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Darkest Hour Before Dawn


4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,950 ratings  ·  448 reviews
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 not ...more
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Robin She has wrote 2 more in this series: #9.5 Gummy bears & Grenades and #10 Tried & True ( last book in series). I don't know if she'll have a spin off s…moreShe has wrote 2 more in this series: #9.5 Gummy bears & Grenades and #10 Tried & True ( last book in series). I don't know if she'll have a spin off series.(less)

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Wendys Wycked Words
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I have had a little crush on Hudson ever since he was introduced in the series. What can I much as I love the big Alpha's....a hot nerd with a Brittish accent gets me all hot and bothered :P

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So to say I was excited about this book is putting it mildly. Thankfully this book met all my high expectations.

This book gives us the inside scoop of Hudson and Seb's past together.  After a freaky accident on the job they  have been apart for 7 miserable years....both pining after one another.

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I have been looking forward to Seb and Hudson's story for AGES. And it is finally here! As with all of the THIRDS novels, a lot happens in Darkest Hour Before Dawn. These books don't really stand on their own, so if you haven't read any of them - start with Hell & High Water. Also - and this is one of my favorite things about the series - these books don't take themselves too seriously. Are they remotely realistic? No. And I don't say that just because we're talking shifters here. These big, bad ...more
5 Stars -- From This THIRDS Nerd
Darkest Hour Before Dawn is book 9 in Charlie Cochet's award winning series, THIRDS. As a reviewer, I am late to the party when it comes to this series as I didn't read any of the books until February/March 2017. *hangs head in shame* - I am not sure Why I waited so long, but I am SO happy I finally read this series! I fell in love with these characters and this world that Ms. Cochet has created and I am officially a THIRDS nerd - Destructive Delta, Unit Alpha -
I'm gutted. Totally gutted that poor Seb drew the short straw and got saddled with Hudson. OMG Hudson drove me absolutely crazy with his ridiculousness, which then got me annoyed at Seb for putting up with Hudson's push and pull drama-rama for YEARS. I get Seb couldn't just walk away with the whole mates thing which I usually love, but not in this case.

I have little tolerance for stupid and Hudson was just plain stupid. I also have little tolerance for doormats, and Seb is definitely a member o
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I adore this series - awesome characters that really bring great joy... Dex & Sloane, Ash & Cael and now Seb & Hudson. I was thrilled that these two got their own book. Seb was really lost, he loved his mate Hudson from afar after an incident 7 years earlier that caused Hudson to walk away and was simply left longing. He patiently waited and supported Hudson while he struggled to work through his issues. Poor Seb needed a medal for his patience and devotion. Hudson annoyed me in the way he treat ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Wasted My Time, To Be Honest*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Book eight centers around Tiger Therian, Sebastian ‘Seb’ (Hobbs middle brother), Team Leader for Theta Destructive. He was once on Destructive Delta but was transferred after his relationship to Hudson ended in a breach of protocol and civilian loss and his marked mate Dr. Hudson ‘Lobito’ Colbourn, THIRDS chief medical examiner, and a Canis Lupus (wolf) Therian. After the devastating consequences of a dead child, Hudson broke things off with Seb. No
I'm not a fan of second chance romance stories so I hate that these two numbskulls lost 7 years of their HEA. However, the plot was full of action and suspense and I loved every minute of it. This is one of my favorite in the series. ...more
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars

The pieces and players have definitely been set in motion…

New challenges and enemies have surfaced, complicating the tenuous relationship between humans and Therians. This of course, results in some interesting and dangerous developments, which happen to bring Seb and Hudson together, despite them trying their best to move on. Seb and Hudson have been torturing themselves for years, as their guilt from a tragic accident has kept them apart, making them both quite miserable. What they shou
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
4 .5stars

So close.....

Oh Charlie, you don't know how close I was to parting ways with your series. I got so tired of Dex & Sloane taking over everyone's stories, tired of the cliffhangers and tired of the other couple playing side characters in their stories. I was just tired. It would have been sad for me, but I would have no other choice. Along the way, the series has gotten so big that at times I forgot who is who, and what is what.

But Ms. Cochet, you've redeemed yours
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Hudson Colbourn are mates, but haven't been together ever since a tragic accident in their past. Though they continue to gravitate to one another, Hudson won't let himself get past the guilt of the event that tore them apart, even though living apart from one another is physically draining and painful for them both.

Seb pines for his mate, but has done whatever Hudson wants, even if that included staying away from him for seven yea
3.5 Stars

I swear, even when these stories drive me bat-shit crazy, like this one often did, I still end up giving them plenty of stars.

I knew going into this one that I already had issues with Hudson’s reasons for staying away from his mate, Seb, for seven long-ass years. His rationalization, heavily based in his guilt of unchangeable past events, just didn’t fly with me. Call me unsympathetic, but regardless of the tragedy that occurred on Hudson and Seb’s watch, I just didn’t feel like it was
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** 4.75 stars **

I finally got to Seb and Hudson's story. I loved most of it. The chance to see more of Hobbs family was absolutely wonderful. At times Hudson was a tad annoying for going back and forth and making Seb suffer. But Hudson suffered as well both physically and in his heart.

Both men needed to change because Hudson finally listened to those around him and looked at how things were between them from others perspectives. He saw that love alone wouldn't be enough, and that some things wo
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Seb was as adorable as ever and I ❤️ him so much, but Hudson really tried my patience this time. Was he always such a dork? I wanted to whack him over the head with a 2x4 more than once, to put it mildly.

Although this was not my favorite in this series, I'm still not done with it yet. Quite the contrary, to be honest, because I cannot wait where Charlie Cochet will take us with the storyline. And Wolf is such a deliciously fucked up character, I'm dying to get to know more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Shifting Stars rounded down because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

Attention: THIRDS Nerds it's time to get your Hudson & Seb fix...

