TITLE: Love and Payne
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sep 4, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book /$14.99 -paperback
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….
From the very first time, actually as I remember well, it was in the first book, Zack was one of the characters that I would have liked to know more about.
And after years and years, finally, I got the chance to know not only Zack but Austen too.
If you’ve read the series up until now, you know that Dex likes to torment Zach, the bear THERIAN shifter, by snatching up the last Cheese Doodles, a snack that both Dex and Zack are crazy about.
We didn’t read much about Zack up until now, but we get some glimpses in the other books of the growing “something” between Zack and Austen the TIN agent.
I think when I say that Austen is one of our favorites, I don’t think I exaggerate. We know Austen from the previous books as the mysterious TIN agent who pops up out of nowhere and always at the right time. He’s a resourceful cheetah THERIAN shifter, with a strength that comes from his dedication and his utter cleverness.
What we didn’t know was that Austen kept tabs on Zack, a very detailed tab that is. Austen knows Zack’s family (all ninety-six of them) by name. He knows everything there is to know about Zachary, he just can’t help himself when it comes to Zack. He knows that in his line of work—about what we learn more in this book—being in love and be loved in return, is not an option.
But when Zack’s life is in danger, thanks to his caring, soft heart, Austen does everything in his power to keep the man who means so much to him safe, even if he has to face all of Zachary’s clan one by one.
I loved Zach’s family, their caring for each other. They are close, and there are no secrets. Zach knows that obsessing on Austen will lead him to heartbreak and he decided that he’s going to take as much time as he can to be near Austen, because after all it’s done, Austen will leave, and they will never meet again…as was promised by his Austen.
This is a very good sequel of the series! Angst, love and many funny times thanks to Austen being near to Zack’s family. You will laugh a lot, as we used by now when it comes to THIRDS. And one more thing…I can’t wait for the next book when Austen must manage…Well I shouldn’t say more! Just read the book!
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis