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Ball & Chain

(Cut & Run #8)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  7,507 ratings  ·  1,062 reviews
Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 17th 2014 by Riptide Publishing (first published March 9th 2014)
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Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
3 stars. Review posted March 12, 2014

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Me before reading Ball & Chain…
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Me after reading Ball & Chain…(I'm talking about my frame of mind) *Baba raises eyebrows*
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“I don’t know who the fuck to trust out here. I’m at the ‘shoot first and feel bad later’ stage.”
Shoot! I feel bad for saying this installment didn’t wow me at all. I enjoyed certain parts of it, however, I have more than a couple complaints. It’s more pleasant to begin with the stuff I enjoyed. So let me cut right to the chase of the ma
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Let’s be clear: I am a BIG fan of this series. I loved every book. I’ve reread many times. Zane is my #1 book boyfriend, hands down. I even defended w/ all my heart what some called the sap-fest of S&S2 and what others called the angst-fest of T&G. Loved. Them. All. Without apology...

**NO plot spoilers**
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So, Ty and Zane are back again and I was curious how this 8th book would go considering the ending of the last book, the new side series with Kelly & Nick, and the book before the series finale. And I have to say I’m seriously disappointed in the wasted opportunity and poor editing. It didn’t make me enraged like the last book did, but it did sadden me with how Ty and Zane have just been pushed to the side, in a way, and become that series that perhaps has gone on too long. This series most cert ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lending, aaa
Dear Ty and Zane,

Please know how sorry I am that your beautiful love story was lost to the ($)spin-off($).
I loved you, I was loyal.

Also know, I have no interest in the continuation of Shelly and Dick’s story that will tried to be spun in a half dozen books, undoubtedly.

Thank you for the laughter, joy, tears and heartache, you will be missed.

We should not have ended this way.

Most fondly,
Blacky *Romance Addict*

New Ty and Zane book!!!!!!!!!!!

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If I’m being honest, I probably would've given this book one star, because I disliked it that much. But the thought of giving a (nominally) Ty & Zane book one star literally hurts my heart, because they are my favorite fictional couple ever. WARNING: spoilers ahead.

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This breaks my heart..... To give a 3 star to any book of this series is just hard for me to do, but as much as I would love to bump it one more star... I just can't :(

I am a huge fan of this series, loved all the books so much that I was sure I will love this one the same, but it's like the magic is gone, and I just want to cry...

I felt like I was watching/reading Hercule Poirot (which I must admit I am addicted to since childhood), but not even close to good as that.

Stranded on the island beca
Monica Vidal
Wow. Don't even know what to say...Let's just start by saying that everyone who knows me for a while knows how much I love Ty and Zane. Hells, I proud myself into having convincing a lot of friends to read the C&R books just because I couldn't stop talking about them. Ty and Zane are my babies and I lost count of how many times I've read the other books of the series. That being said, it's with my heart a little bit broken that I said I didn't like this one at all. In my humble opinion it's the ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult review to write because I have so many disjointed thoughts on the book. First I'll say that as Sidewinder #1.5, it's a massive success; but as Cut & Run #8, it's a tragic failure. When I start to write a review, I remind myself to review the book I read, not the book I wanted to read. That's particularly troubling here because of all the wasted opportunities and silly inconsistencies.

The penultimate book in any series should leave readers breathless for the last installment,
Smith Barney
Mar 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pro-Nick & Kelly Team & Non-Die-Hard Ty & Zane fans
DNF 50%. This series and I have come full-circle. Time to cut & run.

I cannot say I'm overly surprised. I think my poor response to Shock & Awe somewhat prepared me for where I thought this series was headed even back then. I remember giving that only ★2★ stars and doing so for Ty & Zane. I didn't want to. But I did. I figured it wasn't their fault their writer drove them off such a short f'ing pier.

But this..this..was such a sad state of affairs and an even bigger disappointment..than I could
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm just saying that if I got invited to an exclusive small wedding of an ultra-rich couple on a private island that is in an old creepy castle and a storm knocked out all communications and the only transportation off the island and there wasn't a murder, I would be very disappointed and be forced to write a less-than-favorable Yelp review.