I was so excited to finally get to this one. Seb and Hudson have been floating around in the background since the very beginning of THIRDS and it's not secret that they have a history...a very strong history. So finally here we are at their story and in general I loved it.

I loved seeing more of Seb and...oops, here's where I ran into a surprise...I can't rea
Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
I couldn't wait to read Hudson and Seb's story, but I am a little disappointed. Maybe because I had high expectations? Dunno, but even if I liked it the romance and the mystery/action were a little flat in comparison with the other books. ...more
Richard Derus
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Richard by: Irish Smurfette
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
Rating: 4* of five

The ending rocked the Casbah.

Since the next novel in this series is only tentatively scheduled, it's a good moment to pause and reflect on why this series occupied so much of my reading time in a highly political year of my own scheduled reviews.

One reason is physiological. I don't have much cogitating power available, and reading some lighter fare is about what I can handle.

Another reason is the underlying assumption of the series...that humankind has, with its rage and hubris
Joyfully Jay
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
Updated for audio review
Read Kris’ review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Hurray! It is Seb and Hudson’s story! I have been dying for this one for so long, and their relationship has been teased out throughout the THIRDS series, so I am so excited that we finally get to see their relationship in depth, as well as to finally get a happy ending for these two. Cochet does a nice job here showing the tension and chemistry between these two guys, without dragging things out forev
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
*** Audio review. The mistakes that littered the story have crept into the audio too...and Mark Westfield is not one of my fave narrators as it is [although his attempt at an English accent for Hudson wasn't too bad...say 6 or 7 out of 10], so I'm deducting 1/2 a star and reducing my original rating to 4 stars. I think this will probably be my last THIRDS audio too. ***

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4.5 stars from me. This wasn't all plain sailing I have to admit; there are some very stupid typos and niggles...(view spoil
This. Fucking. Book.


I both loved and hated it. And I don't think I've ever quite hated a book as much as loved a book as I do this one. The first half was more 3 stars for me, but then it got REALLY good, especially near the end, and was a 5 star read for me, so I averaged it out at 4 stars.

Why was the first half so frustrating for me? Because of Hudson. I think I have a complicated relationship with Hudson. Before he was just a nice British guy who went through a tragedy and was for reasons u
“Son, love is a precious gift, but love alone isn’t enough to weather the storms in life. You know as well as I do that life can be hard, messy, infuriating, terrifying, and unfair, and love will certainly help ease the pain,” Thomas said, taking Julia’s hand in his. “But unless you use that love as a foundation to build on, you’ll get swept away in the maelstrom.”

Oh man, angst-central.
Perhaps I'm a bit overly emotional right now, I teared up during most of the first half of the book.
The angui
In this ninth book in the THIRDS series, Darkest Hour Before Dawn, Charlie Cochet finally gives us the whole story of Seb and Hudson...creating a must read for fans who have followed this series from the start!

There are some great details to clarify past events, and this edition also serves to explain why some of the characters in the series are moving between law enforcement agencies. Of course Cochet still serves up all the action, sex, and humor we expect in a THIRDS novel, and narrated by M
2.5 stars

As with all the other books in this series, the author build up my interest in a couple of characters with little tidbits here and there in the previous books, but when the time for the actual book arrived, I was underwhelmed by the execution.

As soon as they’re in their own story, characters who previously intrigued me always seem to deflate and become almost a caricature of the people they seemed to be in the previous books.
It happened with Ash and Cael, less with Calvin and Hobbs, an
Lulu Forth
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
4.5 stars for book 9 in the THIRDS series. This is Seb and Hudson's story.

“My Lobito, so beautiful.” “Yours, always.”

Ive been desperate to read their story as we have been teased with it throughout the other books. 7 years a go Seb and Hudson were in a happy relationship. Seb had marked Hudson as his mate and was planning to ask Hudson to marry him. On the day he planned to ask him a rogue shooter aimed fire at Hudson and Seb jumped in to save him which resulted in the tragic death of a young b

This would've BEEN a four star book if Hudson had just evacuated his head out of his butt sooner.

As it were, I spent 65% of the book constantly annoyed at Hudson's shenanigans. He kept pushing Seb away, then would get pissy and act out when Seb's behaviour hinted at possibly moving on. I think unconsciously he liked having Seb on standby for him even when he went about trying to move on with other people. (view spoiler)
Feb 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
I swear these covers were way better without actual faces on them. I miss the no faces covers.
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
3rd re-read April 2021
One book at a time it's just not enough for me. Love the series!!
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, The THIRDS series just gets better and better, this book is about Seb and Hudson who we know from the other 8 books, their struggles from being mated but not being together. Charlie Cochet makes you laugh out loud in one chapter and read through the tears in the next. A few twists at the end leaving you waiting with bated breath for book 10. I for one can't wait. The THIRDS books are one of the best series I've read and can't recommend them enough. ...more

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 an
4 stars!! This was a great book and despite going in with some high expectations since I liked both the MCs from earlier books, I wasn't disappointed. The only reason I have not given it 5 stars is due to some extremely weird twist in the end which just changed the entire trajectory of this epic series. 🤔😱
Much of the story explains the relationship and history between Seb and Hudson. We already knew Seb to be kind of a gentle giant Tiger Therian and Hudson to be a sassy Wolf Therian, but through
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I totally guessed who Wolf would be as soon as a certain person was mentioned and now I'm dying to know more.

I really enjoyed this one which focused away from Dex and Sloane for a change.

Seb and Hudson's story was a real humdinger of emotions.
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Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found devouring a book, re

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