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)