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Publisher's Summary

Sequel to Against the Grain

THIRDS: Book Six

Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his selective mutism and social anxiety. Calvin's confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that's been his whole world for as long as he can remember.

As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.

©2016 Charlie Cochet (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs

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Definitely one of my favorites in the series despite the cliffhanger ending.

I absolutely loved the relationship growth and dynamics of everyone in the story. Even though the focus was on Calvin and Ethan, I loved that Ash and Cael, Sloan and Dex, and even Ethan's brothers, got some good page time.

All in all I loved it, but more so because of Mark Westfield's narration. He just narrates this series perfectly. Sure, Charlie Cochet writes the memorable, and downright wonderful characters...but Westfield brings them to life.

I can hardly wait for book 7!

Recommended!!

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  • Susan65
  • Denver, Colorado
  • 07-24-16

Mark Westfield is still doing a great job of bring

What did you love best about Catch a Tiger by the Tail?

One of the things I love most about Calvin and Ethan was the fact that they have unflinchingly had each others backs since childhood. Ethan is a big, strong, tiger therian whose strength and fierceness protects Calvin physically, whereas Calvin uses his heart and words to protect Ethan mentally and emotionally. These two, no matter what adversity throws at them, are solid.

Who was your favorite character and why?

For this installment, Ethan, as his internal debates and dialogue are heartrending, but his Dex character is still my ultimate favorite, even when he is not the main character. I admit that his female voices are commendable but also kind of funny. I can’t ding the narrator for not pulling off the female, Hispanic voice perfectly, but it’s not really an issue and besides a couple chuckles here and there I’m never pulled out of the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ethan and his brothers reconciling.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Pretty much

Any additional comments?

Mark Westfield is still doing a great job of bringing the THIRDS series to life. I’ve read each book before I listened to each audio, and I never lose interest the second time around. I have to say though that his delivery is a little too slow for me, and I have to listen on 1.25x speed. I think it’s probably because I don’t need the performance to be drawn out, so I’ll put that speed on me.

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Love Calvin and Hobbs!

So by now you know the drill. This is book 6 and I’m pretty sure you could figure things out if you read this as a standalone but only barely ☺

It’s time for us to finally get our story for Calvin and Hobbs. They’ve been best friends forever, partnered up in THIRDS for years and fighting their sexual attraction for just as long. Recently, a bout of jealousy spurred Ethan (Hobbs) into action and we got some hot making out between the two and an uneasy relationship.

In this book we finally – FINALLY – get some resolution and our couple faces their issues and really gets over the hurdles keeping them from being the adorable couple they (and we!) know they can be.

Meanwhile there is also some more drama with the other members of THIRDS: Seb and Hudson especially. Sparks has the team doing a lot of specialized (difficult) training and lives are threatened at a birthday party at Dekatria!

There’s a cliff hanger at the end – I’ll warn ya now! – so be prepared – I’m sure it’ll end up fine… it’s the kind where we know there’ll be trouble but a happy ending – but now we all have to bite our nails til book 7!

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I LOVED that we got to see the softer side of Ash and Sloane in this – lots of ooey, gooey and PURRING moments with Dex and Cael and their partners. There’s the requisite action and shooting and some more of the back story gets revealed involving the team and their pasts.

The twists and turns that Ethan and Calvin’s relationship takes are a bit surprising and I guess I was a bit … maybe let down? I was expecting a big, emotional and full of hearts and flowers thing and it sorta happened that way – but it was a bit anti-climactic. Maybe because we’d already seen them hook up or maybe because they’d been friends for so long… in any case… It was sweet and tender and sometimes scorching hot! – but a bit different than I’d expected.

I still loved them – don’t get me wrong – there is a lot of heart-string-tugging moments and tears – nobody will be disappointed by how things unfold.

All the fans will be ecstatic to read this and justifiably upset by the cliff hanger as we await for book 7!

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Mark Westfield is now to most of us the voice of THIRDS. He has some special challenges here because so much “speech” occurs in Ethan’s head. He does a great job of sort of “whispering” these lines to give us the indication that he’s not actually speaking. I’m not sure if I’d have gotten it if I hadn’t read it first, but since I knew the deal… well I think you’d get it anyway. He does his nice job with telephones and walkie talkies and other electronics as well. I found that listening to this made me appreciate how sweet Dex and Sloan are together as well as how cute Calvin’s southern accent is and his mom’s too. I love listening to this series and highly recommend it!

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Narration was awful

The Thirds series has been a very enjoyable story. However, the narration was very distracting on this one. I had to rewind on many occasions because of this distraction. The distraction was him elongating the last word of each sentence during most of his narration. It was not as bad with the characters. For instance, he would pronounce "brotherrrr" instead of "brother" almost like he was signing each ending word. For some reason Mark ended most of his sentences in this fashion during his narration but not so much when the characters were speaking. I had Book Three still on my player so I went and checked out how his narration was on this book and it was nothing like this one. Mark did a good job on the previous books, that's why I was confused as to why he changed his style. For me the narration was so painful that I probably will not listen to any future books that he narrates unless he reverts back to his previous style. It's really a shame because he is a rather good narrator and I really enjoyed all of the previous books and I was looking forward to any future ones. The story itself has been very pleasurable.

