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An erotic gay romance, a suspenseful thriller....

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.

©2008 Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux (P)2010 Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Zion
  • 05/08/2010

Stunned and surprised.

The only problem I have with the audio version of this book is the narrator, Whenever he impresonates a woman I begin cracking up, it really sounds like he's joking at first. He does this in both books of this series. Fortunately, there are few women characters in this one, and so the distraction is limited. Other than this and his overly perfect pronunciation of every word, he really does great accents, and is very consistent with the character's voices throughout the book.

But here's why I give this read 5 stars: I actually listened to this book after Sticks and Stones, in other words, out of order. I was stunned at how good this book was. It's much better than its sequel. The character development balanced with the intrigue of the case the story revolves around was in perfect proportion. It's a little slow at first getting started, but it really was worth it. Being a gay man myself, I was amazed at how spot on much of the sexual tension believe the two men was. Especially surprising is that it was written by two women. Ha! I would love to know what kind of research was involved in gay-men courting in order to write this book. Throughout the story you sometimes want to strangle each of the characters, and other times want to be the object of their seduction. I found myself relating to both Ty and Zane in different ways. And the climax of this story brought tears to my eyes. Congrats to the authors on an amazing book, the best gay-novel I've ever read. Thanks!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • wavy3
  • 27/10/2010

Excellent Book

So, we've got a fantastic book with two very unique, confusing, and likable main characters with superb and often hilarious dialogue. We've got a mystery, murder, and, well, romance. I'm still amazed at the depth of the characters. They felt so real to me that I had to continually remind myself these were just characters and not real life people I'd love to meet. On top of this, we've got a great narrator. His voice is pleasant, and just generally pleasing to listen to. He does well with accents and the character's voices are consistent throughout.

What I liked best about the book, though, was it's focus on the relationship between Ty and Zane. They start out hating each other practically on sight, then, as they begin to learn more about each other, and the character's layers are pulled back/revealed, their feelings of animosity turn to (even though neither will admit it--yet) love. It's done really well and is completely convincing. Plus, they may be two bi-sexual men, but they're not put into any kind of stereotypes, and they have an equal relationship--none of that creepy dominance/submission stuff that kind of creeps me out.

Point is, I love Ty and Zane and it makes me sad they're not real.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Steven
  • 20/02/2011

Great Murder Mystery/Gay Romance

I’ve read way too many books in this genre that turned out to be more romance than murder mysteries. “Cut & Run” and the sequel “Sticks & Stones” deliver on both fronts. The story is incredibly well written and very difficult to put down. There are a few (VERY) steamy sections, but most the plot centers on Zane & Tye learning to trust each other and work as FBI partners. The fact that they try so hard to deny the attraction they're feeling towards each other is amusing (and sadly touching). The big bad detective bantering between characters had me laughing and those rare moments of honest caring almost brought me to tears. The authors do a pretty good job of tying up loose ends but “Sticks & Stones” ends with just a few things left unsaid. These are the stories worthy of a hard copy for another read later.

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  • Global
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  • Donald
  • 10/02/2012

A Great Thriller...

Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban's tale of Ty and Zane was engaging, entertaining, and straight-out sit on the edge of your seat thrilling. The dynamics of the characters are relatable and realistic. Becoming enthralled with the building of a unique relationship between Ty and Zane is unavoidable. The narration, by Sawyer Allerde, was fantastic. The 'who-dunit' reveal added intrigue, if for no other reason than I didn't have a clue...which is a compliment to the author's ability to tell a story. A great book!

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  • Mich
  • 25/03/2015

M/M Cop Fluff..If you like that kind of thing.

What would have made Cut and Run better?

Ty and Zane.
Zane and Ty.
Quite possibly, the worlds dumbest detectives.

I love m/m. I love cop drama. I love gory crime scenes. I love the "OMG" plot reveals. I love dirty hot cop sex, ehem.

Sadly. This book had none of these things.
It was poor, unadulterated m/m cop fluff. And while sometimes cop fluff is a good thing, this story missed the best part of the "fluff."

So, the plot. Bad cop and good cop get partnered up. Act like they hate each other for half the book. Spend more time in their hotel room and getting injured than they do actually solving the case.

Suddenly and without preamble they are hot for each other. A "decent" scene in a hotel bathroom for build up led to one of the worst m/m sex scenes I have ever read. Ty and Zane are hot. I like them, even though their back stories are little watered down. A little angry cop sex could have gone a LONG way.

More injuries, story time lapse, more injuries...OMG! That's the guy who's committing the crimes?? (shocking, this was not) and then...END SCENE.

These authors missed so many opportunities here.

