TGIF! And a great friday it is here at TTC Books and more. I'm coming to you live today from the THIRDS headquarters. I know, right, I can't believe it either! Cael is just as adorable as I thought he would be, but Ash, that man is scary. Oh shit, here he comes now and he looks mad, where did I put my press pass............
Agent Ash Keeler here, but you already know who I am. If you don’t, you’re about to find out. Suit up because we’re heading out. What? You thought you were gonna just come in here, drink coffee, and flirt with my teammates? Think again. Now follow me. We’re heading down to the armory. And if I ever catch you not listening to what Cael says, we’re going to have problems and you don’t f*** want to have problems with me. I know he was covering for you. He does that.
Let’s get one thing straight. I’m not here to f*** babysit you. I’m not your f*** friend. I don’t give a f*** what you say or write about me. What’s with all the asterisks? They’re what? You’re censoring my profanity? What the f***? Oh, I’m sorry. Am I offending your delicate sensibilities? Shall I get you some smelling salts? This is a f*** military organization operating as a law enforcement agency. F*** your sensibilities. You got a problem, you take it up with Sparks. Here’s your vest. Don’t get dead. What? You don’t approve of my brusque nature? Who the f*** says brusque? I’m an asshole? That’s more like it. You want a bunch of a**kissing bureaucrats, you go write an article about the HPF.
Where are we going? We got a call. Possible Therian shooter over on West 47th Street. Now move your ass. You wanna roll with the team, you keep to formation. Here’s how this is going to work. You’re going to come with me down this corridor— Hey, pay attention! Yeah, that is a big gun, and the agent behind it will tranq your ass if you f*** with her. That’s my partner Julietta Guerrera. We call her Letty. You do not want to piss her off. More importantly, you don’t want to piss me off. Do you what? Gee, I don’t know. Do you have a license to carry a THIRDS appointed tranq gun? Then no, you do not get a gun. We’re heading to the BearCat. Before you get in there, here are a few rules.
Rule one: do as you’re f***ing told.
Rule two: violation of rule one will lead to my kicking your ass.
Now isn’t that easy? Did you just call me grumpy? I swear I will— Why am I what? Nice to Cael? Who the f*** wouldn’t be nice to Cael? If someone was stupid enough to be an asshat to him around me, they’d see what real grumpy is. Cael’s a sweet guy. He’s smart and just... I don’t know how to describe him. You’ve met him. How could you not smile around him? Do I like him? Get your ass in that truck before I tranq you. F*** this. Go bug the hell out of Calvin and his toy tiger. Yeah, it’s been a real treat for me too. And stay away from Cael or I’ll kick you in the asterisk.
Rack & Ruin
Gay Shifter Romance/ PNR
***** 5 Star Review *****
New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order
of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged Therian group, at war.
Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up
more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group
from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak
havoc in the name of vigilante justice.
Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has
been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw
out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get
the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the
Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent
Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the
random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane
originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the
case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than
Dex, Sloane and their team, Destructive Delta, are still feeling aftershocks
from the bombing at the youth center only to learn that Isaac Pierce wasn’t the
only person crazy enough to try and kill off the Therian race. This new threat
seems to be one step ahead of the group though, making it painfully obvious
that someone on the team is feeding the rogue group of killers that have turned
bomb making into a sport, key information.
Dex is trying way too hard not to say
those three little words out loud, afraid he will scare Sloane off if he admits
he has feelings. Sloane is strong man but losing his lover, being kidnapped by
said dead lover’s crazy brother and having to face the demons of a past he
thought he put behind him, might prove to be more than even this bad ass
shifter can deal with.
The strain on the team as a whole is
strengthened by Ash’s current mood. Usually brash, rude and downright
obnoxious, Ash has become somewhat withdrawn and isolated. Worse still, he’s
pushing Cael away and Cael’s performance at work is suffering because of it. Alas,
there isn’t much time for lover’s quarrels or nursing broken hearts when there
is a rogue group of humans and shifters running around, wreaking havoc and
blowing things up, killing innocent bystanders in the process.
Of course, there is a very thin line
between love and hate, and as usual Cochet interjects just the right amount of
passion, humour and light hearted 80’s music into the storyline to turn those
gasps into guffaws! Running parallel to all the crazy is Dexter C Daley and his
ability to make anyone smile. Dex is the class clown, always smiling and happy,
but he is very emotional as well, he wears his heart on his sleeve. Now he has
gone and fallen in love with is big, brooding, moody and commanding team
leader, Sloane Brodie. It is impossible for either of them to ignore the
outside world, or let their guard down, but somewhere in the middle of all the
insanity that surrounds them, they found each other. If they aren’t careful
though, they will lose each other.
What an intense read with just the right
balance of emotions, danger and campy one liners that I have come to love from
this insane team of humans and shifters. While I am certain that Cochet was on
a mission to make me hate Ash with a blind, raging passion; I’m going to chalk
up everything that sexy SOB has done to date as foreplay. My heart broke just a
little for Cael when Ash continually pushed him away, but I am so anxious to
see that macho, superior, holier than though attitude gradually broken down by
one chirping cheetah shifter. So, for the promise of what is to come, I’m going
to forgive Ash for now.
It’s hard for me to point out what I
love best about this series, the world Cochet has meticulously created, the
spot on storylines and character development, I don’t think there is anything
that I don’t like about this team. Well, actually, I don’t trust their red
headed boss, I think that bitch is hiding something, but every story has to
have an evil mastermind villain, right? But if Cochet is funnelling through
reviews looking for some type of negative feedback, she won’t find it here. This
has to be one of the best series in the genre right now. Three dimensional
characters and strong storylines with such an acute attention to details,
pretty much flawless.
Definitely a must read, especially for PNR and
Shifter book lovers, just start at the beginning if you are new to the world of
THIRDS. The stories are on a continual loop that will run you over if you try
to jump in after the merry go round has started.
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
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Thanks Charlie for setting me up with this fun but scary interview with Ash! Until next time...