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....
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone....
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now....
Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section....
NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable....
Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head....
The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there's no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn....
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He's going to live in his hometown, be everybody's friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war....
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire....
A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates....
Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves....
Sergei Andronikov was a child when the Mafia wiped out his family, leaving him with nothing but a hunger for revenge....
On his way home from a meeting of the North American werewolf council, Armand La Marche is stopped in his limousine....
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage....
I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call....
Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to partner with the legendary Sam Kennedy to capture a serial killer known as the Huntsman....
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.
Charlie is a great writer and – as always – really has a way with combining action, romance and humor.
I’m not a big fan of “reunion” romances – I like that initial spark too much – but I did love that after all this time our guys finally get their chance to be together.
Of course, there is other drama going on – and more danger - as well as some more Dex/Sloane interactions – and a furthering of the overall mystery/arc.
For fans of the series, this is a must, and while I bet you could read this as a standalone, I think you’d miss a lot.
I'm glad the series is wrapping up, however, because we are starting to ease into the land of soap opera (i.e. people coming back from the "dead) and I think we've just about done all there needs to be done with this.
Mark Westfield is the voice for this series, so I can’t really add much to this review that hasn’t already been said.
I thought his English accent was fine and I enjoy his little “extras” that he throws in to keep the narration fresh and engaging.
I still sometimes struggle to appreciate his intonation, as he does seem to end each sentence in the same way, regardless of the emotion being portrayed – but after awhile I don’t notice it.
Overall, I’d give this 4 of 5 stars.
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Time after time Charlie Cochet creates such amazing stories filled with non-stop action, intrigue and romance, while narrator Mark Westfield makes that world all the more richer; Darkest Hour Before Dawn, the ninth book in the THIRDS series is no exception. You definitely do not want to read this without having read all the other books in this awesome series.
Mark Westfield delivers us back into the world of the THIRDS agents, namely Sebastian Hobbs and Dr. Hudson Colburn.
While the story is filled with tons of action and suspense the author really gives readers a more intimate view of one of my favorite couples, Seb and Hudson.
These two men belong to each other. Hudson is marked and truly mated to Seb. A tragedy in their past breaks them apart and throughout the series we see them dance around each other. In this installment we get an inside view into the how’s and why’s of their relationship.
I really enjoy Seb and Hudson interacting. Seeing the push and pull between the two and how these guys truly ‘pine’ for each other. I love seeing how close Hudson still is with the Hobbs family, especially his relationship with Seb’s Mom and Dad. With Westfield’s narration I could feel how important and emotional being connected to them is for Hudson. Hudson also frustrates me with his back and forth because it’s so plain to see how much Seb really cares for him. But it’s nice to see them circle around each other and slowly realize the depth of their love for one another.
Darkest Hour Before Dawn is not all romance, there is definitely plenty of action and intrigue going on throughout the story. The timing is perfect and the action scenes fleshed out.
Mark Westfield is definitely at his best when narrating fight scenes and confrontations and with the many revelations in this installment his narration kept me listening and wanting more.
I can’t wait to see what’s next for our favorite fellow agents.
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 Mark Westfield no one will be disappointed.
Throughout previous books we get snippets of the story of Seb and Hudson, so it is nice to get the dirty details on why they broke up, why they won’t get back together, and why their bond is so strong to start with.
They have so much history together and Cochet does a wonderful job making it feel like they’ve been the main characters in this series all along.
Much of the story centers around explaining the relationships and backgrounds of the main characters, Seb and Hudson. Seb is such a sweet, strong guy and I love getting to know him better. Hearing stories about him growing up with his brother's, Rafe and Ethan, and all the mischief they created is wonderful. It’s also important for the future of this series to learn more about the strong friendship he has with his partner, Dom. Additionally there is a host of info on Hudson’s upbringing and an explanation about his closeness with Seb’s family. All of this is particularly insightful if these guys are going to take over as the main players of the THIRDS series.
There’s never any doubt about the chemistry between Seb and Hudson, every time they cross paths in earlier stories their attraction is intense.
These two work really well together as Seb manages to be both sweetly romantic and officially takes over as the best dirty talker of the series (sorry Cael, we have a new champion).
There are several really exciting and dramatic scenes in Darkest Hour Before Dawn which help to show the dynamic of the team members of Theta Destructive. We get a good idea about the current state of New York City and what THIRDS and other law enforcement agencies are up against.
Darkest Hour Before Dawn is full of so many chuckle worthy moments made more enjoyable thanks to Mark Westfield’s flawless narration.
My favorites are Ash pondering the planning of Dex’s bachelor party and Sloane having to explain to Dex what a ‘Code Fuschia’ means.
Expect some seriously freaky events too. Like the reveal of who Wolf is, which caused chills up my spine. Obviously we all expected it, but it’s still a shock and the way Cochet builds up to it is so skillfully done.
We do get a few teasers about what might be coming with TIN and more explanation about what the organization can do and what they’re up against. I can hardly wait to see how Charlie Cochet pulls it all together, especially with Dex and Sloane branching off into their own series. As much as I thoroughly enjoyed Darkest Hour Before Dawn I’m excited for the undoubtedly explosive episodes to come!
I have been wanting to read/listen to Seb and Hudson's story since the first time they were mentioned as being together and this story did not disappoint. You can literally feel the love between the two of them that has withstood so much hurt and pain. There is still the humor that you expect when dealing with the THIRDS but to finally have Hudson and Seb happy and together was an amazing journey. Mark Westfield continues to do a wonderful job with giving each character their own identity and brings the story to life in a wonderful way.
