Darkest Hour Before Dawn (Audio Review)

Title: Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9)
Author: Charlie Cochet and Mark Westfield (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 13th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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 in seven years despite the fact that living apart from one another is physically draining and painful for them both.

When danger focuses on Hudson though Seb is no longer willing to stay away. Darkest Hour Before Dawn focuses on Seb and Hudson’s feelings for each other 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.

The action is solid, the feels are aplenty, and, once Hudson stops being a martyr, the romance pretty darn dreamy.

Mark Westfield obviously has a great time with the narration. As a listener I felt like I could tell he was enjoying himself while performing, which is one of the reasons this series is such fun to listen to. He does great character voices, keeps up well with the pacing – especially during the action moments – and gives a solid performance that is a pleasure to listen to.

I had a few niggles with the story, and found myself mildly disappointed that the accents (especially Hudson’s) weren’t really obvious, but there’s a warning up front that there would be “toned-down accents” and, frankly, my listening enjoyment wasn’t impacted by it.

I enjoyed the audio and look forward to where Cochet will take the series next.

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Review Copy

Audio 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.

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