Audio Review: Charlie Cochet – Against the Grain

1851586Author: Charlie Cochet
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre:M/M Cops
ISBN: 9781634763752

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary:
Sequel to Rise & Fall
THIRDS: Book Five

As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.

Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.
Review:
I enjoyed this, although I can see why some people weren’t enthused. Maybe 4 books of the Ash/Cael will-they/won’t-they was too much, and nothing could have lived up to our expectations.

Ash seemed to change his mind at the drop of that hat, and there was at least one time (he just all of a sudden kisses Cael hello on the cheek), where I was thinking, “wait, I thought the last scene had Ash just saying it wasn’t going to work.” Hard to keep track. And Cael said he would give Ash time to adjust and no-pressure, then he immediately gets mad/sad when Ash won’t hold his hand in public. That’s kind of unfair.

So they both annoyed me at times. But it was sweet, and we got a couple hot sex scenes. Of course there is a THIRDS related case as well, and I felt indifferent to that. It was fine, although at some point they should be involved in a case that isn’t so personal.

I do think listening to the audio version was a positive in this case. It may have gotten slow if I had been reading it, but using this for my morning drive to work was perfect. I liked it yet was able to take a break from it, as well. Good pacing. I’ve always liked this narrator. Unfortunately, the one voice I’ve always been turned off by was Ash’s. It worked that his voice was annoying when he was Dex’s nemesis and then frenemy, but as a love interests… not so much.

But I would still recommend this series, it’s just not one you can crank out one after the other. Urban Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, so it would be hard to turn me off this series. The first two books are still my favorites, but I think this was consistent with the past two books as a solid 3 star. Will continue to recommend this in audio format in particular.

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