Armed & Dangerous

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Title and Link: Armed & Dangerous
Author: Abigail Roux
Cover Artist: Mara McKennen
Publisher URL: Dreamspinner Press
Amazon Buy Link
Genre: Contemporary M/M, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel/330 PDF pages/103 K words
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5, DIK

Review Summary:  Set against a high octane, nail biting, hang-on-to-the-seat-of-your-pants murder mystery and action/adventure, this book is aptly named as our heroes try to stay ahead of their prisoner and a savvy and cunning master manipulator who takes no prisoners.

THE BLURB

Left alone in Baltimore after his unpredictable lover bails, Special Agent Zane Garrett takes his frustration out on everything in his path until he is ordered to Chicago to back up an undercover operative. When he gets there, though, he finds himself face to face with his wayward partner, Special Agent Ty Grady. They have to deal with the uncertainty lingering between them while they work to retrieve their intended mark, a retired hit man and CIA wet-works operative named Julian Cross.

Ty, once a Marine and now an FBI hotshot, has a penchant for being unpredictable, a trait Zane can vouch for. Zane is a man who once lived for his job but has come to realize his heartbreaking past doesn’t have to overshadow his future. They’re partners, friends, lovers, and the go-to team for unusual cases. With Cross and his innocuous boyfriend, Cameron Jacobs, in tow, Ty and Zane must navigate the obstacles of a cross-country trek, including TSA pat-downs, blizzards, their uncooperative prisoners, CIA kill teams, a desperate lack of sleep and caffeine, and each other. Ty and Zane are determined to get Julian Cross to DC in one piece, but it’s starting to look like it might be the last thing they do

THE REVIEW

Whenever I pick up a new book in this series I lower my expectations and tell myself not to assume it will live up to the previous stories, which were all standouts for me. This time I was more apprehensive because, for the first time, Abigail Roux was flying solo and I didn’t know how Special Agent Zane Garrett’s character, previously written by Madeleine Urban, would turn out. I’m happy to say that my fears were groundless as I LOVED Armed & Dangerous just as much as the other stories and I thought that it was a fine piece of writing, possibly Abigail’s best work. With regard to Zane, there were a few differences in his characterization – while he’s just as complex and flawed as before, his vulnerability about his feelings for his partner was very evident throughout the book, but he seemed tougher and more resolute although I thought he was a lot more fun.

The first thing I noticed was how romantic the first couple of chapters were compared to Fish & Chips and Divide & Conquer. There were many public displays of affection by Ty (perhaps he was trying to apologise to Zane for leaving him) and expressions of love between the MCs that I rarely saw before. The tenderness when they were in bed was so palpable that it was like a living thing. A few of the love scenes were filled with what I would call an uncharacteristically desperate closeness, which would make sense because this book started only a few days after Ty left at the end of Divide & Conquer, so Zane’s feelings were still raw and he was emotionally bereft.

Although there was no place Zane wanted to be other than in Ty’s arms, he also wanted answers, and Ty tried desperately to make Zane understand why at times he had no control over his actions which would seem irrational to everyone but himself. Here is their first attempt to discuss what happened:

“You just left,” Zane said, and he made no effort to hide his upset.

Ty glanced around the terminal, then looked back at Zane and flopped his hands.
“I had to. I don’t know how to explain it; it’s just sometimes it feels like… like the world is shrinking around me. Like if I don’t get out and away that it’ll catch me and crush me. And I know that sounds stupid, but it’s a real feeling and I panic. I woke up that morning and I just had to go.

“Next time …. next time I need to go, will you go with me?”

“I love you. I will always be yours, Zane — no matter where I am or where you are. I promise you that.”

Zane’s response – “You grovel pretty damn well”

Ty has always been my favourite MC in this series and Armed & Dangerous reinforced my affection for him because he’s so out of control, with a myriad of serious emotional issues that he can’t talk about regardless how much he wants to. Zane’s insecurities about whether Ty will stay this time are slowly forcing these issues to the fore because if they didn’t repair their personal relationship they would have to move on. Ty is always dangerous and unpredictable, never at ease, while Zane is his polar opposite – unflappable and in control, except when Ty is injured.

This fifth book was a turning point and a major milestone in the series which was at the stage where it was either going to be memorable or stagnate, and the author made a bold move by giving readers never-before-seen insights into Zane’s and Ty’s psyche and emotions.

Julian Cross and Cameron Jacobs from Warrior’s Cross return as an integral element of the plot. Ty and Zane are dispatched by Assistant Director Burns to find Julian and bring him back to Washington, by force, so that he could save one of Burn’s CIA friends and a former Marine Corps buddy who was accused of murdering many of his colleagues. However, someone is determined that Julian will never reach D.C., and murder and mayhem ensue. Ty and Zane will have to stay ahead of everyone who is intent on murdering Cross, and deliver their prisoner alive to Burns.

