Monday, August 25, 2014

Blood & Thunder

Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63216-178-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Agents Dexter J. Daley and Team Leader Sloane Brodie are running out of time along with stamina. Every spark of information uncovered to help Team Destructive Delta capture the terrorist group known as the Order of Adrasteia leads the team into a deadly trap. New York is in chaos, some secrets have been revealed, but there are more lethal mysteries yet to be discovered.

Blood & Thunder is the second book in the THIRDS series. The plot is a well paced riveting suspense. The characters are fictional; nevertheless the circumstances illustrated in the plot are incredibly realistic. I could visualize their levels of stress escalating almost to the emotional breaking point. Their tempers flaring to a combative state, their fear of failure as well as the fear of losing a love one being unbearable. These are the mental conditions the team had to tolerate.

Being a shifter, Sloane is having an especially hard time with his personal life. His human side wishes for a long term intimate relationship with Dex, yet his jaguar’s natural instincts desires to be a loner with no permanent attachments to anyone. Sloane is torn because he still has feelings for Gabe as well as equal feelings for Dex. Sloane’s internal conflict makes it difficult for him to work with Dex, he regrets the rift between them, but Sloane is at a loss as to how to mend their broken bond. Sloane also fears rejection from Dex if secrets from his past emerge. The anxiety Sloane is suffering may cause him to lose his humanity transforming him into feral jaguar.

Dex is smart, brave plus sympathetic; however Dex is finding it difficult to maintain his usual cheerful temperament. Trying to concur with the emotional rollercoaster constructed by Sloane has caused Dex to have an inferiority complex towards his job as well as their clandestine liaison. Dex recognizes he’s heading for disaster with Sloane; nevertheless Dex is powerless to stop it.
  
Charlie Cochet has again created an outstanding intense action saga intermingled with heartwarming moments as well as moments of humor. I enjoyed Blood & Thunder immensely. 

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