Cut & Run

This is the second book I’ve read for Bookalicious Babe’s 100 Book Challenge for 2011.

Book Number: 2

Title: Cut & Run

Authors: Madeline Urban and Abigail Roux

Online Synopsis: 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 cliché: 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 Thoughts: I downloaded Cut & Run from Dreamspinner Press, which publishes gay romance novels and short stories.

This e-book was a fun read even if I did figure out who the bad guy was about halfway through. Yeah, it was clichéd, and I rolled my eyes a few times when the testosterone was a bit too overpowering. Still, I liked watching Ty and Zane’s relationship develop, and the mystery aspect was good enough to keep me entertained on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Cut & Run is the first book in a trilogy. I also read its two sequels: Sticks & Stones (a camping trip with Ty’s dad and brother) and Fish & Chips (the boys go undercover on a cruise ship). The two follow-ups were worlds better than the original, but the original was necessary for background and characterization.

I’d recommend Dreamspinner Press to anyone who enjoys original M/M fiction. The quality of writing is generally pretty good, although the stories can be a bit formulaic. The site offers the opportunity to read a fairly lengthy excerpt of each book before purchase, and that’s hooked me quite a few times. Some of the novels are even available in print.

I splurged this past December and ordered Dreamspinner’s Naughty or Nice Advent Calendar, which allowed me to download 31 holiday-themed stories (one each day of the month). As with any group of stories, some were better than others. The two standouts for me were Enchanted Grounds, by Michelle Moore, and Christmas with Danny Fit, by Amy Lane. These feel-good stories are for sale individually.

And although it may sound like it, I’m not on Dreamspinner’s payroll. I just like the books it sells.

Next up: Holding the Man, by Timothy Conigrave.

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