Series: Cut & Run #3
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Published by Dreamspinner Press on December 14th 2011
Genres: M/M, Romantic Suspense
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they're assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring-an out-and-proud married couple-on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean. As their boss says, surely they'd rather kiss each other than be shot at, and he has no idea how right he is. Portraying the wealthy criminals requires a particular change in attitude from Ty and Zane while dealing with the frustrating waiting game of their assignment. As it begins to affect how they treat each other in private, Ty and Zane realize there's more to being partners than watching each other's backs, and when the case takes an unexpected turn and threatens Ty's life, Ty and Zane will have to navigate seas of white lies and stormy secrets, including some of their own.
Everyone keeps telling that each book in this series is better than the last and it’s so true!
In Fish & Chips we get to see Ty and Zane have the vacation they should have had in the last book, Sticks & Stone when they were actually on vacation. The two FBI partners have to go undercover as a married gay couple who are involved in an international smuggling ring on a cruise. Neither are very happy about the assignment. Especially Ty.
Ty has to play the boy toy of the marriage and it’s funny to see him go through the waxing, tanning and wardrobe change. Not to mention that Ty tries on the submissive role to get into character. This only drives Zane crazy and makes him wonder how much trouble he is going to be in once they are back in the real world.
Even though the pair are actually working a case they get some R & R while playing the parts of the married couple but it’s not all fun and sun. Someone is trying to kill Ty, well really the person he is playing. It wouldn’t be a Cut & Run book without someone trying to kill the guys.
Fish & Chips is full of suspense that I’ve come to expect from the series with the added bonus of more romance behind Ty and Zane.
I never planned on listening to the book but I got the audio for like $0.95 after using my $5 coupon from audible.com. It took me a few chapters to really get into Sean Crisden’s narration. The biggest problem I had with the narrator was his voice for Ty & Zane’s boss. It sounds like a cross Jim Henson muppet. But luckily he didn’t have a big part in the book so once we moved away from him I started enjoying his narration of Ty and Zane. I’m not a big fan of male narrators and I don’t think I would enjoy listening to Crisden do a lot of female voices but since Cut & Run series is about two male leads I think I’ll give him another try for book 3, Divide & Conquer.
If you’re looking to give the M/M genre a try I highly recommend the Cut & Run series. It focuses on the FBI cases and the romance is secondary and sex is not too graphic in the beginning of the series so it’s a nice way to easy into the M/M sex scenes. Honesty I don’t even see this series as a M/M but a series about two partners falling in love that happen to both be men. It’s really well written and romantic suspense fans will love it.
“He sighed heavily and lifted his chin stubbornly, meeting Zane’s eyes without flinching. “I didn’t just say it to get you to jump. I’m in love with you Zane,” he admitted in a calm, clear voice. “I have been for a while.”
“I know you don’t….” He shook his head and glanced up at the stark white wall across the way from his cell, starting over. “I know you care about me. That’s all I need. I just figured… we have enough secrets between us,” he continued as he looked back up at Zane and smiled nervously. “Now it’s just one less.”