Hell & High Water – THIRDS, Book 1
Themes & Genres: LGBT, shifters, crime
WARNING: Mature Content
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.
What I think of the book:
When I started this book, I didn’t realize it was a part of a series so I had mixed feelings when I got to the ending (don’t worry; no spoilers on the ending itself). Thinking back to it though, I believe it was a good way to set off the THIRDS.
Okay, so I actually started with the ending; does that mean I have nothing to say about the rest of the book?
Of course not!
Would I be writing a review, if I didn’t want to tell you more about it?
Let’s get to plot, characters and setting.
The plot seemed interesting – obviously, if I got the book – and I wasn’t disappointed while reading. There was a certain degree of predictability, but it wasn’t a case of me being a hundred percent sure something will take place. Except for the bad guy/gal (not telling you which it is); I saw them coming, although I didn’t realize the extent of their motives until the final chapters.
The setting was something I was immersed into. There’s enough of our (real) world that no lengthy info dumps were needed, but there were also enough made-up things about shifters and their place in society to read about something new.
I enjoyed the fighting – training or real – scenes and the interactions between the characters, except for that between Dex and his little brother. Characters kept saying how important they are to each other, but I barely saw them interact and when I did, it felt like it was too staged, as if the brother was a plot device. Since I’m a sucker for good brother relationships, I was really hoping that this would change throughout the book and while Dex did things for his brother, I could never shake of the feeling of Cael existing for the sole purpose of being convenient to the plot.
If I have to sum the book up, I’d go with entertaining, somewhat predictable and could use some work on brotherly relationships.
Who I would recommend this book to? If you enjoy shifters and cop stories with romance going on along the rest of the plot, check out Hell & High Water.
My rating: (4 out of 5 guns)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes, I’m interested in the rest of the THIRDS series.
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