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Summary

Sequel to Smoke & Mirrors

Thirds: Book Eight

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.

©2017 Charlie Cochet (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Loved it!

Where does Thick & Thin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top ten easily!

What did you like best about this story?

The amazing characters and immersive world the author has created!

What about Mark Westfield’s performance did you like?

His voice! Oh gosh his voice *fans self*

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It's no secret that I LOVE this series. Ive read this book but it was my first time listening to it and it was brilliant.

Mark Westfield is a fantastic narrator. His voice is super deep and sexy and really works in this book. He transitions effortlessly between characters and I was so immersed in the story at times that I didn't want to turn it off. I found myself listening to it in the car, at the gym, at home ..... you get the idea!

This book is kind of just a catch up really after the crazy events at the end of the last book (which I definitely won't spoil!) This is not a standalone as these books need to be read in order. It's not a full length story but I really enjoyed it never the less.

As with this series the recurring humour was present throughout and had me laughing out loud regularly. I just adore all the characters in this series and the amazing world Charlie has created. It's so unique and gripping and I just love it. Cannot wait for more to come!

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Another great addition to the series....

I have listened to all of the Thirds audio books again in preparation for Hudson and Seb's story, Darkest Hour before Dawn, which will hopefully come out in the next few months. I must admit that Mark's voice used to grate on me at first, and *I* couldn't spot much difference between some of the voices BUT the further the series has gone, the better Mark has gotten, and now I wouldn't miss an audio book. This was just a little filler story, and none the worse for it.

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Fantabulous

It's coming to the point that all the superlatives have already been used for this series and it's brilliant narrator. I read the Ebooks in Mark Westfield's characterisations, but listening to the familiar words in his voices, well that just takes me to my happy place.

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  • T. Wood
  • 04-06-17

Audible version too expensive

I love the story. Have all except the last one and became addicted to listening instead of reading while I work. Unfortunately the price all of the sudden tripled. What the heck people. I also miss being able to by the kindle book and the audible together and have them synced. What am I missing here.

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  • Belen
  • 11-06-17

This series just keeps getting better.

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I love Mark Westfield’s narration for this series! I have yet to be disappointed by his narration of one of the THIRDS books. It’s got great character voices and good pacing…I just pop in my ear buds and then sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Taking place immediately following the events of Smoke & Mirrors, this story follows Dex and Sloane telling the team about the changes in Dex and, ultimately, about the changes to come to Destructive Delta.

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“I know we’re the ones pushing this change, but we’re in this together. We always have been, and we always will be. Whatever happens, whatever you need, Sloane and I will be there for you.”
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This series just keeps getting better. I had quite a few questions at the end of Smoke & Mirrors, particularly regarding Dex’s motives and was really happy they are looked at more in depth in this short, but action packed, installment.

It’s a short novella, but it’s got a lot packed in it, and it’s all done with cohesion, setting up the series for what’s still to come.

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Their future might be uncertain, but one thing wasn’t— no matter what happened or what they faced, they had a family to come back to, one that grew stronger with every passing day. Destructive Delta wasn’t just a team. It wasn’t a badge or a patch on their sleeve. It was home.
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I look forward to more THIRDS action – especially on audio!

Note: For the sticklers be warned – Westfield doesn’t give Hudson an English accent for some reason and his voice for Cael seemed different to me than in the rest of the series. He also has audible intakes of breath before speaking – often.

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  • Kindar
  • 10-04-18

good, but on the short side

As usual, this is another good book in the series. My only real complaint is that at just over 3 hours, it's more of a wrapup to book 7 and should have been numbered 7.5 instead of 8.

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  • Paul C. Chambers
  • 19-03-18

Dexter is the hot Gay cop

great series love the cheesy romance story is not here. The agents sound like the men you wish you could marry.

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  • JSLRussell
  • 28-01-18

Short and sweet

This has all the same qualities I love in the other THIRDS books but was really just a short transitionary story.

