M/M Urban Fantasy
Dreamspinner Press | April 25, 2017
Reading THIRDS feels almost like coming home. I get a good dose of these guys almost every Thursday, but it still feels incredible to dive back into a full length novel and revel in this family. We’re actually lucky because the wait between books isn’t all that long, and yet I still feel giddy every time I start a new one.
Usually THIRDS books are about Dex and Sloane and I’m not going to lie, those two are my favorite by far. I love Dex in a way I love few others. I do enjoy when Charlie Cochet veers off to finish a love story between a different set of characters. Darkest Hour Before Dawn was about Hudson and Seb, and that’s one I’ve been waiting for a long time now.
I love all types of romance novels, but there’s something special about second chance love stories. Hudson and Seb were madly in love, until tragedy struck and ripped them apart. When we pick up their story, in THIRDS, they’re no longer together but they both have a mate size hole ripped in their hearts. We know how much they both adore each other, but the same history that gave them all that love is the same one that keeps the separated.
The thing is, I understood why. After a deadly blow like they lived through, you can’t help but think only of the pain when you look at someone you love. On the other hand, there’s this whole world with mate bonds that can’t be ignored and half way through the book I just wanted to scream, “Enough!” The push and pull kills me, even if it makes for some really great angst. It also made for a really amazing ending. Darkest Hour Before Dawn had one of the most romantic endings. It made all that heartache worth it. My anticipation was over the top.
There was another big plotline shocker in this one too, but unlike Smoke & Mirrors I totally figured this one out pretty darn early. I’m not even going to count that as a negative. The surprise was such a good twist, that figuring it out ahead of time doesn’t detract at all. It was just one more thing that’s made me super excited for the future books. It’s all about the continuation of Hudson, Seb and that surprise. Plus, it’s all about coming home to Dex and Sloane.
Bring it on Charlie! I’m ready for whatever you’ve got up your sleeve next! 😀
Thank you to Dreamspinner Press for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.