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Rack & Ruin Paperback – November 7, 2014
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I'm going to start by saying that some of my most trusted book lover BFFs have been singing the praises of Charlie Cochet's THIRDS for ages now, I've even had the first two in the series on my Kindle for nearly three years. With it coming up on October, I decided it was a perfect time to give it a read for my paranormal posts. Simply put: THIRDS is BRILLIANT!
When I started Hell & High Water I thought, hmmm Dex is interesting. Talk about an understatement. As a high school graduate of the Class of '91, I grew up with the music of the 80's, now I can't say they ever filled me with the "drop everything, sing, & dance" adrenaline rush that Dex brings to the team, but it made me smile every time he starts singing. As an life-long devoted Star Wars geek, I really loved Sloane's closeted geek side that he shares with Dex.
As for the mystery side of the series, to say it had me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover may sound cliche but its no less true. I won't touch on the plot as I don't do spoilers but let me say I could not put it down, when I finished one I immediately started the next. The characters just blend together so well, even when they are at odds, as in Dex and Ash, he is not a fan of Dex's fire or his love of everything 80s. As for the romance, well lets just say that its off the charts and the chemistry between Dex and Sloane is what we all hope to find.
Dex, Sloane, and Destructive Delta is the paranormal equivalent of Abigail Roux's Ty, Zane, and Sidewinder. Now, I am not saying its a copy, far from it! The passion, anticipation, intrigue, excitement it sparks in me is similar to how I felt with the Cut & Run series. THIRDS is most definitely an incredible, emotional roller coaster all on its own and I can't believe it took me so long to check it out because now I'm waiting on tender hooks waiting for more of Delta's adventures.
There’s a good bit of looking into the past in Rack & Ruin, more insight into Dex and Sloane’s childhoods (and Ash’s as well) – a look at the pivotal events that shaped their personalities – or scarred them for life – depending upon who we’re talking about. Dex and Sloane have some seriously cute times together – when Sloane isn’t panicking and running for the hills. Ash unravels before everyone’s eyes and there’s some serious angst brewing between him and Cael with Calvin and Hobbs fairing only minutely better.
As usual the story maintains a steady pace and there’s a nice blend of action, humor, romance, drama, suspense and of course sex- that list not being in any particular order. Ash finds out about Dex & Sloane the hard way, Dex & Sloane take their relationship to the next level (if ditching condoms and Sloane become a taker counts – if not Dex gets a key and a draw – and that totally counts). Somebody somewhere thinks Cael is Ash’s “twink boyfriend”, but Ash is too guilt ridden from his past to be happy in the present and just seize the twinkie.
The ending is pretty epic – the mole is revealed and then things wrap up with the mother of all explosive cliff hangers.
We see Sloan and Dex develop as characters. We learn so much about Sloan's painful past, the sacrifices he made and the dedication he has.
After reading Rack & Ruin I understood Sloan better. His fear of commitment, his hesitation in getting any deeper with Dex.
As much as it hurt Dex, Sloan's past shaped him. Sloan had known lost and heartache and nothing in his life has been constant, except for Ash.
In Rack & Ruin we also see a different side to Ash. We knew it was there but in this book in exploded out of him.
Dex and Ash arent the great of friends, Ash still denies his attraction to Cael. Whats more, Ash hurts Cael with his words. We know they are Ash's way of hiding, but it still hurts to read anout Cael's pain.
Dex is kickass as ever.
Even with all his issues, he still finds the time to protect his brother, meddle in his teammates relationship, eat crappy food and listen to his favorite music.
Rack & Ruin was an intense book, but I think it also had the most humor!!
I loved seeing the relationship develop between Dex and Sloan.
Dex keeps exposing his feelings, even when its hard, even when Sloan does the predictable and runs, and as Ash explained to Dex, Sloan always runs.
The ending of the book was emotional on many fronts: we saw Sloan and Dex are together and united more than ever. The love they have for each other and commitment is stronger than ever, and more surprisingly, Ash and Dex actually get along!
The book ends in an explosive cliffhanger and I cannot wait to start the next book in the series.