And what really got me?
Every scene where Ty and Zane kept talking to each other; long drawn out talking about feelingggsssssssss. They talked in a hotel room, in a house, in a parking garage, in an alley, in a car. All their angry pent up emotions could have led to some explosive hotness. BUT NOTHING HAPPENED. EVER. NEVER. I get it, they were always tired or injured. But throw me a bone here.

Oh, All those injuries? Well, I almost forgot about them. Apparently, going to the hospital was an inconvenience. Every time. I didn't get it.

So...Will I read book 2. Maybe. I always believe in giving a bad book a second chance if there is a series involved.

All my Ty and Zane fantasies, will just have to live on in my head I guess.
2 (feeling generous) stars.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Randal
  • 29/08/2010

a great love story, and some murder thrown in

This is the first of two books (so far) about this couple of FBI agents. The story flows easily and is an easy listen. I loved the uneasy love story set against the murder investigation. The narrator is easy to understand and the characters are easy to differentiate.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Brian Kyle
  • 11/01/2017

A great series

The Cut and Run series, featuring FBI special agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett, was one of my first favorites when I started buying gay audiobooks. Both of these hard, deeply scarred men are intriguing from the outset, with an impressively crafted balance of strength and vulnerability, and every crisis makes them and their dynamic more fascinating. The first two books are key for establishing their relationship, and later, after acquiring a new narrator with book three (veteran Sean Crisden), their bond deepens as their lives, and the threats against them, get more complex. I keep coming back to these books because I love Ty and Zane and how the trouble they get into transforms them both individually and together.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Cidney
  • 24/11/2013

Let’s Play POV Ping-Pong!



Wow, where to start! This book is a study in how not to write a novel, and yet… and yet, these gals must know something I certainly don’t: they’re published, and this book, Cut and Run, is first in a series of six (!), so far. Or maybe soft-core porn just doesn’t need to be all that well written.

Trying to keep up with the point of view changes was like trying to watch the ball in a championship ping-pong match. It was hard to keep up with who was speaking, and therefore it was impossible to know whose story was being told. Confusing the reader with POV changes is a huge Writing 101 no-no. In Cut and Run the perspective changes so often, sometimes within the same paragraph, that the moment you, reader, start to identify with one character the perspective has switched and you’re on to the other making it difficult to care about either.

I would wager that a full third of this book is nothing but adverbs. Oh my god, nearly every action is done carefully, slowly, slightly, doubtfully, soothingly, flatly, softly, curtly, wordlessly, logically, dubiously… “She complained, obviously.” So many adverbs. They stifled the flow and undermined the storytelling. Another Writing 101 no-no, and the classic “show vs. tell” issue. Instead of telling us that “he watched him warily” the writers could have left out the adverbs, let the dialog and the action flow, and just showed us that the watching was wary.

And speaking of the dialog… the meant-to-be playful banter between the two main characters is forced and sometimes awkward and often clichéd. It’s intended to tell readers, “They hate each other. No, they really hate each other. Well, maybe it’s actually angsty teasing. No, it’s foreplay!” And the writers just beat you over the head with it throughout.

Let’s just call this for what it is: it’s a buddy cop romance thinly disguised as a mystery. There are a lot of needless descriptions of hotel rooms, what the men wore, and pointless actions that have nothing to do with the story, and all these descriptions are just long lead-ins to the sex scenes. The characters don’t actually spend much time trying to solve the murder mystery that is supposed to be at the heart of the story. As for the mystery, if that is what brought you to this book, I would recommend selecting something else. The mystery, a serial killer in New York, isn’t even mysterious enough to keep the attention of the two main characters.

While the budding romance was tender and the sex scenes were kinda hot, I wasn't sufficiently moved by the characters or the story in this book to continue with the series.

Allerde’s narration wasn’t awful – when doing male voices – but his falsettos were pretty bad.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Fara
  • 28/02/2013

WOW

If you could sum up Cut and Run in three words, what would they be?

Adictive, Amazing and Thrilling

What did you like best about this story?

ALL OF IT! Everything about this story and the remaining series is so amazing its insane. The angst and the suspense and silly banter...It all tied in really well. Some parts were a bit predictable but that's okay. I will be listening to this series over and over!

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh, man, I don't even know...there are so many.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The way that Ty and Zane developed their trust for one another and the way that they danced around the feelings.

Any additional comments?

The Narrator for this book and the next one, Sawyer Allerde, was kind of "meh" at first but he grows on you. His rendition of Ty was pretty good. It was kind of sad to have a new narrator for the other two books. Ty didn't sound like Ty and Zane didn't sound like Zane, voice wise. It took some getting used to but after a few chapters you sort of just go with it. Not to say that Sean Crisden is a horrible narrator, its just...when you start a series hearing characters one way and then the change half way through its a bit of a shock, LOL! but all in all 8 out of 10 for the whole series, well done!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • ScrappyMom
  • 31/10/2013

Great Book

What did you love best about Cut and Run?

