Lydia Reviews: Darkest Hour Before Dawn by Charlie Cochet


TITLE OF BOOK: Darkest Hour Before Dawn
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 224
Characters: Sebastian Hobbs and Hudson Colbourn
POV: 3rd POV
Sub-Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.
As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.

Review:

Darkest Hour Before Dawn is the latest book in Ms. Cochet’s THIRDS series. I must tell you I am a die-hard Dex and Sloan fan, and worry when each new book comes out that I will not like the new story or couple because it does not center around them. This never happens as the author does an excellent job bringing each book and couple alive in a way that pulls the reader right in. Darkest Hour Before Dawn is no exception.

This story centers on Seb and Hudson. Fans of this series know that these two have some serious history. While it is easy to understand the reason these two are not together, even if you do not agree with it, as soon as they share their first scene together, you can see the chemistry that still exists between them. It was fun getting to know these Seb and Hudson as more than just secondary characters, however, more than once I wanted to smack one, if not both, of them. Their stubbornness causes them both more pain than they needed to go through. That they finally find their way back together is not a shock, but what they go through will keep the readers turning the page. I must say that the scenes with Hudson and the Hobbs family really had me close to tears. I wanted to grab Hudson and tell him “This could be yours. Stop running”.

Darkest Hour Before Dawn is not just about Seb and Hudson’s relationship. Like each previous book this one furthers the underlining plot of the series. More characters are finding themselves tied to Dex and Sloan as they get ready to move to TIN. While I cannot wait to see what Ms. Cochet’s new series, TIN, will bring, I will hate to see the end of THIRDS. There are also a couple of surprises in this book that readers will like, one of which makes a lot of sense once it starts to unfold.

Fans of this series are really going to like this book. I know that some skip around in this series and only read certain books. I would suggest that readers really follow the series in order as each book brings another new aspect to the series.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Thick and Thin by Charlie Cochet


TITLE: Thick & Thin
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 95
Characters: Dex Daley and Sloane Brodie
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Mystery
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.

Review:

Thick & Thin picks up right where Smoke & Mirrors left off and readers will quickly be drawn back in by Dex and Sloane. Dex is having problems coping with the sudden changes that have occurred in his life, especially since he is having to keep so much of what is going on secret from his friends and loved ones. The fact that Tony is in the hospital does not help either, but through it all Sloane is by his side making things bearable.

Slowly the couple’s secrets come out and as you would expect the fall out is hard on everyone. Feelings are hurt, especially Ash’s and Cael’s, which is understandable. I have to say, the closeness of all the characters really comes through in this book, and at times I was close to tears. Some of the changes Dex and Sloane face also affect Destructive Delta on a professional level and I am curious as to how this will change the look out of the series.

While I know that many like Spark, like Dex, I think she is up to no good. Although I hate that Tony will be hurt, even though I have to wonder if he started the relationship with her to find up what she was really up too, I will be doing the happy dance when Dex and Sloane bring her down.

There is a lot going on in this short story, it is not a full-size novel as earlier additions to this series have been, and readers are sure to love it. The author easily pulls the readers back into the world she has created. From the action faced by Destructive Delta to Dex’s snarky attitude and the love he and Sloane share, there is something for everyone.

The THIRDS is not the usual shifter series. Fans of the shifter sub-genre should really check it out if they have not done so already, I can guarantee that you will become hooked just as so many others have.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: Love in Retrograde by Charlie Cochet


Title: Love in Retrograde
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 73
Characters: Kelly Sutton, Mars
POV: 3rd Limited
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Enthusiastic, play-it-safe Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London. He’s been working on Project Mars for over a year, a mission kept so secret by the society even Kelly doesn’t know exactly what it is. What Kelly does know is his contribution to the task will benefit mankind, and that’s enough for him.

Kelly’s world turns upside down when concerns over his mentor’s behavior lead Kelly to investigate and stumble upon a wicked truth. What is supposed to be a project to advance human life turns out to be an endeavor capable of mass destruction. The terrifying reality forces Kelly to choose between looking the other way to keep his job, as he’s always done, or risking his career and even his life to do the right thing by saving the man who’s captured his heart.

Review:

Wow! From the very beginning to the end, Love in Retrograde is a romantic thrill ride that kept this reader on the edge of her seat. Between the fast-paced storyline, the romance between Kelly and Mars and the action packed ending, this short story is a deeply satisfying read.

This is going to be a hard book to review because I don’t want to give anything away, so forgive me if I become a little evasive with my review.

For over a year Kelly’s life has been wrapped up in his work. As an intern, he works long hours and don’t have much of a life outside of job. Kelly works on a top-secret project, but though he’s a part of it, Kelly is still clueless when it comes to the true heart of the project. When he is approached to delve deeper into the project and all secrets are revealed to him, Kelly’s life and view of what he has known to be comes into question.

What I really liked about this book was the deep relationship that developed between Kelly and Mars. From the moment they meet, sparks fly between them and as Kelly and Mars continue to get to know each other, they both learn some hard lessons about life and beautiful lessons about truly falling in love.

All I can say is read this book. Any fan of both science fiction and suspenseful novels will adore this story and this couple as much as I did. Love is Retrograde is an easy book to recommend and I know it will be one I’ll read again when I’m in the mood for a stunningly lovely romance between two people who a clearly meant to be together.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet

Title: Forgive and Forget
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 194
Characters: Joe Applin, Tom
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dreamspun Desires
Kisses: 3.5

Blurb:

He’s hot. He’s dangerous. And he can’t remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.

