Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Love and Payne by Charlie Cochet

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart… until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something—or someone—is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/M shifter thriller romance
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This is Austen's story and it didn't disappoint! I love how Austen has been able to keep tabs on Ozzy (or Z) despite believing that he, himself, is not good enough for him. Austen has been living his life on the edge for so long that he isn't sure if he can ever really live a true and normal, happy life.

Ozzy is one of the many Zachary brothers who are part of the THIRDS squad. When an assignment goes a little sideways, Ozzy is hurt. Despite all of his family surrounding him, when he sees that Austen has come to him and wants to protect him, he can't help but fall more in love.

Z and Austen have a chemistry that simmers just below the surface. They know that they belong together, but with Austen's past and Ozzy not willing to push too hard, they kind of dance around each other until they can't any more.

I loved the relationship that you got to see develop in this story. Austen is still wary of his past and how it could determine his future, but he's also willing to take a risk. Their love is so genuine. I do wish that the resolution maybe wasn't so tidy. It seemed a little abrupt too. But, overall, I loved it.

I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!

I just loved this book. I have always wanted to know more about Austen and for him to have his own book. I still feel like there is more to learn about him, but I loved what I saw. Zach is just a huge teddy bear and you can't help but love him instantly. These two have been yearning for each other for years and when Zach gets hurt, Austen is there in a heartbeat. The love these two share is so sweet. I love how patient and caring Zach is. This book gave me the feels and I can't wait to see whose story is next. I really hope Brayden gets a book; I love him and his honesty with Zach just made me love him more. Great addition to the THIRDS world.

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Charlie 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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Love and Payne (THIRDS Universe #1) by Charlie Cochet to read and review.

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