I thought that the mystery was well executed and the take-down of the perpetrator was exciting as well as an adrenaline rush. I always knew that Abigail Roux was a good writer but I didn’t realize until this book how well she layers her characters and scenes. Here she leads her readers down several paths to confound them and preserve the mystery until the big reveal.

I have read many books where the characters evolve and grow and this growth is very evident in Armed & Dangerous as Ty and Zane make adjustments in their relationship that are sure to cause ripples in the future. The love between them is like a beacon to which they are irresistibly drawn, and most of Zane’s fears about Ty’s commitment to him are laid to rest as secrets are revealed about what makes Ty the way he is – flawed, restless, driven, always looking in the rear view mirror, short on trust, but loyal to a fault to those who have earned his trust. But maybe some secrets should remain buried.

The characterizations in this story are impeccably drawn and the writing is top notch. There were many highlights but for me one of the standouts was Ty vs Julian Cross. The constant power plays between them to see who would blink first exhausted me. Ty and Cross had so many common personality traits they rubbed each other the wrong way throughout the story, but in the end there was a grudging respect as they went through hell together and came out still standing and breathing. One pairing I still don’t get 3 years later is Julian and his lover Cameron, even though Cameron is a lot less whiny and a little more assertive in A & D. I also couldn’t figure out why Ty and Zane kept referring to Cameron as “the kid” – he’s their age, I think – maybe it’s a size thing!. :)

There were countless funny lines in the book, even stoic Julian got into the action after one of his bouts with Ty:

“Agent Grady just needed a cuddle. And possibly a piece of my spleen.”

For my money, the success of this plot is due mainly to the author’s brilliant decision to pit Ty and Zane (well mostly Ty) :) against Julian Cross, a charismatic and tough retired killer who challenged them at every turn. Adding to this strategy are the other characters who return, heightening the excitement and increasing the complexity of the story: Ty’s brother Deuce, Julian’s right hand man Preston who is really hot, :) Ty’s former Recon buddy Nick who is still in love with him, and Blake – Julian’s friend and former partner in crime. I have to hand it to Ms Roux, she sure knows how to put her characters through the wringer and I’m not talking about their emotions. If you think that the tone of this book seems different after you read it, IMO that’s because the author focused a lot more on the evolving relationship between Ty and Zane than in past stories.

My somewhat biased opinion of Armed & Dangerous goes like this: A believable plot; Ty and Zane at their absolute best; an incredibly smart perpetrator who is always one step ahead and will do everything he can, including committing multiple murders, to eliminate the one person who could put him behind bars forever; a charming, suave, enigmatic, street smart former hit man who gave the impression of always being in control of the situation despite being handcuffed during most of the book; a supporting cast of characters who almost steal the show seemingly effortlessly; two vicious cats that were Julian’s revenge on Ty; and a great ending with fireworks.

A worthy sequel to Divide & Conquer.

Highly recommended.

**************

Bring on Book no. 6 – Stars & Stripes. Here’s a preliminary blurb:

Stars & Stripes Prototype cover

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, things have finally settled down. They’re living together with no conflict, their work is going smoothly, and they’re both happy, healthy, and home every night before dark. Anyone who knows them well knows it couldn’t possibly last.

When an emergency call from home upsets the balance of their carefully arranged world, Ty and Zane find themselves dealing with family drama, a perplexing crime, and a helpless victim to save before time runs out. From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote ranch in Texas that harbors more than just Zane’s past, Ty and Zane must face their fears to overcome an unlikely enemy.

 

122 thoughts on “Armed & Dangerous

  1. LadyM

    You evil woman, you!

    I can’t wait to read about Ty vs. Julian. I have this image in my head of hysterical Ty and stone-faced Julian pushing all his buttons (well, not all, some of them are exclusively Zane’s XD).

    And, Cam and Deuce and Preston and Nick… Woo-hoo!

    1. Wave Post author

      Be nice to me Lady M., I could have posted this review a lot earlier but I didn’t want to be shot. :lol:

      Julian vs Ty was the best part of the book – this was really between a rock and a hard place. Not to be outdone, the emotional issues between Ty & Zane were also incredibly moving.

      If you’re a fan of Julian Cross you will absolutely love this book – he’s so much like Ty both in temperament and physically.

      Tomorrow is just around the corner. :grin:

  2. Teagan

    Ahhhhhhh. *hyperventilates*

    Thank you for the review. Glad you loved it. Can’t wait to read it for myself. :grin:

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Teagan

      I hope you enjoy Armed & Dangerous. As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

  3. weremallard

    …and thank you for posting this so early so I can now totally obsess about it ALL DAY. Evil. that’s what you are. :happydance: And yes, I realize 1 day is better than 7.

