Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3)

Author: Charlie Cochet

Narrator: Mark Westfiled

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: DSP

Type: audiobook

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:   New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged 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 their relationship.

 

Review:  I loved listening to this just as much as I did reading it. The narrator was so spot on. He nailed all those voices and big complex characters. The grunts and the sass. Perfection. Definitely one of my favorite series so it’s a pretty tall order to make those characters come to life to my satisfaction. Mark Westfield is brilliant with these characters. I couldn’t have asked for more. So damn good. Now onto the book itself!

A lot of things happen in book 3. Dex and Sloane seem to be more established as a couple. They’re very happy in their personal lives. The guys make some admissions to each other and it’s so worth the teasing from the previous books to finally have it all out there. Dex and Sloane are as sexy and playful as ever together. Work is pretty rough for the team with all the battles going on in the city between the Order and the Coalition. They’re working long hours to help end the war brought to their streets. Only problem is there’s a mole in the depart of the Thirds. Every time they show up the Coalition seems to be one step ahead of them. Making catching the ones in power harder. The mole was kind of a shocker but brilliant really.

This series not only has an obsession worthy main couple, it has secondaries as well. The one I’ve been practically salivating for is Ash and Cael. I know there’s something up but Ash never gives us any indication that he may have feelings for Cael other than being nicer to him than anyone else. Cael totally wants Ash. Ash amps up his broodish… Ash-hole ways in this one. Pissing everyone off and pushing them away. Even though he had me mad and on the verge of tears for big parts of the book, I somehow loved him even more at the end. You finally see what Cael has seen in him all along. I adore a jerk character but there’s so much more to Ash than his bravado and tough guy act. Dex and Ash find a mutual respect for each other when it’s all said and done. Doesn’t mean they like each other. It’s just very intriguing to finally get to see more to Ash.

Rack & Ruin wasn’t just moving along the relationships. It’s moving the story arcs along as well. Keeping me on the edge of my seat and wondering what comes next. There are a also a ton of laughs. Some really intense action. Heartache and love. Sometimes books in the middle of series aren’t as great. Like it’s just a little awesome thrown in with some filler. No worries on that with this book. It’s excellent from start to finish. I highly recommend the entire series in both book form and audio. I’m obviously a fan!

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