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.
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.
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.
🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺
I can not believe how amazing this story is the second time around. Although I was heart broken that a narrator with no passion, no emotion, no performance was giving the opportunity to bring this story to life, the story itself was just as amazing as the first time I read it.
I love the dynamic between Ty and Zane. I swear, sometimes I think the cut & run series was really written by a man with a hard core military background because Ty and Zane, from their actions, their emotions, just the way they carry themselves is 'all man." There are no feminine attributes when it comes to them and that alone is sexy a$$ hell!!!
And, each book gets better and better. From the action, to the slow building romantic side of their relationship, to the story itself, everything just gets better. Book 7 is what turned me on to Ty and Zane and I have yet to be disappointed with the story of these guys!
So glad this is on audio but please care enough about us fans and have someone who can actually perform and who doesn't sound as if he is 5 decades older than Zane and Ty do the narration.
one of the top Audio books I have listened too hands down
with each charachter having their own voice it felt like a movie and you could really immerse yourself in the story.
I wanted to like this. I really wanted to like this. Audible recced this series to me after listening to/reading Josh Lanyon's Adrien English series (which I enjoyed for the most part and would probably rec to people). So I clicked on this series and was willing to give it a shot given all the positive reviews.
However, I don't see where most of them are coming from. I don't normally leave bad reviews for things but unfortunately in this case I feel it's fair so other people know what they're getting into.
Heed the warnings about the overuse of adverbs. I normally don't pick at things like that but trust me when I say that they weren't nitpicking either. Every other sentence X said something succinctly. X admitted something quietly. Z shrugged noncommittally. It was overdone to the point of being annoying. There's nothing wrong with using "said" it's an invisble word that clues us in to who is talking, don't be afraid to just use said and show us that they're being succinct, miserable and quiet in their movement or words.
Also the POV shifts are grating. I don't mind POV shifting after major sections of text or from chapter to chapter, but this was POV shifts in between two sentences back to back to back. Made worse by the fact that the narrator doesn't do different voices for Ty or Zane.
Trying to work out who was who took me nearly half the book. Especially given how closely they resemble each despite their supposed "straight laced" and "slob" attire. (Which BTW changes to them both dressing nearly identical within a chapter or two and then switching styles in the last half of the book.) They also speak exactly like each other, which sounds a lot like 16 year old boys to me... but that's a whole other rant.
If they'd stuck to one POV for at least a single chapter it would help as well with all the "Zane did X Ty did Y" sentences because they could lay off using their name in each and every single sentence.
Additionally this book could be cut in half with simple edits. There's no need for a fight in the alley to last 15 minutes of reading time. None at all. I used the "30 seconds ahead" feature from the audible app numerous times to skip through several minutes of people talking in circles. There was one particular chapter of a victim and her POV that was completely unnecessary and the entire thing could've been cut.
And speaking of length and chapters... chapters being an hour long (numerous times) is also kind of ridiculous. Please find a breaking point so those of us who like to stop at the end of the chapter aren't pulling our hair out for some characters to repeat the same argument they've had 5 times already.
Basically, this could've been a good story, or in the very least a fun romance/erotica romp with the help of a good editor and re-write, but as it is I can't recommend it at all. I certainly don't think it's worth buying or a credit.
Finally, I have to add that I am getting very tired of the sexism and blatant misogyny flung at women in the M/M genre. Calling women bitches, using them/fridging them as props for the angst of your main male characters and blatantly disrespecting them by leaving your phone connected while screwing your boyfriend as she "yells angrily" is just old and tired. Women are not screeching bitter bitches there for entertainment. This is all the more frustrating by the fact that two women wrote this book! Don't get me wrong though, the sexism and misogyny was prevalent in Lanyon's books as well, though not quite as bad as what I saw here. Still, this is a problem for the M/M genre as a whole. So, please writers, men and women and anyone in-between please remember that women and any side characters in stories deserve just as much as thought and respect as your main characters.
Ty & Zane
Ty in the wall
He did OK, not the best narrator I've heard, but not bad either
I didn't exactly cry, but I was worried a few times
The whole part one was very hard for me to listen to, very little plot and unlikable characters. The only reason I continued to listen was the hope that some of the good writing from Volume 1 would eventually pop up. It did. It just took until part two for it to kick into gear. I enjoyed part two immensely. It had plenty of funny moments, tense moments and a plethora of hot scenes.
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