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
Stellar writing, believable characters, and an engaging plot are evident from the very beginning. The authors have written the perfect combination of drama, sexual tension, and humor, making it easy to fall in love with Ty and Zane as individuals and as a potential couple. You ache for them to be together as much as they do, even if they won't admit it. They are flawed men, both rough around the edges, but together they balance each other out. To say I was ecstatic to discover that there are more books in this series is an understatement. It's too bad Hollywood hasn't embraced gay romance/erotica as lucrative, because this would be an amazing movie.
Mostly using audiobooks when my concentration is so bad that I can't read text. Or sometimes when I feel the need to practise my [listening] english even more. I'm not very picky when it comes to stories, so can listen to practically anything – and have a knack to find SOMETHING in each story that I like. *smile*
Now, I have a thing for serial killers so naturally that was a pull towards this book. I also tried it out due to one review I read here on audible actually.
I fell hard and fast for the main characters and their wonderful and witty banter with each other. The way the relationship between them grew felt right and well written. The tension, the fights, the clever conversations, and later the care and warmth that was expressed in body language rather than words. It felt very real, the relationship.
I liked the storyline, the Poe-thing being a nice touch. I actually really liked how the story ended, I would have been happy with that – but of course I won't keep myself away from trying out the second book *chuckle* What I mean is that I wouldn't have minded if there wasn't one if this hadn't been a serie.
The narrator took a little bit of getting used to for me. Most of the time he did a great job and he was great at pulling off conversations between the main characters. Once in a while he sounded s tiny bit monotone though, or maybe that's not the right way to describe it... It's like once in a while he didn't put enough feeling behind a sentence that I know I would have put more feeling behind if I was reading it myself.
Overall it's a book I can recommend, a very enjoyable listen!
I love fiction, but usually have a hard time with gay characters, because they are so cheesy. I fell in love with these two boys, though. It's a bit cheesy and the narrator needs to slow down and get better at girls voices, but still, I love it!
I love Zane....I used to have a crush on a guy that reminded me so much of him...or at least I made Zane into him, haha.
Parts are hot without being bad erotica....
A great story filled with all the elements you would hope for - you won't be disappointed!
This was the first book of a gay genre that I read, but I suppose I would compare to John Grisham work - but with real action.
I have to admit I sort of fell in love with his voice - and there was some disappointment to find he wasn't the voice of the whole cut & run series - he's a great reader and I could listen to him for hours.
The interaction of Ty and Zane from beginning to end.
Absolutely love this series and Ty/Zane
I might after I listen to the other books in the series. The story wasn't too graphic in it's sexual nature. More emphasis was placed on the mystery than the sex, which is refreshing in this genre of literature.
Maybe Silence of the Lambs and Brokeback Mountain. So many references to FBI stuff made this one reek of Thomas Harris yet the bro-mance was a little violent and reminded me of Brokeback.
No extreme reactions except I found myself taking the long way home from work to listen longer.
I think one could wait till this one is on sale before purchasing.
The ongoing relationship between the two agents . Leaves you thinking .
Ty . Always an asshole you learn to like .
Great . Nailed down their characters with ease .
Love , hate murder and vengeance . What more could you ask for ?
Glad to see it is the beginning of a series .
I loved the devotion between the two FBI partners.
When Zane Garret saved the life of his partner Ty Grady in the end of the book when he was trapped and chained up behind a wall.
The narrator did an amazing job when telling the story.
i would take out Special Agent Ty Grady. because he is so charming, hes a real smart ass and a hard ass too...but he can get away with it because hes such a sweetheart. and i love his attitude through out the whole book.
I just loved the over all story line...i loved the way it turned out...it would be amazin if there was a second book to go along with the first one...
It was my first gay book to read, and I was very impressed. The story took a little while to get into but once everything started falling in its place… it was very easy and fun story...
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very good read and the characters are the kind that you just can't wait to see what will happen next. A recommend read for anybody who loves a romantic story along with a great mystery.
"Cut and Run book one"
This story has everything that any reader will want in a story.It is a gay romance but nothing like you have ever read before.Two special agents assigned to track down a killer thought to be one of their own find love as well as the killer eventually.The love scenes are carefully written without overt description but are highly erotic. The action packed story full of drama and suspense will thrill but beware the death scenes they are shocking. I could not believe that this was written by two women but if I want to read about gay love and thriller fiction give me these two anytime. More of the same please
"Best book on audible!!"