    1. Wave Post author

      Evil??? Moi?? :???: This is ONE DAY (even less, because DSP will probably post its new releases at midnight tonight.)

      I was very considerate of all the fans of the series. :grin:

  4. Sirius

    Bad Wave very bad Wave. So if you posted it the day before you can answer my question too right? Right? Hey I bet you know the question I want to ask by now so let’s test your psychic skills, MAHAHA.

    1. Wave Post author

      Sirius
      There is no cliffhanger, if that’s what you want to know, and there’s a very happy ending. :lol:

      1. Sirius

        Very very good you should take another job as psychic lolol. This is indeed what I wanted to know thank you.

          1. Sirius

            Totally. Seriously though, when I finally read previous book (yes, months after it was released lol) I hated cliffhanger very much, but not for the reasons I thought I would. After all as you so wisely advised me last time, all I had to do was to look at the preview from the next book. No, as one of the reviewers on Amason said, I thought the ending very neatly threw out all the character development Ty went through in the previous books and it seemed just for the plot related purposes. I was so annoyed that for a second or two I even contemplated not picking up this book lol. I love these guys very much, but honestly(please) dont kill me guys, I wish series would end sooner rather than later, because it starting to feel like their characters arcs are being artificiually slowed down for the sake of the plot. We shall see what I think after this book. Thanks again for the review.

      2. Morgana

        Yay! No cliffhanger! That’s freaking awesome! :D

        Great review, Wave! I’m curious about Nick’s part in this book. That guy just rubs me off the wrong way :/

        1. Wave Post author

          Nick is actually quite likeable and he’s a real friend to Ty. :grin: I now have very warm feelings about him and I hope you do too after you read the book.

          1. Morgana

            I guess anything can happen… :???: That is if he won’t try to kiss Ty again. Ever. Oh, and just one more question… :D Was there THE talk between Zane and Nick? Preferably without Ty to witness it… :grin:

            1. Wave Post author

              Nick didn’t kiss Ty in A & D, I promise.

              Well I don”t think it’s a spoiler so I can tell you that he and Zane had THE TALK, without Ty. You will love Nick when you hear from him, trust me on this. :)

              1. Morgana

                Yay! That’s the best news ever! Thank you so much, Wave! :D I so can’t wait to finally get my hands on this book! :D

  5. Majken

    Sooo, if they release it at midnight and I’m 8 hours ahead, I’ll get it Saturday morning? Bloody timezones, they continue to confuse me :???:

    1. Wave Post author

      Majken
      You should get the book before North American readers. I think that’s the way it works – by the individual time zones. I hope so for your sake. :eek: It would be a great weekend read and you will need the entire weekend because the flipping book is l-o-n-g!!!

      1. Majken

        I shall have look tonight, I hope it’s there :D
        When it come to quality like this series, long is good

  6. Deedles

    Sal-i-va-ting!I’m going to prolong the foreplay by re-reading Warrior’s Cross while camping at the Grand Canyon this weekend. I love both Ty and Zane equally. To me they are two halves of the same person. I can’t imagine one without the other. For some unknown reason when I read this series I picture Zane as Rock Hudson with better hair and Ty as Vin Diesel with a prettier face, sick huh? Thanks for the review,Wave. I won’t blame you for the spasm in my book budget this time, but watch it!

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Deedles

      I was about to run for cover when your name popped up. :grin: I can guarantee that you will love this book – maybe not as much as I did, but a lot. If you’re a fan of the series and love the guys equally then you’ve got it made in the shade for your weekend reading. :lol: Ty just appeals to me marginally more although I love Zane. Ty is so damaged how can I absolutely not want to comfort him? :???: I know, I’m very sick.

      1. Deedles

        I’ve read each book at least five times apiece. I will definitly love this one too. Funny, as many problems that Ty has, I’ve always felt that Zane is the most damaged emotionally. Doesn’t matter, I wanna cuddle them both.

  7. Danielle

    OK, I am definitely coming late to this party! I have all of the books so far (except, of course, this one!) I haven’t read any of them yet. I know I will love them, but I’ve been delaying the pleasure. The review totally floored me, though! Cross and Cameron are in these books?!?! How did I miss this?!?!

    I’m going to have to jump right in now…but please tell me, will I die of the waiting between each book? When does Cross reappear? I’m rereading Warrior’s Cross right now! (Oh what a burden!)

    Thanks for the great review!

