Release Day Review – Smoke and Mirrors by Charlie Cochet #Review


Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance, Shifters
Length: Novel
Published: July 8th, 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781634773871
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781634773874

SmokeMirrors cover

Book Seven of the THIRDS Series

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.



Sound exploded in Dex’s ears. His head throbbed, and his face hurt. He tasted blood, and his body didn’t feel like his own as he struggled through the lethargy. His limbs felt heavy, like he was swimming in molasses. With a groan, he forced his eyes open. It was dark save for the halo of light floating somewhere above his head. Where was he? The last thing he remembered was Sloane’s strong arms around him, wrapping him up in warmth, holding him close. Sloane had nuzzled his face in Dex’s hair, then kissed him good night, followed by a soft “I love you.”


Dex bolted upright, a gasp caught in his throat as he surfaced through the haze. His eyes widened, and his heart beat furiously as he realized his wrists and ankles were zip-tied to a chair.

“What the hell is this?” He looked up and reeled from the stabbing white light. It seared his vision, and he shut his eyes tight for several seconds, a halo all he could see before he was finally able to focus on the stretch of nothingness around him. Shadows surrounded him on all sides, the only light coming from the lamp hanging over his head. “Hello?” It struck him then.

They’d taken him from his home.

Oh God, where was Sloane? His blood ran cold, and he jerked against the restraints. “Somebody answer me!”

“You’re awake. Good.”


First let me say I own and love all of Charlie Cochet’s books – No exceptions. But, my favourite series has to be the Thirds.

Now I know the question everyone is asking is, What’s going on with Dex? Well, the answer is….I’m not going to tell you. 🙂 You’ll have to buy the book and find out for yourself.

I was lucky enough to win an ARC copy of this book and so got to read it early (I also have my own copy pre-ordered and by the time you read this I will be rereading it with joy).

This book quickly became my favourite of the series. The emotion, the action, and the comedy, all keep you reading and on the edge of your seat. I went from crying, to laughing, to yelling, and back to crying again, over and over. You just think you know what is happening and something comes up that changes your mind. Although, I guarantee at one point you will be yelling ‘I know where it is’ at the top of your voice and the characters still won’t listen.

This book has everything you would expect from a Thirds book and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Of course, if you haven’t read the rest of the series, I would first ask WHY? And then recommend you buy the whole series, and stock up on supplies, before settling down in a secluded area for a marathon read.

Happy Reading 🙂


Dreamspinner Press eBook
Dreamspinner Press Paperback
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble



madison_parker_MG_4277-WEB800Charlie 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.



About cazpedroso

Author of mmromance Find me on
This entry was posted in Book Reviews, Release Days and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s