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Book Review : Fish & Chips (Cut & Run #3) by Abigail Roux

Book Review : Fish & Chips (Cut & Run #3) by Abigail Roux

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Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job; settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they’re assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring-an out-and-proud married couple-on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean.

As their boss says, surely they’d rather kiss each other than be shot at, and he has no idea how right he is. Portraying the wealthy criminals requires a particular change in attitude from Ty and Zane while dealing with the frustrating waiting game of their assignment. As it begins to affect how they treat each other in private, Ty and Zane realize there’s more to being partners than watching each other’s backs. And when the case takes an unexpected turn and threatens Ty’s life, Ty and Zane will have to navigate seas of white lies and stormy secrets, including some of their own.

 

Check out my review on the first and second book:

Book 1 – Cut & Run 

Book 2 – Stick & Stones

 

 

 

Sneak Peek Into The Story :

 

After Ty and Zane’s “vacation” in the mountains where they faced all sorts of hardships and danger, they have promised each other to never ever mention, or even think about the word “vacation” ever again.

To their displeasure, as soon as they were back from their said “vacation”, they are immediately ordered to do desk work for 3 weeks straight to “get up to speed” as their superior like to call it. Now 3 weeks later, Ty is nothing but a jumble of nerves. He cannot sit still for even one minute, even Zane is not able keep Ty’s wavering attention for very long. Unless he has something shiny to wave around. Ty needs to be doing something, anything. Or else he is going crazy with all the pent up energy bouncing inside him.

 

Book Review : Fish & Chips (Cut & Run #3) by Abigail Roux

 

So when Special Agent in Charge Dan McCoy calls them to his office, Ty is eager and more than ready to take on any assignments McCoy plans on throwing their way. However, that feeling quickly change when McCoy starts to explain what their assignments will entail this time around.

Zane and Ty is to go undercover as Corbin and Del Porter. The two men who were implicated in numerous high-dollar thefts: art, antiquities, rare gems. Why Zane and Ty are chosen for this particular mission is because both of them have roughly the same build as Corbin and Del Porter. Both of which the FBI now already have in their custody. However the current information they have on Corbin and Del Porter are not enough and they need Zane and Ty to go in to dig up some more information.

 

Book Review : Fish & Chips (Cut & Run #3) by Abigail Roux

 

Corbin and Del Porter plans to leave on a cruise tomorrow. And the FBI has it that they plan on meeting several of their buyers and sellers while on this cruise. Since this will be the first time the two of them will show themselves physically in their business dealings, nobody will be the wiser as to what the real Corbin and Del Porter looks like. If Ty and Zane play their cards right, they will not only be able to get more information of the Porters but also on different high-end thieves and dealer as well.

Eventhough Ty was not happy about the mission, especially after knowing that he has to go through a few alterations on his appearance since he will be playing as Del Porter, he is not the one to back down from a mission. Especially when he is this desperate for some action. Taking advantage of Ty’s momentary silence as he processes the heap of information, McCoy quickly informs Ty that Del Porter is more of what one would call, an arm candy. And while Zane has gotten an idea of where McCoy is trying to get at, Ty still remains confused.

So McCoy simply grins and simplifies it for Ty. It is the fact that Del and Corbin Porter are not brothers. They are lovers.

 

“Now understand: this may put you both in a few uncomfortable situations,” McCoy went on sincerely. “But you’ve both got undercover experience, and I’m sure you’d both rather have to kiss each other than be shot at,” he joked.

Ty cleared his throat and tried to restrain a smile.

McCoy had no idea how right he was.

 

 

Review :

 

So far into the Cut & Run series, I think “Fish & Chips” might be one of my favorite book in this series. This book is infinitely different from the past two books. In  Cut&Run and Stick&Stones, readers are shown more on the bad-assery and the toughness of both Ty and Zane. Which is totally fine since I adore these two no matter what. I must admit, however, when there are so many action filled scenes in book 1 and book 2 , I find myself craving the snippets of quiet and tender moments these two have with each other more than when they bicker and argue.

 

 

“The word that comes to mind is “beefcake”,” Zane drawled, looking Ty over, appreciating the view.

“Mission accomplished, then!” Ty said happily as he turned to face Zane again. He frowned suddenly. “Is beefcake one word or two?”

Zane laughed. “Who cares when you’ve got a great ass?”

