Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux (Cut & Run #7)
April 1, 2013
M/M Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: “You’re the best partner I could have asked for.”
I always like to make the disclaimer when I write these reviews that I’m a fangirl for this series. Meaning – I’m so incredibly invested in Ty and Zane (they are my favorite characters in all of romance) that my reviews of these books are not necessarily objective. Things that may annoy others or not work for others, I never notice. That being said, there is a reason I’m so in love with Ty and Zane. Abigail Roux writes such emotionally, intense scenes. And she is excellent with dialogue. She makes her characters so quick and witty which usually has me laughing out loud several times in each book. I hang on every word. No matter if the book is dramatic or more on the fun and light side, I’m usually wrecked after each book, because she tortures us! (And I think she likes it! *grins*)
Touch & Geaux slayed me. By far it is one of the most emotionally intense books I’ve read for a very long time. I’ll briefly set-up the book and do a non-spoiler review – however at the end, under a spoiler tag I will talk about specific details. Read that part and the comments at your own risk.
Ty and Zane are happy and in love. They both start looking towards the future and think about putting undercover work behind them. Even considering retirement one day. The book starts with them being forced into posing in a charity calendar, which is a very amusing scene (which actually turns quite poignant).
He studied the photos again, wondering what people would see in them. There was noting sexual or even romantic there. But there was something.
“That’s us,” Zane said quietly. “Really us.”
When Ty gets a call from his good friend, and former Marine buddy Nick, that Nick is in jail in New Orleans, Ty and Zane drop everything and rush down there to break him out. Ty used to work deep undercover in New Orleans, and left not on the best of terms with the police department. He really doesn’t want to show his face down there, yet he will do anything for Nick and his friends. What unfolds brings conflict from both Zane and Ty’s undercover work from the past to the present, and there is even cursed gris-gris bags that curse Ty in the old town of New Orleans.
I don’t even want to give you guys details as to why Nick calls to tell him he is in jail, but I will say, Nick is in New Orleans with Sidewinder members, the Marine team that Ty led years ago. I loved that these guys are featured prominently in this book, as it was fun to really get to know them, and very interesting to see how Zane started to fit in with all of them (and they all cracked me up!)
Fans of this series know that both Ty and Zane have a lot of secrets in their past that they hold close to themselves. In this book, the secrets explode out. A few times we actually have flashbacks into both Ty and Zane’s past where we learn some very interesting details. There is one secret though, that Ty finally tells Zane that will change their relationship forever. I’m not one to cry or show a lot of emotion when I read, but man. Abigail Roux put me to the test. It was painful. I’m still reeling from it. My advice – have a reading buddy read this at the same time you do, because you WILL need to call, text or email that friend as you read. I’ve never had so many email conversations in all capital letters before in my life. Abigail Roux goes there – she writes some of the most intense, emotional scenes I’ve read in this series, and she writes the hell out of them. Well done Abigail Roux, Well done.
As in every book, there is also a mystery and suspense plot. For those that follow Abigail Roux’s tumblr, she has been teasing us for months about a new character Liam Bell, who comes in and causes chaos in Ty and Zane’s lives. And he totally does. But not for the reason I was thinking. I was thinking he would try to woo Ty away. I was wrong. I actually ended up loving Liam Bell. I think you will too. (Abigail Roux is so tricky with him).
As always, Roux writes dirty, dirty sex. The shower scene in this one? Yeah. Ty and Zane are naughty boys indeed. Should I include a really dirty excerpt? So dirty I have to put it under a spoiler tag? Fine! If I must! Greedy readers! *wink*
But Ty didn’t swallow this time. He pulled back just enough, holding Zane’s hip against the shower wall with one hand so Zane couldn’t chase his mouth, and he pumped Zane dry with the other hand, letting cum spurt all over his chin and neck. It hit Ty’s skin, and Zane could see it dripping down Ty’s throat, sliding off his lower lip. It just made Zane’s climax more intense, like he was marking his territory, He choked off a curse as the heat flooding him left him dizzy.
… “You are too fucking hot for your own good,” Zane gritted out.
Ty made a frustrated sound into Zane’s mouth. “God, the things I want to do to you right now.”
Zane nodded, biting at Ty’s full lower lip. “Do them.”
I feel like I’ve rambled and rambled without really saying anything so I’ll wrap with this. Fans of this series are going to love this book. You are going to rant and cry and scream. But at the end this book of all the books in this series will impact you the most. I love what Abigail Roux does with it and as always, absolutely dying for the next one.
What are your thoughts on Liam Bell? Love to hate him? Hate to love him? I’d say I fall in both categories. I kind of loved how he lied constantly, and you never knew exactly what he would do next.
Ty’s secret. Holy shit. Ty’s been monitoring Zane this whole time? Assassinating drug guys in Miami to keep Zane safe? Did you expect this? Do you think this was a big enough..betrayal (in Zane’s eyes) to make Zane react so violently? Did that entire scene kill you?
Zane had a drink. Ty made him a sobriety marker. I felt this fit in the story well.
The end. They spend a lot of time apart. I loved this – I think it was needed. They kiss in open. There is a mole. Now Ty is off with the Marines (sobs) Thoughts?
Is it 2014 yet?