Hell & High Water

     Author: Charlie Cochet

     Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

     Rating: 4.5 stars

     Buy Links: DSP

     Type: Audiobook

     Received from Publisher


Blurb: 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.


Review: This is my first review for an audio book. I don’t really know how these things are done so I guess I’ll just review the book and then the narrator? That works, right?

I love stories with military men, shifters and I really like this authors work so I knew this was a good one for me. One of the MCs is closed off emotionally and damaged also. The other MC is snarky and perpetually playful. So much potential for fun right there! Oh and Sloane is Dex’s superior. Are you seeing the trend of an awesome set up here? All goodness all the time! This book actually exceeded my expectations.

Dex is promoted from his human cop job as a way to get him the hell off the force after testifying his previous partner murdered an informant. His new promotion sends him to the Thirds. An elite military like force of shifters named Therians. A large portion of the human population looks down upon Therians as the animals they turn into. Dex was raised with a Therian brother and human father who both work at the Thirds, so he doesn’t have any prejudices against the Therians. It’s a fresh new start. However, Dex is walking into a tough situation since the person he’s replacing on the team was recently murdered. This creates some serious friction at first. Dex is the type to roll with the punches and soon wins most of them over with his witty banter, his goofy ways and determination.

Dex is very attracted to Sloane. His commanding officer. He flirts pretty hard core and battles Sloane every chance he gets. Which of course is just building up for the moment they give into the attraction because Sloane is feeling it too. Sloane resists because he feels so much guilt over wanting another man and he shouldn’t be sleeping with members of his team. Again. 😉

I loved the couple in this book. They were so different but just what they both needed at this time in their lives. Dex brought some levity to the weight and sorrow suffocating Sloane. Dex and Sloane had a whole lot to figure out in this book and things aren’t going to be easy in the next one either. I think the thing that kept them apart emotionally in this book really worked. It wasn’t just them being silly. The resistance also twisted with one of the main plots of the book. It all meshed into this great conflict that kept me wondering how it would all play out.

I thought the public hate of Therians and the volatile atmosphere created in this world was fascinating. Some of the people out there REALLY hate Therians. Enough to kill people because of it. The constant struggle the Therian race deals with daily in this world makes you sad and angry. So much prejudice and we as the reader don’t understand it. Putting you firmly on the side of the Therians. You also spend most of the book with them and therefor would sympathize with them.

I do listen to my fair share of audio books and I’d say this was one of the better ones. I enjoyed all the liberties the narrator took with the characters voices. I knew instantly who was speaking despite the many characters in this book. I particularly enjoyed Sloane. I could feel the pain in his voice and it endeared him to me more. Dex was so much fun to hear. The narrator really captured his playful side but also his more serious side. OMG and the growling!! Have I mentioned how much I love growling? Reading it is sexy but listening to it is better. Sloane is growly by the way.

Luckily I get to buy the second book right away. I don’t believe the audio book for the second book of the Thirds series is out yet so I’ll have a tough time resisting waiting for it and not picking up the book despite it being very well done. I’m just not a patient girl. I do highly recommend this series. Even if shifters aren’t your thing and you like detective murder stories I think you’d like this one. I really have nothing bad to say about it. Great new to me series!


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