Cut and Run is an awesome story of two F.B.I. agents who are out togther on an assignment. There instant dislike to each other changes to something... more.

This is one of the best, well written, nicely plotted, and full loveable characters. You can not do better than this book.

I own both the kindle and now the audio book.

Buy this book! You won;t regret it. It's hot, sexy, and has a great mystery. It has it all!

What did you like best about this story?

The characters. Fully thought out real characters. Some of the best!

What didn’t you like about Sawyer Allerde’s performance?

This is my first audio book read by a man. It took me half the book to get into it. The readers female voices pull you out of the story. The voice for the main two charcters change within the story. That gets a little confusing.

If you could take any character from Cut and Run out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ty! I love Zane but gotta go with the Marine.

Any additional comments?

I have already bought the next several books and I noticed there is a new reader at book three. I am curious to see the difference.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Moni
  • 02/07/2012

Sexy, spannend und einfach gut!

Cut And Run hat alles, was ich mir von einer Story wünsche: Zwei starke, facettenreiche Charaktere mit Tiefgang und Hintergrund, die sich amüsante und hitzige Wortgefechte liefern, eine spannende Handlung, die mich bis zum Ende in Atem hält und eine knisternde Liebesgeschichte, die mich noch mehr an mein Smartphone fesselte (App-Hörerin), als ich es eh schon bin.

Den Autorinnen dieses homoerotischen „Romantic-Suspense“ gelingt gekonnt der Balanceakt zwischen actionreicher Story, prickelnden Erotikszenen und dem Ergründen des Innenlebens der Hauptdarsteller, die dabei nie „Out-Of-Charakter“ wirken, obwohl sie sich zwei wortkarge, coole Typen ausgewählt haben. Der Sprecher setzt die gegensätzlichen Persönlichkeiten von Ty und Zane gelungen in Szene, sodass sie für den Hörer in ihrer ganzen sarkastischen, den andern an den Rand der Explosion treibenden Art, aber auch in ihren zärtlichen Momenten, in denen sie um Worte ringen und nicht immer die richtigen finden, sehr lebendig und greifbar werden.

Kurz: Cut And Run bietet perfekte Hörunterhaltung mit Spannung, Charme und Humor.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sunne
  • 21/05/2011

Nicht was ich erwartet habe - aber beste Unterhaltung

Zugegeben - ich liebe m/m stories. Hier habe ich eine angenehme Überraschung erlebt. Oft fehlt es an plausibler Handlung - hier auf keinen Fall. Beide Charaktere sind starke Persönlichkeiten, die erstmal aus der Not heraus miteinander arbeiten und sich so gewzungenermassen schätzen lernen.
Der Krimi ist solide aufgebaut, er gehört sicher nicht zu den spannendsten seines Genre, ist aber einfallsreich. Hauptaugenmerk liegt natürlich auf der aufkeimenden "Beziehung" von Zane und Ty - und hier ist besonders hervorzuheben, dass die Autorinnen darauf verzichten, beide sofort und ständig ins Bett zu schicken. Die körperliche Anziehung ist perfekt in die Handlung verknüpft und wird weder unter den Teppich gekehrt noch überbetont. Und löst keinesfalls sofort alle anderen Probleme. Wir haben hier echte Kerle, mit echten Problemen ;) und bis aus denen ein echtes Paar wird, werden noch mehr Bücher vergehen.
Mir hatte dieses Hörbuch auf jeden Fall so viel Spass gemacht, dass ich gleich "Sticks and Stones" runtergeladen habe.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 27/03/2014

They wrote adverbially......

An OK fun book - like watching a gay B movie on a rainy Sunday.

The story and main characters are fun. The jokes are good and characters have a few nice quirks. The speaker just can't animate it though. He describes an explosion and other violent events as if he is reading the news. Can't do womens voices at all.

The biggest downside of the book is the writing style of the authors, who must have English as a second language. They write short sentences adverbially.

Can I list a few examples annoyingly ? " he slipped out of his clothes liquidly" or "he said derogatorily", "he accused miserably". " he asked groggily".

Often the style works distractedly. Sometimes it distracts annoyingly. Especially if it is used repeatedly. I shall stop shortly and hope this was written helpfully. ; )

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Hans
  • 12/04/2017

I just love this series!!!

This must be the third time I start the series intend on listening all the way through. I love the sly humor, the fast paced action, the two heroes coming to terms with their partnership. Thus stuff is addictive. Be warned. Just wish they had not changed narrator down the line. He is as good mind you - still it feels like you lost a friend.