    1. Wave Post author

      You are really late if you’re now reading this series. :)

      Julian Cross and Cameron are only in Armed & Dangerous – they do not appear in any of the other books in the series. I think it was a stroke of genius for Abigail to give Julian such a pivotal role in this book. Except for the first couple of chapters he’s in the entire story.

      I would expect sales of Warrior’s Cross to go through the ceiling now. :grin:

  8. Laura

    But if you had reviewed it earlier Wave, I’d have had time to reread Warrior’s Cross and Divide and Conquer before tomorrow. Oh well, looks like no housework is going to get done today! And sleep is overrated anyway.

    1. Wave Post author

      Housework is never a priority. Didn’t you know that Laura? :)
      You really should re-read Warrior’s Cross.

  9. Wave Post author

    Guys
    I’ll be out for a few hours today but I would be happy to answer your questions when I return, as long as they are not spoilerish. :eek:

  10. Jaime

    EEEEEEEEEEE, great review WAVE!! :hurrah:

    Is it midnight yet, I can’t wait to read this book! :bananadancer:

    1. Wave Post author

      Okay Jaime

      You have to tell me what you think of this latest episode after you read it. Looking forward to your analysis. :grin:

  11. Melora

    I’m so giddy with anticipation that I’m sure my smiles will start freaking out my coworkers. :biglove: And the peak at Stars & Stripes, awesomeness!

    1. Wave Post author

      Melora

      I really hope that you enjoy this book as much as the others. In some ways I enjoyed some aspects of this story more, but you have to read the book to understand why. :)

  12. brian

    Hi Wave! I haven’t read Warrior’s Cross yet, will I be lost? It’s on my TBR list. I was planning on reading D&C this weekend, then diving into A&D…but if I need to read Warriors Cross first, I will. What do you think?

    1. Aunt Lynn

      Brian, I can answer this one. You can read Armed & Dangerous without first reading Warrior’s Cross…but I wouldn’t. To get maximum enjoyment, my opinion is that you really should read WC so you can understand the personality traits of Julian, Cameron and Preston, and prior happenings mentioned in A&D. Were I you, I would read D&C, WC then A&D (or WC, D&C then A&D). However, if you choose to read A&D before WC, then make sure you do go back and read the other.

  13. Melissa S

    Yaaaay! I thought I was as excited as I could be, until I read this review!! Tomorrow can’t come fast enough!! Thank you so much for the great review!

    1. Wave Post author

      There might be a midnight run at Dreamspinner tonight. Last time Divide & Conquer was released early, so the same thing could happen tonight with Armed & Dangerous. My fingers are crossed for you. I’m waiting to buy my print copy. :wink:

  14. Anna

    I know it’s been said over and over again, but I can’t wait until midnight. Thank you so much for the review. It whet my appetite for more but at the same time made waiting a little more bearable.

    1. Wave Post author

      At least you know that there’s lots of romance in Armed & Dangerous and that there’s a HEA. :grin:

  15. Corrine

    Oh my goodness I cannot wait! This is my favorite series and I am so happy that Armed and Dangerous lives up to expectations.

    1. Wave Post author

      Corrine

      This is just my humble opinion. After you finish the book please come back and let me know what YOU think. :eek:

  16. jeayci

    Wheeee! I didn’t think I could look forward to this book more, but this review accomplished that! :bravo:

    I am not counting down the 12 hours and 17 minutes until this is available. Nope. I’m not. Not at all. :lol:

    And yay for the blurb on Stars & Stripes! I love that we won’t have to wait so long for the next one! :oldman:

    1. Wave Post author

      So jeayci
      How many hours, minutes and seconds are left? You are so funny. :)

      I really hope you enjoy this book. :grin:

      1. jeayci

        I loved it! No, wait, I LOVED IT! :grin: Here’s my review from Goodreads (with the spoiler excised):

        I think the core of this book was about trust. Ty and Zane learning to trust each other emotionally. Or, maybe, not learning so much as finally just taking a deep breath and taking the plunge. The learning curve occurred in the earlier books. And, of course, they’ve already developed complete trust in the other having his back in any dangerous situation.

        Trust between old war buddies: Burns and Jonas, and of course, Ty and Nick. When Jonas comes to Burns at the beginning of the story with an outrageous story and no proof, Burns trusts him implicitly because of their history together. Later in the book we learn more about Ty and Nick’s history, and better understand the trust between them and why it’s an unshakeable bond. There are enough parallels to help make clear, I think, the depth of the trust between Burns and Jonas.

        When Zane finally talks to Nick, we see a trust develop between them. A trust that they both love Ty, both want what is best for him, and both agree that is clearly Zane. With that understanding and trust, the door opens for Zane and Nick to become real friends, too. I was never a Nick-hater after the last book, feeling sympathetic to his circumstances. I was glad to see my trust borne out in this book.

