After a long stretch of desk work, Zane and Ty finally have a new assignment – they’re going undercover on a cruise…as a married couple. Thrown into aAfter a long stretch of desk work, Zane and Ty finally have a new assignment – they’re going undercover on a cruise…as a married couple. Thrown into a mix of criminals, the two men must do their best to discover what they can about the men there are posing as and their business partners.
It isn’t long before Ty and Zane are dodging attempts on their lives. With no sign of back up, they must do their best to stay afloat, living their roles…but when the line between reality and fiction start to blur, both agents may end up hurt in ways they can’t prevent.
This is the first time I have ever switched narrators for a series. I often give books a go just because I like the narrator, so if the narrator trods off, I go also. The only problem is, I really liked this series. So I was faced with two options: switch narrators…or read the rest of the series myself. Pfft, like I remember how to read. So, I gave the new narrator – Sean Crisden – a shot and he was even more awesome than the previous. Zane’s voice was quite a bit different (I couldn’t hear it on the preview so I didn’t know what to expect until my purchase) but I liked it.
I liked it a lot. In fact, I’ve listened to this book twice all the way through. The assignment of Zane and Ty being a sleazy, criminal married couple was just too delicious a premise. It was interesting to see the lines blur between the roles Ty and Zane were taking on and their true feelings for one another.
Zane's character flaws came into play a lot in this novel - his jealousy and his struggle with his alcoholism - and I found him a lot more compelling for it. Whereas Ty explores hi more openly vulnerable and submissive side, which was riveting. He had some very sentimental as well as hilarious moments.
The plot was well-written and I couldn't guess who was behind what or exactly where the danger was coming from. It made for a thrilling conundrum. I particularly loved how tangible the tension was in the rock climbing and scuba diving scenes. Brilliant writing.
This is my favourite installment of the Cut & Run series thus far. I have listened to the audio book twice through since purchase. After I finished the book for the first time, I was quick to get onto the next, 'Divide & Conquer.'
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 toFBI 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.'
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Following her encounter with a serial killer, Liv Bergen has returned to her family home to recuperate. Her childhood hometown is no safe haven, howevFollowing her encounter with a serial killer, Liv Bergen has returned to her family home to recuperate. Her childhood hometown is no safe haven, however, with stalkers, biker gangs, rapists and of course...murderers.
After a local woman is murdered and Liv's brother becomes a suspect, she does everything she can to discover the truth and help him. When FBI Streeter Pierce is brought in to investigate, it looks like he and Liv may finally cross paths.
Will Liv Bergen or Streeter Pierce find the killer? With so many suspects, it's hard to know who to trust.
I was uncertain if I would like this book as much as 'In the Belly of Jonah.' Not because I doubted that it would be good but because I liked the first one so much. Since I was up until ludicrous hours of the morning finishing it, I think it's safe to say it delivered.
This is not a book for the squeamish. I know that might seem like a redundant thing to say about a murder mystery novel but sometimes it's just easier to read about people being killed and carved than it is to read about sexual abuse. Comfort zones aside, it is a fantastic read for avid murder mystery and literature devourers
Liv's hometown is riddled with creepers. Maybe it is the bike rally and the murder that sharpens this perspective but if I lived in such a place I would move. It's a serious statement of her affection for her family that she not only sticks around when she has just been through a trauma but that she actively seeks out suspicious people to help her brother.
I can't say that Liv Bergen is a character I can relate to. A Catholic woman who says her Hail Marys every time she does something unlawful and shocks at the notion of abortion? Not hardly. The reason I'm so drawn to Liv is that she is one kick-ass protagonist. She is level-headed in times of crisis in a way I could never be. She not only manages to keep her head but is also capable of forethought and practicality. Plus, she has a wonderful wit.
One of the things that had me writhing in the best possible way was the way Liv and Streeter kept grazing paths. I was squirming for the moment when they would finally come face to face.
Fans of Kelleher be warned - he's a no-show in this novel. Bly was a great partner for Streeter but seriously...I want my Kelleher back! Hopefully he'll return in the next book.
There is one aspect of this book which isn't resolved but since it was only touched on - and is obviously the prime focus for the next installment - I wasn't left with any sensation that parts of the story felt unresolved. Only with the with the itch that I seriously need to read the next Bergen book, 'Widow's Might.'
I suppose you could technically read 'Lot's Return to Sodom' without having read 'In the Belly of Jonah' but I have to insist, since it is such a good read and gives an excellent insight to the development of Liv and Streeter's characters. Also, references will go over your head and some emotional impact on the characters will be lost on you. Thus, read it.
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