Title: Crash & Burn (Cut & Run #9)
Author: Abigail Roux
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 28, 2015
Page Count: 419
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.
There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.
Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.
This is a difficult review to write. For those who have been invested in this couple from the beginning, if you’re like me, you feel like they’re a part of you when you’re reading their books. And, as a result, I’m sure many of us, the readers, have already decided how WE want the story to end. So of course some of us will be disappointed because WE didn’t get exactly what we wanted. It’s not like standalones where we live the couple for the first time as the book flows. No – this is a couple we’ve been with for years and have a strong connection with.
Does that mean the story didn’t end how I personally would’ve wanted – yes, there were some things I would’ve wanted. But it’s not about me. Or you. It’s about Roux and her vision for Ty and Zane. So I told myself to read it in that context, and it was amazing!
I found myself absolutely LOVING/ADORING the first half. I got back what I lost a bit in B&C. I got Ty and Zane back. I got more of the relationship building and banter between them that made me fall in love in the first place.
The second half was much more action-filled, but I honestly expected that. There were so many story lines that needed wrapping up. The de la Vega cartel, the mole, the Liam/Nick angle. As the percentage on my Kindle was getting closer and closer to 100, I was panicking. There was so much action and so little time left for me to get my power ending!!
Was the action just as far-fetched as before? Yes – and if you’re looking for a by-the-book government agency mystery, you’ve been reading the wrong series from the beginning. So, also, take it in that context. Of course it was unrealistic, but no less angsty and fun to see unfold.
But there are amazing laugh out loud moments from the banter as I’ve come to expect from Ty and Zane:
“I just need you to know…I…I hate baseball.”
“You shut your whore mouth!”
Bottom line, this is a couple that will stick with me forever, there will be multiple rereads, as there have already been, and this series is amazing.
Regardless if Roux wrapped it up how you wanted her to, this is a 5-star series, and I am sad that this will be the final Ty/Zane-centered book. I am sad, and the boys will always be in my heart.
P.S. Just found out there’s a little snippet at the very end that I missed the first time. Go all the way to then end!