 

 

And in “Fish & Chips”, I am so thankful that the authors capitalize on all of those tender and loving moments which I have been dying for. And let me tell you, my heart and soul could not be happier.

Starting with Ty having to be Del Porter, who is basically the submissive in his relationship with Corbin Porter. Ty has to immerse himself totally into Del Porter’s character so that he doesn’t break character when it matters. Which also means, he has to practice. And who better to practice it on than Zane?

Throughout this whole series, one of  Ty’s recurring issue is that he doesn’t bottom well. Because of some personal reason that Ty has – throughout his and Zane’s relationship – Ty hardly ever bottom at all. And it is hard to convince him to do so. So imagine Zane’s and my surprise when he does that not only willingly, but was able to also get into it and does it in the most sexy and seductive way possible.

 

Book Review : Fish & Chips (Cut & Run #3) by Abigail Roux

 

That idea alone is already so interesting because Del Porter’s character is the total opposite of Ty’s personality. Ty is usually loud, impulsive and fidgety, while Del Porter is the epitome of calm and relaxed. Not to mention Del’s character – being portrayed as an arm candy – who is mostly there only to be adored and doted on. Del is portrayed as the one who stands on the sidelines while his husband, Corbin Porter, does all the dirty work. While Ty is someone who is very hands on. He likes to be involved in the case he is working on and gets grumpy if excluded. So that little bit alone is enough to have me intrigued and wanting to know more. As I am interested in how Ty is going to handle himself in Del’s shoes.

 

 

“You’re mine,” Zane drawled, more than a hint of arrogance sharpening his tone as he took the opportunity to look over Ty possessively, not hiding it one bit. And damn if it didn’t feel good. 

 

 

Zane on the other hand, will go undercover as Corbin Porter, who is the brain of the operation. Zane’s job on this cruise is to meet with the other dealers and extract as much information as he can. At the same time, giving off the impression that he is head-over-heels in love with his “husband”. Corbin is a ruthless and very possessive character; which Zane has no problem portraying at all when it comes to Ty. As Zane does feel a tad bit possessive towards his lover. To add sugar on an already sweet plot, this time, they don’t have to hide from publicly displaying their affection to each other at all. Since part of their job is to show the public just how in love with each other the Porters are.

 

 

“Ty moved closer, as close as he could get, pressing his body against Zane’s as they moved together. People shifted around them, strangers touching and writhing indiscriminately along with the beat.

But Ty’s eyes and hands stayed on Zane and Zane alone.”

 

 

Ty and Zane’s relationship and connection with each other goes thorough the most development in this book, I might say. Of course, in book 1 and book 2, we see how they gradually go from being enemy to lovers, however, despite all that, there actually weren’t a lot of vulnerable moments between the two. In the former two books, both Ty and Zane are still very guarded when it comes to their past. Plus, their relationship still focuses a lot on the physical part rather than the emotional. In this book however, we can slowly see as they grow out of that shell. Both Ty and Zane slowly start to trust and eventually open up to each other.

 

Book Review : Fish & Chips (Cut & Run #3) by Abigail Roux

 

In “Fish & Chips”, granted there are some very heated and sexy bedroom scenes, but at the same time, both Ty and Zane are also able to express their emotions and feelings more freely as they are not weighted down by worry of being caught and the repercussions of it.

 

 

He squeezed Ty’s hand. “I wish I was what you believe,” he whispered. “I wish I was what you need me to be.”

Finally, Ty swallowed hard and looked back up. “Zane,” he said hoarsely. Then he stopped and looked down again quickly before meeting Zane’s eyes again with determination. “You’re everything I need you to be,” he whispered.

 

 

With all that said and done, when it comes to action, I must admit there aren’t many. There are actually almost none. I think in “Fish & Chips” it is more about the suspense than anything else since the mission turns out to be more complicated and a whole lot of party are involved than both Ty and Zane expected. There are so many characters and side characters that has hidden agendas and hidden missions. Which makes it fun while reading through the story to predict who is the bad guy .

 

 

The Verdict :

 

Granted, there are minor issues and plot holes here and there, but it isn’t too bad that it interfered with my reading experience. Plus, when a story is this epic, I can let the minor problems go without whining too much about it. Altogether, a very fun and engaging read. You already know after this I will only be more in love and obsessed with Ty and Zane.

 

 

 



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