It's been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together.
Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve while Ty is at sea in a world where he's no longer the tip of a spear. There's just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground. Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they've ever faced. To make it out alive, they'll need help from every friend they've got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.
©2015 Abigail Roux (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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I've only listened to this series, but I can't imagine the print copies not being good.
Any other book in this series, or the Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes. Both are very well written, narrated and emotionally intense.
The wedding. It was so blissfully boring and I loved that Roux gave Ty and Zane that small reprieve.
All of the above!
Ty and Zane have survived so much, fought so hard for the right to love each other. Their life will never be boring, but a little bit of sunshine is always appreciated, even for half psycho FBI agents that like to shoot things. Ball & Chain ended with Zane finally accepting Ty's proposal, and this book starts with their wedding. I was sitting on my head in the few minutes leading up to the ceremony, fearing Roux would pull out some sort of ninja on a wave runner with an AK47 to destroy the nuptials. I was so very pleased, and even in tears, as Ty and Zane had probably their first ever day of peace to have a quick civil ceremony on the water with Livvy and Deuce by their side. The wedding night was full of passion and love we've come to expect from these two. When the bell tolls one, all bets are off and the madness begins by way of a battered, bruised and bloody Nick landing on their doorstep with a gunshot wound.
From this moment on the action was non-stop, the suspense insane and the body count climbing as Ty, Zane, Sidewinder, the Cia and Nia set out to take down the Vega cartel that won't stop until Ty and Zane are dead, buried and burned to the ground. It just so happens that the afore mentioned list of crazy people and agencies with nothing but alphabets in their name feel the same way about the cartel. Now the race is on to see who can take down whom first.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I love the characters and their story, but I'm sad that this is the last HooRah for Ty and Zane. Five years after that first tryst in a hotel room while investing the death of one of Sidewinders team members, Elias Sanchez, Ty and Zane are moderately healthy, mostly happy and ready for the next chapter. Too bad their pasts didn't get that memo, because everything is about to come to a gnarly head and not everyone makes it out with their life.
What I have thoroughly enjoyed about this series is that nine books in, and I'm still intrigued, sad in fact that it's the last one. Every installment has brought something new to the table, more madness and chaos for Ty and Zane and everyone they care about. These two men have literally been to hell and back, and back again, a side trip to New Orleans where the devil himself was knocking on their door, and now they find themselves facing down those demons, praying they will make it out alive. These books are action packed, emotional, dramatic, passionate and intense.
Narrated by JF Harding and it's amazing how he pulled off so many different voices and never, not once, mixed them up. Everyone has their own distinct voice that wavers occasionally depending on the characters mood or the circumstance at that time in the story. As I said, this is probably the most intense, emotional book of the series and Harding captured every ounce of the pain, fear, love, elation and desperation with tones and nuances as he voiced the characters. I hadn't listened to anything from him prior to this series, but I will probably seek him out for his voice chops alone in the future.
If you are a fan of this series you are going to love this final climax for this multitude of characters you've come to know and love. Everyone that is anyone in the Cut & Run universe, that is still breathing that is, is back for their 5 minutes of page time. As I said, it's very bittersweet. Sad to say goodbye, but the boys definitely went out with a bang and a smile.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
Not only would I, I have. It is one of my top romantic suspense series, detectives, and book in a series that I look for reasons to push on others.
As to the audio aspect, oh yes, the narration is an enhancement that I have shared about with my audio book loving pals.
I liked that the author made me feel the heights of love, ecstasy, and camaraderie and also the depths of loss and despair all in one book. Both the fact that it was emotionally engaging and intense thriller action all rolled into one make it nearly unputdownable.
Um, there are a half-dozen at least and most would bring spoilers if I listed them. But there is one where there is a case of mistaken identity and Ty and Zane nearly kill each other before they work it out. I found it humorous and horrifying at the same time.
And another deadly scene involving Chester and his shovel kicked in my twisted sense of humor.
But there are others that are ones I can't describe that left me wrung out and were the best.
The Last Ride of Sidewinder (this whole thing felt like one of those backs against the walls odds against you westerns)
This is the final book in a series that must be read in order. It was sheer adrenaline and raw nerves and left me depressed that it was all over. I will definitely re-read the entire series and listening to the last four books by this narrator only make it a better experience.
Definitely ALOT of twists and turns with this one, you didn't know friend from foe. Very exciting read but I would expect nothing less from this series. Multiple readers have mentioned this was the last book in the series BUT I could see more to come?? Unless there's something the author said at one point regarding this series that I don't know. I wouldn't mind reading about Liam because he's such misunderstood character who everyone wants to hurt. ;-/ Lol Hopefully there will be more in this series but for now I'm starting Nick and Doc's 3rd book Part & Parcel.
Such a beautiful end with so many questions. Yes, their story is complete, and that was fulfilling. Still, I need to know. Is he really gone? What will happen to that poor soul? Where is the fearless wanderer? All these lines and the lack of answers. More!
Possibly the best, in fact.
While the three narrators were all good, I think the last one captured the characters best, and by this book he had a real feeling for them. I especially love his slight Texan drawl for Zane.
There aren't many series that I think get better as they go, but these books are an exception to that. Each book not only revealed more plot twists and introduced more characters, but the characters who were in multiple books grew as people. They changed and became more nuanced with each book. While the romance genre is often plagued by melodrama for its own sake, I think this series controlled that better than most, and that was largely due to that character building. (Also, the adventure aspect helped distract from the dramatic moments.)
I'm sure there are detractors who think the characters are all a little close to the edge, mentally speaking, but I think anyone who has had major contact with the military, particularly combat vets, will see a lot of similarities with these characters.
There was a television-esque feel at times, since the characters were seriously injured in each book, and then recovered enough to do it again very quickly. Roux does address this, though, pointing out that Ty's hands are prematurely arthritic because of the abuse.
Bottom line: If you're interested in character driven romance/action, there's an excellent chance you'll like the series, and this is one of the best installments in the series.
This installment hit all my feelings for the entire ride!! There were times when I would audibly gasp and there were times when I would say "oh no" out loud. I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of the series!!
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
If you still haven't tried the Cut & Run series you are missing out one of the best (if not THE BEST) romances! Ty and Zane are the real deal. The series is all about suspense, thrills, laughs and love, Crash & Burn had it all and was a great wrap for the series. I'll miss Ty and Zane but I'll always have rereads/relistens to visit them in the future.
The series has gone through three narrators (I recommend skipping the first narrator for books 1 & 2), Sean Crisden for books 3 - 5 and then J.F. Harding for the books 6 - 9. Both Sean and J.F. are great narrators but I have to same that J.F. is my fave of the two. He really is Ty and Zane. J.F. does an amazing job with making a mostly male cast stand out. Each character has their own voice and J.F. does more than just read the books, he truly performs them. I will listen to more of J.F.'s work. I must!
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