Series: Cut & Run series book #1
Author: Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
9 hours and 38 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (06-07-2010)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: 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. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.
Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably, the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, its hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.
Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.
Review: The story opens with the reader in the mind of the killer and his next victim. There is mention of her liking his shiny badge, so when the agents come in and take over, you aren’t surprised that they suspect one of their own. This serial killer is meticulous and precise. And in the wake of his killing spree, a strained love story blooms.
Special Agent Tyler Grady (Ty) is pulled off his undercover operation after things go seriously wrong. Pulled into his commanders office, assigned a new case and a new partner are not Ty’s ideas of fun. And then he meets the pristine agent brought over from Psy Ops, Zane Garrett, and doesn’t think his day could get any worse.
Zane Garrett has had one mess up after another during his time in the bureau. A recovering alcoholic, still bitter from his wife’s death five years ago and generally does not play well with others. So he’s never had a partner to deal with, until now. Of course, he would get the most arrogant, foul-mouthed, sexy FBI agent with mood swings from hell. Oh yes, I can smell the lust brewing a mile away!
Trying hard to focus on the case and ignore their immediate and overwhelming dislike for each other, coupled with an intense and underlying attraction, they head to New York to take down a killer. Little do they know said killer is ready and waiting, for them. Ty and Zane quickly realize they are dealing with either a cop or a fellow agent gone bad, who has a penchant for Poe novels. Tempers flare and passion ignites one night when they damn near kill each other in an alley, only to end up ravishing each other later in the shower. Fore play! And, they are versatile, YES!!
The clock is ticking with Ty and Zane trying to track down the killer before he claims his next victim, or successfully claims one of them. If they can survive this chaotic attraction that they have for one another, will they survive the killer that is hot on their trail and bound and determined to make them his next victims? They will have to do the one thing they are no good at, trust each other.
The mystery and suspense of the psychotic serial killer who turns out the be the LAST person you would have suspected almost overshadowed the relationship of the would be lovers, for me at least. I absolutely loved that there was this insane story going on parallel to Ty and Zane first trying to outdo each other and then trying to out screw each other. They grow closer and gain a mutual respect for each other while they fight for their lives. By the end of the book, the reader will know exactly where each man stands, because you go back and forth in their minds while reading. The question is, will they tell each other?
The sex isn’t an overabundance in this novel, but it is overwhelming. They definitely make do with the time they find. But that’s not really, what this story is about. The is an action packed, suspenseful, murder mystery with a side dish of hot sexy alpha males that have to find a balance in order to have a working partnership. Highly recommend this series, off to start the next book!
Oh, yes, narration. Not too shabby actually. The first two audios are narrated by Sawyer Allerde. He changed his tone for different characters and managed to pull of the gruffy, pissed off Ty pretty damn well. Along with the more refined and pristine Zane. I do enjoy listening more when a narrator actual narrates the story and changes his nuances along with the urgencies of the scene. Good job.
*I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review from Dreamspinner Press for MM Good Book Reviews*