Friday, February 09, 2018

Audiobook Review: Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) by Charlie Cochet

darkest hour audioTitle ~ Darkest Hour Before Dawn

Author ~ Charlie Cochet

Narrator ~ Mark Westfield

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Release ~ 13th September 2017

Length ~ 10 hours, 8 minutes

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense



Sequel to Thick & Thin
THIRDS: Book Nine

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.



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Jane’s Review

This was the hotly anticipated ninth book in the THIRDS series, Seb and Hudson’s story. I just adored it. We know bits and pieces of their backstory from previous books and we get the blanks filled in here. They were once together whilst working on the Destructive Delta team and Sebastian Hobbs had marked his mate Hudson Colbourn. Then in a breach of protocol, civilian life was lost and the relationship ended. Hudson has stayed away from Seb for seven years and as a marked mate it's physically painful for him to do so but his stubborn nature and guilt prevent him from repairing the relationship, even though we know they still love each other. There is a lot of ‘push me pull you’ nuances to their relationship and you are just praying that they finally get it together.

The first half of the book is quite light hearted and we get more of Hudson’s English heritage and how he happened to come to the U.S. There is some action later in the book but I felt this book was more character driven than action packed as it does centre on their relationship a lot. But I really liked that and it was good to see the progression. It is quite emotional and the ending had me welling up. I was just so pleased for them. If you are a THIRDS Nerd you are not going to be able to put this down. You will be rooting for them and they do not disappoint, your heart will melt or alternatively it's scorching and you may spontaneously combust!


This instalment is just over 10 hours long and again and Mark Westfield does an amazing job of the narration. Having listened to the previous eight books, he has nailed each character for me and I wouldn't be able to listen to any other narrator voicing them. Hudson is a main character in this book and so Mark had to get Hudson’s English accent just right. Whilst I’ve noticed a couple of other people saying it hadn't quite worked for them, I felt it really worked for me. Being English and having a regional accent, I know that not everyone speaks the way Hudson does, but I feel it works for the family and background he comes from and with his character. I love Mark’s voice and could listen to it all day and after listening to him narrate the rest of the series, I feel like it's putting on a comfy pair of slippers when I hear his narration. It's like meeting up with your favourite people all over again. Brilliant and I can't wait for the next audiobook instalment.


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Meet Charlie Cochet

Charlie_Cochet_by_madison_parker150Charlie 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.

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