Love and Payne Thirds, Book 13 Charlie Cochet LGBT, Gay Romance, Paranormal, Sci-fi Dreamspinner Press, LLC September 4, 2018 200
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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Fellow followers of this series……This is Austen’s Book!!! Lucky 13……The elusive Austen Payne finally has surfaced, from shadow to hero with a great story to tell. To all the THIRDS fans, this shadow character portrayed in many of the books in this series finally comes into his own as we see what, where and why he is the hero that he is.
The attraction between THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond (Ozzy) Zachary and THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent and TIN operative has been smoldering for years and now erupts into a smoldering, sexy, Happy ever after.
Zach becomes a target, and Austen’s need to protect comes full force, as we see the unraveling of a tortured young man who feels he is not worthy. Zach and his family surround him in a cocoon of warmth and hot cocoa while Austen has Zach tucked away for his own safety, while TIN investigates who is trying to kill Zach.
As always Ms, Cochet writes a story of people who harbor radical beliefs and hatred towards ‘different’ in a world where people are brought to hatred rather than accepting their fellow man.
I have loved this series since it began, and look forward to the changes that will occur now that THIRDS Dex and Sloane are integrating into a new chapter working with TIN….Now their ‘ New Handler’ will have his hands full!!! Just sayin’.