Grab a cup of tea, coffee, beer or glass of wine, sit back, relax… and find out what happened when Macky and I got Dex and Sloane on the couch at Sinfully HQ! We were thrilled they had the time to pop in for a chat on their flying visit to the UK… Christmas is on the menu as well as some other very interesting topics of conversation… this is one you definitely don’t want to miss!
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Dex & Sloane pop in for Afternoon Tea at Sinfully HQ
Monique: Paces nervously ~ Right Macky. Kettle's on… they’ll be here any minute now, just satisfy me one more time that everything is done? ...OMG! ...the toilet!… did Mark clean the toilet?
Macky: Rolls eyes ~ Yes! Don't panic girl! It was his turn to put the sparkly marigolds on. He's put the crochet lady with the crinoline, over the toilet roll, scrubbed and filled the bidet with Gummy Bears, put the poster of Journey on the wall AND after all that he even made the cake!
Monique: Oh Yes. The cake. Did he really have to ice 'Dex and Sloane are so HOT' on it! ...and what’s with all the hearts? Hang on Macky… don’t tell me he’s knitted a Charlie Cochet lookalike for the toilet roll holder??? Puts head in hands
Macky: Monique!!!! That's Charlie COCHET not Charlie CROCHET!!!! Stifles a giggle ~ Actually I think he’s getting us back for putting that whoopee cushion under the seat when he had Josephine Myles on the Sinfully sofa. Snort.
Sound of heavy boots coming up path.
Monique: Look of sheer panic ~ Right! They’re here! Chop chop Macky, stop standing there like something out of Madame Tussauds's: get those gummy bears out of the bidet and in a dish ASAP!!!
Macky: Frozen on the spot...mouth agape
Monique: Oh for gods sake, do I have to do everything myself. Grabs sweeties quickly.
*Door bell rings*
Monique: Heart pounding rapidly, puts smile on face, takes a deep breath and opens the door. ~ Hello! Welcome gentlemen to our humble HQ, we’re so happy you managed to fit us into your busy schedule.
Dex: Waves and grins widely ~ Allo, loves! Thanks for the invite. Hope you’ve got the kettle on. I’m dying for a cuppa.
Sloane: Groans ~ Dex, we talked about this.
Dex: Rolls his eyes ~ I think my English accent is pretty good. What do you think, ladies?
Monique: Smiles warmly at Dex ~ I love your British accent Dex, it’s very cute. Thank you both so much for stopping by, come in… Macky! Nudges Macky, whispering through forced smile ~ Close your mouth Macky and say something.
Macky: Stutters ~ ...H..h..hello...Blushing furiously ...OMG! Look at those packages, they're so big!!!
Dex: Winks ~ Why thank you.
Monique: Macky!!! Eyes up!
Macky: NO...I meant look at the packages! Have you brought us presents?
Monique: Mutters under breath ...You promised to behave. Smiles sweetly at Dex and Sloane ...So gentlemen, while you’re here on a flying visit to the UK, It looks like you've been doing some Christmas shopping, such beautifully wrapped gifts.
Macky: Actually what Mrs 'butter wouldn't melt in her mouth nosy knickers' is trying to say, is she's dying to know what's inside the packages? Are they presents for the guys in Destructive Delta? What have you bought them? Mimes zipping lips...Our lips are sealed!
Dex: Drops down onto the couch and gasps ~ Are those gummy bears for me?
Monique: Smiles sweetly ~ Absolutely, our Mark bought them especially for your visit
Dex: Blinks innocently ~ What? It would be rude of me not to accept their most gracious hospitality. Grabs a handful. Anyway, I got loads of awesome stuff to take home to everyone. There’s tea, chocolate, baked goods, T-shirts, mugs, a pair of Converse with the Union Jack for me because you know how much I love my Chucks. I got Cael this Royal Guard Teddy Bear that I know he’s gonna love. It’s got a little fuzzy black hat and everything! A bottle of Pimms for my dad, and oh, a genuine Constable’s helmet from this very nice Therian officer.
Sloane: Shakes his head in shame ~ That poor guy. He’s probably still wondering what the hell happened.
Dex: Grins widely ~ He was very sweet and accommodating.
Sloane: He was bedazzled by Daley.
A bedazzled Monique and Macky nod heads frantically in agreement!
