The Weiss Strande Hotel is in trouble. Business just isn't what it used to be when Tyler’s father ran the family-owned hotel. On top of busin...moreSynopsis:
The Weiss Strande Hotel is in trouble. Business just isn't what it used to be when Tyler’s father ran the family-owned hotel. On top of business being down, dad's sick with cancer and bills have skyrocketed.
Desperate to save his family interest, Tyler and his best friend sink their hopes and what's left of their money into a new venture: a nightclub at the hotel. It's imperative that the White Room is a success, or else the hotel will go under. Lady Luck seems to be with them, however, because they manage to sign the mega-popular rock group Heaven Sent to play the grand opening.
Already a huge fan of the group, Tyler couldn't be more excited to welcome them to his hotel. He's not at all prepared for the bomb of lust that hits him when he's finally face-to-face with the painfully gorgeous lead singer, Johnnie Heaven. No, it couldn't be lust. Yes, Johnnie's probably the most beautiful person he's ever seen, but Tyler is straight. It must be a misguided form of hero worship that he's feeling.
Tyler finds out that he and Johnnie share an obsession: video games. When Johnnie invites Tyler to his room to play, Tyler jumps at the chance. Who wouldn't snap up the opportunity to spend time with their idol? He and Johnnie have a great time with the games, but Tyler soon discovers that Johnnie's got more in mind. The rock star's aims to introduce Tyler to a whole new level of game play.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices
This was a surprising read for me. I guess thanks to Armi and her touting of this series, I had to check it out and I ended up enjoying it. I've had the book suggested to me by GR more than once, but I avoided it because seriously, talk about horrible covers. The only good part about putting the series off so long is that now it gives me a new series to binge on.
I really liked both Tyler and Johnnie, though Johnnie is pretty forceful in the beginning. At least he does acknowledge that at some point. I still don't think he forced Tyler to do anything he didn't want to do and Tyler certainly never accuses him of doing so. Probably he should have actually stopped when Tyler did tell him to, at least. I won't hold it against him too much.
These two were pretty hot together. There isn't any major drama other than Tyler dragging his feet and doing his hardest to admit his feelings to Johnnie. I thought it was going to be Johnnie I'd have to worry about on that front. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their sex scenes, though. I also liked that they had things in common outside of sex and Johnnie didn't mind talking about the mundane day-to-day with Tyler.
I was happy with Tyler's family, though I would have liked to see (view spoiler)[him come out to his family. He came out to Edward, his best friend, but I felt like I was missing a nice family moment since we didn't at least get to see him come out to his sister, Amy (hide spoiler)]. I would have liked to see a little more of the band members, but Luc seems interesting. If there were no Johnnie, Tyler would have went for Luc. Though maybe he would have been able to resist him more than he was able to with Johnnie.
All in all, this was a nice, quick read with some awesome sexy times and sweet moments as well.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents...moreSynopsis:
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.
Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.
Another winner from Charlie Cochet for me! I am seriously going to have to get caught up on her backlist. This particular series, though, is a new favorite for me. I am addicted and I do not apologize for it. I'm sad already that Rack & Ruin isn't out until November, but at least that's closer than it could have been. I will never tire of reading about Dex and Sloane and Cael and Ash and Calvin and Hobbs. Love these characters so much. Rosa and Letty and even Papa Tony are awesome, too.
The action in this one pretty much gets started right away. When we see Dex again, he and the team are on an assignment. He and Sloane seem to be getting along pretty well, though outside of the job, things definitely aren't perfect. Still, Dex is determined to take things one day at a time like he told Sloane he would. He can't seem to help feeling frustrated over the whole thing. He wants Sloane to open up to him, to trust him. He wants whatever they have to be something more. Part of him doesn't want to feel that way, but it's basically too late for Dex already. He's totally gone over Sloane and he's finding it more and more difficult to hold himself. Dex, though, remains his awesome self. He has a way of anticipating Sloane's needs pretty damn well despite there still being so much he doesn't know about him. He can't help believing in him, though. That's not to say he doesn't still get pissed at the guy, 'cause he does. Especially after that reprimand. Man am I glad that they made up after that. I was feeling sad for both of them. Stubborn ass men.
