Rack & Ruin

THIRDS, Book 3
Narrated by: Mark Westfield
Series: THIRDS, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
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New York City's streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It's up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn't so random. There's more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

©2014 Charlie Cochet (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Mark Westfield Rocks This Series!

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I absolutely love and adore Mark Westfield’s narration of this series! To me, it’s Westfield’s narration that makes this series shine.

Things I enjoyed about the book:

1. Getting to see the progression of the Sloane and Dex’s relationship. Finally getting to see Sloane remove his head from his ass and recognize what he has in Dex was awesome.

2. The humor. Once again, it was the humor, and in many cases with this particular story, it was only the humor that kept me from throwing my Kindle out the window.

3. The audio narration. Mark Westfield does a really good job bringing the characters and situations to life. I enjoyed his narration just as much this time, and it’s his narration that keeps me going.

Things that drove me nuts?

1. How do I keep figuring out the bad guy? I am probably the most oblivious person you will ever meet. Seriously. So I find it absolutely tragic that I have figured out who the bad guy is in each of these “mysteries” only a couple chapters in. That’s just sad.

2. Sloane, and then Ash’s, whole “I’m so broken because of tragic things in my past, so therefore you’re better off without me” bull****. I just can’t. The whole thing between Ash and Cael? I was so hoping Cael would kick Ash in the nuts. In. The. Nuts.

3. And then…and then! There’s a part that had me literally writhing on my chair with rage and disbelief – I won’t spoil it – but it had me CRAZY. Ok? CRAZY. So I found it totally implausible Dex would only tell Sloane, and not say something to Tony. Then I found it COMPLETELY impossible that Sloane would do…absolutely nothing. He barely even has a conversation about it. I cannot even. Worst soldier/cops ever.

Sloane doesn’t even follow up until the following day (or was it days?) later! And then Sloane does nothing. Sloane and Dex don’t tell the team? Putting everyone in jeopardy? What the hell?

AND THEN…the cliffhanger? The one that even I could see coming a mile away and without spoilers?

But…BUT! What can I say? This series is full of humor, action, suspense, and sexy times. Couple all of that with Mark Westfield’s narrative delivery, and I’m hooked!
Fans of the series won’t be disappointed with this installment. And I freely admit I can’t wait to get my hands on the next audio book in the series.

RECOMMENDED!

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Better and better...

Keep falling more and more in love with Dex and Sloan...now we can add Ash to the list. The series keeps getting better and better...Cochet is great and Westfield is phenomenal.

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The mystery deepens as does feelings

Would you listen to Rack & Ruin again? Why?

Absolutely. The story kept me engrossed. The suspense was nail-biting and the romance hot.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Oh yes! There were some shocking twists, some surprise revelations, and the ending was really a shock!

What about Mark Westfield’s performance did you like?

I think my favorite thing is when they talk on coms or radios or there is a broadcast how his voice sounds like it's actually coming through one. It's pretty cool.

If you could rename Rack & Ruin, what would you call it?

Traitor In The Midst

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I loved this story. I like the mystery, suspense and how it shows a few other men's relationships as Sloane and Dex explore theirs. It picks up after the surprising end of the last book with the Order still out there yet without a leader and now a Therian Coalition is fighting the Order too. There is a mole in the Thirds, a few surprises in store and another explosive ending.

Sloane and Dex's relationship deepen and we find out there is a couple others developing too.
Dex lends a touch of humor to the deeply suspenseful story and there is enough hot sex that there is a good balance of it all.


If you like Mystery/Suspense / Science Fiction / Werecats/Shapeshifters/ twists/romance/ and some hot man-sex you will love this

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Another GREAT from Chochet & Westfield!!!

Keep 'em coming!!!! Can't wait for book 4 on Audiobook and book 5 on ebook and audiobook!!!!! If only they can be longer!!!

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Best of the series

Light and fun, Rack & Ruin is probably my favorite in the series. It pushed Dex and Sloane's story along at a perfect pace, and included more of the boys' backgrounds. It's got a great mixture of humor, drama, and action and is Charlie Cochet at her best.

We get what the J stands for in Dex's name. His boyish love for chocolate chip cookies, Sloane's and Ash's background with the hospital tests as kids, unusual coffee mugs, an hysterical conversation when Ash figures out what's going on between Dex and Sloane

"It's not what it looks like! I dropped some change, it rolled under the closet door, and when I went to pick it up, my clothes fell off. True story!"

"We had sex in your bathroom during my party!"

"Would it ease your mind if I told you I jizzed in Sloane's mouth?"

