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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.
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By Steven on 05-20-16
Best one in the series yet!
I've enjoyed the whole Thirds series so far but this one has been my favorite. This book centers on the relationship between Ash and Cael. Ash has been one of my favorite characters of the series and his history comes out in this book and there is a lot of character growth. At the start of the series he comes across as a musclebound goon, but in this book he develops into a sincere loving partner to Cael. He has to come to terms with the fact that he loves another Man although he has been straight all of his life. Throughout the other books he goes back-and-forth with this issue and the history of why he has such a struggle with this comes out in this book with his back history. There was also a lot of character development with Cael as he goes from being Dex's little brother to a character with his own backstory. We hear about a previous relationship he had that went sour and how it affects his behavior. In this book he learns how to cope with his own issues as well as taking a stand in his relationship with Ash. Dex and Sloan are also prominent in this book but take a backstage to Ash and Cael's story. Lieutenant Sparks also plays a major role in this story and she becomes a fully developed character also. Mark Westfield does a great job narrating as usual also adding his special effects which adds a nice touch. A solid five stars in all categories!
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By ALLIE on 10-26-15
Just keeps getting better and better!
How does Charlie do it?! Such talent should be illegal! Can't wait for the next installment with the promise of not only the stepping up of 'the boys' training and secret missions-to-come...but the mystery of what 'the first power couple' could achieve! And Mark...please never stop 'performing' this series. You and Charlie are also a formidable power couple! *sighs*
Since I no longer read as much as I used to, I depend upon the audiobook for my entertainment/relaxation and therefore appreciate you guys turning Charlie's written masterpieces into audio 5-star performances relatively quickly. And Mark, I love the extra experience you provide with the realistic special effects! Thanks again! Looking forward to March 2016, spring weather or not!
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By Nathan on 11-10-15
Why have seconds when you can have 'Thirds'
What did you like most about Against the Grain?
This has to be one of my favourite M/M series and Charlie never fails to deliver a fantastic book each time.
I love the fact that this book puts the spot-light on my new to favourite characters and the relationship that is slowly kindled into something beautiful.
And I think Mark Westfield really pours his soul into each character to deliver a fantastic representation.
(plus his voice is really sexy, mweheheeh)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Lulu on 08-19-17
Ash and Cael!
Ash and Cael's book! This was awesome in audio and as always Mark Westfield was a brilliant narrator. Particularly loved the scene at the very beginning where Tony was having a 'little chat' with Ash and Sloan, the way Mark narrates Tony in this was brilliant and really made me laugh.
Although this is Cael and Ash's book and is mainly centred around their relationship and Ash's difficulties in accepting his feelings for Cael it's also very much about the other characters and the ongoing THIRDS drama. Sloan and Dex in particular play a big part in this book.
I loved learning more about Cael and Ash and their histories. They both have baggage and difficulties to overcome but they make a great couple and I just love these two. Cael is so god damn sweet and adorable and Ash is his usual gruff grumpy self but he is like a different person with Cael and it is so special.
So excited for book 6! Calvin and Hobbs!!!!