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....
After barely surviving a shootout in New Orleans, Sidewinder medic Kelly Abbott has to suffer through a month of recovery before he can return home to Colorado....
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone....
Everyone knows that Prophet - former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass - works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner....
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences - and the media frenzy - aren’t far behind....
Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle....
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now....
Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English....
Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job - any job - to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin's personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money....
Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away....
Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suits him just fine....
Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to partner with the legendary Sam Kennedy to capture a serial killer known as the Huntsman....
Now a history professor at Puget Sound University, Elliot Mills, a former FBI agent, has put his old life behind him. But it seems his old life isn't finished with him....
Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section....
Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap....
Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed - even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn't all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce's future father-in-law.
Nick O'Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they're there to assuage Deuce's paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they'd ever planned to. With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.
If you could sum up Ball & Chain in three words, what would they be?
Forever Love, Forever Friends, and Forever Getting Into Trouble. :)
What did you like best about this story?
I enjoyed seeing Ty & Zane settled as a couple and a team, Ty adjusting to changes for his friends and also sorting out issues with his friends, the twisting suspenseful situation at the wedding, and the promise of what is to come.
Have you listened to any of J. F. Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my third time listening to him narrate books from this series. I thought he did a fantastic job. I always lose myself in the stories and feel that he nails emotions, pace, humor, and tone well.
If you could rename Ball & Chain, what would you call it?
Murder At an Island Wedding
Any additional comments?
This is book eight in the series and it must be read in series order. I would also suggest reading the spin-off Sidewinder series book one, Shock & Awe, just before this one and after Touch & Geaux.<br/><br/>This book brings together Ty & Zane's story with the newly emerging Nick & Kelly one.<br/><br/>Can't wait for both the next Cut & Run and Sidewinder books coming next.
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This is a new twist on an old plot, one that will through you for a loop.
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Where does Ball & Chain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Oh my gosh, it's amazing, I was both on the edge of my seat and laughing hysterically.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Ball & Chain?
Which scene was your favorite?
See previous answer, the fireplace scene with Ty and Zane. YowZa!!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes I did, but it's quite long, it took a couple of days.
Any additional comments?
When Ty's brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man at this wedding... in Scotland... all expenses paid, Ty and Zane welcome the almost vacation from their otherwise chaotic lives. Having just returned from a six month deployment, Ty comes home with more baggage than what he carries in his Sea bag. He isn't back two days when their boss calls both men into their office and tells them that since Zane is now in a Supervisory role, they can no longer be partners. Furthermore, since their relationship is now out in the open, Mac wants to transfer one of them to another state. Ty does the only reasonable thing he can think of, he quits. The one thing Ty is no longer willing to do is put his job before his lover. <br/><br/>The call from Ty's brother, Deuce, comes at the perfect time. An all expenses paid trip to Scotland for a week to be Deuce's best man with a plus one. Providing security for his niece should be a breeze, right? Come on now, this is Ty, Zane, Nick and Kelly we are talking about. Wrong! The tension between Ty and Nick is thick, Nick still fuming over events that happened in NOLA. When the bodies start piling up, the two men have to put their differences aside if they want to survive. No one is safe, and to spite having four of the most dangerous men in the world on the island with a crazy killer, the bodies continue to drop, at a maddening pace. <br/><br/>Stuck on an island in Scotland sounds like a dream, right? Again, wrong! A storm knocks out the phones and internet, a tree falls on the boathouse and all the boats are either destroyed or drift out to sea in the sub-zero waters, Zane's laptop has been fried. Murphy's law should probably be redefined in Webster's dictionary to Grady's law. The bonds are friendship, loyalty and love are put to the test as the four men race against time to figure out who the killer is and whether or not this is about Deuce's future in laws, or a threat that is far closer to home. <br/><br/>Jesus, Mary and Joseph... you seriously cannot take these two anywhere, and after the last couple of books, I'm convinced that Nick and Kelly aren't far behind that statement. Once again Roux delivers an action packed, non-stop, thrill ride of a story. It's intense, suspenseful, passionate and completely engaging. I was reminded of the movie Clue while listening to this book. Between the storm, the bodies piling up, so many possible suspects, the hilarity that ensues during it all. I can assure you that it was not the cook, since she is in the kitchen with the knife, in her back. In the midst of the madness, Ty is trying to convince Zane to marry him. I think I would have to agree with Zane, stuck on a deserted island with a killer(s) in their midst, not conducive for a happy engagement. Hell, they aren't even sure they'll survive long enough to attend the wedding they came to Scotland for. <br/><br/>JF Harding continues his narration of this motley crew. I love that he continually carries the same accents and tones from one book to the next for all the recurring characters. He also has the ability to convey the characters emotions at any given time to fit the words with the mood of the story. Let me just say, this book probably has the most secondary characters of any in the series thus far, and you can hear a distinct difference in each and every character. <br/><br/>Definitely a must read series, especially if you like the strong, overbearing alpha male type, and want to read or listen to a story where both men have those characteristics so you can see how the navigate a relationship and try to stay on a level playing field. The relationship between Ty and Zane the way they balance each other out, it's something amazing to behold. Not to mention that hot, monkey sex on the carpet by the fire. Yowza!!!