Review:

Forgive and Forget is the latest sweet and sexy book by Charlie Cochet. Full of fill-good moments, this Dreamspun Desire story is sure to bring a smile on your face.

One of the things I like about the Dreamspun line of books is that each of these familiar well-loved storylines give us a different spin on your normal quick romance that can be so addictive to read.

If you looked up nice guy in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Joe. He’s got a big heart, helps others in need and is a genuinely sweet man. It is no wonder that when he rescues Tom, that Tom falls head over heels for him. Though Tom can’t remember who he is, he does know that Joe’s pure heart and sweet disposition makes him very special. I truly enjoyed watching these two men discover Tom’s true identity and fall in love.

Though there is some mystery and even danger in the plot, it isn’t overrun with a lot of angst and drama. Joe and Tom’s romance is the focus of this book and for that reason, I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.

If you are looking for a fast-paced, easy read with plenty of romance mixed with a little bit of mystery, then Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet is definitely the book for you!

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: Catch a Tiger by the Tail by Charlie Cochet


Title: Catch a Tiger by the Tail
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Charlie Cochet
Pages: 216
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his selective mutism and social anxiety. Calvin’s confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that’s been his whole world for as long as he can remember.

As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.

Review:

Catch a Tiger by the Tail is the sixth book in the THIRDS series. This is a series that should be read in order so that you have a full understanding of the characters as well as the world in which the stories takes place.

In Catch a Tiger by the Tail, Destructive Delta members, Calvin and Hobbs take center stage. The two have been friends since they were kids and when Hobbs went into the THIRDS, Calvin followed. Over the years, however, Calvin’s feelings for his friend have changed and now their working relationship is starting to be affected. Fans of this series have seen this coming for some time and I am glad the author did not keep us waiting to long for their story.

The author fills in more of the men’s back stories, allowing readers to get to know Calvin and Hobbs better, but it also lets us see why their connection is so strong. When Calvin’s scars are revealed I could have cried. I loved watching them become closer and understanding, as well as accepting, the change in their relationship. Watch out because these two really heat up the pages. While team members are not surprised by their feelings for each other, one of Hob’s brothers is not happy. There is a surprise there that readers will not see coming and I am glad that the author gives the Hobbs brothers closure.

Like the other stories in this series, Catch a Tiger by the Tail has a mystery woven through it. The author also pulls aspects of real life into the story when Calvin becomes a target of public ridicule. I also found myself wondering just what Sparks was up to and no matter how much I try I just can’t seem to trust her. Readers should also be warned that while everything between Calvin and Hobbs is fine for now, the story does end on a cliffhanger.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet


Title: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 86
Characters: Julian Quinetro, Spencer Morgan
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.

Review:

As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I had a feeling it was going to be a feel-good, sexy and enjoyable story and I’m very happy to say that I was right!

When I started reading this story, I was in the mood for something light-hearted and sweet and this story delivered it in spades! Between the well-written characters and the story they had to tell, I was immediately enthralled with their romance and I loved every minute these two men spent together.

The chemistry Quinn and Spencer have together is amazing. I love an opposites attract storyline and Ms. Crochet did a great job at still creating a sizzling attraction between them. Even with their differences they really fit perfectly together. I loved them so much, I want to read more about them and Quinn’s crazy, but loveable family. I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed in hopes Ms. Crochet will write more about these two soon!

Between the snappy dialog and the strong, sexual attraction that develops between Quinn and Spencer, it would best to read this book in a nice cool room. Whew! These two heated up my computer screen more than once and sometimes it was just from a heated look or just a passionate kiss they shared together.

If you are looking for a fun and very sexy romance with characters that will live with you long after you finish the story, Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts is definitely the book for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Healing Hunter’s Heart by Charlie Cochet


Title: Healing Hunter’s Heart
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Kisses: 4.5








Blurb:

Months after being forced to leave his lover and mate Ari Jannsen behind, Hunter Devin settles into his role as Enforcer for the newly formed Deagan Clan under the rule of his new Alpha and best friend Tristan “Trip” Hagan. Along with Hunter’s brother Boone, their nephews, sister, and mother, Hunter finally has the family he’s always wanted, but without his little rebel Ari, his heart is incomplete.

The Hagan Clan is unable to accept the Deagan Clan’s betrayal for walking away and taking the clan’s pups with them. War looms. As both clans plan their attack, a greater enemy plots against them. But Hunter is determined to get his Ari back. Bonds are put to the test and unexpected alliances are made as Hunter and his clan set out to protect their own and end the spreading heartache.

Review:

Healing Hunter’s Heart is the second book in the A Little Bite of Love series. The first book in this shifter series was published by the author in Don’t Read in the Closet. A link for the first book can be found on the author’s website.

When this story starts we find Hunter trying to settle into his new pack position, enforcer. The problem is that inorder for Hunter and several others to escape their former pack Hunter had to leave his mate, Ari behind. Hunter hopes that one day soon he will be able to retrieve his mate and until then he has to suffer the consequences. But things turn for the worse first then anyone sees coming and soon Hunter has no choice but to find Ari, who has an assassin pack on his trail.

I loved the way the author brought these two back together again. The connection between Hunter and Ari is strong and at times both men had me close to tears. The chemistry between them really heats up the pages as the author knows how to bring the passion between them out in a way that seems realistic.

There is a lot going on in this story and the readers will find themselves waiting to see what will happen next. There are also a variety of interesting secondary characters in this book and I can’t wait to see who will show up in the next installment.

Healing Hunter’s Heart is a well done shifter story that is sure to become a favorite amongst those who love this sub-genre. I do recommend that readers read book one first as it lays the ground work for this series and without it readers may seem lost.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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