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Shock & Awe

(Sidewinder #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  7,785 ratings  ·  929 reviews
After barely surviving a shootout in New Orleans, Sidewinder medic Kelly Abbott has to suffer through a month of recovery before he can return home to Colorado. He’s not surprised when fellow Sidewinder Nick O’Flaherty stays with him in New Orleans. Nor is he surprised when Nick travels home with him to help him get back on his feet—after all, years on the same Marine Forc ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Riptide Publishing (first published August 10th 2013)
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4 smutty and fun stars.

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HOT DAMN! Shock and Awe was a real treat and for such a short read it sure packed a punch!

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"I want to know what it feels like to kiss a guy. And you've had a lot of practice, so I know you're a good kisser."
"Are you simultaneously complimenting me and calling me a whore?"
"I'm…I'm just impressed you can take half a Percocet and say simul…simultaneous."

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"Don't," Nick warned with a point."
Kelly quirked an eyebrow.
"Don't you do it."
"Come give me a cuddle with a happy ending.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Some times you feel like a book with intense character development and an intricate plot that takes you into the psyche of the main characters in a deep, fundamental way.

This is not that book.

It has been about two years since I last read a Cut & Run-series book, and I seriously forgot how incredibly HOT Abigail Roux's writing could be. Like EXTREMELY hot.

Do you need to know all about the Cut & Run characters to really appreciate this book? I think so. It is billed as its own series, but I hones
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

”What’s normal anyway?”

Shock & Awe was a GREAT read! Let’s keep this short and nice, ok?

I haven’t finished the C&R series yet, I know, I know! Don’t kill me. I have to but you know, too many books blah blah blah.

The thing is I was reading reviews about this book (I blame Baba) and I felt I had to read it no matter what. I’m so glad I did it. Don’t get this wrong, fellow readers, but even though I enjoyed C&R I wasn’t in love with that book. I loved Ty & Zane but the case was kinda meh for me. So
Before I start gushing, I should note my disclaimers:
1~ I am without a doubt, a die-hard Cut & Run addict. I love Ty and Zane like no other and therefore, by default I love their boys. To clarify, I haven’t always loved Nick, but he’s recently grown on me.
Does this alter my opinion of this book? Absofreakinlutely.
2~ I also crush on men in uniforms…they are my weakness.
3~ I’m a sucker for steamy friends-to-lovers tales, and this is by far the hottest GFY I have ever had the pleasure of watching
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 5 Scorching Hot Stars ♥♥♥

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"Hey, Irish?"
Nick turned to him, the beginnings of a smile on his face.
"Will you kiss me?"

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Kelly Abbott

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"See, every time I think about you now, I get these butterflies," Kelly explained, fluttering his fingers at his chest. "And it's weird because it's you, and you're you. But I like it too. And.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

LOVED this one! Don't really have time to properly review it.

I haven't read the Cut & Run series, and I didn't feel lost here. But I am definitely going to read it now!

9 books...I can do this.

Oh, I did love this tale of two Special Ops boys falling for one another. One gay, one straight, but the emotion was already there and the sex was the last piece of their relationship puzzle. There were a few flaws in the story and their relationship, IMHO, but I believe they were probably already easily answered in the wonderful Ty and Zane universe Abigal Roux has created and spun this Sidewinder story line and new series off of.

Please do not judge, or gasp in horror, but I have not read the
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
There's not much to say about this book because it is supposedly the beginning of a new series, but there is no way it would make sense to anyone unless they read the "Cut & Run" series. This is two of the side characters falling in love, and one of those side characters wasn't developed all that well. It was cute, non-angsty, but there wasn't much story going on. I look forward to the next book in this series where there is a mystery of sorts and I hope that Kelly will turn into a real live boy ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