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And it's not like he can't do it, he does it for nick's family. Anyway good book could have had more sex, but I enjoyed it. Oh I am a bit pissed by the scene in the hospital with nick and the surprise guest, how could you possibly trust someone you've blackmailed to work with you. Just lie, say yes then tell the people in danger for Christ's sake. Ugh, I know I know suspension of disbelief but still there has to be a better way to make that work.
Hated this book and if I am honest it was a struggle to finish, when I did finish this book I deleted this story because I didn't want to see it on my Kindle again. I loved all the other books and Ty and Zane have been good friends but I am sorry to say that I won't be buying the last book. I don't want to read another Sidewinder story. Nick and Kelly are boring and how can he be the main character in a story about another couple. Isn't he suppose to be in a supporting role? Maybe the author Sidewinder books are not selling well so she decided to put a Sidewinder story in the guise of the Cut and Run series. I just disliked this book and I never want to see or read it again and I'm also done with the series. I have to thank the author for the wonderful books in the series Ball and Chain excluded of course but I think it's time to cut and run.
Sometimes I just want to grab the characters by the collar and say "will you idiots just talk to each other, please?" Dramatic tension is all well and good, but there's a limit beyond which it just gets silly.
Really great, fun mystery and a fantastic cast. Totally looking forward to finding out who the mole is though.
I absolutely LOVE this series and when it comes to this installment I'm still key on the edge of my seat with suspense as every minute passes. There have been times when I sigh in relief or laugh out loud.
Ty and Zane get invited to be a part of Duce’s (Ty’s brother) wedding. It’s taking place in Scotland and if you’re a fan of the series you know that these guys can’t go on a vacation without murder and mayhem happening.
Zane sighed. “I was so hoping this would be a normal vacation.”
Ty smacked him on the side of the head. “Don’t use bad words.”
Ty and Zane on a rug, in front of a fire, in a castle in Scotland. OH. MY. LAWD!
Once their breathing calmed and the ringing in Zane’s ears faded, he heard the muffled sound of Nick and Kelly in their bedroom, catcalling and applauding. Ty must have heard it as well, because they both began to laugh at the same time.
“Is wrong that I’m turned on by the idea of forcing your friends to listen to us having sex?”, Zane asked with a frown.
Ty laughed harder. “Just don’t tell Nick that. He’ll offer to critique your performance. Or worse, join us.”
I love that Nick and Kelly came along for the ride in Ball & Chain. They are Ty and Zane 2.0. The banter between the group is great. I was laughing so much while I listened. J. F. Harding does a wonderful job with the narration. Having mostly a male cast of characters, Harding has no problem making each of them stand out as individuals.
There was some twisted and turns with some of the characters and more secrets from their pasts come out and I feel like Ty and Zane are heading to a fantastic HEA. I can’t believe I only have one more book left in the series, Crash & Burn is up next. Zane better finally say yes.
This turned out to be a good mystery for Ty and Zane to solve with the help of their friends, Nick and Kelly. Tyler's brother, Deacon, is getting married on a secluded Scottish Island and it turns out to be a pretty good whodunit novel. We find out that there is a love relationship going on between Nick and Kelley which Tyler has to learn to accept for what it is and much of the book is devoted to these two and their story as it relates to Tyler and Zane. This is a pretty good twist and I enjoyed this part of the story. All of Tyler's family is present for this also although they aren't portrayed to heavily in the book. What was lacking in the book was the romance between Zane and Tyler. Zane and Tyler have been apart at the start of the book and both have gone through some changes and they are learning to love each other all over again however not much time is devoted to scenes between the two of them as they renew this part of their relationship. The book is entirely wrapped up in the mystery while sacrificing relationship. There is actually more romance between Nick and Kelley so this left me wanting. Since there is only one more novel in this series I hope that their will be more romance between our two heroes in that last book.
As usual JF Harding does an excellent job of narrating this audiobook. His voices are great for each character and he easily blends into the background making you forget that there is even a narrator.