Early Bird Review | Darkest Hour Before Dawn

Darkest Hour before Dawn

About the Book: THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.

M/M Urban Fantasy
Dreamspinner Press | April 25, 2017
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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.


About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

3 Responses

  1. […] Usually what draws me into the THIRDS world is the relationship between Dex and Sloane, so I was really happy when I loved Darkest Hour Before Dawn as much as I did.  It was the story of Seb and Wolf, and their love was a long time coming.  It was a second chance love story of the very best kind.  They were adorable. (My Review) […]


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