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Catch a Tiger by the Tail: Setup 2 Smoke & Mirrors

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This offering has all the excitement, action, and drama building of the previous Thirds books in the series save one thing. That one thing missing is an overarching conspiratorial super villain organization weaving their nefarious ways through the plot of the entire book to some sort of exciting break neck resolution. That makes this work a transitional work and a set up to book 7 of the series “Smoke & Mirrors”.

In place of the super-villain is a series of exciting but comparatively mundane Thirds policing operations. Team Delta is being trained to the max by Sparks. There is a nice rail against unfeeling corporate culture ruining working class lives driving one individual to strike back with a bombing and a shooting ending in his death. There is a nice rail against shoddy journalism stirring up bad feelings in the public against Thirds authority. Then there’s Calvin (Summers) and (Ethan) Hobbs finally overcome Hobb’s communications gulf to find their place together as their relationship become full-fledged. The riff between the three Hobb’s brothers is resolved with Rafe Hobbs returning to the family fold with Ethan and Sebastian Hobbs. Relationship between the major characters (Dr. Hudson and Seb) are further defined and additional background on other characters is provided.

The book abruptly ends with Sloan Brodie being drugged and his Dex abducted with Dr. Schultzon’s as the chief suspect or lead as to Dex’s whereabouts. This cliffhanger ending is obviously a set up to the next book “Smoke & Mirrors”. If Dr. Schultzon is involved obviously the super-villain nefarious organization theme will make reappearance in that book. Let us hope so as the book is not as exciting without an uber-villain mysterious organization to battle.

The best thing about the Thirds series is its combination of rich character studies for the heart and the complexly layered plot lines keeping the reader on their toes feeding the intellect. It appeals both to the heart and the mind. In short this science fiction series is superb.

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Probably my favorite so far!

This has probably been my favorite book in the THIRDS series so far! I loved it! I wasn't as excited about this one as I was the Cael/Ash story, and I was severely disappointed with that one, so I was very apprehensive going in, but there was no need.

Cal and Ethan had a believable relationship evolution and no one magically overcame their hang ups like in the previous book. I loved their backstory and their motives for how they acted seemed real.

The only thing that bothered me was how quickly the drama was resolved for their cases and with Rafe. The issue with the cases has bothered me throughout the whole series, so I can't really fault this one for it. Also, the narrator sometimes gave Cal an accent and sometimes he didn't, and I've always been bothered by his Spanish accent.

Overall, great book and one of the best ones in the series so far.

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Love this series

I have been dying to see Ethan and Calvin finally make the move to true lovers. And you two kinky little devils y'all so didn't disappoint. When the team walks in on Ethan checking out bondage stuff on the internet, at work ,that cracked me up. I so loved the message that Sparks sent Ethan about shibari, that was awesome. We find out some things that happened to Cal as they were growing up and that made me sad. The story line that was going on in this book does get wrapped up before the book ends. There are several things that happened that does bring tears to your eyes and explains why someone is the way they are and also that someone doesn't mean what they have been saying to someone else. Yup that's the only hints that you are going to get from me on that one. But that should be enough for you to figure out ;) Okay so now the stomping of feet and the glaring at Ms. Cochet & the calender. That cliffhanger was totally uncalled for. I so want to really rant about it but I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't had the opportunity to read it yet.

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I love this series!!!

Cal and Ethan are the sweetest couple ever. We find out why Rafe is the outsider. Charlie weaves a very exciting story. There is never a dull moment with these Thirds agents. I can't wait to listen to the next book!!!

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  • Marian
  • CHAMBERSBURG, PA, United States
  • 06-02-17

Image Killer

The story is fun with a lot of great humorous and sexy moments. However, this particular book in the series is making it difficult for me to continue. I'm the first to admit that I don't have the talent to be a narrator. That being said, it's hard to get the mental image of Hobbs being an imposing looking man with the voice of constantly whining little boy, versus a shy grown man. And Ash sounds like a cartoon character that I can't remember the name of. Mr. Magoo? The last word of each sentence is almost sung in a whiny tone. I didn't notice it as much in the other books, maybe because Calvin &a Hobbs were the focal point. Again, great story, but whining voices annoy the heck out of me...just ask the neighbor kids!

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Keep them coming! They are only getting better

What made the experience of listening to Catch a Tiger by the Tail the most enjoyable?

The narrator

What was one of the most memorable moments of Catch a Tiger by the Tail?

Getting to hear Hobbs, and learn more about the dynamic between Calvin and him

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It was so much fun listening to their story.

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  • elly gausden
  • 06-06-16

Well read but not much happens

The other books in this series, while clearly romance novels, have a plot that keeps the characters moving along nicely. This one is very thin on plot and reads like a not all that great fanfic that you keep reading just in case something happens.

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