Friday, February 05, 2016

Release Day Review : Catch a Tiger By the Tail (THIRDS #6) by Charlie Cochet

catchatigerTitle ~ Catch a Tiger By the Tail (THIRDS #6)

Author ~ Charlie Cochet

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 5 February 2016

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





Sequel to Against the Grain
THIRDS: Book Six

Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his selective mutism and social anxiety. Calvin’s confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that’s been his whole world for as long as he can remember.

As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.


Debra’s Review

This installment is one many THIRDS fans have been wanting to get their hands on, and I can’t imagine that they will be disappointed with Calvin and Hobbs’ story. The majority of the focus of this book really was on the relationships, with less action than in some of the prior stories, but I didn’t mind it one bit.

Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends most of their lives, but over the past year the line between friends and “more than” has been blurring. Making the leap into a romantic relationship has not been going smoothly. There have been a few tentative steps in that direction, with Calvin making his feelings clear, but Hobbs has always pulled away in that regard.

With Ethan’s severe anxiety and selective mutism, the fiercely protective Calvin has often been his voice in the previous books, but now, finally we get to hear what Ethan is thinking. Just because he can’t always express his thoughts, doesn’t make Ethan any less of a growly, possessive Alpha than the rest of the Therians on the team and I think you’ll agree when you read it that a turned on, jealous, possessive Ethan Hobbs has plenty to say and it’s sexy as hell!

Are there kinks in the developing relationship? Hell yeah there are and let’s just say that not all of them are unwelcome or unexpected. In addition to the physical chemistry between the two, there are all sorts of feels going on here. Ethan has a difficult time with his family, including a sick father and a brother that just won’t give him a break. As much as Rafe gives Ethan a hard time though, his other brother Seb gives Ethan just the same back in unconditional love and support. Ethan also suffers from nightmares about his recent capture and depression relating to his disability.

It’s not just Ethan who has a hard time though. We get a perspective on what Calvin goes through psychologically as the team’s sniper. The latest situation where Calvin was forced to pull the trigger weighs on him not just psychologically, but also results in a dangerous backlash from the family of the man he is forced to shoot. As much as Calvin always has Ethan’s back, the reverse is also true. These two are so good together that it is clear from the start that regardless of what happens in the romance department, Calvin and Hobbs will be there for each other through thick and thin.

There is plenty of time spent with all the other couples and the team as a whole. There may not be as much action as in some of the other installments, but we do see the team working and training together in both their human and therian forms. Dex, Sloane, Ash and Cael are all well represented and while Charlie Cochet really concentrates on the relationship between Calvin and Ethan, the two other Hobbs brothers also get some time in this story. There are laughs, a few tears, some surprises and a lot of turning points. You’ll come away feeling for the entire Hobbs clan and you may even come to like the grouchy Rafe.

The main case the team is working on is wrapped up here, and while the ongoing storyline involving their secret TINS training, and Schultzon’s drug testing took a back seat for most of the story it is not forgotten. This felt like a transitional book as far as those continuing storylines go. The team is still questioning Sparks’ motivations and her endgame is uncertain, but that all comes back into focus in the end. I hate to say it, but one thing fans may not be happy about at the end? The cliffhanger!

This was my favorite book in what has been a spectacular series so far. I think most THIRDS fans are going to get what they were looking for from this book and will be counting the days until the next release date.


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Series Reading Order

Book 1: Hell & High Water

Book 2 : Blood & Thunder

Book 3: Rack & Ruin

Book 4: Rise & Fall

Book 5: Against the Grain


Meet Charlie Cochet

M/M Romance author by day, artist by night, Charlie Cochet is quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From hardboiled detectives and society gentleman, to angels and elves, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!





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Make sure to visit us on Monday when Charlie Cochet will be stopping by with a special guest post wherein the always professional Dex interviews Calvin and Ethan. 



  1. I so can't wait to start this book, I feel like I've been waiting for Calvin & Hobbs'story forever... But I'm not sure I'll be able to deal with the cliffhanger for so many months until the release of Smoke & Mirrors !

    1. I know how you feel Elle since I've already done it! You could always read everything up until the last part of the last chapter and then just start there before Smoke & Mirrors. :)

  2. Thank you for the review. I am enjoying this story so much. Great addition to the series.

    1. I'm glad to hear you're loving it too!