Dex: Sounds like a clothing line. Holds his hands up ~ Okay, the guy might have had a little crush on me. I might have asked him where I could get such an awesome helmet so I could wear one for my boyfriend… along with nothing else.
Sloane: Face goes red ~ Inappropriate on so many levels.
Dex: Dude, we were in Soho standing in front of a sex shop. There was only one way that conversation was going to go. It was the fuzzy handcuffs displayed in the window that started it. I asked him if he thought they were Therian strength.
Sloane: Covers his face with his hands ~ Please stop talking.
Macky: Oh were they the animal print fluffy ones because Monique has a pair of those.... She has the matching coc..OWWWW! !
Monique: Kicks Macky again!
Macky: But you have!! You told me it was on a BOGOF special offer...buy one get the cheaper one free!!!
Monique: Blushing, laughing nervously while looking daggers at Macky! ~ Yes well, where were we... Oh yes, Charlie, how is she? We love her here at Sinfully, it’s a shame you couldn't persuade her to make the trip with you.
Macky: OOOH yes give us the skinny on Charlie… what’s she like to work with?
Dex: We tried, but she’s in the middle of telling Ash’s story and we all know how pleasant he can be when he doesn’t get his way. Actually, it’s more like his natural state of being. Either way, no one wanted to have his grumpy ass bitchin’ and moanin’, so we decided to take a little vacation time. Just the two of us. As for working with her…
Sloane: Cringes ~ I kind of feel bad sometimes. I mean we don’t make it easy. Lots of drama, and some of us can be more of a challenge than others. Discreetly nods toward Dex.
Monique: Hmmm… challenging, yes I can appreciate that all too well Sloane ~ glances over at Macky ...So, while Charlie’s not here and we have you all to ourselves, are there any secrets you haven’t shared with her that you would like to tell us about?
Dex: Wriggles eyebrows ~ Now if we told you then it wouldn’t be a secret, would it? We like to keep her on her toes.
Macky: Looking dreamily at Dex ~ It must be hard working with two people that know you so well, especially your Dad… What’s it like working for him?
Dex: Pops a gummy bear into his mouth ~ It’s challenging, but not how you may think. I know what to expect from my dad and brother, and they know what to expect from me. Yeah, I’ll do my best to drive them up the wall, but only at the appropriate times.
Sloane: Snorts ~ Meaning any time he can get away with it.
Dex: True. But I also know when to back off, when they need some time to themselves, or when they could use a shoulder to lean on. The challenging part comes out in the field. One of my greatest fears is that I’ll mess up and get them hurt. That fear can either cripple you, or drive you to do the best damn job you can. I want them to be proud I’m on their team.
Monique: Nods in agreement ~ Oh, I’m sure they are both very proud of you, as you must be too Sloane… I just can’t imagine how hard it must be for you two to hide your relationship, what with the whole working together being taboo as far as THIRDS is concerned.
Sloane: Sighs ~ I won’t lie. It’s getting harder. I don’t like keeping things from my team. We’re a family, and I don’t want to lie to them, but… I don’t know. We’re sort of taking things one day at a time. Despite the no fraternizing rule, a lot of agents are involved in relationships.
Dex: Oh yeah. There is a whole load of fraternizing going on. Especially in the sleeping bays. Some of Unit Alpha’s agents are definitely fraternizing the hell out of each other.
Monique: Raises eyebrows ~ Well, there’s definitely no fraternizing going on in our cleaning closet!
Macky: Err...just a second hold that thought… runs to closet and whispers loudly...Andy You'll have to come back tomorrow and I'll help you clear your pipe then!!!
Monique: OMG! Not Handy Andy the plumber?!? MACKY!!!!!!!!!!
Monique: Trying to compose herself ~ So sorry gentleman, where were we?
Sloane: So far, no one’s really suspected anything. If they have, they haven’t brought it up. I’m sure the higher ups know what’s going on, but as long as it doesn’t interfere with the job, they seem willing to look the other way. Don’t know if and how long that’ll last.
Monique: I think THIRDS are lucky to have you, turning to Dex ~ what impressed you the most about the set up over there, after what you were used to at the HPF Sixth Precinct.
Dex: Wriggling closer to Sloane ~ You mean aside the sexy as sin jaguar Therian kicking Ash’s ass? The whole thing. I walked in there, and it was like entering this whole other world. There were agents from all walks of life, of every gender and faith. There were more Therians in one place than I had ever seen. It was hella intimidating. And the technology? Freakin’ awesome. My desk is a giant tablet, dude! Sometimes we have lunch in our office and play virtual table hockey.