        There’s also the trust between Julian and Cameron. Cam trusts Julian to take care of him, trusts that if Julian says all is well (or will be)… he knows Julian well enough to know that might not be true in the moment, that Julian may just be trying to protect him and keep him from worrying. But he has enough trust in Julian’s intent and ability to care for him that even when he knows Julian is lying, he can still trust him. And Julian trusts Cameron to assist in that protection, to not be a liability. Eventually, Ty and Zane build a trust with Julian that they’re all on the same side: wanting the four of them to make it to DC alive.

        There’s also Ty’s trust in Burns, complete after growing up with the man as his father’s best friend and honed over years of working for him. Zane also trusts Burns, based on his own history working for him. So even when circumstances might suggest that Burns could be betraying them, and possibly trying to kill them, they ignore the evidence based on the trust of years.

        Miscellaneous thoughts:

        At the risk of psychoanalyzing without a license, but knowing some of the circumstances about how this went from being a co-authored series to a solo one, I imagine trust and betrayal of trust was very much on Abigail’s mind as she wrote it. I know a lot of the plot changed when it became a solo work, and I wonder if the trust theme is new or was part of the original plot.

        This book answered most of the open questions from the last one, about why Ty left (and where he went), about Nick, about that darn necklace from F&C.

        It was great spending more time with Deuce, and seeing what he’s up to. It was also fun to visit his home and learn a bit more about him that way.

        I loved the tenderness Ty and Zane finally allowed themselves to display. And how they really started to settle into becoming a true couple. I think they had reached the point of (to put it crudely) shit or get off the pot, when romantic relationships either end or deepen into something lasting. I had assumed it would last, given there are several more books in the series, but it’s one thing to assume and another thing to witness it happening so beautifully. I loved seeing them really talk and open up to each other finally.

        And, needless to say, I’m delighted that the wait for the next book is only a couple of months. Of course, even that is still too much! But maybe not, as I think it’s good to have some time to digest between the books. So the time between this release and the next one is probably just about perfect. Dare I hope there will be a similar spacing between books 6 and 7?

        1. Wave Post author

          Hi Jess

          Thank you for sharing your GR review here.

          I loved the tenderness Ty and Zane finally allowed themselves to display. And how they really started to settle into becoming a true couple.

          I loved seeing them really talk and open up to each other finally.

          This is what impressed me most of all about A & D, but there are differing opinions about whether the love and tenderness in this book was a bit too much because this was uncharacteristic for these MCs.

          I think this was an attempt to move the relationship in a new direction for Ty & Zane, and maybe we’ll see more of it in future books. Characters evolve and grow and I believe that’s the thrust here.

          We’ll find out in two months where the romance is headed. :)

          1. jeayci

            I’d have found it a bit more believable with one or two fewer Babys and I-Love-Yous, so I can see why some people might feel it was a bit too much. But I could also see them reveling in it now that they’re finally openly admitting it to each other, so I could accept it as that. And, as you said, characters evolve and grow.

            I’m very much looking forward to the next installment in two months (in case that wasn’t obvious :lol: )

  17. Lasha

    I was going to skip this one, I didn’t like how the last one ended, but you evil, evil woman have pulled me back in. Thanks, Wave! :)

    1. Wave Post author

      Lasha

      I can assure you that you will really like this book. It has all the elements you love – romance, romance and more romance. :grin: In addition, the only person to kiss Ty is Zane, :hurrah: there is definitely a solid HEA, :2thumbs: a great plot :bananadancer: and a wonderful character who brings out the best (or maybe it’s the worst) in Ty :wink: and a scumbag of a perpetrator.

      In addition there are two darling cats that belong to Julian (I jest – they are little monsters) but I know how much you love animals so you will enjoy them. My gift to you. :lol:

  18. bridgetcc

    Dying. I am absolutely DYING to read this book!!!!!! And I have to work all freaking weekend… arrrrgh!

    I’m really going to have to insist that the author check my schedule before her next new release. Seriously… is that too much to ask? :grin:

    1. Wave Post author

      Bridget

      Maybe you could write Abigail and suggest that she check your schedule next time. :) I’m sure she will listen to you and incorporate your schedule in the release dates for the remaining books in this series. She’s very accommodating. :lol:

      Seriously, I’m sure you’ll be able to find some time on the weekend to fit Armed & Dangerous in so that you don’t suffer withdrawal. :hurrah:

  19. Kelly Birch

    Hey!
    I’m really looking forward to Armed and Dangerous and this review has just made my day…*glances at clock*

    *Bounces*

    Really looking forward to Julian and Ty XD

    *eyes 6th book blurb*

    *Is now going to be excited FOREVER*

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Kelly

      since you’re 6 hours ahead you should be getting your book within a couple of hours (I hope). Don’t email me if you don’t. :eek:

  20. Lisa Sullivan

    What an outstanding review! I can’t wait!And what about Stars and Stripes!?

