Tuesday, April 23

Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

FBI agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett both have their strengths, their shortcomings, and their own personal demons. When they are paired up and sent to NYC to work on a serial murder case, nothing is smooth sailing. The two men detest one another and the killer's trail is leading them to nowhere but injury and disaster. What appears to be a futile case could either kill the two men...or serve to bring them closer than any professional partnership.

This was a book I had stumbled upon via Goodreads but it wasn't until I found it on audio, narrated by Sawyer Allerde, that I finally got around to it. Not only did it not disappoint but it far exceeded my expectations.

The novel is written in third person but switches between the perspectives of Ty and Zane. The book is co-written, so there was a chance that this in-chapter alteration could have been jarring but that wasn't the case at all. If I hadn't known in advance, I would not have guessed it was penned by two authors.

Ty and Zane are two very different men but I liked that they were not 100% the figures they were first presented to be. Rather, I took in a first impression which altered throughout the story and changed the assumptions I had for them both. Just as their perceptions of one another keened and expanded, so did mine for both of their characters. It made for a far more interesting and quite non-stereotypical path of character development.

One thing I particularly liked about the story was that it was well balanced. There was excellent character development but also a well paced plot and imminent tension. Use of swearing wasn't excessive to the point of distraction and the sex scenes were sensual.

I was able to conclude who the killer was, although I couldn't figure out the pattern he was following, as I am not familiar with the inspiration. The staked were definitely on the increase throughout the story and the suspense and injuries were tangible.

'Cut & Run' is a novel I would recommend to anyone who likes flawed protagonists, sexual tension, and serial killers. I was quick to purchase the sequel, 'Sticks & Stones.'

In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer purchased this book. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to her by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of Dreamspinner Press and is used solely as an aide to the review.

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