I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux
Series: Cut & Run #6
Narrator: J. F. Harding
Published by Audible on 12-15-15
Genres: Romantic Suspense, M/M Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have managed the impossible: a few months of peace and quiet. After nearly a year of personal and professional turmoil, they're living together conflict-free, work is going smoothly, and they're both happy, healthy, and home every night before dark. But anyone who knows them knows that can’t possibly last.
When an emergency call from home upsets the balance of their carefully arranged world, Ty and Zane must juggle family drama with a perplexing crime to save a helpless victim before time runs out.
From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote Texas horse ranch harboring more than just livestock and childhood memories, Ty and Zane must face their fears—and their families—to overcome an unlikely enemy and bring peace back into their newly shared world.
I’ve missed Ty and Zane. I’m so happy the rest of the Cut & Run series is now on audio! There was another narrator change; I was a fan of the last narrator so this made me a little nervous. But I’m enjoying J. F. Harding voice for the characters so I’ve enjoying him even more than the previous narrator.
Ty’s family is so funny! I love the way J. F. Harding voiced them. It made scenes like below even funnier. I smile so much listening to Stars & Stripes.
“We wouldn’t need your help normally, but this morning I cut your daddy’s finger off, and he says he can’t hold a hammer.”
Ty’s head shot up. “You what?”
“Cut his finger off,” Mara said again as if she hadn’t realized the news would be shocking.
The others were drifting closer, trying to hear the conversation. Ty sat silent a moment longer, his mouth agape. “On . . . purpose?”
“Well, no, it was an accident.”
. . .
“But it’s not like he don’t have four more fingers to work with. And it was only part of the little finger, and they sewed it back on. He has two hands, one of ’em can hold a hammer just fine, but no, he says he can’t do it.”
Stars & Stripes brings us to Texas where Zane is called home to help with an issue at his family’s ranch that got his dad shot. Of course, it turns into a case for the FBI agents. And it’s a case that has Ty muttering under his breath “I hate Texas” one than once. While the two work to figure things out with the case they learn to relax around their families about their romantic partnership as they both come out to their families.
I felt Ty and Zane’s relief and happiness as they finally get to be themselves, at least around their families, even if they still feel the need to hide their relationship at work. But I believe that will be taken care of soon. These two have been through some crap and I want them to have the full HEA they deserve.
If you’re looking to cut your teeth on the M/M genre I highly recommend this series! It’s full of action, suspense, wicked funny humor and some hot times between two smoking FBI agents and a romance which I would not have expected. But know that the Cut & Run series should be read in order so that you grow with Ty and Zane. Each of the cases is solved in each book, but Ty and Zane’s personal life is a series story arc. I love all the inside jokes from previous books and enjoy seeing secondary characters pop up again. And the scenes with Smith and Wesson are priceless.
I’ve already requested the next book on audio. I’m stalking my inbox for it.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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