Title: Cut & Run (Cut & Run #1)
Author: Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 1, 2008
Page Count: 348
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5
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.”
While the overall series is a 5+++ stars, this first book is objectively 3.5-4 stars. It’s very choppy with its POV shifts and in need of a lot of additional editing down, while still being amazingly well-written. I’ll never forget my introduction to Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. Sigh. Do you ever wish you could unread a book/series so you could experience it for the first time all over again? It would be this series for me.
For those of you who haven’t read this series? This book is a starter. Ty and Zane are introduced to you in this book. Consider the first episode of your favorite TV show. Does that depict all that the rest of the series is made of? I’m guessing no. There’s a reason people in the m/m romance world gush over this series. Book 1 is my least favorite of them all. But it’s still chocked full of tender moments of discovering each other while filled with action. Jump in! You won’t regret it!