Smoke and Mirrors (Lily G’s Review)

Title: Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS #7)
Author: Charlie Cochet and Mark Westfield (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G Blunt
Heat Level:  4 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.

The narration, as always, is terrific and professional, with extra technical touches to add realism to the performance.  Mark Westfield is THE voice of the THIRDS books. He is Dex and Sloan and Ash and all of the other characters. There is a rich quality to his voice that is easy on the ear. He expresses erotic and emotional scenes exceptionally well. It was as if I was in the room with the characters from start to finish.

This is a lovely lengthy audiobook with plenty of alone time for Dex and Sloan to express their feelings and love for each other. There’s a couple of angsty and heart-stopping (literally) scenes told from Sloan’s POV and they are super. It’s more of a relationship storyline compared to all the others, with emotions running high. We are treated to some smoking hot and growly bedroom scenes.

There’s THIRDS and TIN action going on, of course, but it’s not all fangs and claws and intrigue. There are lighter moments that had me chuckling this time round. Even Ash seems to have matured in this story. (But don’t worry he still takes time to make digs at Dex.)

So, the series has been building to this point and a lot of the puzzles and unanswered questions are confronted in this story. We find out what happened to Dex’s parents and more of his childhood. And Tony has a surprise for us all too. It’s all set for Hudson and Seb to tell us their tale next. Plus I’m excited to find out what’s going to happen next for Sloan and Dex.

This story definitely needs to be read as part of the series as it is not a standalone. Each story is fabulous and I think this is my favourite one now.


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Audio copy of Smoke and Mirrors provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men's feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing! Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.
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