Title: Hell and High Water
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.
Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.
Author: Charlie Cochet
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Blood and Thunder, Rack and Ruin, Rise & Fall, Against the Grain
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Blood and Thunder, Rack and Ruin, Rise & Fall, Against the Grain
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: July 7, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and male male romance all in one book. Yes, Hell and High Water is an all around win. The main characters Sloane and Dex have an interesting mix of fun and tough. The secondary characters give plenty of entertainment as well. I’m pleased to see that they are getting larger roles in the later books in the THIRDS series.
Maddock to Sloane (about Dex) “But maybe he’s precisely the kind of weird the team needs.”
Maddock knows Dex better than most. He is Dex’s adoptive father. Dex is an odd bird though. He’s fun, makes jokes often, and tries to make light of most situations. He’s a good cop though and knows when to take things seriously and get the job done. Being the newest member on the THIRDS Destructive Delta team puts him in the place as an outsider. As that outsider he immediately sees that the team is struggling with the sudden death of the team member he took the place of. The immediate and constant sexual tension between Dex and the deceased team member’s lover adds even more complications to an already difficult change.
Sloane is one of those super sexy alphas with a past that he doesn’t discuss ever. I’m looking forward to getting to know Sloane better. He has an interesting story to be told for sure. He’s not too happy about having a new partner. He still misses his old partner. While Sloane seems like the follow every rule type he broke a major one with his previous partner. They were not only romantically involved, but in love. Dex is in Sloane’s life as a partner, but the attraction gives Sloane a lot of grief due to it feeling like he’s replacing Gabe in far too many ways.
The case that the THIRDS are working on involves individual members of the eight person team in more ways than they realize. Human’s are dying violent deaths and all evidence points to a Therian killer. The action is intense. I hate that I guessed the who done it so early on but my initial reasons why were totally off. I’m looking forward to continuing this series. I can tell already the Dex and Sloane are going to have a very complicated road to a solid happily ever after.