    1. Wave Post author

      Thank you Lisa – much appreciated.

      Stars & Stripes will be released a lot earlier than fans are expecting.

      1. Lisa Sullivan

        No thank you! You gave details without giving details! That’s my kind of review! I appreciate the added incentive-not that I needed any!

  21. Christiana

    I have been on the wires to read this book and it doesn’t help that Abi has a timer on her site because i keep going back to stare at it and I am like hurry up. I am just so excited usually I read all the books back to back before a release, but I didn’t have time this time around, If you only knew how excited I am, I have saved my money for my book for over two weeks and made sure noone used that card, because I was not having declined.

    1. Wave Post author

      Abi actually has a timer on her site with a countdown? :) How dare she and how horrible for the fans. Like you don’t have enough stress waiting for the book to arrive. I would slap her if I were you. Twice. :lol:

  22. allison

    Your review has definitely eased all my concerns, so now I can read it without wanting to peek ahead and see how it ends this time :)

    The blurb for the next book has already got me impatient – I’ve wanted more with their families for AGES! You said it’ll be released sooner than we expect – do you know the release date?

    ooo ooo and will there be a preview of it at the end of A&D?

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Allison

      I think that a lot of fans wanted a book where it ended happily for the guys with no cliffhanger, and this is it. You will LOVE the ending but please don’t peek ahead because you will spoil it for yourself. Having read the book twice I know how much you will enjoy reading this story without jumping ahead.

      To answer your question, yes I do know when the next book will be released. If you go to Abigail’s site on Monday she will have a contest and an announcement on the release date. :)

  23. Christiana

    It is midnight here, but I cannot download the book from DSP when do you think i will be able to do so. I cannot wait anymore.

    1. Aunt Lynn

      Hi Christiana. I believe that is midnight US Eastern Time, which isn’t for another four hours and twenty minutes from now. Sorry!

  24. Liz

    Sigh… It’s Friday 10:30am here and I was hoping to download it before I left for my weekend away. Might have to pull in to a Macca’s for free Wi-Fi so I can download it on the road later :P
    Thanks for the review. I always enjoy reading your posts.

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Liz

      I double checked with DSP and they are going to do the turn over of all the new releases at midnight EST in North America, as Lynn said, and not a minute earlier. Last time I remember that Divide & Conquer was released about an hour early so maybe the same thing may happen tonight..

  25. Ellie

    Wave – You are a very selfish woman for choosing to review this book yourself (and flippin brilliant! Some things are just too good to share:grin: ) Oh why do I have to work tomorrow?! TGIF, now I can stay in bed all day indulging in A&D! Hooray!!!

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Ellie

      The rule on the site is that if someone reviews the first book in a series, that person gets to review all of the books as long as the books are not standalones. So I just lucked out because I reviewed Cut & Run all those years ago. :) Imagine, I didn’t even want to read C & R because it was almost 400 flipping pages. :lol:

      I can sense a sick day coming your way tomorrow. You should pray that the DSP site doesn’t crash — it happened one year. I think it was Sticks & Stones that crashed the site. :hysterics:

      1. Ellie

        Wave,

        I’m so glad you liked this book as much as the others. I hope it’s a huge success for Abigail, who I am very thankful to for continuing the C&R series. I would have been heartbroken if the series had ended unresolved with Ty’s “departure” (gulp!). Hope DSP is putting a contingency plan in place for tomorrow! :hurrah:

  26. Madonna196

    If I didn’t have work commitments tomorrow I’d take the day off just to spend time with these wonderful characters. I just purchased it and can’t wait to read it! Friday night can’t come fast enough.

    1. Wave Post author

      Hey Madonna
      Looks like DSP advanced the release time – same as they did with Divide & Conquer. If you were able to purchase A & D in Canada then I guess anyone can do so now regardless where they live.

  27. Zach

    Cut & Run and Dangerous Grounds (by josh Lanyon) are the two series I always look forward to. I just can’t get enough of these two series
    !!!

    1. Wave Post author

      I guess I know what your plans are for the weekend Laura.

