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Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07Z2XV3YF
- Publication date : October 24, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1583 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08DSSCNF1
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,106 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I expected was--well, I expected the "sad queers" cliche. I expected a wimpy guy and an "alpha" for him to drool over. I expected to either put it down two chapters in, or slog through pointless sex scenes digging for plot, and come to a disappointing ending that was really just a hook for the series.
What I got was a snarky, kick butt young man who stole my heart almost instantly. Dex steals the show, without sidelining the plot or background and side characters. The author skillfully delivers the pasts of the characters in bite-sized pieces, slipping information into just the right places, building world and characters in a pleasantly organic fashion. The only "info dump" worldbuilding is a very short prologue, and then you're with Dex, and it's wonderful. The romance is sudden but not instant, and it doesn't feel forced. Dex and Sloane are both wonderfully clever, strong individuals who stabs on their own two feet. The cast is filled out with characters who feel 3D, who have personalities and hobbies and aren't just background. There are mentions of lesbians and it's neither pointed nor too blase; it doesn't feel like they're there just so the author can point at them and say they're there. There's women in here, and they may not be center stage, but they matter.
This book is funny, and it balances the heaviness of the plot with lighthearted banter, with Dex being a warm and caring guy, with people being jerks for a reason, not just because the plot needed some jerks. There's no doormat characters, and no one is a wimp, honestly, without it being unreasonably packed with unreasonably physically strong individuals.
As a person who doesn't much care about sex scenes (I know, what the heck am I doing in this genre?) the scenes are good, "steamy," but they don't take over the book.
Is this a hook for the series? Absolutely, but only because it's interesting enough to make you want more. You can read this and be done, without it grinding on you. It leaves you wanting more without taking away from the book.
A fun read I'd recommend to anyone who likes action, romance, and gay bundled together with plenty of humor and jokes that are both dirty and goofy, at just the right moments.
Honestly, I'd read this just for Dex. He's wonderful. But the rest of the characters are wonderful too.
The two MCs are Dex and Sloane. Dex is annoying. Sloane is boring.
Dex is written like he's supposed to be a Tony DiNozzo (from NCIS) type. Charming, flirty, goofy, a bit obnoxious, but still a very capable detective when it comes down to it. Unfortunately Dex comes across light on the charming and capable, and rather heavy on the goofy and obnoxious. He is incredibly immature and unprofessional (with absolutely no consequences for his inappropriate actions), and he has very little charm to make up for his personality shortcomings. I'm not against flawed characters by any means, but Dex didn't come across as purposefully flawed. He came across as the-author-tried-to-make-him-awesome-and-failed.
Sloane, on the other hand, is your standard jerk-alpha-male-who-is-actually-a-softie-and-was-only-ever-a-jerk-because-of-his-tragic-backstory. There isn't really anything that sets him apart from any other standard alpha male, save for the fact that he's a bit more mopey than most.
My biggest issue with Sloane and Dex, though, was their lack of chemistry. Oh, they were sexually attracted to each other all right. There are plenty of mentions from each character about how nice he found the other's bod. But that's all. There was very little emotional bonding/connecting. We got a few throwaway lines about how Dex was able to make Sloane smile, but that was the extent of it. Honestly, they spent most of the book annoyed at each other. It was very hard to root for them as a couple when I couldn't even work out why they wanted to be together.
The background characters aren't even characters so much as they're cardboard cutouts with a name and, if they're lucky, a singular character trait slapped on. The Mean One. The Quiet One. The Nerdy One. They're not really relevant, important, or memorable in any way.
The plot is your standard crime drama plot. There's a crime, and this team of super awesome hunks has to solve it and catch the bad guy. Unfortunately, the plot was so predictable that if these detectives were real, I would have some SERIOUS concerns about their crime solving skills (or lack thereof). It was one of the biggest, most complicated cases that this top-notch crime fighting squad had ever seen . . . yet I and other reviewers had it figured out from the very beginning.
The writing was alright. The book wasn't filled with huge, glaring grammar or spelling errors which was nice. The story was easily understandable. It all flowed. My main issue with the writing was the way the author chose to describe things. Every single location was described in such complete detail that I'm honestly surprised the author didn't include exact dimensions/measurements of every piece of furniture in each room. They weren't even pretty/poetic descriptions like some authors can pull off. It was all 'in the center of the room there is a white couch. On the leftmost cushion of the white couch is a red pillow. to the left of the white couch is a brown table. on top of the brown table is a lamp. behind the couch is a television. to the right of the television is shelves. on the shelves there is this, this, and this.' None of these things were relevant to the plot, mind you. Just really dull scene setting. I ended up skimming through a lotttt of paragraphs trying to skip past the endless descriptions of things.
Overall, I had a bit of a hard time caring about the characters/the plot/any of it, and so finishing this book was kind of a struggle. Still, I *was* able to finish. It definitely wasn't so-horrible-I-can't-even-get-through-it levels of struggle. If I had known what I know now before buying this book, would I have spent money on it? No. But am I cringing in regret at the fact that I did spend money? Also no.
Like I said: it wasn't awful. It wasn't amazing. It was meh.
Top reviews from other countries
This is the start of a new series from the brilliant Charlie Cochet. I'm eager for book 2.
But this book have me no choice. I had seen this on my Amazon recommendations for a while but for some reason didn't pick it up..I'm do glad I have now started the road to this series and am going straight to the second book after this.
Book four in the series is out next month and reading the description for that was what drew me back to take another look at the series and buy the first one.
I have spent the last few months struggling to find a book that really grabbed me..now I've read so many my standard are higher I think. But this ticked all the boxes..I really liked Dex..and quickly got attached to Sloane and some of the others in the team.
The best bits for me was the way Dex came across to others and his humour had me every time and watching the way he made his way into the hearts of the team was really great to read. His wind ups of Ash were great and the love between Dex and his brother and father was touching.
This had so much going for it..sexual tension between Dex and Sloane, humour and action.
When these two did get it on..it was very hot and well worth the wait.
I really loved the paranormal angle in this series and the way this author attracted my attention to the world she was creating. Right from the start I was intrigued and interested in the history behind this story of how 'Therians' came about. This is unlike any other shifter style books and that alone is worth taking a look.
I did have big suspicions about a certain characters intentions and the end couple of chapters were not a surprise but I won't put spoilers in here and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this book..Dex made it so entertaining as I never knew what he was going to do or say next! I only hope he doesn't lose that as the serious stuff happens because in the right moments he created warmth and laughs..many times I found myself grinning from ear to ear and rooting for all these guys.
I have been reading samples before buying books and haven't found one for a while that was worth paying out to read..but I would heavily recommend this..well written, entertaining and very interesting.
Afterwards however, it went south. Dex's character , which showed a maturity in the beginning which I liked, disolved into never ending jokes, quips etc... Enough , enough. I was totally turned off, even skipping pages to get to other scenes.
Pity, would have turned out to be an entertaining read if this was more of an adult book... as it is I felt , apart from the sex scenes, a young adult would be OK with this. Not sure I will read the next one if this carries into her other books. Let's see. I will not trust the reviews however, I am obviously looking for something else.