Release Day Review by El: Darkest Hour Before Dawn, by Charlie Cochet (DNF)

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Darkest Hour Before Dawn, by Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS, Book 9
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 25, 2017

Rating: DNF at 30%

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.

M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Paranormal Romance
Shifters (Cats, Wolves, Others)

Look,  you all know how much I love the THIRDS universe. I am an unabashed THIRDS Nerd. But holy cheesy doodles, y’all, I just could not finish this book. I tried. Oh how I tried.

The fact of the matter is this: I really don’t give a damn about Seb and Hudson. Sorry, not sorry. They’re cliche to the extreme, they’re predictable, and they’re boring. I flat-out don’t like Seb. I think Hudson is a cardboard cutout stereotype of a British Nerd, and every time he speaks I roll my eyes so hard I sprain something.

There were a few other issues I had with what I read:

  • Sparks calls Seb into her office and proceeds to tell him everything, even things he really shouldn’t know. This is a top secret military organization, and she spills secrets like they’re sharing gossip and braiding hair? It was a cheap plot device to recap the previous books, and it was a really dumb thing for a government operative to do.
  • It annoys the hell out of me when characters use just one word of a foreign language. Seb calling Hudson “Lobito” all the time made me feel like he was a cheap stereotype, like the author looked up one word of Spanish and decided to use it? (Maybe I missed something in an earlier book, and this word has some special meaning other than being a cutesy term for “little wolf”, but it’s way overused here.)
  • Speaking of cheap stereotypes, Hudson is basically what anglophile Americans dream of being. I’ve been to the UK, I have British friends, and I’ve read many, many books by British authors, and none of them talk the way Hudson does.
  • There was enough cheese in this book to run an entire factory of cheesy doodles. Scenes that were so dumb I honestly had to put the book down and walk away for a while.

“Caught red-handed, Lobito.” Seb peered at him, amusement lighting his eyes. “Does Dex know he put the Cookie Monster in charge of his cookies?”

Hudson wrinkles his nose since he couldn’t scoff. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

“I think you need to back away from the table, Dr. Colbourn. Back away slowly,” Seb teased, taking hold of the chocolate biscuit poking out of Hudson’s mouth. Hudson refused to release it, a low growl rising from his throat. This was his tasty treat.

This scene keeps going, too. Uh, no thank you. I know I’m expecting a lot to want some level of maturity in the series that gave us  Dexter J. Daley, but… yeah.

Look, clearly this book is not for me. I had zero interest in the characters going in, and the plot (what plot? I didn’t find one in the first 30%) wasn’t able to catch my attention.

Hopefully I don’t need to read this one to understand the next one– please get back to Dex and Sloan– or I might be in some trouble!

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

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 reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

You can purchase Darkest Hour Before Dawn from:

Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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