Title: Thick & Thin (THIRDS, #8)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Page Length: 95
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 1.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.6 stars out of 5
In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.
After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.
Warning – spoilers from Book 7.
I am a huge fan of this series, but I might be at a point where I’m kinda done. I feel like I’m really not getting anything new anymore. That’s not to say that there aren’t new plot points – there are – but it’s still feels same ol’ to me.
The first few books in the series were magic. Laugh out loud funny, awesome relationship angst with a great relationship-building that was anything but insta-love. But now that Dex and Sloane have settled into their coupledom, I’m just not invested anymore. And I’m sad about that.
Book 7 ended with a plot point with TIN that I wasn’t exactly happy about. And Book 8, a novella, does a good job of explaining and cleaning up (a tad) of that plot point. But it was just kinda tied in a neat little bow that I didn’t really buy.
My biggest hurdle, personally, is that the writing skirts the edge of too sugary sweet and cheesy. Nothing overt, but definitely not the edge of grit (or full-on grit) that I like. And the further we get into the series, the more the dialogue feels like a Lifetime movie or After School Special. It’s too damn sweet. That’s a personal preference, of course, but it’s how I feel.
Unfortunately, I think I’m out. Which sucks. But there you have it.