Book Review: Sticks and Stones

Sticks & Stones by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

“Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they’re ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone’s sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia…” (From Amazon.com)

The 2nd installment in Urban and Roux’s Cut and Run series is just as thrilling and sexy as the first. This time our boys Ty and Zane are in the wilderness and instead of fighting killers in the city they’re up against mountain lions and backwoods treasure hunters. Ty and Zane are both ordered to take a couple of weeks vacation to get their minds right before being put on assignments.

Ty takes Zane with him to his home in West Virginia with a dual purpose: to both shield him from his overbearing family and to have Zane talk with his shrink brother. Readers got some insight into how Ty Grady grew up to be the man he is today. We met his mother who was the typical pie baking mom from the South, his brother Deuce and his hard-ass dad Earl. The four men decide to hike up the Appalachian trail for a few days. I really liked that the authors brought us to a completely different environment this time, it made it feel like I was reading a brand new book.

Ty and Zane of course never get boring and their relationship continues to progress in this installment. Yes, the sex is still hot. I like that when I’m reading, each sexual experience is something different. It keeps me captivated and on the edge, never knowing what’s coming next.

I really liked Ty’s brother and of course his mom who was a sweetie pie (but so obvious she ruled the roost!) But I really didn’t care for Ty’s father at all. Being an ex-marine himself who served in Vietnam he was a little rough on Ty throughout the book and it didn’t seem like it ended on awesome note either. It was made clear that Earl Grady cared a great deal about Ty but he came off as very ignorant and mean throughout as well.

Again, I have not enough amazing things to say regarding this series. The way the sex is between Ty and Zane in the books is so deep, intense, passionate, and mind-blowing I would be a very very happy woman just to sit and watch. *blush* But seriously….read these books.

Final Review: 5/5!!

Book Review: Cut and Run

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“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 that are assigned to the case are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.” (From Amazon.com)

Enter Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. The FBI partners them together and sends them to the city to solve the mystery and bring the murderer to justice. The only problem is that Ty and Zane can’t stand each other. They bicker and fight with each other while trying to understand and discover the killer. But soon they both realize that while they still can’t seem to stand each other there is an intense attraction neither can deny. Sparks fly until they get taken off the case and four months later the killer is back and now he’s after Ty and Zane.

What I Thought:

I don’t think I’ll be able to form enough incredible adjectives to describe this book. Hands down this is the best M/M romance I’ve ever read and certainly up there in the top best books in general. I was immediately sucked into the story and the characters. Ty is fly by the seat of his pants, cocky and an ex-marine, making him the best man for the job. Zane Garrett is a recovering alcoholic, serious, and focused on the job at hand. They clash right from the beginning but also have a strong attraction to each other. The sex in this book is some of the steamiest and sexiest that I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a LOT) but it doesn’t detract from the story which was equally as exciting.

The murderer they’re after is offing people in New York City and it’s seemingly random. But Ty and Zane know there has to be a pattern. He’s leaving trinkets and tokens behind after every murder but even they don’t seem to have a connection with one another. The case is almost impossible to crack as it is but then it seems like the killer turns his attention to Zane and Ty. I loved the fact that the mystery wasn’t entirely obvious and it did take me about 3/4 of the way through before I had a good idea who the killer was. I liked that the authors kept me on my feet throughout the entirety of the book with both the plot and the developing relationship between Ty and Zane.

Fabulous is not a strong enough word to describe this book. The story-telling was excellent and Ty and Zane sizzled right off the pages. There’s something intensely erotic about two many alpha men loving each other.

Final Review: 5/5!

Book Review: One Foot in the Grave

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“Half vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.” (From Amazon.com)

What I Thought:

The second installment of the Night Huntress series picks up several years after we last saw Cat Crawfield and she’s gone from bitchin’ vampire slayer to bitchin’ special agent vampire slayer. She’s got a crew of fellow agents to call her own and all the vamps she can slay at her fingertips.

I especially loved seeing more of her team members. They each had their own distinct personalities and I could vividly imagine what they looked like and who they were as characters. Tate is back as Cat’s second in command and I really enjoyed the character. I pictured him as a younger Tate Donovan. (And not just the name-though I’m sure that had something to do with it!)

Cat’s best friend is getting married and while at the wedding reception, Cat runs into who other than the infamous Bones. He looks a little different, his hair a bit longer, wavy, and light brown. Still my small pet peeve with this series is that Bones is so clearly a carbon copy of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even with the brown hair (human Spike!) and at the end his cropped and curly platinum blonde hair (Spike also sported this style in S7 of BtVS.) Still, it doesn’t bother me enough to make him unrelatable as his own character for some reason and I of course greatly enjoyed this book as well. I thought overall it was more action packed than the first and I really truly enjoyed the special agent aspect.

This time the villain is Bones’ maker Ian. I liked him as a villain and I doubt we’ve seen the last of him. I won’t give away the ending but I can’t wait for book 3. You’ll find some of my favorite lines in the book below the final review.

Final Review: 4/5.

“Life’s a bitch and then one stabs you.”

“You know the old saying: once you go dead, no one’s better in bed.”

“Some days, vampire hierarchy felt like The Godfather to me. On acid.”

“‘I am going to knock the slut out of you, Annette,’ I gritted between clenched teeth. ‘And that should take some doing, you uppity English tramp!'”

Book Review: Halfway to the Grave

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“Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father–the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.” (From Amazon.com)

Cat Crawfield is the product of date rape. And as if that’s not bad enough, her so called father is a vampire. Since she turned sixteen she’s been taking vampires on one at a time trying to avenge her mother and kill her vampire father. If she can find him. But one night she meets her match in Bones, a sexy vampire who makes her a deal: he’ll help her find her father if Cat helps Bones rid the world of his enemies.

What I Thought:

I loved this book. I really thought the story progressed really quickly, there was twists and turns, and enough action to keep me interested. I love the Cat is half-vampire and I of course thought Bones was sex on a stick! Bones did remind me of a certain someone though.

Blonde…strong, defined cheekbones…british…and at the end of the book Cat even gifts him with a long black leather duster. Hmmmm… any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there?? Bones IS Spike. But I still thought the story had more than enough originality for me to overlook the resemblance of Bones to Spike.

I like the vampire dynamics. The author did a good job of incorporating some new fun things like vamps needing to be killed with silver not the ever beloved wooden stake. Vamp’s eyes glow green when they’re hungry or aroused.  I thoroughly enjoyed Halfway to the Grave, am almost all the way through the second installment in the series and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

“Upon first seeing my apartment, Bones had derisively said he was going to slaughter my landlord for daring to charge me money for it.”

“The same fingers that had just crushed and maimed delicately traced my jaw as though it were fine crystal.”

“‘Crosses. Unless they’re rigged up like yours, crosses dont’ do much more than make us laugh before we eat you.'”

“There is only one way to fight, and that’s dirty. Clean, gentlemanly fighting will get you nowhere but dead, and fast. Take every cheap shot, every low blow, absolutely kick people when they’re down, and then maybe you’ll be the one who walks away.”

Final Review: 4/5.