Okay I'm not gonna lie, I read it twice in a row before posting my review. Another amazingly awesome book in this series. I was so happy to see Seb and Hudson get their HEA as they so totally deserved it after all they've gone through. I broke down in tears when Hudson told Seb he wanted to come home. I can't say anything else about the book as I don't want to spoil it. Full review once it's released.
This is book 9 in a series and they are best read in order. I have been waiting for Hudson's story ever since he was introduced and I was not disappointed. This series is so full of tough Alpha men that Hudson being a mild-mannered nerd, yet not too wimpy is refreshing plus I love a man with an accent. I've been waiting for Seb and Hudson's story and wasn't disappointed. And the cover? Whew!
Charlie Cochet has created so many awesome characters in this series, each with their own inner turmoils but tough with big hearts. In Darkest Hour Before Dawn, we veer off Dex and Sloane's team and have Sebastian. This story is a beautiful love story since these two were mated and torn apart 7 years back by a terrible work-related accident. There is also lots of action and several surprising twits. I did not see the end coming and can't wait for the next book.
The only issue I had is I would have liked more Sloane and Dex, but they are in the book and what we get is awesome!
These books are well-written and great to read but if you get a chance to hear them in narration do so. Mark Westfield lends voice to each character and I love is British accent for Hudson. I also love the sound effects he uses like the voices over the coms and phones.
If you like shifters, special ops, covert operations, a sweet love story, twists and some hot man-sex you will definitely like this book!
I highly recommend this series.
So happy this finally came out one of the best, great pair in this book and sooooo hot.
Finally Seb and Hudson! I fantasized about them because they are the couple that the author has shown us less, the one that during the other books never made progress to resolve their relationship and I was curious to know more about them.
Hudson tries in all ways to stay away from Seb because he does not believe he deserves a second chance after the tragic accident and for this reason he tries to go out with other people; unfortunately things end up very bad for him but someone, besides Seb will help ...
I do not want to tell too much about the plot because it is full of strokes, so I'll just say that for me this is the best book of a secondary couple of the whole series and the two protagonists deserve a book for them.
Mark Westfield as always is amazing to making real these characters.
If you could sum up Darkest Hour Before Dawn in three words, what would they be?
Love never dies.
What other book might you compare Darkest Hour Before Dawn to and why?
Hmm... just to the other THIRDS books.
What about Mark Westfield’s performance did you like?
I think this might be my favorite performance of his. I love all the THIRDS relationships but this one really tore at my heart strings.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes! It put me in panic mode because I was unsure what was going to happen. It made me laugh and cry!
Any additional comments?
I'm loving the Wolf character. More of him.
Any additional comments?
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.<br/><br/>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 and bombs and dealing with unknowns who want to kill them.<br/><br/>The action is solid, the feels are aplenty, and, once Hudson stops being a martyr, the romance pretty darn dreamy.<br/><br/>Mark Westfield obviously has a great time with the narration. As a listener I felt like I could tell he was enjoying himself while performing, which is one of the reasons this series is such fun to listen to. He does great character voices, keeps up well with the pacing – especially during the action moments – and gives a solid performance that is a pleasure to listen to.<br/><br/>I had a few niggles with the story, and found myself mildly disappointed that the accents (especially Hudson’s) weren’t really obvious, but there’s a warning up front that there would be “toned-down accents” and, frankly, my listening enjoyment wasn’t impacted by it.<br/><br/>I enjoyed the audio and look forward to where Cochet will take the series next.
5 stars for book 9 in the THIRDS audio series. This is Seb and Hudson's story. Mark Westfield is yet again an exceptional narrator and really gave this story another dimension. I just love the way he speaks and could listen to him all day.
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 boy. This brought in to question their ability to work together within THIRDS as bonded mates and it cost Seb his position in Destructive Delta which led to his subsequent transfer to another team and also cost them their relationship.
7 years later and these two are still separated due to the grief from that day but also Hudson's insane stubborn-ness. Through the first 50% of this story I just wanted to shake them both particularly Hudson but they do eventually find their way back to each other and then things move quite quickly from there!
As with all the THIRDS books there is plenty of action and drama and plenty of love! Seb is so sweet and I loved how he unconditionally looks out for and loves Hudson even when they're not together. I loved catching up with all the characters from the other books in this story. You really shouldn't listen to these books on their own, they need to be read in order to make the most of this brilliant world and all the characters that have been created.
Cannot wait for the next audio book instalment in this fabulous series!
There were numerous errors in the story...not sure whether they were down to Charlie or Dreamspinner [but I suspect the latter], the most annoying of which was using the word 'ay' instead of 'eh'. And of course, we have the perennial American habit of assuming all of us 'Brits' come from London [clue...most of us don't], and have a cut glass upper class English accent instead of a regional one [which Hudson would probably have had coming from Kent]...you know cos all Americans come from New York don't they?? 😏 Unfortunately, some errors also crept into this recording and despite Mark Westfield's best efforts, I could only give his attempt at an English accent 6 or 7 out of 10 I'm sorry to say.
Where does Darkest Hour Before Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Easily in the top 3, the series as a whole is probably number one for me.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I love all the characters, i think in this book it has to be Hobbs, especially when he is cussing & spitting out things like "you bloody wanker" i spent a lot of my commute chuckling & getting strange looks from fellow commuters.<br/><br/>I also really loved the scene with Hobbs and Maddox, that was a LOL moment for me even though i was walking down the road on my own!
Have you listened to any of Mark Westfield’s other performances? How does this one compare?
The other 8 books in this series, i can't imagine anyone else narrating this series now and i must look out for other books he has narrated, i really love his voice and they way he tells a story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Unfortunately no, i listened to it when i was commuting.
Any additional comments?
Hurry up with book 10 please!