Smoke & Mirrors by Charlie Cochet ~ Book Review by Caroline

26075798Title: Smoke & Mirrors

Author: Charlie Cochet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: LC Chase

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/08/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance


Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.

My View:

If you are a fan of the THIRDS series you have no doubt been biting your nails waiting for this one after we were left with THAT cliffhanger in Catch a Tiger by the Tail. If you are new to the THIRDS series you cannot start here! All these books are tied together and need to be read in order – and if you are anything like me then they need to be read again and again and again…

Smoke and Mirrors literally picks up where we left off with the last book. Dex has been kidnapped, a feat in itself when you consider who he was sleeping next to at the time, and Charlie must have been having a dark couple of days when she wrote this one because what happens to him is pretty gruesome. The storyline takes us back before even the first book, back to when Dex was a child and his parents were murdered, and starts neatly tying everything together. Don’t let that last sentence fool you though for as many questions as this book answers it raises many more. As a fan of the entire series I cannot tell you how impressed I am at the authors linking together of events though – even things that seemed irrelevant in the past take on meaning as Dex once again works through his grief.

We get to spend time with the rest of the team again but really this is all about Dex and Sloane. The kidnapping is just the start of their newest heartache and they have some pretty difficult shit to deal with here. For all the changes that have been thrust upon Dex in the last couple of years they fade into insignificance at what he is about to go through and again I have to say how impressed I am with how it all ties in.

This book has a different feel to the rest of the series – it’s not so much about the action and much more about the feels. To say anymore would probably mean dropping spoilers so I’m going to end it here. You will not be disappointed with this one – although the ending had a feeling of finality for me in a way the other books did not it also left a lot of unanswered questions so I am totally convinced that Charlie is going to carry on for a while longer yet with a group of characters that have become my all-time favourites! I mean she has to right??

Oh one last thing!! Who knew Tony was such a dark horse 😉


Smoke & Mirrors on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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

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2 thoughts on “Smoke & Mirrors by Charlie Cochet ~ Book Review by Caroline

  1. Thanks for this review. I’ve been holding the last book because of the cliffhanger and now I can buy this one and read both. I love the series.

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