Title: Gummy Bears & Grenades (THIRDS, #9.5)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 102 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.
Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.
Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.
Dex or Jory?
There’s not much to say about Gummy Bears & Grenades that you probably don’t already know. Dex wreaks havoc, all the guys are funny as hell, and there’s foreshadowing of both trouble and potential couples to come. As for the guys, Austen is still a weirdly damaged but loveable asshole, Zach is still huggable, Cael is still chirpy, Ash is still mostly bark, Ethan is still my favorite (besides Sloan) though Calvin comes close, Sloan is on a whole other level and still ridiculously sexy, Seb and Hudson are still adorable, and Wolf still makes me want to shoot something. I’m sure I missed a few because there are sooo many good characters, but you get the idea.
Maybe the comparison ‘Dex or Jory?’ is a bit harsh, but Dex is wearing on me like road-rash. The coquettish flirting to get his way, the insane heedlessness to his thoughts and actions, the chaos that seems to attach itself to him like barnacles … it’s all shades of Jory, only with shifters. I have to admit that I’m getting tired of the hijinx. I love the humor and the snark and all that fun stuff, but the chaos is starting to bore me. I want Dex to buckle down and show us what he’s got without distractions like him, a big bear suit, and contraband grenades ending up all over the news every five minutes.
HOWEVER! And this is big people: Dex is a more likable character than Jory on the whole, and even if he was a complete shit, I’d still like the series and I still would have enjoyed this book. I’m not really fond of the THIRDS shorts, thus the average rating. I don’t hate them, but I don’t like them either. I’d almost rather have had this book, for instance, be the prologue for #10. It makes good marketing sense, teasing us before the release of the next book, but it irritates me on general principle. I don’t have to be browbeaten or schmoozed into reading the next book. Put aside the blatant manipulation, and the fact remains that short stories annoy me … period. In all honesty, that’s probably 98% of my problem with this one.
That said, anything in the THIRDS series is a must read. This one doesn’t happen to be a favorite of mine, but it doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading. I’m not usually forgiving of shorts because there’s not enough time for much but PWP, but with established characters like these … well, that’s not something that applies. I’ll be there for the next one, for sure. And much happier to get a full story out of it as well.
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