Title: Against the Grain
As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.
Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.
Author: Charlie Cochet
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hell and High Water, Blood and Thunder, Rack and Ruin, Rise & Fall
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hell and High Water, Blood and Thunder, Rack and Ruin, Rise & Fall
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: August 3, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Against the Grain will always be my thank you for saving me from Dex THIRDS book. I was also beyond thrilled that Ash and Cael got Ash’s head out of his ass. That is one hard headed lion Therian. The tension between Ash and Cael has been present in this series from the very beginning so be sure to start with the first book in this series. They do not work as stand-alones.
Readers are treated to that Dekatria conversation between Tony, Sloane, Ash, and Old Betsy. While that was the best ending ever for one book it made one hell of a start to the next. Thank you Charlie Cochet! Cael and Dex both had amazing childhoods even though neither one was raised by their birth parents. This is a sharp contrast to Ash and Sloane who did not have nurturing parents, knew cages, numerous lab tests, and no love. So if anyone needs Cael’s love it’s Ash. Ash finally got that memo and this is the book. It is by far my favorite THIRDS book.
I loved the action and evil plotting mechanisms for this book. It raised a ton questions while a few were answered it left something for the team to pursue in other books. I’m very interested in where Lieutenant Sparks is taking team Destructive Delta. Her last message to them at the end of the book has me looking even more forward to the next book.
Favorite quote, Ash to Cael: “I love that about you. The way you look for the good in everyone. You see me the way I want to see myself.”
Dex refers to Cael as Chirpy. Apparently cheetah’s make chirping noises. For your viewing pleasures here is a video of a baby cheetah being entirely too cute.