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Book Review : Cut & Run ( Cut & Run #1) by Abigail Roux

Book Review : Cut & Run ( Cut & Run #1) by Abigail Roux

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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 cliche: 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.





A Sneak Peek Into The Story :


FBI Special Agent Grady is not in a good mental state that night.

He has spent four weeks undercover – phone taps, bribing informants, round-the-clock surveillance – all for nothing when one of the man in his team accidentally forgot to leave his cellphone at home. When the man’s cellphone starts to ring mid operation, it had tipped off their location to their target and he had disappeared without a trace. 

As a result, the operation was a fail and their target is now somewhere hiding in another country where they have no jurisdiction. And the evidence that Ty and his team had spend so much time on will be bagged and shoved in the basement, never to see the light of day again. While this highly irks Ty, what truly bothers him is that most of what his team has done had been under his direction. The feeling of guilt that he had not been able to complete the mission, topped with the fact that now he has to walk a line so straight just to keep them all fired and out of jail is bugging his conscience.


Book Review : Cut & Run ( Cut & Run #1) by Abigail Roux


So when he gets home that night, sweaty and exhausted, Ty wants nothing more than to take a shower and sleep. However, just as soon as he sits down on the sofa, his phone starts to ring. Ty answers with a sigh, only to receive an order that the Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigations Branch would like him to come to his office. And while Ty wasn’t happy with the order, he knows he will have to face Assistant Director Burns sooner or later. Ty sighs and grabs the FBI siren along side his car keys. If Burns wants him in his office in 30 minutes, Ty is going to need the flashy blue lights.


FBI Special Agent Garrett has just gotten promoted. 

He had gotten along fairy well with his soon-to-be former co-worker. Now when he looks around the office, Zane knows many of his co-workers are just as happy to see him go as stay. While Zane’s obsessive attention to details has caused him to excel on the number-crunching detail, he will not be missing the desk work any time soon. Despite having done his job like a perfect soldier, Zane knows he is worth more to the Bureau than doing desk-work. So when Assistant Director Burns calls him into his office, Zane is more than ready to have his chance to be able to prove himself. 


Book Review : Cut & Run ( Cut & Run #1) by Abigail Roux


While Zane has not known what to expect when he walks into Burn’s office, a messy, unkempt man sitting opposite Burns definitely isn’t it. Zane first thought is that the man must be an informant of some sort judging from his exhausted and fidgety looks. However, when Burns asks Zane to sit on the chair beside the man and starts explaining that the man beside him, Special Agent Ty Grady, will be Zane’s partner for their next job, he could not be more appalled. And the man beside him – Ty – seems to think the same, as he does not hesitate to shoot out of his chair and start voicing his disapproval.


“Respectfully, sir, I understand you need someone riding herd on this… agent,” Zane gritted out. “But what am I supposed to learn from him?” he asked, slanting a disbelieving look Grady’s way.

“You can learn to kiss my ass,” Ty shot back as he fumbled with the file his boss had chucked at him. “Just like you do everyone else’s,” he muttered.


And for the next minute or two, it is all Zane could do from flipping out on Burns to have paired him with this utter wreck of a partner. His dislike toward Ty intensified when he hears Ty calling him a “poser boy partner” as he looks distastefully at Zane’s pressed suit and overall tidy and presentable outfit. They could not be any more different from each other even if they tried. But Burns’ decision has been made and no amount of Ty’s grumbling and protesting can sway him. So Zane looks at his new partner with a resigned sigh. This is going to be an extremely difficult case to work on with an equally difficult partner. But Zane will do it. He will do his job with complete and utter focus like he usually does, finish the case as soon as he can and be free of Ty. 



Review : 


You know a book is good when want to rush home as soon as you can just so you can read it. And that is exactly what happened to me with “Cut & Run”. 

I have had this series laying in my bookshelf for a few months now, and every time I thought of wanting to pick it up, I keep getting distracted with the newly released books to truly be able to pour all my attention to it. So a week ago, when I was battling an intensely nasty DNF (Did Not Finish) streak I realize I still have this series on hold and decided to start it. And oh boy did it surprise me. When I went into this book, I have no idea what to expect. So color me surprised when as soon as I start reading, I was immediately sucked into the story of Ty and Zane.



“You drive me absolutely insane. And I’m almost sure you do it on purpose.”



“Cut & Run” is the classic enemy-to-lover trope, and yes, reading books where the characters who are firstly enemies then eventually become lovers are one of my guilty pleasures. So even before I start this book, I am already intrigued by the plot, but when I finally meet Ty and Zane? I fell in love. 



The dynamic between these two captivate me, and at that moment I immediately knew that I am going to love the hell out this series. Ty and Zane never get along. They bicker and fight at every single chance they have, and constantly try to anger or annoy the other with sarcasm and insults. However, even though they dislike each other and wants nothing to do with one another, when it comes to working on their case, they become a functional team. Weird isn’t it? I too thought that this partnership is bound to be doomed from the start, but the more I read, the more interested I get with these two and how they are able to separate work from their personal life.

The thrill of suspense and mystery is very much alive in this book. In that not only Ty and Zane has to figure out how they can work together while hating each others’ guts, they also have to solve their case on a serial killer who seems to enjoy taunting them. The plot is very well balanced between the perplexity of trying to solve the murders and the development of Zane and Ty’s relationship. 



“ Suddenly, he felt awkward, standing there with Ty still touching his back, especially because Zane didn’t want to move. Not at all. He found that a bit frightening.”



Not to mention, the constant jab their throw at each other are extremely hilarious. I don’t think there is one moment where I didn’t smile when I read it. Props to the authors, Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban,  to be able to think of such witty and entertaining insults and comebacks. 


Book Review : Cut & Run ( Cut & Run #1) by Abigail Roux


The character developments and the way their relationship progresses from enemy and eventually to lovers are very well done. It was all so smoothly written and transitioned. Sometimes it feels as if I am truly watching Ty and Zane’s relationship transform before my eyes rather than reading about it on paper. Both Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban definitely outdid themselves in “Cut & Run” with not only the way they breathe life into these characters but also with the way they so slowly and carefully plant Ty and Zane into the readers’ heart and make the readers care and feel for them.




The Verdict :


If you follow me on Goodreads, then you probably already know that I am a big fan of both Ty and Zane. I am practically like a broken radio when it comes to these two. I just can’t help but want to gush about how much I love and adore them with all of my heart. 

This series is a must read if you enjoy reading M/M genre and need some mystery/suspense thrown in it. I cannot – and I stress – cannot, for the love of everything that is holy, recommend this book enough. Ever since I have started reading this series, it has become everything I have ever talked about. Ty and Zane consumes me. 

Trust me,  give this book a try if you are looking for something new that will captivate your attention. Especially if you love reading plot that contains enemy-to-lover trope. It will not disappoint. 


Zane’s lips turned up as he slid his hands up past Ty’s ankles to pull off each sock, tossing them aside. Then he pushed Ty’s knees a little further apart and leaned forward.

“Tease,” Ty accused softly.

“Do I have your attention now?” Zane drawled.

“You never lost it,” Ty responded.




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