Left alone in Baltimore after his unpredictable lover bails, Special Agent Zane Garrett takes his frustration out on everything in his path - until he is ordered to Chicago to back up an undercover operative. When he gets there, though, he finds himself face to face with his wayward partner, Special Agent Ty Grady. They have to deal with the uncertainty lingering between them while they work to retrieve their intended mark, a retired hit man and CIA wet-works operative named Julian Cross.
Ty, once a Marine and now an FBI hotshot, has a penchant for being unpredictable, a trait Zane can vouch for. Zane is a man who once lived for his job but has come to realize his heartbreaking past doesn’t have to overshadow his future. They're partners, friends, lovers, and the go-to team for unusual cases. With Cross and his innocuous boyfriend, Cameron Jacobs, in tow, Ty and Zane must navigate the obstacles of a cross-country trek, including TSA pat-downs, blizzards, their uncooperative prisoners, CIA kill teams, a desperate lack of sleep and caffeine, and each other.
Ty and Zane are determined to get Julian Cross to DC in one piece, but it’s starting to look like it might be the last thing they do.
This is Cut & Run Series Book 5 - the sequel to Divide & Conquer
©2012 Abigail Roux (P)2013 Abigail Roux
I think if I'd not listened to all the books in the series, I would have been disappointed. This book is different with just Roux at the helm, but the series it better for it. This book is a lot less violent, less adventurous, but more importantly, it FINALLY gets to grips with Zane and Ty's relationship. It feels like the final book in the series - in this book, both Zane and Ty deal with the intense love between them. It resolves, anything after this book will feel frivolous.
I personally feel like anyone who gives Armed & Dangerous more than a 3 star rating does so on merit of all the other books in the series and the work of the two authors in the books prior. No argument whatsoever that this series in general is lovely. I wish to judge Armed & Dangerous on its own as its own book, and as such, well I have to say that this is one book in the series that was like nails on a chalkboard to me. It took me almost two weeks to finish listening to it when usually I stay up all night and lose sleep.
One of the most disgusting thing to me is that Cameron and Julian from 'Warrior's Cross' was introduced into the Cut & Run series. This irritates me to no end and makes me think that the authors sank to a new low just by doing something so distasteful. Still, fair is fair and Julian's character, and even Preston, upheld their part of the deal by being two very brilliant characters, even as they had to compete for the limelight with Ty and Zane. I will refrain from giving too much of my opinion on Cameron. I can't stand the character in Warrior's Cross, and I despised him even more in Armed & Dangerous, but that's enough said. It was interesting to see Ty and Julian battle against each other. Two fierce fighters in their own rights, ruthless and smart, were the most engaging parts of this book to listen to. Ty and Zane were also lovely as usual in their muted interactions as they tried to remain professional. I'm not sure I came out of listening to this book with much confidence in Ty's ability to love Zane entirely though, especially as Nick makes an appearance. Still, for what was involved, and with the twists and sad turns, I didn't entirely hate the plot. Little things, however, I found could have been tweaked to strengthen the story. But Roux, having shed Urban, have decided to take the two characters down a winding path in this and the upcoming books, and we the readers/listeners must go with where she takes us or jump ship.
Sean Crisden as the narrator did his usual style whilst reading this book. Not bad, and not his very best, but good enough to propel me forward at the points when listening to certain parts made me want to rip my hair out. Nick's voice is still annoying. Julian's voice was so 'wrong' that I had to bite my tongue to stop from swearing the first few times the appalling Irish accent made an appearance. In spite of this though, Crisden kept the pace and worked with what he had. To this, fair due must be given.
Overall, I can't imagine I will ever be re-listening to Armed & Dangerous again. It's an okay stepping stone within the series but if it had never been written, we would be missing absolutely nothing important within the storyline. As it is, having listened to it, I'm relieved I got through it. Some people might truly have loved it. I'm not so convinced. But as I said, the series in general is very good and we can't all like all the books. Bring on Stars & Stripes to audiobook! Hopefully that one does not disappoint quite so much.
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