Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS #7)

Author: Charlie Cochet

 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

 Rating: 4 stars

 Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

 Type: Novel from a Series

 Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home and the arms of Sloane Brodie, his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s life forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.


Review:  For me this book really has two parts. The beginning that picks up where the brutal cliffhanger from the last book ended and it’s good! Violent good so be warned. From here we get a lot of Dex and Sloane working through their relationship. Lots of angst and MINE from the marking. Also some complications from it. This part of the book was pretty frustrating for me. I’d kind of hoped Sloane and Dex had already hashed this all out but Sloane reverts back to running from his problems. Some may love it, but personally found it frustrating.

The second part of this book was great. We learn a ton of new stuff about our guys. We finally get some answers about what else Shultzon was up to and how they’re still effecting Therians and humans years later. Dex learns more about his parent’s deaths while showing how his and Sloane’s paths crossed long ago. There are also some BIG things that happen revolving around first generation Therians and their special genes. I won’t spoil but it’s huge in the THIRDS universe. Things they are a changing! Of course it just means Dex and Sloane are getting deeper and deeper into into the intrigue. They already have a target on their backs so why not? Basically we learn a lot while getting more questions. A story arc closes while a new one opens. Which just makes me look forward to the next book even more.

This book was also pretty funny. Once again Ash is fantastic! He had me laughing and smiling. Poor guy was forced to be nice to Dex. There’s a scene at THIRDS headquarters that had me cracking up. Smoke and Mirrors also has some very poignant moments with Starks and Maddock. I’ve always loved Maddock but Starks is a different story. Just like the guys I’ve never fully trusted her. She’s of the need to know and for the greater good mentality. That’s understandable given her position but ultimately I care about our guys and gals of Destructive Delta. Their well being isn’t her first concern. Anyway we get a little more into her head in this book and I won’t say I trust her completely but I understand her better. We also get some Hudson and Seb page time. They always break my heart a little but I can’t help but hope for them to get past their problems.

So this book is pretty emotional. Lots of ups and downs. We learn some things. New questions arise. There are hints of what’s to come. Lots of sex. Some followed by fights and revelations. Lots of good humor! There’s even a new baddie I should hate but I don’t. I get the feeling there will be more from him in the future. That could be good or bad for our guys. I’m sure he’ll force some answers out of hiding. Either way I’m looking forward to the next book!

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