Sloane: Pats Dex’s leg ~ Millions of dollars in technology and he’s most impressed by the table hockey.
Dex: Shrugs ~ The pucks and the table glow neon colors. Like Tron.
Macky: Oh I LOVED Tron....mmmm a young Jeff Bridges!
Monique: Looking puzzled ~ Tron? Shakes head and looks at Sloane ~ There was something that I wanted to ask you actually Sloane, I hope you don’t mind? but we have often wondered about the aspects of shifting, haven't we Macky? Macky nods unable to answer as she's shoved a handful of Gummy Bears in her mouth. How does being in your jaguar form affect you … emotionally I mean, and how do you control it? ...and I know we are probably pushing our luck but will we be seeing more shifter action in future?
Sloane: It’s difficult to describe. Some of us Therians see that side of us as a separate entity within ourselves, even though it is us. It makes it easier for us to deal with, I guess. The physical pain is excruciating, so it’s not something anyone’s willing to do on a whim. Emotionally, it can be just as difficult. If your head’s not in the right place, it’ll unsettle your Therian side.
Dex: And nothing is worse than a grumpy Therian in his Therian form. Believe me.
Macky: Mutters under her breath. ~ you haven't seen Monique in efficiency mode!
Sloane: Tugs playfully on Dex’s ear ~ I told you not to wave that cat toy in Ash’s face. He doesn’t like having things waved in his face. Neither do I for that matter.
Dex: Gives Sloane a wicked grin ~ Is that so? Because that’s not the tune you were singing last night.
Sloane: Blushing ~ Um… well, I uh, what were we talking about? Shifting. Right. Yes, you will see more of us in our Therian forms in the future.
Macky: OOOH more growling! RAWR! Which has me thinking, Dex, what was it like growing up with a Therian brother? Did you ever wish you had the ability to shift, and if you could, what animal would you be?
Dex: Fidgets uncomfortably ~ To be honest, I’ve never wanted the ability to shift. I’ve always been kind of grateful I couldn’t. When I was a kid, I used to wish Cael wasn’t a Therian. Not because I’m not proud of him for who he is, but because of how much he suffered because of it. Someone was always giving him a hard time. They didn’t know how awesome he was, wouldn’t even give him a chance. The way he had to be marked, registered, the pain he was in when he shifted… I didn’t want that for him. If I could have suffered in his place, I would have. Things are different now because we’re both grown up, and we have an awesome dad who was always there to support us. If I was a Therian, I guess I’d be a jaguar. Winks at Sloane ~ Because they’re the sexiest and most lethal. Leans over and gives Sloane’s cheek a kiss.
Sloane: Returns Dex’s kiss ~ You’re adorable.
Monique and Macky grin sappily, look at each other and sighhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Macky: So Dex, we know you like your music… if you were to make a Christmas playlist for Sloane what would your top five be?
Dex: Bounces excitedly ~ Oh my god! You have no idea. I love music. Obviously I’d want to fill it with eighties pop but I’d kind of like him to stick around a little longer. Bumps playfully into Sloane who chuckles.
Sloane: I really appreciate that.
Dex: Though I might slip one in there because what’s a playlist without a little Queen?
Sloane: Pretends to be put off ~ Fine. If it’ll make you happy.
Dex: Whoops ~ I’m gonna go with Queen’s Somebody to Love, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama, David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel, Foreigner’s Juke Box Hero, and AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. I know they’re not Christmas songs and the reason for that is that Christmas songs drive him crazy. He’s not the Jungle Bells kind of guy unless I’m the one jingling his bells.
Sloane: And we’re back to inappropriate.
Dex: Admit it, my choices were spot on.
Sloane: Folds his arms over his chest ~ Yeah, all right. They were great choices. And yes, Christmas songs drive me crazy and there’s a good reason for that. Mainly the fact that Unit Alpha allows their agents to decorate their offices for whichever holiday they happen to celebrate. They also play music. The music’s only in the reception area but you hear the same songs enough times, you end up wanting to chuck the nearest bauble wreath out the window.
Monique: Pats Sloane’s knee ~ I know how you feel Sloane, Macky has been singing “So Here It Is Merry Christmas" by Slade all week
Macky: IT'S CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIISTMAS!!!
