Sunday, 12 April 2009

Review – Cut and Run – Abigail Roux, Madeline Urban





The Blurb

A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he's paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it's hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again – this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer's knife.



The Review



Ty Grady – The Special Agent with the most unorthodox method of doing things. He rarely ever listen and as much as he gets result, he is a pain in the proverbial ass. He also works alone.


Zane Garrett – after working is way back form near disaster to his career, he has perfected his style and hones his strength enough to be considered the best of at what he does. Looking for upward mobility he was letting nothing stand in his way.


The Plot

Ty Grady is not happy, after working for weeks on a case, it all went pear shape through a simple blunder. Now, not only is, his work methods under scrutiny, he is also being put under the microscope.

Zane Garratt has worked hard to come back from the brink of career meltdown. Now that he has more or less redeemed himself in the FBI eyes, he is looking to spread his wings and get on with the more meatier matter of the job.

These two men are thrown together with disastrous  result. However they have to put there discord aside to gets down to the job that they were put together to do. Someone wants them to go away and both men have to work together to find out who – which might prove to be not a difficult as they imagined.


“You can't go in there yet!” she hissed as she stood from her desk and pointed at him.

He stopped at the door and turned around to look at her, blatantly putting his hand on the door handle and pushing it down with a smirk. Her mouth worked soundlessly, and she turned and scrambled for her intercom to announce him before he could get inside.

Assistant Director Richard Burns looked up at him in surprise and annoyance as Ty stepped into the office and closed the door behind him. “You wanted to see me, sir,” Ty greeted, the words perfectly professional, but the tone somehow just as insolent as it always was.

“Sit down,” the man ordered with a jab of his pen at one of the seats across from his desk. “We’re waiting for one more person.”

Ty moved to the seat and sat, his leather jacket sending up a tiny little cloud of dust as he flopped into the seat. He did a fairly good job of concealing his surprise. “Someone else?” he inquired evenly. “Am I being lynched?”

“If you keep your mouth shut for the next thirty minutes, you may not spend the night in jail. How about that?” Burns answered seriously without looking up from the papers he was signing.

Ty cleared his throat and shifted uncomfortably in his seat

Cut and Run © Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban


Surprise Element

When i first read the blurb on this book, the first thing that came to mind was Tango and Cash (you remember that 80’s movie) Squeaky clean cop versus don’t give a crap cop – but all in all gets the job done.

This book was a plus from the get go. The first chapter set the tone and it was relentless in the pace at which it went, the twist and turns that literally had you biting you fingers was a page turner if nothing else.

The emotional investment in these characters can be clearly seen and you fall right in love with Ty and Zane.



No, the plot was good, the characters fully developed to the point where you feel like walking into the pages and giving them a slap a time or two. Cut and Run had a little of everything and lot of something more.


Smut/Ick Factor

Yes there was and some really HAWT scenes, however the build up to the moment was a true journey. Both men came into their own just by meeting each other. Not only through soul searching, but stepping into each others shoes and realising that the person behind the facade is actually who the other wants.



This book ticked all my boxes, cops, mystery, tortured souls finding there way back. Toss in the reluctant partner situation and my day was made.

The development of the character was a definite plus. They are so real, so you can literally feel their emotion. The fact that the men were the exact opposite of each other, made them all the more endearing.

The plot was a stroke of genius, the mystery, the hunt , the chase, the fact that both authors kept up the suspense right through to the end of the book was a pleasure.

The book goes at a phenomenal pace, nothing slows down in this book. The mystery flowed, the hunt and the chase was like a burst of adrenaline that had you pushing the story faster at times.

The emotional element of this book was also a treat, the way the protags past, their present and their uncertain future was all put in front of us the readers  - beautifully written.

I also enjoyed the humour that both men bounced off each other – they always had a comeback – you jut had to laugh.



Not a lot and i don’t want to take away from a wonderful book. While i will say that i hope both authors type a little faster so we can get the chance to revisit Ty and Zane in the very near future, i understand it takes time.



I love the minimalistic look. Less is more and this cover so suite the story. Everything about it implies the unknown, the mystery and the danger of going too close. Loved it

Brilliant cover.


6 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 12 April 2009 at 14:39 said...

Left you another award over at my site :)


Keep up the great work :) I like your blog, and it's so fun meeting a nice fellow blogger

Lily on 13 April 2009 at 04:24 said...

Great review again.

I've got this one on my TBR list. I may have to sneak it in somewhere on my m/m challenge list.

Erotic Horizon on 13 April 2009 at 07:53 said...

Hey Blodeuedd,

I have been to pick up my little gem already..

but once again thank you.


Erotic Horizon on 13 April 2009 at 07:54 said...


Plan a weekend of reading and put it right on top..

It's fantastic


Becky W. on 13 April 2009 at 15:50 said...

I'm going to have to read this one!I love a good mystery, but with smut mixed in, I'm in heaven! Plus, who doesn't love a hunky cop?

Erotic Horizon on 13 April 2009 at 17:35 said...

Hey Becky,

you so get what this book is about - it's all so good.