Review: Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux

April 8, 2013 Review 0

Review: Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux

After having their faces plastered across the news during a high-profile case, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have become more useful to the Bureau posing for photo ops than working undercover. Just as Zane is beginning to consider retirement a viable option, Ty receives a distress call from a friend, leading them to a city rife with echoes from the past.

New Orleans wears its history on its streets, and it’s the one place Ty’s face could get him killed. Surrounded by trouble as soon as they land, Ty and Zane are swiftly confronted with a past from which Ty can’t hide—one with a surprising connection to Zane’s.

As threats close in from all directions, both men must come to terms with the lives they’ve led and the lies they’ve told. They soon discover that not all their secrets are out yet, and nothing lasts forever

Title: Touch & Geaux
Author: Abigail Roux
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Shock and Awe, Cut & Run, Sticks and Stones, Fish & Chips
Series: Cut & Run
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Cut & Run, Sticks and Stones, Fish & Chips, Divide & Conquer
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: April 8, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 231
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

I’m so excited about this review. One of my long time followers and fellow bloggers cruised in today to help out a Diva in a pinch. Sophia Rose from Delighted Reader guest reviewed Touch and Geaux. If you have not checked out that amazing review blog be sure to cruise by and treat yourself to a little slice of awesome!

Abigail Roux

Review

First of all, thank you to Vanessa who invited me to come visit with everyone here at The Jeep Diva.  This is sort of ironic because it was about a year ago that I discovered The Jeep Diva blog, signed up for the newsletters and started enjoying the reviews and posts here.  Now for my one year anniversary as a reader, I get to cap it off as a Guest Reviewer.  Fancy that!

“Zane stared.  His heart was pounding.  He’d known they had secrets between them, things they weren’t ready to share.  They’d discussed these things, shady parts of their pasts they’d rather not take out of the box.  But Zane had never expected Ty’s secrets to be something that could hurt him.  Hurt them.

Zane studied his lover, letting that truth settle somewhere deep inside him.

“Tell me now, tell me everything I need to know.”

Ty’s jaw muscles jumped, but he stayed straight and tall, matching Zane’s glare with his own.  When he spoke, though, it came out broken.  “No.”

Zane gritted his teeth and slammed his palm against the wall.  “Tell me the truth or I walk!”

Abigail Roux, Touch & Geaux

Like other Ty and Zane fans, I have feverishly anticipated this book for some time.  Having read a few excerpt teasers and followed some of the talk made me realize that the tone of this one would be so much more intense and ominous than possibly anything that has been seen in the series so far.  I gathered myself to face whatever the worst was to be and dove in knowing that, no matter what, I just had to find out what happened next for Ty & Zane.

After all the attention their last case brought them, Ty and Zane have become the poster boys of the FBI leaving their status as undercover agents in question.  Giving lectures and posing for pictures doesn’t set well with either of them so they’ll have some thinking to do in their near future especially now that Zane passed his twenty year mark with the Company.  They figure as long as they can be together-

However, that all gets set aside when Ty gets a call for help from an old friend that sends the two of them back into Ty’s old stomping grounds of New Orleans.  Just being there is a risk for Ty because of the way he left things, but he never refuses his friends.  When trouble starts to converge on them, that is nothing new, but it is the bringing to light of dark secrets that might be the end of them- both lives and love.  Is what they have together strong enough to withstand it?

The plot was a blend of the humor, the passion, the fury, the weakness and the determination that makes up any story about these two heroes.  The story takes place in the present with flashbacks into both Ty and Zane’s lives that fill in some of the blanks and leave to greater understanding, but also heartbreak for these men.  They are strong and capable, but in another sense they are also vulnerable and need each other desperately.  Emotions run high in this one that is for sure.  The points of view switch back and forth so there is a good dose of what goes on in each man’s head, but it is almost a relief from the turbulence when Ty’s old marine bud, Nick takes over the story for short scenes.  After the reprieve, I was as eager as ever to forge ahead to see just how both the relationship and the danger elements would turn out.  Whew baby!  That finale and even the denouement kept me absolutely riveted.  And yes, I report that there are a couple of staggering future plot threads left dangling in the end.  The next installment cannot come soon enough.

As to the characters other than Ty and Zane, it is a reunion of sorts for Ty’s old Marine unit, but also with enemies from the past for both men.  There are no cardboard cutout characters in this one when it comes to the strong secondary characters.  They are all woven into the story with their own back history and emotions present too.  Everyone should have friends like these guys though that would mean as a group being forged in fire and coming out strong.

It wasn’t all heavy stuff.  I just had to share one more quote.

“Ty laughed, a carefree, boyish sound, and glanced to his side, distracted by what he saw.  “You moved the rug.”

“I kitty-cornered it.”

“Why would you do that?”  Ty asked, aghast.

“To see you lose your shit when you got home.”  Zane leaned closer, grinning evilly. “There are other things out of order too.  Books not alphabetized.  Coffee mug handles facing different directions.”  He lowered his voice to a whisper as Ty’s eyes widened in horror.  “The closet isn’t color coded.”

“You’re just watching the world burn, huh?”

Zane laughed.

“God I missed you.”  Ty said in a rush of breath.”

Abigail Roux  Touch & Geaux

Two recommendations here:  If you haven’t given this fabulous series a try and you enjoy strong male leads in action romance, then you need to get busy and start reading these- beg, borrow or steal if you have to (kidding, sort of).  If you’re a fan, get this the second you can and make sure you have lots of time set aside to read because you won’t want to lay it down once it gets going.

Many thanks to Vanessa for the invitation to join you today!

Sophia Rose, Associate Reviewer for The Delighted Reader blog

                        

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