Cut & Run by
Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
I know I’m quite behind the curve in reading this book (for the first time), but better late than never, right? First off, I quite liked the mystery angle of this story. I had my suspicions of who the killer was pretty early on, but that did not diminish my enjoyment of the of mystery or the book.
Now on to Ty and Zane (because really they’re really why most of us are drawn to the series in the first place). I enjoyed how opposite they first appeared, but how different (in their own conflicted ways) they really weren’t. They are both deeply flawed and to some effect damaged by their own pasts. I liked the snarking back and forth. Yes, it was clear, in the beginning, they *didn’t* like one another and felt saddled by each other. However, it didn’t take long for them to see slivers of their true selves underneath all the sass.
While I can see why some don’t necessarily like the time apart (shown through ‘time skips’), I feel that this is practical and necessary, and this is still very early in their partnership and during an unsolved case (when they’re solving gets interrupted by unfortunate things like injuries and such). Even when it’s all over, and the case is solved, they can’t quite bring themselves to say to do anything to stop them being separated a second time. And why should they? Here you have two strong, but stubborn guys, who may feel things strongly, but whatever they may (or may not) feel, they are not used to admitting to those feelings (or expressing them. They are used to a certain status quo, and in order to change things they have to make a concerted effort, and I don’t think either one of them are quite ready for that yet.
The book ends with them ended up with a hopeful sign, professionally at least. Will have to see where that might lead on the personal front.
Overall, I really like this first story in what I know is a saga of adventures.
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