Against the Grain (THIRDS #5) by Charlie Cochet ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

AgainstTheGrainAUDTitle: Against the Grain (THIRDS #5)

Author: Charlie Cochet

Narrator: Mark Westfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 10/22/2015

Length: 07 hours 58 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Paranormal


As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.

Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.

Story Review:

Against the Grain, although book 5 in the THIRDs Series by Charlie Cochet, it is the first book that doesn’t center on Dex and Sloane. Instead we focus on Ash and Cael – a couple we have long waited to see get together!

This book is definitely more touchy-feely, with the action only really coming into play near the end. This isn’t a bad thing. I liked seeing Ash reconcile his feelings for Cael and start showing them. That doesn’t mean he stops being a jerk, however. There are times I really didn’t like him. I did feel bad for him though.

The intrigue in this book is thick, with you not knowing who to trust. I enjoyed the plot and getting to see Dex and Sloane as well as the rest of Destructive Delta.

I look forward to the next installment in this series!

Narration Review:

As with the rest of this series, Mark Westfield does a superb job narrating. The voices continue from earlier books so it is easy to identify who is who and the scenes are acted as much as read. A pleasure to listen to!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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