Review: Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8) by Abigail Roux

March 28, 2014 Review 7

Review: Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8) by Abigail Roux

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.

Title: Ball and Chain
Author: Abigail Roux
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Touch & Geaux, Shock and Awe, Cut & Run, Sticks and Stones
Series: Cut and Run
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Touch and Geaux
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: March 17, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 306
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames
Cut & Run

As with every Ty and Zane book two men I love to read are going to go on a trip. It will somehow turn out to be the trip from hell where nothing goes right. Someone will end up injured, practically dead. This time they venture off to Scotland for Deuce and Livy’s wedding. There will be much of the Grady family present and for good measure they will bring some very close friends, Nick and Kelly along for some added much needed additional protection. The entire group will nearly immediately find themselves drowning in danger with no pleasant end in sight. The very talented Abigail Roux makes this all into a fantastic read!

I can easily see where some fans might get a little flustered with this installment in the Cut and Run series books. It is clearly seen in print that we will soon be saying goodbye (to a certain extent) to Ty and Zane and hello to the new couple Kelly and Nick. Kelly and Nick both are present with large roles this go round in the wild ride that is a typical Zane and Ty anti-vacation. Ty and Zane are also approaching a new and very different stage in their lives and it is felt throughout most of the book.

I can honestly say my only disappointment was Nick’s decision.

Favorite quote, Ty to Zane: “I mean that all the experiences I’ve ever heard of in life… I want to have them with you.”

I also loved this one where Ty was speaking to his brother Deuce. “If a bunch of kids can follow a crazy guy with a Boston accent and a gun down here, I can do this.”

Cut & Run

Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Sure! I started writing about 11 or 12 years ago. I never did so with the intent of getting published, but now that I am making my living by writing I can’t imagine what else I could be doing.

Vanessa: When you wrote Warriors Cross did you know that Julian would pop up at a later time (Armed & Dangerous) to give Ty and Zane hell?

That was definitely not planned when Warrior’s Cross was being written. That book was actually written before Cut & Run, and it was shelved for three years and then completely reworked. I knew I wanted all my books to take place in the same world, and when I came up with the idea of adding Julian to Ty and Zane, it just clicked.

Vanessa: I’ve noticed the title and series name are always in the dialogue to each book. Was this done intentionally or was it something that just happened and you decided to run with it for the later books?

The first book actually had a different working title. Then we wrote the line ‘We can still cut and run’ and it was like the heavens opened up and chucked a sign at us. We had to choose whether to use ‘and’ or the ampersand, and I knew the ampersand could give us so many titles. So we went with it. For five years now I’ve been keeping a running list of ampersand phrases for future books.

Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?

The one I’m currently working on Is going to be out for Christmas. I’ve been calling it the Sooper Sekret Xmas Project simply to tease readers, but I’ll go ahead and spill that’s it’s the third book in the Sidewinder series, entitled Lost & Found. It takes a different format than the others, with half the book being told in the past, and we couldn’t pass up the chance to call it a Christmas special.

Vanessa: What was your most challenging book to bring to life?

Several of them have been challenging, but for different reasons. Warrior’s Cross was challenging because it took so many rewrites to get it the way it needed to be. Sticks & Stones was hard because of scheduling issues, and trying to decide the arc of the series. Ball & Chain was challenging because I had so many distractions as I was trying to write it, I couldn’t hit my original deadline. It was a case of knowing exactly what needed to happen, exactly how to write it, and being excited about it, but simply not having the ability to write it.

Vanessa: What was your favorite scene or chapter to write, which book and why?

There’s a scene in Ball & Chain where Nick is interviewing suspects, and at the end he had to interview Ty. I cannot tell you how much fun I had with that scene, weaving their past friendship, their current issues, and the questions Nick was forced to ask him, the interplay was hilarious. It might be my all-time favorite scene.

Vanessa: If you could trade places for a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Whoever is least likely to get shot! Seriously. I can attest that living in Ty’s head is exhausting. Have you ever watched a hamster on a wheel? That’s what it feels like. Zane is so critical of himself, I imagine that would be a hard day too. I’d probably switch up with Deuce. He’s got a cushy place to live, never has to fight for his life, and probably has a lot of painkillers to deal with a sore leg. Sounds good to me!

Vanessa: Nick and Kelly have their own books with the Sidewinder Series. Do you have writing plans for other members of the Sidewinder team?

The other members will be in and out of the Sidewinder Series a lot. They’re a huge part of Nick and Kelly, and frankly any book focusing on the other guys would be a het romance, which I’ve never played with.

Vanessa: When can readers expect the next Sidewinder book? How many do you have planned for that series?

The next one is Cross & Crown, and it’s out in June. It’s actually already available for pre-order. And I already spilled the news about the third one coming for Christmas. I don’t have a solid plan for the series because the books are more episodic in nature, so hopefully it can go on for a long time. The biggest thing I’m excited over for that series, though, are the covers! We have such an awesome plan for the covers.

Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?

The only convention I have planned for the year is GRL in October. I want to start adding more trips and appearances, but right now that one is all I can commit to doing. I want to make a UK Meet one year.

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7 Responses to “Review: Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8) by Abigail Roux”

  1. Leah K.

    Love the review, and great interview! That scene with Nick interviewing Ty was one of my favorites to read.

  2. Joana Aleixo

    My favorite series ever. I’m completely in love. Ty & Zane, Nick & Kelly are on my mind basically 24/7.
    Probably not healthy but I don’t care. I love them! <3
    Ball & Chain was perfect. Can't wait for Cross & Crown and Lost & Found and all of the other books ! (¬‿¬)

  3. Kirstal13

    Absolutely love the series! Ty and Zane will always be my favourites, but looking forward to reading Cross & Crown.

  4. Angela

    Thanks for the interview. I really love Ty and Zane. I liked the first sidewinder book but I am a little disappointed that the rest of the books wont be focused on the romance aspect, but that’s only because its my favorite genre. Anyway I loved ball & chain.

  5. s0ph1ar0s3

    Thanks for sharing your review thoughts, Vanessa. It’s good to know what to expect. Informative Q&A ladies!

  6. TheDreamSeller

    SOOPER SEKRET XMAS SPECIAL means more Sanchez, if it’s -partly- set in the past. And I like more Sanchez. Yes, yes I do.