Darkest Hour Before Dawn (Lily G’s 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: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 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.

Yeah! We finally get Seb and Hudson’s story and more information on their past relationship. We already knew they are mates and were still drawn to each other. Now we find out why they have been apart for the past seven years. My heart went out to Seb in particular. He’d lost his mate and his position in Destructive Delta, but that hadn’t stopped him being protective of Hudson.

This plot is about them grasping a second chance to be together, although for the first half of this story Hudson is still resistant to them making-up and does his utmost to move on with his life. There’s a few steamy ‘almost’ moments, where they are interrupted or Hudson has second thoughts, but the wait is worth it. When Seb and Hudson finally get together it’s hot and romantic!

There’s a mysterious watcher whose keeping an eye on Hudson. A creepy new guy sets his sights on Hudson and makes Seb jealous and protective of his mate. Alongside this, there’s plenty action and humour involving our other favourite characters from Destructive Delta.

The overall plot is enjoyable, but the last three or so chapters had me shaking my head. The elevator scene and the events in Dekatria (and those leading up to the occasion) were not feasible to me and let the story down.

I always associate Mark Westfield’s voice with THIRDS. His interpretation of the various characters and the scenes is highly entertaining. Unfortunately, Hudson didn’t come across as realistic, not only because of the ‘posh’ voice Mark gave him, but also the dialogue he is given. There were too many cliched British words and phrases sprinkled into the story.


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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.


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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