Title: Cut & Run | Cut & Run #1
Author: Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban
Publishing Date: September 1, 2008
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / 5 blissful hearts
A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.
Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic clich: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.
Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.
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The book that started it all. Perhaps that should be an appropiate sub-title for Cut & Run because it has surely started an ever growin fanbase of readers and followers, hell bent on creating Zane and Ty and meet them. There is probably someone out there who has carved their faces in clay already. 😉
Cut & Run has two characters so alike that they almost seem completely different. On one hand we have Zane Garrett – analytical, hiding his emotions behind a stone wall, alcoholic and have been in the depth of his own hell, trying to dig his way out.
On the other hand there is Ty Grady – ‘Once a marine, always a marine’, smart mouthed and with scars and secrets of his own, yet still more at peace with the world than his new partner.
“Listen up, ’cause I’m only gonna say this once,” Ty muttered as they walked to their gate. “I don’t talk when I fly. I sleep. And I don’t listen when I eat, understand? I don’t wanna be buddies. I don’t wanna chat,” he said with a sarcastic lilt to the word. “I don’t wanna know about your childhood or how your momma whipped you with a rubber glove or how much therapy you had to go through ’cause you flunked out of preschool. I don’t wanna hear about how you want to be Director someday or how many collars you got chasin’ those Internet freaks or how proud you are of your bowel movements. I don’t wanna go shopping at Barney’s with you, and I’m not gonna help you pick out your ties to match your socks and, I swear to God, if you get me shot, I’ll kill you.”
(Cut & Run)
Running around in New York hunting down a serial killer who turns out to be an unexpected person the chemistry between these two men could light the sheets on fire! The attraction is there at the beginning even if has been hidden behind layers of hatred and sarcasm. They are polar opposites in some aspects and yet so similar that it is a wonder they didn’t end up killing each other during the first few chapters.
Cut & Run manages to deliver a fast paced action novel tightly paced with crimes, suspense and two men who comes together in a clash the size of the Big Bang.
But what makes this a beloved novel and a book I return to time and time again? Is it the sex? No, not really. While it is hot and seems to get hotter with the later books, I could go to so many other M/M books and get even more detailed sex scenes, which would last for even more pages.
No, it’s the characters. It’s the plot. It’s the amazing drive behind this book that these two authors have. They have managed to create two round characters, who go through such a character development it leaves you breathless in the end. They are flawed and they are human. They are not trying to be something they are at any point except what any other human goes through.
I love Ty and Zane. I am self proclaimed Zane girl and will continue to be for as long as I damn well desire.
“I want you to find me, as soon as you’re free,”
(Cut & Run)