DNF @ 50%

This story made me so confused! I mean this book is the first installment in the series but it was like I dived in the middle of the series!!! I didn't know about their job, why Nick called Kelly Doc, what was this attraction Kelly felt for Nick (he was straight and then suddenly he had this urge to sleep with Nick), who was this Ty guy, I couldn't understand how or when Kelly was attracted/felt for Nick!!! I know it's just 100 pages but still it couldn't hold my interest! It's t
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Abigail Roux once again proves her excellence when it comes to outstanding dialogue, it’s effortless, and the banter and snarky humour just flow, and when you combine that with enough sizzling, sexual chemistry to melt your kindle… and not forgetting the fabulous writing, we have yet another winner from Ms Roux and two men that are sure to give Ty and Zane a run for their money.  photo imageedit_1_7934627573nnnn.jpg

Creating the Sidewinder team in Cut & Run series, was pure genius as far as I’m concerned… I love Ty & Zane, like

Written April 3, 2015

3.8 Stars - Sweet and lovely

I felt it was better to read this novella before the last two in the Cut & Run series (#8 Ball & Chain and #9 Crash & Burn). I know (or heard..) this new love-couple Nick & Kelly will be involved quite much in the storyline in those last 2 C&R books.


Happy Egg-dancing!!
This wasn't a stunning read, or a Earth shattering novella book, but absolutely a very good start to my Easter weekend. I smiled, enjoyed and liked a lot. Two new boys to care about
Between 2,5 and 3 stars

Shock & Awe left me in a state of a slight shock.
And I mean it not like a sensation. Quite the opposite.

Yeah..all my dear not mm-books, you can give a cheer!
I am MAYBE not totally lost for you.
Because it is not enough for me to have more than one penis in a book to make me delighted and perfectly happy. This book is the conformation of it.

It started very promisingly and I hoped I would like it as many other readers.
But I didn't. It has a very good rating, then let me ju
Not as good as Ty and Zane, but still awesome and hot !!

For some reason, Nick sometimes irritates the shit our of me. Kelly was funny though :)

3,5 stars
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
this book was not necessary. At all. I like Ms. Roux books, a lot. And the Cut & Run series is one of my favorites. So let me tell you this is just PWP. No plot, no nothing, just a lot of over the top and ridiculous sex scenes. The story goes like this: Kelly was shot in the chest, almost died and upon being discharged from hospital goes to his cabin. Buddy and BFF Nick goes with him to help during convalescence. * how I wish I had gifs and knew how to use'em*. Keep in mind, Kelly=hetero Nick= b ...more
At 2% and I was a goner.
Hook, line, sinker.
I melted into a puddle of lusty goo.

Their chemistry. HOLY SHITBALLS, THEIR CHEMISTRY! I thought I was going to die.
"'Hey, Irish?' Nick turned to him, the beginnings of a smile on his face. 'Will you kiss me?'" <-*swoon*

"'Oh God.' Kelly breathed.
'No, you don’t say his name when I fuck you. You say mine.'"

The banter. FUCK ME there was some great dialogue.
"'No half-assed middle school kissing either.'
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The story was set in the Cut & Run universe and takes place right at the end of book 7. It is actually divided into 2 short stories. Good fast read that does some filling in. ...more
Nick O'Flaherty gets his moment in the spotlight & I think I'm in love with Kelly...
The warmth and excitement of new attraction were bolstered by years of history. Years of camaraderie. Years of comfort. It was something entirely new, and it was something that just felt right.
Shock & Awe picks up where Touch & Geaux left off. Nick accompanies Doc Kelly Abbott home after the shootout and hospital stay in New Orleans.

It was nice to see Nick & Kelly start what I hope will be a relatio
It's just me Shelly B
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was sooooooo GOOD!!!!!!!!!

I devoured this novella!!!!! I couldn't get enough of Nick and Kelly!!! I wanted MOOOOORRRRRE!!!

“I’m not going to f*ck you, Kels.” “Why not?” “Because you’re hurt and I get rough.”
Kelly swallowed hard, his breath quickening. “How rough?” Nick cocked his head and smiled slowly.
“That’s kind of hot."

Nick is officially my NEW favorite guy!!!! Well Ty will always come first for me but I love him almost just as much now!!!!

