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Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have managed the impossible: a few months of peace and quiet. After nearly a year of personal and professional turmoil, they're living together conflict free, work is going smoothly, and they're both happy, healthy, and home every night before dark.

But anyone who knows them knows that can't possibly last. When an emergency call from home upsets the balance of their carefully arranged world, Ty and Zane must juggle family drama with a perplexing crime to save a helpless victim before time runs out.

From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote Texas horse ranch harboring more than just livestock and childhood memories, Ty and Zane must face their fears - and their families - to overcome an unlikely enemy and bring peace back into their newly shared world.

©2012 Abigail Roux (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Great new narrator!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the whole Cut & Run series, with this book as probably my favorite. The most compelling gay romance ever. I just can't get enough of Ty and Zane.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stars & Stripes?

The shooting contest.

Which character – as performed by J. F. Harding – was your favorite?

J.F. Harding was a great choice for finishing this series. His voice characterizations for both protagonists are spot on. He seems an excellent study, already extremely comfortable with the material. I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the books with him as narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is the first book in the series where Ty and Zane get to focus on their happiness and the strength of their relationship as a gay couple. I found it very rewarding and satisfying after all they'd been through at this point.

Any additional comments?

Once again, I'm very happy with the new narrator!

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Time to meet the parents!

What made the experience of listening to Stars & Stripes the most enjoyable?

Ty and Zane and how these two could get into trouble tied up, handcuffed and chained in a box with no door or holes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ty and Zane, sorry, they are a package deal. I love the way they love each other. So passionate and demanding.

What about J. F. Harding’s performance did you like?

I did actually. I was a bit miffed that the narrator changed from the first 5 books, but once I got used to his voices I was enthralled.

Who was the most memorable character of Stars & Stripes and why?

Ty, what that man won't do for the man he loves.

Any additional comments?

So, a little bit of an unconventional review here, but I thought it was perfect for the unconventional coupling that is Tyler Grady and Xander Garrett. In this latest installment of the Cut and Run series, Ty and Zane take a vacation and accompany each other to their homes. It’s time to meet the parents boys!

Ty basically cut and ran when he was old enough, joining the military and putting himself in one dangerous situation after another. When he finally tells his parents that Zane is more than just his partner at work, he is his partner at home; it doesn’t get the reception he thought it would. Mom and Pops don’t mind him being gay, they are just pissed that Ty thought he had to run away rather than tell them.

If Zane was hoping for the same reaction, what he gets is mixed. The people that matter don’t mind, aside from his mother, who Zane has never had any type of relationship with. And let me just say, what this bitch does at the end of the book pisses me off to no end. Lord forgive me, but in the shootout at the OK corral I wish she would have been a casualty of war.

It took me about an hour to get used to the new narrator as the books that were published through DSP had a different person telling the stories. Once I warmed to Harding the story took off and I was so engrossed I could not put down my iPod. All the elements I have come to love about these two men and the borderline psychotic lives they lead were there, just under a different voice. I enjoyed how Harding was able to give each character their own distinct voice and still add emotion to the voices.

Of course if you are a Ty and Zane fan you’ll absolutely love this story. Action packed and nonstop from the first letter until the last. Ty and Zane are a special kind of crazy and one of these days they are going to figure out that they anchor each other. The storyline was brilliant, what is it about Ty and large, demented cats? I had a blast getting to know both men’s families, aside from mommy dearest who can take a long walk off a short pier. Emotional, not only intriguing but completely engrossing, edge of your seat shenanigans that I have come to expect with these two men. Oh but my favorite part is how these two love each other with every fiber of their being. So passionate, enigmatic and dangerous.

Definitely a must listen series. You can’t just jump right in though. Sorry, you must start at the beginning. And now I’m off to start the next book and see if Ty and Zane can blow up the White House, or something equally scandalous.  

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  • Laura
  • Port Saint Lucie, FL, United States
  • 01-09-16

Fabulous Narration!

This is a 5 Star read for me! Audible Version. J.F. Harding was an absolutely fabulous narrator and he brought Ty and Zane to life. Excellent installment in this series.

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Waited long and not disappointed!

Would you listen to Stars & Stripes again? Why?

Absolutely! Like all of this series it is a listen over and over!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the going home again and learning that sometimes things aren't what you thought they were

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene where Ty and Zane are ribbing each other. Especailly about the cats

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

Zane with his father

Any additional comments?

Wasn't sure I was going to like this as much with a new narrator but I think he did a wonderful job!

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Going Home Isn't Easy- Humorous & Passionate Susp.

Would you consider the audio edition of Stars & Stripes to be better than the print version?

No, they are both a wonderful way to experience the story. But that said, the audio version was a fantastic option that I wouldn't want to miss.