And they didn't even bring you back a Sponge Bob ice cream? I can't believe it either. Rude!

Luckily, this is Ty and Zane we are talking about, and it counts

1,8 stars.

If I have to describe Ball & Chain in one word, it would be


I'm so pissed off with this book, I'm angry, and I'm sad, and I'm disappointed, everything at once.


Who else has the same feeling after finishing it?

I knew, I'm not alone.

I can say NOTHING positive about this book.
Except that I managed to read it to the end.

I could start my review with:
First of all I would like to say how I adore this series...blah-blah-blah...Ty an
I woke up yesterday morning to find a veritable barrage of messages from friends in my email inbox, on Facebook, and all over Goodreads. All of these messages were variations on a theme of:


And, because I love Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series probably more than is healthy and I’ve been waiting almost five months for this moment, my reaction went a little something like this:

1.5 Stars

Ok, here we go. Time to review Ball & Chain, book 8 of the Cut & Run series. Oh wait, silly me, this wasn't part of Cut & Run, this was Nick's book and clearly should of been part of the Sidewinder series. I'm not even sure what to say because I like Nick and I liked Shock & Awe and even though Nick completely stole the show in Ball & Chain, I didn't think his role should have been as substantial as it was. Kelly is still a mystery to me and was kind of boring. Trying to have two couple
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Re-read 29th April - 1st May 2018

The first time I read this book I was so disappointed and angry. I love Ty and Zane and I felt cheated that this wasn’t anything like the book I’d wanted and expected.
The Grady’s in Scotland including Chester and his shovel.
I’d expected a read with lots of humour and loads of Ty and Zane. What I got was lots of plot and loads of Nick and Kelly.

Even though I’m doing a full series re-read I very nearly skipped this. I’m so glad I didn’t.

I enjoyed it so much more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-series, mm-cops


I don't want to say that I'm disappointed but well...I'm disappointed. I have more questions than answers after reading this one and it just felt disjointed.

Ty and Zane have been apart for six months. Zane has changed since that time and he wants Ty to see it but it's never really addressed. Ty has issues since coming back but it's glossed over. Sure there's a couple of nice hot sex scenes and an some intimate moments but where's the conversation? I know it's been said in other revie
Written April 21, 2015

3.8 Stars - The guys are as always yummy lovely together. The adventure was maybe so-so but I can't but be glad and satisfied once again

Book #8

I'm a year late to read this eight part (and then hopefully directly also the very last ninth book Crash & Burn).

There were some less happy reviews last spring when it was newly published but I more or less happy danced (amazed and stunned) seven times before I picked up this one, so I simply couldn't imagine Ball & Chain to be dis
Trisha Harrington
OMFG! That book was just... wow! Thank God I didn't hear any spoilers because.... UGH!!! The next book might kill me.

Do not read this review if you don't want to be spoiled.

I woke up this morning and saw that this came out early! Early! So I raced over to Riptide to download it and I didn't stop reading it until I had finished. My God, this book was just... I'm blown away. And I don't know how to say it without ruining this book for others. So just avoid spoiler tags if you don't want to know.

Mar 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I thought about giving this book at least a star more because this is cut&run, because this is Ty and Zane, because I love them too much to hurt them with only a one star rating but I simply can´t. This book was the worst in the series by far, it actually reads like it was written by a fan that had only skimmed the other books. The writing style was so heavily different from the other books that I simply can not fathom how Abigail Roux would ever let this be released. I am hurting for a series t ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. First off, I didn't like the writing style at all. It's different than the last 7 books. Too much smirking, cackling, and the characters acting juvenile. They came off more like Keystone Cops than battled hardened Recon Marines/FBI Agents/Boston police detective. We were told Ty & Zane changed during the 6 months apart but not shown. IMO, that was a huge mistake in writing. Their reunion and the subsequent weeks Ty were home before leaving for Scotland were glossed over and (view spoi ...more
I can officially mark this as read and that's the most positive thing I can say.