Great lines, awesome performance from Mark Westfield, and of course, Charlie's fantastic sexy times. It's one of the titles in the series that you can pick up a second time and get just as much enjoyment from it

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Cliffhangers Are Dangerous

With the maniac from books 1& 2 taking care of, with this book we get a whole new kind of crazy....
Action packed and hilarious as the other books, the Thirds take you on another wild race, and this time the bad guys are always one step ahead. And this one leaves you with a bang (literally) of a cliffhanger.
I'm really in love with the voices Mark Westfield gave these guys, when I read the books alone the voices he has created just pop in my head. If I have too pick a voice that stands out, I would say it's Ash's, he sounds like he's from the Bronx and I know his hair is short for work, but with the voice I picture it shoulder length. The power of the VOICE....

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Fantastic Characters

This was an amazing addition to the THIRDS series. Dex and Sloane are one of my favorite couples. They are adorable and incredible together. I loved watching all the other relationships between the other agents start to heat up. The humor was strong throughout the book, as well as the drama, action, and emotional touching moments. This book made me feel all types of feelings.

I loved the narration. Mark Westerfield does not disappoint and does a wonderful job with the audiobook.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars. I loved every inch of this book – from the writing style to the characterizations to the plot.

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Awesome

Loved this book and the audio version was just as amazing! Very good narrator!

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So good!!!

Rack and Ruin is one of my favorite books in the THIRDs series. Dex and Sloanes relationship further develops. The storyline is ever evolving so reading the first two books is a must. Warning !!!! This book ends in a big cliffhanger!!!!
Mark Westfield is doing a fantastic job with this series!!!!

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Wow!!

Great book but be forewarned it ends in a cliffhanger and it’s a doozy (I cried).
I really love the characters. I enjoy the banter that takes place between Dex and his brother. The fact that Dex is on a team with him gives us a lot of insight into Dex as a person.
Ash plays a bigger role and I’m looking forward to getting to know him better in more books in the future. He’s not just a jerk. He’s got some stuff from his past that is holding him back.

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  • Pollypo
  • 03-24-15

Another fantastic audiobook from Charlie Cochet

What made the experience of listening to Rack & Ruin the most enjoyable?

The story line and the fun and suspense makes keeps you entertained. Mark Westfield brings the book to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Broody Bear Brodie

Have you listened to any of Mark Westfield’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Mark Westfield always understands the characters but in the Thirds series he brings the character's alive.

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

I listen to this book in one sitting and then again the next day.

Any additional comments?

Each of these books in the series are well worth listening too over and over again.

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  • JBo
  • 12-22-16

Another great THIRDS story

Charlie Cochet is on good form with a well told conspiracy facing the Destructive Delta team as they battle a vigilante group of Therians exacting revenge on humans responsible for violence against Therians in the riots of the 80s. Added to that, they have a traitor in their ranks giving the vigilantes help; Dex scares Sloane; Dex says the 'L' word and Ash hurts Cael.
The narration was good, but odd words were emphasised that made it a bit irritating, almost as if the narrator was trying too hard. In comparison to the previous novels it sounded less natural. It was still good, but I got the feeling he'd forgotten how he'd narrated the others.
For all that, I still enjoyed it and will listen to it again & I've bought the other audio books in the series so I would recommend it.

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  • Nathan
  • 04-27-15

5 stars!

An amazing follow up in the "Thirds books" perfect in many aspects and amazing narration by mark.

Can't wait for the final book.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 11-09-19

OMG so good, and that cliffhanger!!! Argh!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars
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🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 5

OMG so good, and that cliffhanger!!! Argh!

It follows on from the events of books 1 & 2 but the aftermath of the team’s injuries and the unrest between Humans and Therians. Another awesome case filled with intrigue and betrayal! I loved it! Even better than that is that I thought I knew who the betrayer was both times and thankfully Charlie had me tricked, which I love, and I was on the edge of my seat till the end and then to end on a devastating cliffhanger O.M.G!!! So intense!!!

I loved learning more about Ash in this book and loved getting a look behind the gruff and grumpy exterior. I’m also loving the relationships developing between more of the team members and while I understand the hesitation in some places, it still frustrates me when characters don’t TALK TO EACH OTHER! LOL.

All in all, I loved this book and the series and it’s characters just keep getting better! I can’t wait for more!!!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Ryan S
  • 03-01-16

good story, good action characters

I thought the strength of the series was the development of the characters as they interacted with the 'page turner" story. Although to me the physical relationships between the main characters did not seem to be as "real" as they could have been. Alpha, action males being wrapped up with "pink bows", becoming submissive did not "gel" with me, maybe versatility would enhance the type of characters developed in the story?
To me it was an enjoyable series, I recommend it, but a bit of a "Voinov, L.C. Chase, R.J. Scott, L.A. Witt" would have added to the complexity, layers to the characters physical relationships, taking it to the next level for me.