The narrator, JF Harding, captured the characters and told me a story so well that I felt like I was in the middle of everything and engaging in the action.

What other book might you compare Stars & Stripes to and why?

This book is part of what I consider one of the best romantic suspense series out there though it's hard for me to compare because most of the ones I've read don't stick with the same main characters all the way through. I think JD Robb's In Death series is the only other one I've read that I like as much.
I prefer this series because it is multi-faceted running deep on character and relationship development, providing a complex mystery, and some pretty exciting action and passion scenes. Dialogue, tone, and just overall story are hard to beat.

Which scene was your favorite?

No one scene- both 'coming out to the family' scenes are the hold your breath types, little moments when Ty or Zane would revel in why each loves his partner, and I loved the shooting competition.

Who was the most memorable character of Stars & Stripes and why?

Oy yi yi! That is tough. Nope, can't be done narrowing it down to one. The main characters are always memorable for their dialogue and characters and relationship set against the background of working a case.
But Ty's entire Grady family can't be missed. Trust me. Everyone must meet the Gradys.

Then there are Zane's parents. One adores his dad and wants a dad like him, but his mother is a piece of work that I wanted to pinch and hug Zane every time she'd tear off a chunk of him with her cold-hearted words or behavior. Totally memorable.

And props to Barnum the tiger with the floppy ear and love at first sight for Ty who is terrified of large cats.

See? I can't not name them all.

Any additional comments?

This book is part of an ongoing series story arc so really shouldn't be listened to out of order.
The relationship and character development have been ongoing even if the case is solved by the end of the story.

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Needs to be re-recorded with the narrator from the previous books

Narrator was bland and monotone, which made the story seem boring. Not sure why they switched people. Overall, great story, being able to see a little more into Ty and Zane's families.

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Ty and Zane in the sweetest love story


This is the best m-m book I've listened to. It was so sweet, romantic and full of all those things a romance novel should make you feel. This is my their narrator in this series and Harding is by far the BEST. His voice was even keeled and mature. It made the listening experience that much better.

Ty and Zane are coming into their own in their relationship and this book took us on that journey with them. Gone are the two detectives who were hesitant to communicate with each other. Instead, we have two lovebirds who freely say "I love you". They share tender gazes, touches and other connections that make it easy for those who know them can see that connection.

First, they came out to their families. Then, they make it a point to be there when the other needs them for support. It just gave me life!!!

I don't want to get into the plot with the tiger as it is a metaphor in my opinion. But I will say that this book is when I truly saw Ty and Zane as a forever type of love. This audiobook was just awesome.

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Worth it!

I love this sires! Waited for the rest to come out on Audible just so I could buy it again and listen to my favorite characters come to life.

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Hell yeah, Darlin'!!!

Yeah!...and Yay!

Have been waiting for the audiobook version of my absolute favorite book in this series for ssooo long.
Was so pleased that JF Harding performed the characters so well. It is obvious to me that he did his research to understand the dynamics and history of Ty, Zane, family and friends...all with the appropriate accents. JF is very talented and was a great choice for the rest of the series.
So take heart, C&R fans...yes we love Sean Crisden, but JF Harding rates right up there and I am looking forward to hearing his rendition of the sidewinder members in the next book. *sighs happily *

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Finally!

Where does Stars & Stripes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there with my "I will definitely listen to this again"
this is book 6 from the series, and the last great book in my opinion.

What did you like best about this story?

the romance and action. The mystery. We met almost all characters here. And Zane's family. which was great.

What about J. F. Harding’s performance did you like?

He was great. I worried the change of narrator will make it hard. But he was great; it actually made picture the MCs in a new light. Zane and Ty had accents here. Zane Texan and Ty southern. It was fun.

If you could take any character from Stars & Stripes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Zane. No head trips for me.

Any additional comments?

I've read the book when it first came out. I love the series. And was waiting for the audiobook, I almost gave up. But glad it finally happened.

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  • BevS
  • 08-04-18

Great narration Mr Harding....

Over the years I'd bought most of the audio books for this series, but none of the earlier ones even came close to capturing the way I imagine Ty and Zane to sound....and they were returned to Audible. This was an extremely disappointing aspect of the whole C & R series as far as I was concerned...no-one [whether at Riptide or perhaps the author herself] could be bothered to get the right voice for the books so different narrators were used for practically every book hence no continuity...it was pathetic 😕!! THANK GOD something has gone right for a change and whomever chose J.F. Harding to narrate the last 4 stories deserves a medal 🏅!! I have to admit that he doesn't work every time for me [although I thought his narration of the Kage series was amazing, better than the stories even], but he absolutely nailed this particular one for me as far as all the voices were concerned 😁. 5 stars and on to Touch & Geaux.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-13-18

So good

This series just gets better and better. Well narrated and the characters just come to life. Brilliant