Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel from a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his selective mutism and social anxiety. Calvin’s confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that’s been his whole world for as long as he can remember.
As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.
Review: This series is one of my favorites. Seems like we’ve been waiting a long time to get some resolutions and answers to what’s going on with Calvin and Hobbs. And now we have it! I have to admit this one was a little cuter and sweeter than I expected their story to be. There’s been all this tension and hurt building up between them in the last few books so I guess I expected more of that. I wasn’t unhappy with this however. It just didn’t quite reach the intensity I thought these characters would bring when they finally got together.
Calvin is trying to be patient while Hobbs works out his shit. He is. It just hurts that he’s not wanted the way he wants Hobbs. Calvin and Hobbs have been friends for so long that they’ll always have that but Calvin can only hold out hope for more between them for so long. Hobbs takes baby steps towards moving their relationship into the realm of a couple giving Calvin the intimacy he’s craved for so long. For Calvin it’s enough. Kisses and cuddling. Hand holding. I especially loved these moments through Hobbs’ POV. The guys finally give into their lust and it’s just as good as they’d imagined. They discover Calvin has a kink. He likes his Tiger Therian to take control in the bedroom which I also found super sexy. There’s a hint at some rope bondage.
As always we get lots of page time with the guys and gals of Destructive Delta. They spend a lot of time together as a team in this one. They’re still doing extra training for Sparks and she’s forcing them to face some realities that their enemies would be willing to exploit. More of that to come soon. Dex and Sloan are moving in together. Rafe is still a prick but we FINALLY figure out why. Seb and the Hudson get some page time. I think strangely this was my favorite part of the book. Their story has been heartbreaking and up until now there’s been no hope for them to find some happiness.
I loved all the back story on Calvin and Hobbs. They’ve been through so much together. Calvin is a fighter. He’s loyal to Hobbs and always has his back. I can’t help but want to hug Hobbs. He’s this huge tiger Therian but he has so many personal obstacles to overcome. He has real self doubt stemming from his insecurities about his mutism and social anxiety. He lacks self esteem and faith in himself. This couple probably more than any other in this series has a dependent bond that’s firmly in place. They don’t just want each other. They need each other. There’s some action and danger in this book but the major story arcs regarding the groups of baddies, beside whatever Sparks is grooming them for, finished in the last book or completely skip over this one. The theme in this book seems to be family. Both the team as a unit and the Hobbs/Summers healing their long festering wounds. This one may not have been my favorite of the series but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a damn good book. It was as always funny and I finished feeling happy for the guys while anticipating what’s next for Destructive Delta. Can’t wait for the next one!