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  • Diane
  • 11-11-17

Love this series

Well things didn't go according to plan. It's hard to write a review on a short story as you have a tendency to give away what happens. So, I'm not going to do that. You have to purchase the book and read it for yourself, or listen. I do have to say that there are a lot of feels in this one. An old face pops up with a warning and things get sorted with the team. That's it that's all I can tell ya. Oh except for, I loved it!!! Now I can't wait for the next book in the series which is just a little further down the road.

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  • Smitten with Reading
  • 02-10-17

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My Review:

Overall: 4.5
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This is a really short book...only a few hours of audio, but it was enough to give me a good taste of my boys and I was happy for that. This is a transition book. A lot happened in the last full-length novel and we needed some reactions from Dex and Sloane as well as how everyone around them reacts to the new developments.

It isn't long, but it was emotionally satisfying. I do love Dex and Sloane and this is a good book showing just how strong they've grown in their relationship...finally. They've been through a lot and it's nice to finally see that to come through in how they're there for one another.

I liked it. It's short, but it was well worth my audio credit.

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  • Lisa Daub
  • 01-10-17

Love the Thirds Series

I love this series so much and was very excited for this one. I Wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with the others. This is more of a novella. There are some really good moments and it takes the team in a new direction but it was lacking the flare the other books had. Can't wait for Seb and Hudson's book.

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  • Susan65
  • 16-09-17

Westfield nails it...again

Sometimes you come across a series where the audiobook is just as good as reading the actual ebook. That is the case with the THIRDS, and maybe even more so with this story. This novella is the bridge to the upcoming new side series based on our boys (and girls) becoming TIN agents, and so it was even more important for me to listen carefully, the second go round, so that I didn’t miss anything and was properly prepped for the future.

More importantly, Mark Westfield still does a stellar job with his performance and with keeping our characters voices distinct so that we always know who is speaking. His Dex and Ash impersonations are the best. I especially loved those two in this book. They have so much to come to terms with, and it was key to keeping them easily recognizable for the listener…and Mark kills it.

This is definitely a series that gets better and better, and what a great way to recapture the magic of a beloved book than to go back and listen to it in audio. Mark Westfield nails it again.

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  • jeffrey
  • 26-08-17

Ready for more!

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Thick & Thin, the eighth book in the THIRDS series by author Charlie Cochet, is a novella that packs quite a punch. There’s so much going on in this little gem.

The THIRDS series has been a favorite of mine from book one and is best read/listened to in order. I think I read the first two books in the series and then switched exclusively to the audio version.

Mark Westfield is simply amazing with his narration of the series and the characters are literally brought to life.

Thick & Thin begins where Smoke & Mirrors left off. Tony is in the hospital recovering. Dex comes clean to Tony and Cael about being half-Therian and his recent engagement to Sloane.

Sloane also tells his best friend, Ash, about his engagement to Dex and they both discuss their relationships with the Daley brothers. I love the easy banter between the long time friends. They bring a lightness to the story with their humor and friendship.

Dex and Sloane also come clean to their teammates about Dex’s recent transformation and their being recruited to TIN and what that means for their team, Destructive Delta.

The THIRDS series is rich with action, drama and suspense and the author expertly ties the romance into the story lines.

Charlie Cochet has given us a fascinating mix of shifters amidst a backdrop of gritty police work. There’s a familiarity with the characters and you can’t help but become attached to their stories.

Mark Westfield has such a distinct voice for each character and keeps the pace of the story moving along, breathing life into each book with his narration. He captures the reader/listener with his voice during the action scenes, the dramatic scenes and of course the romantic scenes. His tone for the characters is spot on and has enabled me to become familiar with, and love, each persona for their unique qualities. In fact I’ve become very attached to some of them as a result of listening to Westfield. He brings such a level of enthusiasm to the story with his voices that you can’t help but fall into their lives.

Thick & Thin certainly answers some questions but raises some as well. Questions that I’m sure will be addressed in book nine. And as a true fan I will be not so patiently waiting to find out what they are.