      I just bought A & D in print and hope I get an autographed copy

  28. Majken

    Woohooo, I have it :D now I just need to get through 5 hours work so I can sit down and read it ;)

    1. Wave Post author

      Think of the anticipation Majken. You have the entire weekend to read and reread A & D. Be sure to come back and let me know what you think. :)

      1. Majken

        Hot damn, that was great, so sad that it’s finished, but rereading it Sunday
        Also, book 6 now, please ;)

  29. Melissa

    Just finished it and all I can say is Squeeeeeeee :hurrah: :god: Absolutely unequivocally loved it. Really looking forward to the next one! Ms. Roux did an excellent job as usual :happydance:

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Melissa

      I’m so happy that someone who has read this book agrees with my assessment. :) I’m sure you will be re-reading A & D many times.

  30. Sirius

    To strt on my way to work or not to start on my way to work, that is the question. Because if I wont finish, I wont be able to concentrate very well oy.

  31. Linda

    I got the book this morning but not read it yet (i know what was i thinking), i have several things to do today and dont want interupted wanna read it all the way thru so will do so later after dropping nephew off at home at 6pm. Then Zane and Ty are all mine lol, i know they are Abi’s and maddie’s. Love hearing what everyone else thinks and sharing the excitement. Will come back once finished to review.

    Love Ty and Zane both equally they both have different traits i love.

    So Nick is in it hmmmm, not sure about him. I will like him if he does not try and kiss Ty again.

    xxx

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Linda
      Nick doesn’t try to kiss Ty again. He knows that Ty is Zane’s and he makes up for what happened in D & C. :)

      Look forward to hearing from you after you have read the book. :lol:

  32. Maggie S

    I got the book at midnight and I finished it at 3:30AM. It was fantastic!!!! :bravo:
    Definitely a little dfferent, but nothing major. I will read it again this weekend and I can’t wait to do that too! :smile:

    1. Wave Post author

      You’re a very fast reader Maggie. It took me two days (but then I’m really slow) :eek:

      This book really is different because there were 3 MCs rather than two since Julian had such a major role and was such a strong character. :cool:

  33. Monica Wolbers

    Got it at 11 pm my time and finished it, before I went to bed. It’s everything you said and more. I was hoping for a teaser from the next book, but that just gives me something to look forward to. Oh! and I loved the pic of the prototype cover for the Stars and Stripes

    1. Wave Post author

      Wow! You guys sure are fast. :eek: Now you’ll have to re-read A & D all over again – not that that would be a chore. :grin:

      At least my review was close – whew!! :whistle:

  34. Aunt Lynn

    First, thanks Wave for the excellent review. I just finished reading it for a second time — yeah, I essentially stayed up all night and didn’t work today :) — and here is what I think (in a Special Short Review by Aunt Lynn):

    Like Wave, I was a little worried because this is by far my most favoritist writing team out there and I hoped that the story — and Zane’s character — would not suffer without Madeleine. Not because Abigail isn’t an excellent solo writer — According to Hoyle was one of my top reads last year — just because they are so good together. I needn’t have been concerned as I loved it and think it absolutely deserves 5+ stars.

    I was also a little worried about the crossover with Warrior’s Cross as it is not my most favorite book by my most favoritist writing team. I know I rated it at 4.75 stars back when I reviewed it, but doing a re-read two and a half years later in prep for consuming A&D, I think I don’t like it as much now as I did then. I am not sure what Julian, who I really like, saw in whiny Cameron, but as Wave said to me recently, maybe opposites do attract. I’d probably rate it somewhere in the 4.25/4.5 region now. Anyway, I was happy that, although those two are a huge part of the plot and we are in their heads some, this story is very much about Zane and Ty. And it helped that Cam was better for me here.

    I liked the plot and execution and pace; the twist with the baddy; the power play and interaction between Ty and Julian (who are very much alike and it was hilarious watching them dig and poke at one another); visiting with Deuce and Julian’s Maine Coons again; the progress and growth Ty and Zane make both in their relationship and inside themselves; that there wasn’t a cliffhanger ending.

    I am happy Abigail didn’t drag out the reunion between our heroes…BUT, I did have one small niggle and while it did not effect my overall enjoyment, it was there for me even after the second read (I actually re-read it specifically to see if my opinion changed). I also know that I will probably be in the minority by saying this, but their “voices” in the reunion, which spans about two chapters, felt off to me — too romantic and mushy and out of character in some ways. I realize that they are in a different place now — more honest with themselves and each other — but I kept thinking “this doesn’t sound like them.” It wasn’t terrible, and in another story with other characters, I wouldn’t even have blinked at it, but they seemed too…soft. I was concerned that it would set the tone for the rest of the story, but after that (beginning with chapter 4), all was well again. It may be just me and, like I said, not everyone will agree with me — if anyone does at all (all of you who cried “More romance and passion please!!” get your wish!).

