Review: Hell & High Water (THIRDS #1) by Charlie Cochet

Hell & High Water (THIRDS, #1)




When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.





This was a hard book to rate for me, is most of a 3.5 than an actual 4 for me. Most of it I wasn’t too impressed by it, maybe because I started reading it with so much expectations for being such a popular series. I felt a little underwhelmed by it for most of the book, but the last 10 percent of it not only save the book for me, but also hooked me for a next one. I have no doubt I’ll be reading the next on the series.

Thinking about it, I can’t say the exact reason I didn’t liked it so much. I just wasn’t too much into the story. I had a great writing, the plot was interesting enough and the characters, well I’ll say something about them later, but there was something I just can’t name about why it was so hard for me to care about it. I loved the way it started, explaining the reason why everything was the way it was. I’m not so much into shifters stories, but that wasn’t a problem this time, I really liked the way the subject was manage. It might be I wasn’t in the mood for reading when I read it because I can’t find anything wrong about the book or perhaps that I wasn’t really feeling too much emotions from the main characters.

The things I liked the most were the characters. Dex was so charming, it was impossible not to laugh whenever he said some of his jokes, I loved his sense of humor and I felt so much identified with Sloan trying not to laugh but failing awfully. Sloan wasn’t as great as Dex but he was ok, maybe the grief wasn’t allowing him to be a more likable character, but I didn’t felt him as heartbroken as I wish I would.

One of the best things about the book were the secondary characters, there were all so absolutely amazing, there wasn’t one of them I didn’t like. It was so easy to care for them and to understand the sense of a family among them. I hope I can get to know more of each of them in the next books.
Another thing a liked was the way the discrimination topic was addressed, it felt very realistic. I liked the action moments of the book, I’m not much of an action stories reader but it was very exciting, especially the last moments on the book. Overall ended up being really good. I’m not ready to give up on the series, I want to know what will happen next.

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