH WATER is the first release in the new M/M
paranormal series, THIRDS, by Charlie Cochet. You can’t see it but I’m rubbing
my hands together with glee because I’ve found a new author (for me) who has
just released a book I’m excited about. I’m happy to report that it’s filled
with lots of action, a solid premise and interesting characters—and there’s
going to be more books. Yeah! The next one should be released August 4th, and four
more are listed on Goodreads, for a total of six, so far.
I admit I’m usually not a big fan of prologues, truthfully, I’m pretty picky about the ones I like, and this short
one falls into the like category. It includes background history on what events
led to the DNA-altering virus that birthed a new species, the Therians, and how
their appearance changed the world. It’s
good information to have before jumping into the
story and the problems the humans and Therians face in the changed world of the
Then the first chapter begins. You’re immediately faced with a
country in turmoil due to the differences in the individuals inhabiting it and the
bigotry, anger and fear that goes along with it. You also get a look at politics, weapons, technology, the problems of policing two groups of citizens and the
hostility that goes with it. That’s where the THIRDS come in—the TherianHuman, Intelligence, Recon, Defense Squadron. Take it from me, this story is well
written and the vivid manner in which this new world is fleshed out makes it come alive.
The author did an excellent job of developing the
personalities of Dex and Sloane. They’re interesting separately and are more so
as a couple, although initially putting Dex, a guy who likes to have fun with
gruff, jaguar-shifter Sloane, didn’t seem like a good idea. It took a bit of creativity
but they make a good match and I appreciate that their relationship built
slowly to make it believable after their rocky start. What I also like is that
their murder case isn’t overshadowed by the personal stuff. There is plenty of
time spent on their investigative work and tracking down leads, which allows learning
about the other team members and seeing them work together. As their
relationship grew, the suspense did too, while the hunt for the killer focuses on a suspect. Towards
the end there are some exciting scenes with lots of action, danger and suspense.
I found the closing scenes satisfying and can’t want to see what happens in the
next release. Look for BLOOD & THUNDER.