Review: Sticks & Stones (Cut & Run #2) by Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban

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Review: Sticks & Stones (Cut & Run #2) by Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban

Cut & Run Series Book Two - Sequel to Cut & Run 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.

Title: Sticks and Stones
Author: Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Touch & Geaux, Shock and Awe, Cut & Run, Fish & Chips, Divide & Conquer, Warrior's Cross
Series: Cut and Run
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Touch and Geaux, Ball and Chain
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: January 25, 2010
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 315
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

The first Cut and Run book I read I wasn’t exactly sure if I was supposed to laugh at some of the antics that Ty and Zane got up to. After meeting Ty’s family in Sticks and Stones I’m sure that this is one those dry humor (non comedy) witty reads and I was supposed to laugh. I’m likening this a lot! If you didn’t know the feelings that are running through Ty and Zane’s minds you’d question if these two men even liked each other. Rest assured they more than like each other. Their dysfunctionality makes them work. The romance is hot and the wit is snarky, and the humor is dry. I’m just loving this series.

The F.B.I. has ordered Zane and Ty to take a vacation. More specifically Burns has told Ty to go home and see his folks. Ty decides he needs to take his partner. Insert the mountains of West Virginia, a caring mama, a tough father, a shrink brother, and a shovel toting grandfather, and you get an idea of why Ty is Ty. Zane is also given a glimpse into why his lover is the way he is. Their relaxing vacation quickly turns into anything but relaxing as they pack off for a little hike into the mountains and find more trouble in the woods than they do in the field as active agents.

I was a little disappointed in the mountain troubles. There seemed like there would have to be more going on or perhaps another party involved. The trouble seemed too neatly packaged away with no more mentioned of it. I felt like there was something missing there.

I did love the revelations that Ty and Zane have about each other. I like that these two men have issues, I’m talking major damage. They are not perfect, their relationship is a mess, they are a total wreck, and they make it work for them while providing great reading material for me. I love that they are still the hot mess they started out as.

Favorite quote, Ty to Zane and Deuce: “You kind of wonder what the squirrels think when they’re being blown through the air to the next tree. It’s all fun and games until somebody throws a grenade.”

Riptide Publishing


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