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Review: Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux

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Stars & Stripes
Author: Abigail Roux 
Release Date: Aug. 13, 2012
Publisher: Riptide
Cut & Run #6
ISBN: #978-1937551582
Genre: Romantic Suspense, GLBT – m/m
Format(s): Paperback (292 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds

About the book:

      Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have managed the impossible: a few months of peace and quiet. After nearly a year of personal and professional turmoil, they’re living together conflict-free, their work is going smoothly, and they’re both happy, healthy, and home every night before dark. But anyone who knows them knows that can’t possibly last. 
      When an emergency call from home upsets the balance of their carefully arranged world, Ty and Zane must juggle family drama with a perplexing crime to save a helpless victim before time runs out. 
      From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote Texas horse ranch harboring more than just livestock and childhood memories, Ty and Zane must face their fears—and their families—to overcome an unlikely enemy and bring peace back into their newly shared world.

What B is talking about:

      For several months of relative calm and stability, Ty and Zane have finally been able to enjoy being together. Aside from the constant need to hide their relationship from their coworkers and families, things are going better than ever. But, as living magnets for chaos, it’s a sure bet that such bliss couldn’t last for long.
      Stars & Stripes covers a lot of ground, both figuratively as well as geographically. From the mountains of West Virginia to the Hill Country of Texas, Ms. Roux puts her heroes to the test, and proves once again that she is adept at multitasking; writing not only an endearing romance, but a compelling whodunit, as well. Subtle where it counts, and funny in the most unexpected places, this story expands on the solid foundation that’s been built by the previous novels in the series, while giving the two main characters a chance to evolve along with the relationship they’ve been working for.
      I was very happy to see Ty’s family again, even though I have serious issues with Ty’s father, as was certainly intended. Every family is different, and things turned out well, but I couldn’t help feeling a strong connection to Zane and his desire for retribution during one particular scene. However, meeting Zane’s family was a real eye-opener, too, his mother being of the most fascinatingly abhorrent characters I’ve read in a while. She defies every idea I have of what a mother should be, and I absolutely hated her. Zane’s father, Harrison, on the other hand, has garnered a solid place in my heart, right alongside Chester, whose reappearance thrilled me through and through.
      Both Ty and Zane are more overtly affectionate in this book, which I very much enjoyed. They’ve been together for nearly a year at this point, and have fought hard to make it this far. Combine what would have to be a substantial fatigue over having to hide their relationship from the rest of the world with the relief of giving in and letting themselves love simply and honestly, and it makes their increasingly demonstrative interactions quite lovely, indeed. They’ve travelled a long road together already, and they’ve earned it. Not that being able to love openly should be a thing to be earned in the first place, but they have, regardless.
      Part of what made Stars & Stripes so interesting, was that I was truly surprised by the conclusion to the mystery Ty and Zane were trying to solve. While the villains were obvious and even fairly predictable on the surface, there was a deeper level of betrayal that I never saw coming, leaving me with the grudging satisfaction that can only come from being outwitted by a book.
      The Cut & Run series continues to be an incredibly enjoyable one to read, and Ty and Zane are two of my favorite characters ever. The determined self-sacrifice each displayed earlier in the series has been transformed into the heartfelt unwillingness to live a life without each other in it. These two men are perfect together, and the more explicit depiction of the sex between them was undeniably scorching. Suspenseful and funny, Stars & Stripes is one story I know I’ll read again and again as I wait impatiently for the next novel in the series.

Bs Rating:

Personal favorite – a must read (A+)
 
 
Purchase Info:
Stars & Stripes (Cut & Run 6)
Reviews in the Series
Cut & Run Books 1-5
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03324366495151363782 Angela Brown

    I’m assuming that is the book cover, correct? If so, I must admit, it took me by surprise.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11267405113503713323 Twimom227

    Yes! That is the cover. All of the covers are a bit different!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05079864471189810961 B.

    The book covers are great! They highlight one aspect (object/scene/setting) of the novel and depict it in a single object. This one also comes from a specific scene, but it’s hilarious to me because of one of the main characters’ reflections on his experiences with big cats.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11267961339110264525 marina

    Really enjoyed this book, especially the felines!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09417165718948987609 Mama Kitty

    I LOVE Ty and Zane and can’t wait to read this book! I got it on pre-order but I haven’t had the time to read it yet. As soon as I finish all the ARCs I was given at AAD I will definitely read Stars & Stripes!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07438191238264290632 Under the Covers

    Awesome review! Makes me want to reread now!

    Annie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05079864471189810961 B.

    Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that others have enjoyed Stars & Stripes as much as I did, and if you haven’t had the chance to do so yet, I hope you’ll love it, too. (And I’m extremely envious of everyone who got to go to AAD!! I’m going to start planning for Savannah NOW! :D) I know I’ll reread it more than once while waiting for the next novel, and probably do another series reread when the release date gets close. It’s a fantastic series!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10648877069682515109 Christi Snow

    I have spent the week reading 1-5 and Warrior’s Cross. I am dying to start this one (the physical book is ordered, but won’t be here til Monday) and the Kindle version was taking down by Amazon for some odd reason. *sob* I’m dying here, but your review made the wait a little better.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05079864471189810961 B.

    I’m so glad it helped! I’m sorry about the cancellation, though, and I can’t resist them, either!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01898978782639965956 Jen at Red Hot Books

    I loved this book with my whole heart. Outstanding. Anyone who isn’t reading this series… should be!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05079864471189810961 B.

    Absolutely!!! I adore this series.

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