I'm totally digging these fanmade ICoS book covers!
The seventh installment in the THIRDS series holds the answer to every question I've had about some aspects of the story since book one. It leaves no stone unturned, it's an emotional roller coaster, painful, funny, and brilliant. Needless to say, Smoke & Mirrors exceeded my expectations by far!
Since we were left with a cliffhanger at the end of Catch a Tiger by the Tail, this book starts where the other left off. The first chapter is intense, and I was so so angry with Dex's captor that I just wanted to put my hands through my Kindle and strangle the bastard. But at the same time, Dex made me prouder than ever. I adore that man!
And then things just continue to get worse from there, and you'll constantly feel the need to hug Sloane, Cael and Tony, and your heart will break a million times over. Fear not, though. I've said this before and I'll say it again: Charlie always finds the opportune moment to write a hilarious scene right when you think you can't take the agony of your babies suffering anymore. And she gets mad props from me for that.
There's a lot of things I loved about this book. I was happy to see Dex and Sloane's relationship moving to the next level, growing stronger than ever, their bond solid and unbreakable. I was mesmerized by Ash, who stood by Cael's side unconditionally, never asking questions, always offering support and love. Then there were Seb and Hudson, ripping my soul to shreds, and I seriously need their book, because I want them to be happy. What's more, Tony proved throughout this entire book that he's a remarkable father, who gave his sons the chance to have a beautiful family.
I can't go into much more without giving away spoilers, which I don't want to do, because it's better if you experience this book on your own. I, for one, fear the wait for book eight will kill me, and I cannot wait to see where this journey will take us. Until then, we have THIRDS Thursdays to see us through, and thank God for that.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
As long as they were together, they'd make it through anything. Them against the world.
"I don't want Ash, goddammit. I want you! I fucking love you!
He'd never done anything like this before. His Human side desired Dex. His Therian side wanted to claim him.
"He's fucking gorgeous. I can't believe I'm saying that about another dude, but fuck me, he's beautiful. His eyes are amazing. These really pale silvery pools–pools, Sloane! I'm calling his eyes fucking pools. Just seeing him makes me smile. He's funny, sweet, damn sexy, and I don't know why the hell he fell in love with me. No clue."
"Hey, thank you."
Ash wrinkled his muzzle before looking away, as if he was thinking. Then he turned his head and snuggled Dex's face, giving his chin a lick.
"Ew, gross," Dex laughed. "Don't worry, big guy. It'll be our secret. No one would believe me anyway." Dex petted Ash before getting up and closing the door behind him.
BR with Trisha. <3
I'm not even sure where to start, to be honest, because I'm a puddle of goo. I can't seem to wipe this huge grin off my face, because I absolutely adored this book! It's been said before, but it bears repeating, because Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson really are the utmost definition of a match made in heaven. PER-FEC-TION!!!
Meet Kai. He's an experienced gamer who runs a Twitch channel and has a lot of loyal subscribers who worship him. Kai is a former dancer who suffers from severe social anxiety and who hasn't left his apartment in 3 years, because the outside world makes him have panic attacks. He's a sweetheart, cute as a button, and he loves red pandas. Seriously, look at this adorable creature!
Garrett has worked as a mechanic in the army for years. He's currently in Afghanistan, and he uses his laptop and gaming to escape his utter boredom and to avoid socializing. He meets Kai when Kai's orc kills his archer in a game, after which he messages Kai and develops a bit of an infatuation for the sexy twink. Garrett is overprotective, and he's a big grumpy gorgeous man.
They're both vary of online relationships, but what starts as an easy friendship filled with banter and confessions slowly turns into more. And by more I mean a bunch of scorching hot Skype sessions, dirty texts, but most of all, an openness neither of the men thought possible.
Garrett's deployment ends, and he decides to surprise Kai and pay him a visit. Well, that doesn't go as planned, and he gets a door slammed in his face. Fear not, Kai comes around, and they can't keep their hands off each other. Their cocoon of warmth and hot sex is disturbed by real life occurrences and the need to sort out their future, which they all do eventually.
These two make for an amazing couple, and I dare say they've joined the ranks of my favorite couples ever. I loved Garrett's attentiveness, his big heart and selflessness, and his proneness to giving orders in bed. I also admired Kai's courage, loved his flirty and dirty side, and the care package he sent Garrett was the best. Plus, chapter 10 has to be, hands down, the best and hottest thing I've read in ages!!! I mean wow. What's more, Garrett's sister, Nicole, and their mom deserve a special mention, because they're amazing women!
I'm really looking forward to the second book in the series, although I got to admit I was not a fan of Costigan. But I'm willing to keep an open mind, because I LOVE how well Santino and Megan work together!
First read: February 2016
Second read: July 2016