Kelly was awesome too...don't get me wr
And....we have a winner! I knew the ginger would bring all the stars.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this novella and Nick & Kelly. I really liked Kels before but now I love him! He's so awesome! I want to read much much more about this fantastic couple!




I'm a little bit shocked at myself for taking such a long time to finally read Abigail Roux. Like fa realz, Shock & Awe might just be the sexiest thing I've read it months. I read a lot of sex and most times I'm like "that was nice" but this little story had my eyes bugging and breathing erratic because jeez never was there such a sexy bunch of talk between men. I'm behind on the back-story of these men and pretty much everything (put the pitch forks down) but I am regretti
So. Nick and Kelly. Who would have thought. And they're crazy hot together too.

Shock & Awe isn't perfect and it could have been longer, but feck it. It was fun.

I want more of this.

Also: Yay! Zane POV!
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m

So...I probably should have listened to a friend when she told me to read the books that came before this.

You see, you might not know but this is a spin off. Being the stubborn and lazy twit that I am I went against her advice and read this (cause reading 5 or 6 books just to get to this one was waaay too much. I just wanted a little GFY, but that's not the point) The point to my ramble-because, no, I don't plan on writing an actual thought out review, sorry- I should've listened to her!

I was
A review of my sanity slipping
By Natasha Snow

(Spoilers and plenty of swearing)

Once upon a time there was me, minding my own god damn business and then this book came along and reminded me of a bunch of imaginary book guys that I have an unhealthy relationship with.
So here I am, going on with my life after reading the latest and greatest from the Cut & Run series, waiting on my next Ty and Zane book, and then along came fucking Kelly and fucki
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it

3.5 stars I'm not certain that I'm any more interested in Nick and Kelly then I was before. They'll always be secondary characters to I read this whole book being amused, entertained, and curious. But, mostly I found myself waiting and hoping for a Ty & Zane (mostly just Zane) sighting.

The story itself is an interesting exploration of GFY with your best friend...your brother in arms. And I enjoyed the banter and the honest care between Nick & Kelly. But, this point I r
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
OOOoohmy GAWD....


Awe......this book was....Awesomely Adorable❤!

Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it

Okay….So I’m just going to say this right at the top here. Rip off the Band-Aid. Jump right in. Yup. *bites nails* Here I go….Haha…I just need to spit it out and run. :D

I did not feel this. Not even a flutter.

I’m a huge Ty-Zane-Roux fan, but I just did not feel the spark with these guys. Roux has a wonderful way of painting a scene and creating a character with depth, texture, and fun. I could feel and see that cabin like it was in front of me. And these guys—I love them! I especially loved bein
4.5 Stars

Well, that was way too short!

I really dig Kelly! There's something about his character that just makes me all warm and fuzzy. And Nick is growing on me more and more as I knock these stories out!

And the sex scene at the end? Easily one of the best "first time" sex scenes I've ever read. Not only was it smokin' hot, but it was extremely fun and funny. The fact that they already have such a fantastic bond as friends makes their transition into coupledom all the more awesome and an absol
Jul 04, 2013 marked it as to-read
Seriously can't wait for this book. Check out the snippet and cover @

Cover Art

Here is the snippet, which Ms. Roux considers as first draft.
Read the Full snippet at the site, I promise it will make you pre-order this book

When Kelly awoke it was to the sound of humming and the smell of bacon frying and a hint of Lysol. It took him a moment to remember where he was and why he was sore. He stared at Nick, who was curled on the couch a few feet away with a book.

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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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“It was a good kiss."
"Yes, it was."
"What does that mean?"
"It means I'm a fabulous kisser and you're easy.”
“Kelly held up a finger. “No half-assed middle school kissing, either.”


“I want the whole deal.”

“This is starting to feel like I’m leasing a car or something.”

“I’m serious, I want the Irish special.”

Nick rolled his eyes and looked up at the ceiling. “Fine. Jesus.”
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