Monique: Oh god...she's off again. shoves another bunch of Gummy Bears in Macky's mouth ...So boys back to our conversation; unless you're called out to another intense incident between the Order and The Coalition, where will you both be spending Christmas this year?
Sloane: Ash and I will be spending it with Dex and Cael over at Maddock’s.
Macky: Giggling. ~ Will you be inviting Ash for Christmas dinner?
Dex: Mutters ~ Unfortunately.
Sloane: Elbows Dex in the ribs.
Dex: Ow! I mean, yes. Ash will be spending some time at my dad’s house with the family. Can’t wait. Should be a load of laughs.
Monique: Looks at clock ~ Gosh… I don’t know where the time has gone, it’s almost time for you to leave, but before you go we have a little something for you. Hands over wrapped box ~ I know it’s early, but we bought you a Christmas gift...you’re welcome to open it now if you like.
Dex: Excited ~ I love presents! Thank you. Tears through the wrapping.
The boys pull out a matching pair of Santa themed thongs!
Dex: Looks puzzled ~ Wow, it’s amazing! It’s…. What is it? Holds the thong up in front of him.
Sloane: Goes completely red.
Dex: Wait, no. I got it. It’s a headband. Aw, a cute little Santa headband.
Sloane: It’s not a headband.
Dex: What else can it be?
Sloane: Leans in to whisper in Dex’s ear.
Dex’s eyes go wide, his mouth hangs open, and he gasps.
Dex: Oh, you dirty birdies! I love it! But seriously, I have dental floss wider than this.
Monique: Look of sheer horror and turns to Macky ~ What happened to the matching Union Jack china tea cups????
Macky: What??? Trying to look innocent.~ I was hoping they might just model them for us today! Any chance guys? I'd love to see if I got the sizes right...if not I'd be happy to do some on the spot measuring!!! Rubs hands together gleefully.
Sloane: Jumps to his feet ~ I think it’s time for us to go. You know we’re still kind of jetlagged.
Dex: Eyes Sloane ~ We landed a week ago.
Sloane: Whispers hoarsely ~ Unless you’re looking to get strangled by that red dental floss, I suggest you move your ass. Turns to Monique and Macky ~ It was a pleasure chatting with you, ladies.
Dex: Pouts ~ But I didn’t get my tea and cookies--I mean biscuits.
Macky: Pouts with Dex...mutters to herself...damn! ~ If I'd gone with the Cheesy Doodles as a bribe, Dex would have whipped those thongs on quicker than a flash...Pffft!
Sloane: Pulls Dex to one side ~ If you follow me like a good little Dex, then maybe I’ll show you how this dental floss works.
Dex: Cheeks go red and quickly turns to Macky and Monique ~ I am terribly sorry, ladies, but I just remembered we promised Hudson we’d check up on his sister over in Kensington. We should probably go before it gets any later. Thank you for the gummy bears and the… er, gifts. I have a feeling they’re going to be thoroughly enjoyed.
Macky: Omg! Can we watch? Monique is your phone charged up? Your video is much better than mine...stage whispers ...you know?...Our YouTube channel!
Monique: Rolls eyes...again...sighs heavily and thinks: WHY ME?!?
Monique: Well it's certainly been an interesting chat, sorry about the tea Dex, and Mark will be so upset you never got to eat any of his cake but it’s been a pleasure and delight to have you here with us today and please give our love to Charlie... and don’t forget you are welcome anytime.
Dex waves as he walks out, stops suddenly, and pops back in.
Dex: You mind if I take a few gummy bears? For the road. You know, waiting for the tube and all that.
Sloane: Grabs Dex by the belt and pulls him along ~ No more sugar. I don’t want to get arrested because you tried climbing another lion statue. I guarantee you Ash won’t find it as amusing as you.
Monique and Macky: Stand at door waving goodbye with silly grins on their faces.
Monique: Looks at Macky with the evil stink eye ~ I don’t think they’ll come again!
Macky: Mischievously ~ Ohhhh… knowing what we know about their bedroom antics... I’m quite sure they will!!!!
Monique and Macky look at each other and fall about in uncontrollable laughter.
Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3) by Charlie Cochet
Author ~ Charlie Cochet
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 7th November 2014
Genre ~ M/M Paranormal Romance
New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.
Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.
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