Armed & Dangerous by Abigail Roux (Cut & Run #5)
M/M Romantic Suspense
May 18, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: Glock, paper, scissors. I win.
Before I get into this review, let me first say it might not be the most objective review ever. I love this series. Ty and Zane are two of my favorite characters ever. I could read about them sitting on the couch and probably love the book. Of course that being said, there is something about the writing in these books that just draws me in. Ty and Zane are both so well done. They are never predictable and that really intrigues me. I’m addicted and they are my crack. I adored this book. Here is why.
Ty and Zane are finally in a good spot in their relationship. They have both said ‘I love you’ and really mean it. Both working in the FBI’s Baltimore office, their boss, Richard Burns finds himself in some trouble. Burns’s good friend Jonas Randall who works for the CIA, comes to him with some upsetting news. Jonas says someone is setting him up to take the fall for ordering private hits. There is only one guy alive who might know who is setting him up, and his name is Julian Cross. Problem is that Julian wants nothing to do with the CIA anymore and is refusing to cooperate. An extremely dangerous man, Burns agrees to put his two best men on the case. Which means Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are off to Chicago to bring Julian Cross back to Baltimore. Of course, nothing goes as planned. Julian is extremely tough to bring in, and they end up on a road trip of sorts back to Baltimore with Julian trying to escape the entire time. And then the CIA starts shooting at them. Just another day for Ty and Zane.
That sets up the conflict part of this book, but let’s face it. I read this series more of the interactions between Ty and Zane than the suspense. First let me say, Julian Cross (and his boyfriend Cameron) star in the book Warrior’s Cross. You might want to read that book first (as well as this series in order) to get the full effect of all of these characters. I love Julian Cross, and he has some great moments with Ty and Zane. He is extremely smart and dangerous and tries to out with Ty and Zane at every turn. They hate each other, but it starts to turn into respect by the end of their journey and I loved it. I think because Julian was involved, this was my favorite suspense plot of the series.
As I mentioned above, Ty and Zane are finally together and in love and in this book we get to see them explore this. There is no major drama between them. There are still issues they have to work out, and many things they have to learn about each other. But they are both willing to take that jump into a full-time, exclusive relationship. They are more in awe in this book about what they truly have together.
At the beginning of the book, Zane is still really angry for Ty up and leaving after the ‘I love you’ was muttered at the end of the previous book.
“Does it make you feel better to know I missed the hell out of you?” Ty whispered, lips moving against Zane’s. “And I hope you’re still just a little angry when we get to my hotel room.”
Zane let out a shuddering breath. “It’ll be more than just a little.”
Ty hummed, the sound deep and anticipatory. It was almost a purr. “Promise?”
Zane gripped Ty’s upper arms tight. “Absolutely.”
I’m so glad this conflict didn’t drag much into this book. As we’ve gotten to know Ty, we know that he is high strung. That when massive stress comes down on him, he needs his space. He can take down the deadliest of bad guys without batting an eyelash, but dealing with his true love, is something totally different. We get a lot of answers about Ty’s past, and how it has shaped who he is today. The dark days of him being in the elite force of the marines, and what really happened to him with his best friend Nick.
Zane has a little quieter role in this book, but still makes an impact. I love that he is the quieter one, yet Julian knows, if push came to shove, Zane would be the first one to shoot him. This series sets these characters in extreme circumstances both in their professional and personal life which is why I love it so much. Ty and Zane are always a breath away from getting killed. And obviously that won’t happen, but it still puts you on edge. And then you have these two extremely alpha men – both who have been with women in the past and really discover a homosexual relationship for the first time with each other. Their sex is so intense and hardcore, that it really makes the scenes memorable. They went from hating each other and having sex to now in book five, loving each other so much that they can barely can take it …and still having sex. It is emotional overkill and I can’t get enough of it.
I feel like this book flowed better. Sometimes in previous books the scenes seemed to last too long, or it was too jerky with scene changes. No idea if it is because this is the first book written by Abigail Roux and not Madeline Urban, but I’ll take it either way. I adored what we got with Ty and Zane, and Julian thrown in there as well. I highly recommend this series be read in order (stating with Cut & Run). The books just get better and better as the series progresses. This is my favorite of the series and I can’t wait to see what Abigail Roux has in store for us next time.
Note: Per this post, the next Ty and Zane book will be called Stars & Stripes and will be releasing with Riptide publishing on August 13.