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Publisher's Summary

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

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I'm addicted!

These two caustic love birds, are refreshing compared to the regular boy love novels. It shows how open love and sexuality is. The bisexual tone, also has me on cloud nine, since it is very rare to find such stories. Now I have to get book 2!

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Excellent start to an ongoing series

What made the experience of listening to Cut and Run the most enjoyable?

The story is very gripping once you are drawn in you just want to keep listening and enjoy the adventure

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cut and Run?

When Ty is buried in the cellar

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the entire book works and keeps moving so well you can't pick just one because once something happens and you go "Wow!" The next plot twist or explosion happens and you're off on the next adventure!

Any additional comments?

I've had these books in my library for years but just now decided they needed some attention in the form of reviews so these are being written 3 years on and having been listened to over and over again

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The plot was forgettable but the romance!

I fell for the banter and the boys. The entire "thriller" story was just a lame but okay plot device to speed up the romance.

I'm excited to start the sequel.

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Reading versus Performing

Would you consider the audio edition of Cut and Run to be better than the print version?

The print version of this book isn't the greatest. It's very much a first book in a series, and the remainder get better as the series goes on. However, the print is, even with its faults, significantly better than the audio.

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Honestly, I'm not certain who might have been a better narrator. Sawyer Allerde read the story for me, absolutely. Unfortunately, I can do that myself. I was looking for someone to read the story, to *perform* the story, and this narrator wasn't going to do so. While he was perfectly capable of reading the story, multiple scenes that should have been impactful just weren't. The narrator was just unable to sell the performance as any of the characters, and it took the first hour of the narration was spent trying to determine the difference between the two main characters of the story. Listening was very much like listening to someone read their first pass aloud, without actually having any idea who the characters are, what they should be doing, or how they are interacting - to the point that there is very little emotional investment in the story, and the narration is extremely monotone in places.

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It just pulls you in!!!

I absolutely loved this story it just pulls you in with every mysterious murder!!!!! #livedit!

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Save your time and money

This book is horrid from the writing to the performance. 14 hours you will never get back!!

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  • 12-29-15

Not the balance I expected

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Given the summary, I expected things to be a bit more suspenseful and have a nice balance of romance and an actual thriller. Most of the time, however, was spent with the two characters talking to each other and the working out feelings of a young couple. The characters are both full grown men but I do not get that impression. Perhaps it was the narration.

If you're more much interested in a romance than a story, this may be for you. Personally, the interactions between the two main characters (who are both bisexual, by the way. Not gay) seemed force and unnatural. As if they simply replaced a female character with a male one and kept the dialogue the same. The narration made it difficult to discern who was talking at times and female voices sounded forced and unnatural.

I will be ending my listening at the first book, but I could see how others may enjoy this. The story itself was mildly entertaining with potential to be spectacular if the author took the time to do so. As a gay man, it is difficult to find relateable romance material. It seems I will have to continue my search.

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Narrator needs more passion around the actual spoken parts. The narration piece is good though.

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 07-27-15

As Cheesy As A Grilled-cheese Sandwich!

Well, if you like totally inane dialogue . . . . If you like to listen to incessant sarcastic verbal sparring instead of a murder investigation (of cops, yet!) . . . . You really like M/M romance . . . . You don't really care about having a decent narrator . . . .

Then, this is the book for you!

Seriously, the many rave reviews convinced me I had to have this book right away. After 3 1/2 hours, I can take no more. Maybe, my bad. But I CANNOT believe any FBI agents talk like these two jokers. And what happened to the investigation?

The inane verbal foreplay just did me in.

(Read the reviews as I am definitely in the minority here.)

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Loved the story! Meh, the reader.

The story was so much fun! The characters were awesome. Usually, in a story like this, I end up liking one of the lead characters over another as my favorite. This is a case where I enjoyed both characters throughly. Love that you get points of view from either character as you get into the story. So you have a bit of what each character is going through, what they see, feel and or thinking.
I loved that they gave each other crap! I must admit I was hesitant about Zane. Not hesitation as a literary character but my own life experiences and issues with people in my life who are in the lifelong struggle with addiction. Which is good that the story was that well done to bring out that emotion. I was worried I was going to end up wanting Ty to
cut and run and it would turn into a major rant about Zane.
I have to admit that I'm not a fan of a lot of angst in my stories. A remnant left over from me picking the wrong YA books or heavily angsty adult books. This story though, it has angst but it felt different. Sure, the guys skirted around certain topics. They were not willing to blurt out every single one of their secrets right out of the gate. You can tell there is so much more to learn about these guys. They were willing to go only so far but they often got to the point and they said what they meant. Well, relatively so. They aren't willing to admit how deep things have gotten between them, but that's good. It's not only believable but a welcome change from the usual instant love. Which is cool but sometimes in this case, specially when I like the characters, I want the slow burn. You get to see things develop more organically between them within the story. Love that.

Now about this reader. He was cool but... I think it was a little hard at times to tell which characters was speaking at certain moments. There was little change between either character voice and his narration voice. Also, the way he did female voices? I don't think it's completely necessary to pitch your voice THAT high. Soften it, yes but not necessary to exaggerate it. We get it, it's a female character.