Sloane is still trying to come to terms with how much he feels about Dex. He sometimes embraces it, sometimes runs from it. He knows he wants Dex in his life, but he feels that he doesn't deserve him. He thinks that Dex would drop him if he found out about his past. I think part of Sloane knew that Dex wouldn't do that, but he couldn't help but to worry about it. Sloane has it pretty bad for Dex even if he doesn't always admit it. By the end of the book, he seems to have accepted it and is more willing to acknowledge that he and Dex are dating. He does say to Dex that it's more than just sex between them and it is. Dex brings out a lighter side of Sloane that I really like. Sloane really struggled in this book. He seems to have reached a good place now that he's unloaded on Dex a bit. I hope they get to be happy for a while.
Of course, our other potential couples seem to be making some progress, too. Dex is finally aware of Cael's crush and he didn't flip out near as much as I was expecting him to. He did warn Cael against falling for a straight guy, but it's too late for Cael in that regard. Plus, I agree with Cael, Ash doesn't seem all that straight, at least, not when it comes to Cael. It's more than just wanting to protect him. Cael isn't a kid no matter how small or young he looks, yet Ash is quick to rescue him from unwanted dudes hitting on him. Cael does need to be careful, though because at the very least, Ash is deep in the closet. I'm glad that Dex seems to be willing to not give Cael too much crap about Ash as long as Ash makes him happy. Dex really will rip Ash a new one if he ever hurts his Chirpy (=D), though. And then we have Calvin and Hobbs. It seems things between them have been going on for a while, but I think this is the first time that one of them has done something about it. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out. Hobbs is so fucking adorable. I love him. I was surprised to find out about the past relationship between (view spoiler)[Hobbs' older brother Seb and the teams Medical Examiner Hudson (hide spoiler)]. I definitely wasn't expecting that. I wonder if things will rekindle with those two?
The case makes some considerable progress as well, but things are definitely not over. (view spoiler)[At least that asshole Isaac is dead! I hate what he did to Dex and everything he put Sloane through! (hide spoiler)] They've got new problems now, though and it won't be so easy to get the city back under control, but I'm sure Destructive Team Delta is up to the task, so long as they don't fall apart due to relationship troubles.
Also, I'm looking forward to more hot Sex sex, heh.
C'mon, Charlie! Don't you wanna let me review book 3 early? ;]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media fr...moreSynopsis:
THIRDS: Book One
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.
Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.
I really, really enjoyed reading this book. I got sucked in and couldn't put it down. Dex and Sloane really got under my skin. Neither of them have been having a good time of things lately and their first meeting really was a disaster. It takes some time, but their partnership really does improve. There's some back and forth there, but Sloane always comes around in the end. For his part, Dex is very much a class clown, but there's a smart man beneath all of those quips and smartassery. It actually doesn't take too long for Dex to get in the good graces of the rest of the team. Save for Ash who hates him just on GP, I think.
For most of the book, Dex is still settling in to his new role as a THIRDS agent. He does pretty well which some of the team obviously did not expect, but they come to respect him. Sloane especially begins to open up to him, though I suspect that he really did not want that to happen. He still had a tendency to snap on Dex when Dex got too close to him, but he almost always apologized to him. For Dex's part, he really came to care about Sloane. He could see there was a lot of pain in the man. When he found out why, he wasn't thrilled about it, but he understood it. I was happy that Dex didn't try to force Sloane out of his grief, but he wouldn't let him dwell on it, either. surprisingly, Dex figures out how to handle Sloane pretty damned well. Sloane even knew that's what Dex was doing, but he let him keep at it, anyway.
I find the other characters in this series to be interesting as well. I wouldn't mind getting to know more about Letty and Rosa. Those are some kick ass chicks. And of course there's Dex's brother Cael who may or may not have something on with Sloane's best friend Ash. I really think there's something between those two. It may not have started yet, but one or both of them wants something to start. Ash can't seem to handle whatever it is he feels about Cael when he isn't drunk, but it's definitely there. I'm just surprised that Dex hasn't seen it, yet. I hope he doesn't try to cock-block once he twigs to it. Dex and Ash don't care for each other much, but if Sloane and Cael like him, Ash can't be all that bad. We also have Calvin and Hobbs who are either already sleeping together or will be soon enough. I understand why they're so close, but it's affecting their job. I really wonder just how deeply they feel for each other.
The case took a somewhat surprising turn. I had a feeling it might go that way, but I wasn't expecting that level of insanity or that particular tie-in. I definitely wasn't expecting that ending. It has me seriously anticipating book 2. Thank goodness that comes out in a few weeks or I might go a little nutty. It looks like Sloane is going to have a blast from the past. I can't wait to see how that plays out.(less)