Taking a year off before reading this again did help, I admit I wasn't as grumpy, but this is Ty & Zane and I was bored. The mystery started out decent but about half way through I started skimming to get to the "big deal" I already knew about.

Nick & Kelly didn't bug me as much this time 'round and I like that Ty figured out how to get his answer.

There were a few surprises at the end that will make the next book inte
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
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❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oohrah! Man ooooh man....this was fun!

Gosh, I Love me some Ty & Zane

And, gosh, here is some of the guys, yummy, yum hotness!

After The Read~

In the beginning, I pondered between 4 or 5 stars, because in this, there were a few rocky spots and use of my dreaded pet-peeve; the use of weed/blunts, ugh. This story has a different tone, a tone that I do not care for. All and all this was still 5 Star good.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
I liked this. But I didn't love this one. It took me longer to read this one than any of the other books in the series.

I really wasn't too bothered by Nick and Kelly being so present in the book. Yeah, I would have preferred more Ty and Zane and less Nick and Kelly.

Until about the halfway mark or so, I thought this one was rather subdued compared to the other books in the series. And then...

...I mean everyone was dying.

Again, this one was very different from the other books which I can certai
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 4 "Never a quiet vacation" Stars ♥♥♥

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How did this always happen to them? Every single time. Another vacation, another psychopath.

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So when I heard this was released early, My inner Ty and Zane creeper was SO FREAKING HAPPY!! Then I saw reviews left and right, and many not so good. So, I began to worry that I would end up hating this book. That was not the case, it wasn't perfect and a few
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I finished my read of Ball & Chain late last night and have been carefully considering my thoughts and feeling ever since. To be honest, I was in tears about 75% through the book. Not because of all the angst and characters feels but, because I felt something precious had been lost. This was not the Cut & Run books I had fallen in love with.

Spoilers Below...

Ty and Zane were a disappointment. The chemistry between them seemed gone. Their interactions lacked the depth and meaning that they had in

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...who would have expected dead bodies at a wedding? Ty and Zane, that’s fucking who.
This story-line had a Clue vibe to it...
You know, Colonel mustard, in the library, with the candlestick?

As soon as Ty and Zane got the call to fly out to Scotland, alarm bells were ringing. We all know how lethal "vacations" are for our boys... And that was before Deuce told his brother to bring backup and guns. It was a particularly dangerous combination:
A wedding,
A seclud
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Not even J. F. Harding's FLAWLESS audio performance can get me to rate this book anything higher than 3 stars.

After the high I got off of the last two books Stars & Stripe and Touch & Geaux, this book fell flat.

I honestly believed that book 1 was going to be the only book in the series to get anything lower than 5 stars from me. This book changed that 5 star run. It was disappointing. I had to push to finish.

This installment of the series, as a whole, lacked the Ty and Zane essence. It felt mor
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was a complete disappointment. Two sad and disappointing stars.

I preordered this book the day it became available to do so, that means I paid and have been waiting for this book for a year. I have never before preordered a book a year in advance. I write this to show how much I loved this series and Ty and Zane. When I finished reading Touch & Geaux, i absolutely thought waiting a year for the next one just pure torture. I have even gone so far as to order a couple of these books on au
Jess Candela
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2014
This book is NOT Cut & Run #8, it's Sidewinder #2, so the labeling is deceptive marketing. Read as a continuation of Nick and Kelly's story from Shock & Awe, this book works nicely, but Ty and Zane are secondary characters. Actually, even Kelly is a secondary character in this book. It's really Nick's story, and I enjoyed it as such.

However, I really missed Ty and Zane. Zane in particular was almost invisible in this book, as Ty at least played a significant role as Nick's Best Friend. In fact,
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Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who i ...more

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“Zane hurried to catch up. “Wait, Ty, you want to do that with her with us?"

“She’s a year old. She won’t understand death and destruction for at least another year.”

“If we ever decide to adopt, you’re a mute in any interviews.”

“Are you okay?" Kelly cried.
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