Darkest Hour Before Dawn (Belen’s Review)

Title: Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 25th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Hudson Colbourn are mates, but haven’t been together ever since a tragic accident in their past. Though they continue to gravitate to one another, Hudson won’t let himself get past the guilt of the event that tore them apart, even though living apart from one another is physically draining and painful for them both.

Seb pines for his mate, but has done whatever Hudson wants, even if that included staying away from him for seven years. With circumstances surrounding their teams, and themselves, becoming more dangerous in the past few installments of the series, with some of that danger focusing on Hudson, Seb is no longer willing to stay away. When an enemy sends a warning that Hudson is in grave danger, Seb immediately volunteers to protect him.

Darkest Hour Before Dawn focuses on their feelings for each other, which cannot be denied, and putting aside the guilt of the past so they can move towards a future together. All while dodging bullets and bombs and dealing with unknowns who want to kill them.

I liked that there’s lots of action here, and that the reader gets to see the story through both Seb and Hudson’s points of view. There’s a lot of information to process, and some ghosts from the past that continuously pop up to potentially harm or help their fledgling make-up relationship. But the action is solid, the feels are aplenty, and, once Hudson pulls his head out of his ass, the romance pretty darn dreamy.

I did have a few niggles that drove me crazy – specifically the martyrdom nonsense that Hudson kept falling back on and the absolutely unnecessary scene with Mrs. Palmer.

In all, I enjoyed this and continue to look forward to where Cochet will take the series next (hopefully back to Dex and Sloane’s POV). This whole TIN business is making me quite nervous about the direction our boys are heading in.

P.S. I feel like Mark Westfield is going to have a field day with the narration! I’m very excited to hear the audiobook!


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Galley copy of Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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