Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Against the Grain

Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63476-375-2
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Destructive Delta Defense Agents are recovering from wounds sustained in an intense battle with the Coalition, a group of rogue shifters bent on taking over the city. But there is something out of the ordinary happening with team leader Sloane and it is up to Ash and the rest of the team to solve the mystery.

Against the Grain is the fifth book in the THIRDS series. I suggest reading this extreme action series in sequence starting with Hell & High Water. The setting is New York; The Thirds are military trained police with the added bonus of being shifters.

In this installment the plot details the team’s suspicions of a potential corrupt agent in their ranks, in addition to questioning what they really know about those who appear to be respectable friends.

Also, the spotlight is mainly on Ash and Cael. Both men are confronted by people, as well as issues, from their past. Ash and Cael love each other, but they can’t seem to get over their own guilt issues that haunt them, making having a relationship very difficult. Survivor’s guilt, low self-esteem and denial all play a role in their emotional distress. As in every book, Against the Grain features nail biting suspense, ferocious fighting in animal form and a touch of humor.

Charlie Cochet has created another marvelous addition to this extremely enjoyable series. The honorable characters of Against the Grain forms a connection with the readers and it is not possible to have just one favorite. I felt gloomy on behalf of each character’s suffering and fury on behalf of the betrayal they endured. But do not despair; the story has a happy ending with just enough of a tease to inspire anticipation for the next episode.    

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