I am a big fan of this series and have grown to love most of its characters. Charlie definitely knows her way with humor and great world building. Against The Grain is the fifth book in the THIRDS series focusing this time on Ash Keeler (Sloane’s BFF) and Cael Maddox (Dex’s brother) with them finally getting together.
I really did my best to get in the zone with this one but it’s not just for me. I ignored Ash’s asshatery towards Cale since he came around eventually but the story just didn’t click for me.
I feel that there’s just so many things happening around them and the the focus that was supposed to be on the couple was sidetracked by plot lines including Cael’s ex-boyfriend, his bonding / mating, the new drugs and all. Also, reading Austen’s POV was such a distraction, like I feel that the guy shouldn’t be in this book at all because he took some of the spotlight from the couple and the Therian Intelligence Network (TIN) just made the whole thing a hot mess. The out made for Sparks was just all too convenient – and…
I loved that we still have a lot of Dex-time here who totally saved this read for me. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first four books but I will definitely continue to support the next books in the series.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Published August 3rd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.