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I loved the first book in this series, Hell & High Water, and if it is even possible, I loved this one more. Dex and Sloane are just the perfect couple, minus the baggage, secretiveness, and emotional distance. But through the course of working together and recognizing the bond that they share, the cast of characters and the thrill and mystery of journey kept this story moving faster than I would have liked. Mark Westfield's narration was again, fantastic and added so much to Charlie Cochet's words. I cannot say to much with out spoiling, but if you read the first one...the second one is a definite must read. On to the next one in the series...
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In this sequel we find Sloane and Dex still trying to get that evil Issac and his anti-Therian thugs. This plays in the background while we watch the developing romances of (practically) the entire team Delta Destroyers. And it is AWESOME!
Sometimes the second book in a series can have a tough road to travel because they are stuck in the middle – the relationship has started, but it is not in its dramatic finish-stage. There are only a limited number of mile-stones that can be covered. This sequel has absolutely no problems keeping things moving and keeping us on the edge of our seats.
First, Sloane has some deep, dark secrets that are keeping him from letting Dex “in”. When one of the psychiatrists from the early days of THIRDS is captured, Sloane’s secrecy is threatened. Sloane has to decide if he wants out of the relationship now, or dig in deeper.
Second, Dex is facing his own inadequacy issues: he isn’t Therian, he isn’t ex-military, he isn’t Gabe… But he doesn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on this. That just wouldn’t be him. Instead, Dex continues to be hysterical and we get another drunken night out, this time with the ex! Lou is great and ends up giving Sloane pointers on how to handle Dex.
The other team members (Calvin and Hobbs, Cael and Ash) have their own stories move forward too. I am hoping to see their stories in the “Couples TBA” at the end of the series.
I absolutely love Charlie’s version of shifters. My favorite part of this book was Therian training where Dex is being shown how Sloane (in Jaguar form) is bonding with Dex. It is HYSTERICAL but oh so damn sweet too. I hope we get to see more of the Therians in their animal form in future books.
There is a partial ending in this book that leaves you very satisfied but the door is still wide open to trouble, setting the stage for book 3. I love the advancement of all the relationships in this book and look forward to seeing who does what next.
6 out of 5 stars, even better than book one! I highly recommend this book and the entire series!
Mark Westfield did another amazing job with this narration. Sloane is delightfully growly, Tony is deep and rumbly, Isaac is twangy and greasy… all the guys are well represented. I really enjoyed the dream sequences and the “coms” where Mark alters his voice to sound like it’s being broadcast over the airways.
I really think he adds to the story and makes it even more of a great entertainment than just reading it alone.
I think you I can easily say this is a book narration that makes the listening as adventurous (or even more) than the reading.
I highly recommend this narration and give it a 6 of 5 stars.
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I'm continuing re reading this series via audio! This is book 2 in the series and definitely not a standalone.
Mark Westfield continues to be an awesome narrator and as new characters are added in to this epic world he somehow manages to go with it and adapt his voice yet again. It's so immersive in audio and I just love that when they're talking to each other through their head sets his voice reflects this.
Book 2 is a continuation of book 1 and the search for psychopath Isaac Pearce. He's a slippery b*stard though and sends the THIRDS agents on wild goose chase after wild goose chase and the thing I love about this book is I could never predict what was going to happen next.
Dex and Sloanes tentative relationship is tested in this book and Sloan struggles to acknowledge just how much Dex means to him. I thought Dex was very understanding about the whole situation - much more than I think I would have been! Sloan is also dealing with some demons from his past and we get a heartbreaking insight in to his terrible childhood.
Secondary characters are awesome and as with book 1 this is not just a story about Dex and Sloan but the whole team. I loved listening to new pairings emwrge too in this book.
Another brilliant audiobook - on to book 3!
Exciting, funny and romantic, I Can not wait for the next book.
This gets five big stars!
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