After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost.
With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart.
Sloane and Dex have come a long way, but they’re not quite where they need to be… yet. Even though Dex has promised to not take things in his own hands, it should come as no surprise to anyone that he can’t sit back and let other people defend his team and his partner.
A lot happened in Rise & Fall that included a lot of twists and turns. A lot of emotions came into play as well and some scary moments that I totally didn’t expect. I’m also loving the dynamic between the characters on the team.
There were just as many light moments as tense in Rise & Fall, which is a good thing. Dex is still Dex and he has no problem pushing Ash’s buttons, but even their relationship takes a few unexpected turns.
I know I’m late to the THIRDS party, but like I’ve said before, it has its advantages. I’ve already read the next book in the series – Against the Grain – and trust me when I say that Charlie Cochet made the wait for Ash and Cael totally worth it 😉