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.