Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they're ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone's sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia, hoping the peace and quiet of the mountains will give them the chance to explore the explosive attraction they’ve so far been unable to reconcile with their professional partnership.Ty and Zane, along with Ty’s father and brother, head up into the Appalachian mountains for a nice, relaxing hike deep into the woods... where no one will hear them scream. They find themselves facing danger from all directions: unpredictable weather, the unrelenting mountains, wild animals, fellow hikers with nothing to lose, and the most terrifying challenge of all. Each other.
©2010 Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux (P)2010 Dreamspinner Press
I fell in love with Ty & Zane's story in Cut & Run. Sticks & Stones gave a natural progression of their relationship. I am still wanting more of their story. I think there is more to be said . . . but I can live with what I have. I have listened to Cut & Run twice and just finished the first listen of Sticks & Stones. Urban & Roux have hit a homerun with these stories by making the characters REAL WORLD real. Some men never say "I Love You" to each other but that doesn't mean they don't feel the emotion. And, two tough FBI agents are a perfect example of that!
Not sure if this was a sequel, per se, but the continuing adventures of Ty and Zane allowed the reader to pick up the story and continue on the journey of self-discovery and self-realization of the two characters. Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban did a good job relating the story, though I must admit I was bit disappointed at how long it took the characters to realize their truth...if they even did, which is where the disappointment came in. Despite that, the characters of the book were entertaining and engaging...I loved the 'grandpa' character...heck, loved all of Ty's family. Sawyer Allerde narration was spot-on and added to the tale. Though maybe not as good as Cut and Run, it was still a great continuation to the story of these interesting characters.
I have just finished listening to this right after listening to the previousl book in the serious "Cut & Run".
I was very frustrated throughout this book - not by narrative but at the stupidity of the two main characters to not just say what they really felt about each other. That's a good thing for me to say though as I really cared for them and wanted they to simply admit that their relationship is far more than either was wanting to admit.
The setting for the story is good as they are in a way on a journey and having it set against a case like Cut & Run was would just not have worked.
I'm looking forward to the third in the series and hope Audible will carry it soon.
the two main characters
tried to play down the fact that every quote has an adverb describing how the statement is made.
it already has one, i believe.
I really do loved the two main characters, Ty and Zane. It really is tiring listening to the flurry of 'wryly, wearily, sarcastically, wearily." Someone should edit these a bit.
Second book of the American BL featuring the "odd couple" FBI agents. At the end of the first book, they figured out that what they have is not temporary but has a potential for something more. In this book, they take a vacation which turns out to be a vacation from hell in the mountains of W. Virginia.
The characters are more established in this story and we get to see the two main characters(Ty and Zane) realizing what they mean to each under terrible situation. In short, in fanfic term, the main characters find that they love each other through angst and hurt/comfort... I really liked Ty's brother and came close to hating his father.
Too bad they only have this and the first book in audiobook! Another fun read.
Hot, Sexy, Men
I love this story. Even more than the first book. And isn't that a surprise! I can't say enough about getting to see Ty's family. His dad, mom, brother, and grandpa. Those made some of the best scenes.
Getting used to
This is the second book in the Cut and Run series. If you have not tired these series it is a must read (or listen!) I know own both the kindle edition and now audio. That is how much I enjoy these books. God, I love Zane and Ty!
Having fallen hard for Ty and Zane in Cut & Run, I couldn't wait to pick up where things left off with these two. The authors did NOT disappoint. The character development is so rich, especially by letting us meet Ty's family. It drives the story forward instead of slowing it down. I will never look at a shovel the same way again. LOL! Once again, the authors have created the perfect combination of drama, sexual tension, and humor. I love being immersed in the world they've created. Ty and Zane will stay with me for a very, very long time.
Captivating, funny, appropriately sexual
Zane I guess... I picture myself as Tye, so maybe he's my favorite.
Uh, twisted stomach...
I didn't like the narrator on the first book, and it's the same guy on this one, BUT after listening to the others (they switched narrators), I love him. He's way better than the guy on 3/4.
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*
I loved this listen. It's a truly great follow-up to "Cut and Run".
Ty and Zane both have their flaws (which just makes them more wonderful as characters) and they struggle with their scars and insecurities as well as their relationship with each other – both not sure how to handle these feelings.
I rather liked that it wasn't another case-story immediately after the first book. With a case like the Poe serial killer it's understandable that the guys would be a bit too scarred to be able to work properly so soon.
Meeting Ty's family was interesting and a lot of fun. It was nice to follow Zane's new insights about his partner.
The book is about a journey – both of the body and the mind I would say.
I love how Ty and Zane feels very "real" in how they feel and deal with their relationship.
Narrator is the same as in the first book. I don't know if he was actually better in this one or if I've just gotten completely used to him by now but I really enjoyed his narration of this book *smile*
oh, in my book about an 8. I paid money for it and would listen to it again, so it was pretty good.
I really enjoy the wit of the characters the most. How Ty's brother calls him "meow mix" after he is attacked by a mountain lion. just family type banter, makes it seem so real life and not so much a story.
I swear who picks the narrators? I just knew he was gonna say "hey bo bo lets go get some pick in nick baskets" LOL ROTFL Then he has a "jimmy stewart" voice, I nearly cracked up getting used to it in the first book and it wasnt any better in this one. If you can get past that, you have a really good book with a nice story to it. Id read more by these authors, and hope they keep the NEW narrator as in the 3rd book and keep getting the rest of this series. I dont want to miss anything. I checked their web site and there is 2 more books so far in the series.
Zane definitely, yeah, I like the bad boy type. But then again I dig men in uniform too, so Ty would be next. With their proclivities, we could just have a 3-some, they have both done women before. Hmmmmmm sounds yummy, I guess I could just watch........yep sick but hey Im way to straight and my real life ex ....he has a husband now.....and I have a new husband, and think that my ex's man is hot. (he likes bad boys too, no wonder we stayed friends for the past 21 yrs of our divorce)
Laugh at the narrator, block him as best you can and enjoy the story, it really is good and worth the money or credit, but you must like M/M or this book is not for you. The third book is good and the narrator is really good. C'mon, you can make it, you know you want to.
I was not sure if I would enjoy these book, however, due to all the good reviews I decided to give them 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.
"Stcks and Stones"
I loved the story. About 2 men with the same outlook on life but completely different. The way they finally come together at the end was very nicely done, not over the top. I am looking forward to listening to more stories by the same author.
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