Smoke & Mirrors (Is’s Review)

Smoke and Mirrors
Title: Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS, #7)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal/Shapeshifter/Series
Page Length: 230
Reviewed by: Is
Heat Level: 3.85 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.

Change is coming.

And I can’t decide if that is the most amazing thing to happen, or the worst—still, in the best possible way. Charlie Cochet’s world-building was exceptional, captivating and, for a lack of a better word, thorough and vivid, before Smoke and Mirrors. After this installation, well, it’s all of that and more.

It’s genius.

Catch a Tiger by the Tail ended in the series most heart-stopping cliffhanger, and if me wanting a Dex and Sloane centered THIRDS novel wasn’t enough then that ending definitely had me biting my nails in anticipation. I just didn’t expect this novel. I wasn’t expecting everything to come so together for everything to be higher. For the romance to be sweeter, for the thrills to be scarier, for the laughs to still be as hilarious as ever given the intensity of the novel. For me to love it even more than I already did.

This book packed one hell of a punch, in everything. Little things here and there then became even more explosive towards the end. Secrets and backstories were unearthed and every little loose end was tied with jaw-dropping effects. I don’t know if everything that happened in this book was planned since the beginning, and ironically enough, perfectly enough, it wouldn’t matter if it wasn’t. If Cochet decided to write it in in the middle of the series it would read the same, because it is brilliant—brilliantly executed.

Smoke and Mirrors surpasses every single novel in the THIRDS series. The high-octane action, the secrets and revelations and the romance, are higher and better than ever before. What Sloane and Dex have has me rereading and coming back to this series over and over again. It’s what makes me want to keep reading forever, if Cochet wanted to write them, I would never say no.

But the change…the change is big. It’s amazing. It’s scary and with that comes another big change and I’m still unsure, a month later, if I want that to happen.

Charlie Cochet, thank you. This is brilliant.

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