Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fish & Chips (Cut & Run #3) - Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

Another great installment in the series! A bit complex with everything that is going on there. I remember the first time I read it I actually didn't understand ANYTHING even at the very end since I was mixing all the people and schemes together. This time around I think I got it, maybe ;) Yet what's important is not WHO is trying to kill Ty and Zane - it's the both of them together, this time REALLY together as they are on a two weeks cruse pretending to be a gay married couple - Corbin and Del Porter. It's the first time Ty an Zane get to really act on their feeling (mainly on their attraction) between them in public which is strange for both of them in the beginning but as the days goes by, it becomes quite natural. It was sweet and endearing. I also think since they were in public and were suppose to act as Corbin and Del they were more loving toward one another, expressing themselves and less bartering and bickering at one another. Well, don't think there is none of that! They DO have quite a lot of that when they are in private! 

There's a lot going on in this cruse. Corbin and Del have been dealing with stolen art, they got caught right before the cruse was suppose to set sail and the FBI wanting to catch not only them but their accomplices - Lorenzo Bianchi and Vartan Armen - send Ty and Zane to try and figure who these people are. Luck has it that this is the first time these people meet face to face and since Zane has mostly the same body build as Corbin and there is also some sort of resemblance between Del and Ty - it's the "perfect" opportunity to try and get a hold of Bianchi and Armen. 

Yet as they had only a few minutes to talk to the REAL Corbin and Del they are pretty much in the dark to what's going on and as someone keeps trying to kill them and they can't make any findings (including finding their support team on the cruse) things get more complicated than they could have imagined. 

This book was SO MUCH FUN! There were so many funny moments in it starting with Ty having to get a full body wax and bleaching his hair to resemble Del Porter and not to mention Ty learning that his part in this one is looking pretty since as it seems Corbin is the brains in the operation.. 

There is also a progress in the relationship between Ty and Zane mostly because they are SUPPOSE to act on their feelings and as they do that it's more obvious to the both of them how much they mean to one another. Well, Ty already knows he is in love with Zane but he is sure that Zane DOESN'T feels the same way.. Zane is confused about his emotions not wanting to admit to himself even his feelings for Ty. The ending was sweet. I really loved that there was a clear change in them after the cruse. They started this book being a couple but it mostly felt they were protective of one another and were exclusively fucking, yet when the book is finished they feel like a REAL couple. Even if they have a long way in front of them to dealing with what the emotions they both have mean and how to act on them. 

Unlike the previous two books in the series which were narrated by Sawyer Allerde - this one (and the next two) are narrated by Sean Crisden. While I thought that Sean did a much better impression of the side characters in this book, I didn't especially like Zane and Ty's voice and specifically that there wasn't a difference to be noticed between the two of them.. 

Additional Details: Audiobook, 8:54 Hours, 2-4 February 2015 / On GoodReads

Originally reviewed 25/05/2013:

Great book! :)
Loved the fact that these get to act at being themselves while being someone else :D

The characters on the boat and everything happening was a little confusing (I'm wondering if I get all the details in the end..)

Loved how Ty and Zane got to really be together and see how they fend on their own. Ty was amazing with how he reacted to Zane - now knowing how much he loves Zane. I loved the scene in which he told him he loves him. free falling, isn't it?

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 307 pages, 25 May 2013 / On GoodReads
Cut & Run is a GREAT MM Romance series written in the beginning by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban and continued from the 5th book with Abigail Roux solo. I really enjoy Ty Grady and Zane Garrett's relationship and since it's quite slow going on the built - the way the relationship was formed and established between them felt very genuine.

Ty and Zane are both FBI agents. Ty being former Marine and Zane having a lot of experience in the Under Cover field as well. They are put together against each others will (doesn't it all start this way? :)). It doesn't take more than 2 seconds for the both of them to realize they are the absolute opposite of the other and it doesn't take a genius to realize it's going to crash and burn between them... and yet they somehow do find themselves attracted to each other and moreover start to trust each other as partners. It takes them a few books to build a "real" relationship, takes them time to "come out" in front of family and friends, and yet they have to keep their romance to themselves when it comes to their work if they want to work together since the FBI doesn't partner couples (it doesn't have to do with them being gay).

I think it's a really good suspense romance as well, though the mystery part isn't the strong part of the books but the building of their relationship with every book that follows. Each book has it's own issue that needs to be resolved but there is also somehow a bigger picture with both Ty and Zane's past slowly unraveling and coming to bite them in the ass with the last three installment rapping up all the major troubles they were dealing with right from the beginning.   

We also get to meet Ty's teammates from his time as a marine. Once a Marine, always a marine, right? and there's also a spin off series of two of Ty's teammates - Nick and Kelly called Sidewinder. I've read and reviewed the first one - Shock and Awe. But sadly I don't feel the connection to the characters as I do with Ty and Zane so I won't continue reading more in the spin off.

Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban published one more book together - "Warrior's Cross". Though it was published in 2009 the "right placement" of the book in relation to the Cut & Run series is before the 5th installment since it gives a better understanding of the couple who appears in "Armed & Dangerous". Julian and Cameron's story is VERY different than the Cut & Run series. It's a sweet love story.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (Though I admit in my opinion the last two books were the weaker link, I expected more of them and got a bit too much of the new and shiny couple - Nick & Kelly).

This was and will be one of my absolute favorite MM Romance / Suspense Series. Ty and Zane, yeah, mostly Zane, are a couple I'll always carry with me. The road we went through together made them almost real in my mind and I'm really sad to say goodbye to them now that the series is over. Goodbye my friends.

1. Cut & Run (published 1 September 2008) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
2. Sticks & Stones (published 25 January 2010) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
3. Fish & Chips (published 6 December 2010) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
4. Divide & Conquer (published 14 October 2011) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5. Armed & Dangerous (published 18 May 2012) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5.5 Dine & Dash [ free bonus scene ] (published 8 July 2012) ★ ★ ★ ★
6. Stars & Stripes (published 13 August 2012) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
7. Touch & Geaux (published 8 April 2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
8. Ball & Chain (published 17 March 2014) ★ ★ ★
9. Crash & Burn (published 30 March 2015) ★ ★ ★ ¾

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