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
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.
These guys roll their eyes more than teenage girls--the only major flaw in the writing.
I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.
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.)
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Omg! WOW WOW WOW! Ty and Zane! I think I have just fell in love with two new characters here!
I love the way this book was written. Ok.. First you read the blurp, so you already know these guys are doing the good cop, bad cop thing. When you first meet Ty and Zane... Ty is the ultimate bad cop. I mean he is just crazy...litertly and the sponge bob square pants joke right out of the gate... So funny! I have never ever, laughed out loud as much as I did with Ty's antics. When you first meet Zane, he is all like dorky Mr. Duddly do-right but Ty can see through it b/c is is in fact crazy...
I love how these two characters flip and Zane is like this total phsyco! Ty is like mentally crazy, I mean he is a Marine who goes on secert missions...but Zane is like phsyco killer crazy too, but he is a good guy kinda b/c he is a FBI agent.
But then, then wait... You have one of the best and most real love stories to develop between these two guys. I love it. Plus I love how they both bottom... I just fell in love with this book. OMG! Then you have real drama... like the POE KILLER!!! WHT>. OMg... this was soooo good. I am so glad I found this. I can't wait to listen to Sticks and Stones!!!
Narration was great. I love Ty and Zane voices....
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 is very gripping once you are drawn in you just want to keep listening and enjoy the adventure
When Ty is buried in the cellar
I think the entire book works and keeps moving so well you can't pick just one because once something happens and you go "Wow!" The next plot twist or explosion happens and you're off on the next adventure!
I've had these books in my library for years but just now decided they needed some attention in the form of reviews so these are being written 3 years on and having been listened to over and over again
I fell for the banter and the boys. The entire "thriller" story was just a lame but okay plot device to speed up the romance.
I'm excited to start the sequel.
The print version of this book isn't the greatest. It's very much a first book in a series, and the remainder get better as the series goes on. However, the print is, even with its faults, significantly better than the audio.
Honestly, I'm not certain who might have been a better narrator. Sawyer Allerde read the story for me, absolutely. Unfortunately, I can do that myself. I was looking for someone to read the story, to *perform* the story, and this narrator wasn't going to do so. While he was perfectly capable of reading the story, multiple scenes that should have been impactful just weren't. The narrator was just unable to sell the performance as any of the characters, and it took the first hour of the narration was spent trying to determine the difference between the two main characters of the story. Listening was very much like listening to someone read their first pass aloud, without actually having any idea who the characters are, what they should be doing, or how they are interacting - to the point that there is very little emotional investment in the story, and the narration is extremely monotone in places.
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