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"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, it's hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic clich: 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."
When I began to read m/m romance not too long ago I got a list of must-read books and series and Cut & Run was one of them. Even before, I heard awfully lot about these Ty and Zane rocking the world of lady readers. At first the fact that it was 6 books about one couple and a crime and mystery story which are not my first genre choices in books, was keeping me from reading it but damn, friends could be very convincing. And thank God they are
So we meet the very different Special Agents Tyler Grady, a 34 year-old ex-Marine now in FBI who is as big as a bastard can someone be, and Zane Garrett, a 42 year-old perfect image of an Agent – at least on the outside. As the blurb says: a real cliché. They get an assignment – a serial killer is doing a good job of not getting himself caught and now that he messed with FBI, these two are here to change it.
I really love books where two characters slowly develop a relationship through the pages. Ty and Zane started going down a rocky road with a goal to piss each other off but do a job and then went on to becoming real partners and then finally, in a sort of unexpected way – lovers. It was amazing.
Ty was an asshole. But a real fun one. Zane shed that stupid goodie-two-shoes image and became himself, someone similar to Ty and their interaction and arguments, the sarcastic back-and-forth fighting with words was what made this book really enjoyable.
It took some time to get into the crime stuff since I don't read it much but soon I began to pick up on some details and even had my own suspition right at the beginning of who the killer is. I'm totally pleased to say that I guessed right!
And later the clues piled up, some even pretty obvious and then it was confirmed.
Don't you just love when you guess right?
Also, the Poe copy murders was a little cliché. Well, maybe it became cliché now with the movie The Raven which came out last year where there's a killer copying murders from Poe's books.
Anyway, the story was pretty exciting – I do love a great action even though much more in movies. It was intense and it had a good defined pattern. The events weren't flying all over the place so I loved the pace of the plot.
Now the romance.. that was just WOW! The first hot scene was mind-blowing. I thought it was going to be a little tricky, it turned out hotter than Hades. First I was both shocked and jumping from happiness, then when it looked like it wasn't going to happen I was really frustrated but Ty being Ty made me a satisfied reader.
Later I thought they would avoid each other or try to forget about this like it never happened but I was surprised how they began to show their attraction slowly more and more, how, with the circumstances, things became even tender.. It was so beautiful, watching these two. By the way, that car scene practically killed me and then the situation with Ty? That pretty much destroyed me. Ty and Zane are one of my favorite couples, 100 percent! I can't wait to read about them more!
It came to me that this book would be a great movie or better yet a TV series – if done right off course. Just imagine all those scenes played live.. Oh my God! *faints* I'll stop right here, no need to torture myself any longer.
So, I strongly(!) recommend this book to any of you that read m/m romance even if suspense and crime aren't your thing. But here's one warning: You'll fall in love so easily.
Until next time,