Friday, April 7, 2017

Cut & Run

Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Dreamspinner Press
Reviewed by Nancy
4 out of 5 stars


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.

My Review

There was so much wrong with this book: the writing style (switching POVs within the same chapter), the dialogues that felt off, the feats of strength performed with serious injuries, the unbelievable scenarios that had me shaking my head at times. The sole purpose for women in this story were to be killed or to be used as a sperm receptacle.

If poor writing drives you nuts, give this one a pass. Do not read this if you enjoy clever mysteries, efficient police work and effective investigations. Sloppy detective work abounds, and the FBI are made to look like a bunch of bumbling incompetents. I figured out the villain in no time at all, and you will too. The villian’s methods and twisted mind, however, captured my interest and I enjoyed the incorporation of classic stories.

Despite these egregious flaws, I gobbled up this story like it was the last meal before execution. It was funny, sexy and suspenseful. I loved the prickly Ty and Zane, their anger, fights, their inability to communicate, and their swoon-worthy sharing of feelings.

““You said I wouldn’t miss you.” He drew in a long breath, and his voice was even quieter when he spoke again. “You were wrong.””
“I can’t concentrate on anything, not when all I can think about is you.”

On to the next book!