This book was a step away from my usual Fantasy genre and it was made with some tredidation, usually I just can't read Crime, I get bored or scared and pick up a Terry Pratchett to distract myself with until I've forgotten all about the serial murderer in the other book. HOWEVER because this so proudly displays 'Gay Romance' on the audible title line I couldn't stop myself from pressing the 'add to cart' button, and I am so insanely happy that i did!
Zane and Ty are the most in depth and loveable characters I have ever come across, I have never developed empathy with characters as quickly as with these two. They are dedicated strong, intelligent and caring yet still flawed and still human. Their interactions are a perfect blend of intense, funny violent and loving. That will sometimes leave you in stitches from laughing on the verge of tears or fanning away the heat. I simply can't praise the authors enough for their wonderful work on them.
Also the narator Sawyer Allerde is absolutely amazing, his delivery for Ty and Zane is totally flawless, even down to the gravel in Ty's voice and the 'Poster Boy' in Zane's, he does the lead characters justice! Not to mention the varied list of minor characters all of which are easy to differentiate, he even copes well with the female voices.
If you have one book, it should be this one!!
"The first story in a brilliant series"
OMG yes! I have read the book twice and listened to the audio once. But.. there is no doubt I will listen to it again.
The other books in the seriers of course. Zero at the Bone. All have a great story and added MM romance between the main characters.
Very good. I really liked him as a the reader (however, Sean Crisden , who reads the later books, is a bit better with the characterisation of main characters)
Funny in places for sure! Their first few days getting to know each other was quite funny... Ty was a real bitch whilst Zane was being a bit of the silent type!
The whole series is recommended. I think 5 out of the 8 are available on Audible. Would be good to know when the next books will be available.
"The beginning of a wonderful series"
This is the first book in the 'Cut and Run' series. If you want intellectual gay themed fiction, get something by Alan Holinghurst to fall asleep to. However, if you like excitement, a fast pace and something that will start you on a journey involving two main characters the you end up caring about, you can't go far wrong with this series.
Whilst I rather suspect that literary merits are dubious, the adventures of Ty and Zane and in particular the development of their relationship gripped me throughout the whole series.
I listened to the first five in the series and the had to buy the next three in print as I simply had to know what happened next. I only hope they become available on Audible soon.
"Fantastic start to an amazing series"
Cut and run is an amazing story with a fantastic narrator and has to be one of my favourites by far
The most memorable moment for me was towards the end of the story without giving too much away the book really captured the a motion of the scene
The narrator really brought the story to life for me well read audio book is like watching TV this one was fantastic
If I could have I would have listened to this in one stating
Would recommend to anyone who loves the genre and those who like thrillers
I was not sure if I would enjoy this book, however, due to all the good reviews I decided to give it a go. After only a few pages I was hooked, the characters vulnerability is captivating. They are endearing & the story is entertaining with a good amount of humour. I finished this book in record time & I am now hooked on book 2. It's good to know that I have 2 more books after this. I feel so involved with the guys, I don't want the tale to come to an end.
Brilliant book. Good story set up and scorching romance. Adored all the men in peril bits and all the angst. Well read too!
"I love this series"
I absolutely adore these books, there is so much more to them than than is generally found in the usual "gay romance" where the flimsy plot only exists to prop up the sex scenes, don't get me wrong, i enjoy a good sex scene as much as anyone and am very happy to say that in that respect, these books don't let me down one bit, plus all the characters are well written, the plot lines are clever, the dialogue is snappy and the two main characters Ty & Zane are fantastic. This first instalment is a wonderful beginning to what has become my favorite series of books EVER, currently standing at 6 books but sadly only the first 4 on Audible so come on publishers, get with the program and lets have all the books available in every format so that the legion of Ty + Zane fans don't miss out!
"Perfect balance of passion, eroticism and romantic"
Great book, Ty and Zane are fantastic! I could hear their stories every day; I love them totally and love the fact that they are ready to do anything to protect each other. Never banal! Superbly written and detailed and beautifully narrated! A mouthwatering mix of romanticism, eroticism and passion that makes you want more and more and more and never gets you bored or tired. Looking forward to diving into their new adventure!
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