An erotic gay romance, a suspenseful thriller....
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 cliché: 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.
©2008 Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux (P)2010 Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
River On The Edge
The story is adequate but the dynamics of the two as depicted through this book & the three follow-ups is amazing. Two men with hang-ups and complicated personalities but who, despite their own intentions, are sexy as hell to each other and to the reader.
WOW!!! What a great story . . . it took me 3/4's of the book to figure who the "bad guy" was. The feelings and mental anguish that Ty & Zane go through not only as FBI agents but as an "almost" couple come across in spades. The narrater makes this story seem like a movie to me.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Well, if you like totally inane dialogue . . . . If you like to listen to incessant sarcastic verbal sparring instead of a murder investigation (of cops, yet!) . . . . You really like M/M romance . . . . You don't really care about having a decent narrator . . . .
Then, this is the book for you!
Seriously, the many rave reviews convinced me I had to have this book right away. After 3 1/2 hours, I can take no more. Maybe, my bad. But I CANNOT believe any FBI agents talk like these two jokers. And what happened to the investigation?
The inane verbal foreplay just did me in.
(Read the reviews as I am definitely in the minority here.)
These guys roll their eyes more than teenage girls--the only major flaw in the writing.
If you give me something original I will probably like it, regardless of the genre. Stick to a formula and I want to hurl a book at your head.
Do you enjoy emotionless, robotic voices that make you want to tear your hair out? Then this is the book for you!
Honestly, if I could, I would give the performance zero stars. Mister Allerde sucks all the life and fun out of this story. I've often found my thoughts wandering then picking back up and realizing that I've missed about ten minutes of the story and have to listen to it again. It's a big problem for me because I really enjoy detective/thriller stories and LGBT romances. This book is both so it's a great catch! Sadly, I can't stand it due to the grating performance. I even found myself laughing in the more intimate parts of the book because Mister Allerde was just so DEADPAN. Growling, hissing, yelling, talking like a normal human being, all of them sound the exact same: stiff.
BUT, when I found myself actually focusing on the story, I found it quite enjoyable. Ty and Zane are your typical dynamic duo of extreme opposites but they play off each other nicely.
All in all, it was a good book, but the performance basically ruined all of it.
The story was so much fun! The characters were awesome. Usually, in a story like this, I end up liking one of the lead characters over another as my favorite. This is a case where I enjoyed both characters throughly. Love that you get points of view from either character as you get into the story. So you have a bit of what each character is going through, what they see, feel and or thinking.
I loved that they gave each other crap! I must admit I was hesitant about Zane. Not hesitation as a literary character but my own life experiences and issues with people in my life who are in the lifelong struggle with addiction. Which is good that the story was that well done to bring out that emotion. I was worried I was going to end up wanting Ty to
cut and run and it would turn into a major rant about Zane.
I have to admit that I'm not a fan of a lot of angst in my stories. A remnant left over from me picking the wrong YA books or heavily angsty adult books. This story though, it has angst but it felt different. Sure, the guys skirted around certain topics. They were not willing to blurt out every single one of their secrets right out of the gate. You can tell there is so much more to learn about these guys. They were willing to go only so far but they often got to the point and they said what they meant. Well, relatively so. They aren't willing to admit how deep things have gotten between them, but that's good. It's not only believable but a welcome change from the usual instant love. Which is cool but sometimes in this case, specially when I like the characters, I want the slow burn. You get to see things develop more organically between them within the story. Love that.
Now about this reader. He was cool but... I think it was a little hard at times to tell which characters was speaking at certain moments. There was little change between either character voice and his narration voice. Also, the way he did female voices? I don't think it's completely necessary to pitch your voice THAT high. Soften it, yes but not necessary to exaggerate it. We get it, it's a female character.
Just trying to find my next great read
There were moments that I really enjoyed in this book but others that I thought were okay. I mean it was a great love story and I loved the mystery, but something was missing and I can't put my finger on it.
Sawyer Allerde did an amazing job with the narration. The only problem was when he did the female voices, but there were very few females in the story.
Well this was interesting, I should have read the blurb on this one. It was a good FBI storyline however it could have been shorter. Interesting reading/listening about gay/bi-sexual men exploring their emotions etc. Narration was good.
Ty and Zane.
Zane and Ty.
Quite possibly, the worlds dumbest detectives.
I love m/m. I love cop drama. I love gory crime scenes. I love the "OMG" plot reveals. I love dirty hot cop sex, ehem.
Sadly. This book had none of these things.
It was poor, unadulterated m/m cop fluff. And while sometimes cop fluff is a good thing, this story missed the best part of the "fluff."
So, the plot. Bad cop and good cop get partnered up. Act like they hate each other for half the book. Spend more time in their hotel room and getting injured than they do actually solving the case.
Suddenly and without preamble they are hot for each other. A "decent" scene in a hotel bathroom for build up led to one of the worst m/m sex scenes I have ever read. Ty and Zane are hot. I like them, even though their back stories are little watered down. A little angry cop sex could have gone a LONG way.
More injuries, story time lapse, more injuries...OMG! That's the guy who's committing the crimes?? (shocking, this was not) and then...END SCENE.
These authors missed so many opportunities here.
And what really got me?
Every scene where Ty and Zane kept talking to each other; long drawn out talking about feelingggsssssssss. They talked in a hotel room, in a house, in a parking garage, in an alley, in a car. All their angry pent up emotions could have led to some explosive hotness. BUT NOTHING HAPPENED. EVER. NEVER. I get it, they were always tired or injured. But throw me a bone here.
Oh, All those injuries? Well, I almost forgot about them. Apparently, going to the hospital was an inconvenience. Every time. I didn't get it.
So...Will I read book 2. Maybe. I always believe in giving a bad book a second chance if there is a series involved.
All my Ty and Zane fantasies, will just have to live on in my head I guess.
2 (feeling generous) stars.
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