Cut by Lara Adrian
Community college professor Ethan Jones is living a lie. A precognitive agent known as Zephyr, Ethan is part of Phoenix, a covert government ESP program with global influence and powerful, hidden enemies. He's accustomed to subterfuge and deception, but when the Phoenix program is betrayed and shut down, Ethan is forced to cut all ties to the life he's made and everyone in it--including smart, beautiful Tori Connors, the one woman who tempted the cold agent to let down his impenetrable facade.
A chance encounter years later and thousands of miles away thrusts the lovers together again, and this time Tori refuses to let Ethan deceive her. She hasn't been able to forget him or the scorching passion they shared. Although Ethan is a dangerous enigma, she still desires him, and soon their inconvenient reunion becomes a temptation too strong to resist. With assassins closing in from all sides, Ethan and Tori embark on a desperate race for their lives--one that will put their tentative trust to the ultimate test.
Run by Tina Folsom
Motorcycle mechanic Scott Thompson isn't the laid-back loner he makes everyone believe. Three years ago he was known as Ace, one of an elite group of agents in a top-secret CIA program. However the preternatural ability that made him invaluable to the government could now be his downfall when his skill alerts him to a disaster bound to kill dozens of innocents unless he intervenes.
Journalist Phoebe Chadwick needs to persuade her editor to spare her from department cuts that threaten her job. When a mysterious stranger prevents an accident that would have killed her and many others, Phoebe goes after the story. But bad boy Scott is a reluctant hero unwilling to answer her questions despite the sizzling chemistry that ignites between them. As his enemies hunt him down, Scott must decide if he can trust Phoebe--and how far he's willing to go to keep her safe at his side.
©2014 Lara Adrian LLC, Tina Folsom (P)2015 Lara Adrian LLC, Tina Folsom
CUT by Lara Adrian
I liked this story! And as one reviewer said, “Male characters were just too unbelievably macho, built, smart, etc.,” which I happen to really like. Unlike a drop-dead gorgeous guy and a too plain, too plump, too invisible, woman that we’re supposed to believe the hero will fall for. Not ever gonna happen. AND I never got where this same reviewer got that Tori was a nitwit.
I did think Ethan’s codename, Zephyr, was pretty cool.
Anyway, I liked when Ethan and Tori were in the bathroom and she had him prove that he had precognitive abilities. That was kind of fun. I really couldn’t wait to see what happen to the Phoenix program that he had to run, and continue running, until he ran into Tori, whom he left 3 years before without a word. I was sorry about his dad even though he kind of deserved it for the hell he put Ethan through as a child. I was sorry to see that short story end but was happy to start the next.
There were a couple of explicit sex scenes in this and for BOTH stories the F-bomb was used 60 times.
RUN by Tina Folsom
Ok, Phoebe was written as a really stupid woman. Why the heck would a woman drive 300 miles to find a man she just met, and screwed, just to raise hell for him leaving her a note that said “you wouldn’t understand.” That would be the weakest kind of woman, or one that a little insane. I will definitely finish this but right now the heroine is TSTL, thanks to the author.
Phoebe did get better but I didn’t like this story as much as I did the first. It did get exciting, however. And as stupid as she was earlier I really didn’t want the assassin to finish strangling her because that would have just upset Scott. LOL…
Again there were 2 or 3 explicit sex scenes in these two stories but, thank God, it wasn’t erotic sex. Yuck.
And as a reminder, the F-bomb was used a total of 60 times, which is ok by me since I’m such a potty mouth.
As to the narrator: Eric Dove just gets better and better. As long as a male can make a woman sound like a woman and can laugh or whisper when it’s called for I’m pretty happy, and he does all that. He’s becoming one of my favor male narrators.
Self Proclaimed Audiobook Expert...lol.
I like this series. The stories are short, sexy and full of suspense. I wanted to smack the shit out of Phoebe because for a reporter she did some stupid shit and had no sense of self preservation but whatevs. I'm looking forward to the next set in the series. I hope it comes out in audio soon.
Cut - 3.5
Run - 3
narrator - 4
Cut and Run introduces us to two elite men who has a very special gift of the psychic ability. Each story taking us from before the betrayal to living a hunted life. It's sexy, fast paced and action packed. While living a life on the run there is no time for delays or second guesses, you gotta go with your gut and make quick decisions. Each couple and story has it's own obstacles, but I did love how the stories intertwine, getting a gage where the story could go. While their stories have a sense on conclusion, they are both pieces to one big puzzle.
This was my first "adult" audiobook and I have to say, I didn't particularly care for the narrator's "female" voice, especially during the more intimate moments. It felt off, and it distracted me at times. All in all it was a really good story, one that I enjoyed and look forward to see where it will all lead.
Ethan Jones is a CIA agent that is in the Phoenix Program that the CIA has for guys with ESP. He works as a Professor in a college for his cover. He knows at any moment he could be forced to leaving everything behind. Ethan has fallen hard for this girl named Tori Conner.
Henry Shepherd is the founder of the Phoenix Program. When Ethan Jones gets the call from Henry Shepherd that Phoenix is down he has to walk away from the girl he loves, breaking his heart and Tori’s as well. Tori don’t understand why Ethan would leave without a work. Ethan had to leave this way and run from whom ever would be coming to kill him. He could not trust anyone.
This part of the book takes you one the journey of Ethan and Tori. You will find love and adventure.
Scott Thompson works on bikes. He is also in the Phoenix Program. When getting this vision of a bus of students and a woman being stuck on a bus that is getting ready to be hit by a train, he cannot help but react. Scott knew he was taking a chance when reacting. He knew it could lead the hit men right to him.
Phoebe Chadwick who is a journalist is on the bus with the students. What she did not know was the guy that was getting ready to save her life was a guy that would take her on one hell of an adventure. Scott and Phoebe are on the run for their life.
I thought it was great how the 2 stories entwined together. I normally do not like male narrators, but I have to say Eric Dove done a great job. I would highly recommend this audio.
Yes. I already listened twice. Loved the story line. Not to much violence.
Each agent found the one person to compliment them on their journey to find answers.
He brings out the drama in the suspense scenes.
I hope you finish the story by letting all the agents finally meet and fulfill their ultimate goal.
"Good solid stories for paranormal romance fans"
I read a lot of paranormal romance but want decent writing and good plot lines alongside the romance elements. These two linked novellas ticked most of the boxes for me. Both Lara Adrian and Tina Folsom are best selling authors in this genre and always do a good job. I'd be happy to recommend them paranormal romance fans. Eric Dove does a decent job with the narration. If you're new to this genre be aware the 'love' scenes do go into quite a bit of detail but I didn't find them off-putting like some books with the mandatory 'big bare-chested hunk' on the front cover!
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