    One last thing: I think the series is going super well and am looking forward to Stars & Stripes, but I hope that Abigail knows when to stop while she is still on top. I don’t mean that in any way other than I’ve lived through series that jumped the shark three, four, five books prior to the last installment and it ruined the whole package for me in some ways. I want to love this series forever, not look back on it and think “she should have stopped at book X.” Just saying…

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Lynn

      Thank you for this and I agree with what you said about the amount of “love and togetherness” between Ty and Zane in the beginning chapters of A & D. I believe I mentioned this to you when I was re-reading the book for review, although to me it didn’t seem to be over the top.

      On reflection, I think this could have been a deliberate strategy on the author’s part to appease the many disappointed readers at the end of Divide & Conquer when Ty left and Zane was devastated. I know some fans felt betrayed by the cliffhanger ending, and a few of them weren’t planning to continue with the series after D & C because they wanted their heroes to be together forever.

      Whether that was the strategy for what I said in the review seemed to be “an uncharacteristically desperate closeness” between Ty & Zane, it didn’t continue beyond the early chapters in the book, and it was business as usual once Julian made his appearance.

      As I also said in the review, I just don’t get Cameron and Julian as a couple even with the “opposites attract” theme. Cameron just seems to be too dependent and whiny for someone like Julian, but other readers seem to like Cameron as a foil for Julian. I think that Julian’s best foil was Ty and pitting them against each other worked like a charm for me – I LOVED it and it didn’t detract anything from Zane’s prominence in the story. As a matter of fact I thought Zane eclipsed both Ty and Julian at different stages in the story.

      Last point. Like you, I firmly believe in ending a series on a high note and I could have lived with this book being the last one in the series, even though I would have hated to say goodbye to Ty & Zane. Josh Lanyon did it best with Adrien and Jake when he ended the Adrien English series just as everyone was clamoring for more, and this proved to be a stroke of genius.

      We all want more, more, more of Ty & Zane but I’m not sure how much more of a character arc is left for our guys and I would hate to see book after book with yet another adventure that had nothing to do with the character arc.

      As Sirius mentioned – one reviewer on Amazon had said something along the lines that the ending of D & C very neatly threw out all the character development Ty went through in the previous books just for plot related purposes. While I don’t agree entirely with this assessment, there is the danger when any series keeps on going after Books 4 or 5 that soon it will hit its “best by…” date. I really hope that doesn’t happen here before the series ends (and all series must end at some point) because I love the guys and the series, but for me the character arc is extremely important and I would hate to see it compromised. We’re both huge fans of this series so I’m sure you can appreciate where I’m coming from.

      Now that we’ve both analyzed the series I’m off now to read the highlights of A & D with a glass of red and I’m sending you a virtual glass. :lol:

    2. LadyM

      Lynn, I have to agree with you on “too romantic and mushy” point. I think that truly tender moments between them throughout the series were so precious because they were so rare. I don’t mind much, because, like you said, it was toned down later on.

      I am one of those people who never thought Cameron was whiny, primarily because every normal person would come across that way compared to Julian. I think they are perfect together. ^^ Therefore, I loved, loved, loved seeing them here. Ty & Julian were simply hilarious together. And, yes, the series is going super well, so I trust Abigail to know when to pull the plug. But, there are so many things we can still look forward to with these guys.

  35. Sirius

    I just finished it and I knew there is a reason I could buy a book without even reading Lynn’s review when she was reviewing regularly :), I agree with most of what she said. I mean for me the beginning was fine, precisely because of what Wave said – the ending of last book as I mentioned previously annoyed me very very much. However under different circumstances I would have agreed with that part as well. Exciting, fun. Funny, OMG so funny, yes Jullian and Ty against each other were hysterical. And Cameron was better than in their book. National Lampoon Vacation? LOL

    But growling hungry kittens absolutely killed me.

    And yes, Wave, I thought Lanyon ended his series on a perfect note, I hope the same would be for these series – it is exactly because of what Lynn said – I want to love them forever as well.

    1. Wave Post author

      You got your romance with a capital ‘R’ Sirius after D & C, and I’m happy you loved A & D. :grin:

      I absolutely loved Julian’s kittens and he got his perfect revenge on Ty. :lol:

      1. Sirius

        Oh yes, perfect revenge indeed. I may go and buy a paperback after all – I have first three in paperback but not the last one, but then I may have to get a full set lol.

  36. Buda

    I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn’t really doubt that Ms Roux could pull it off on her own. No, my concern was with the Julian angle. When I read Warrior’s Cross two years ago, I thought it was okay at best. By the time Fish & Chips came along, I actually mentioned to my friend Marilyn that WC seemed like a prototype for the C&R series. To see an inferior product tied in with what I consider one of the best M/M series out there was disturbing. But the execution was brilliant. I still don’t care about Julian, but I did find him to be a hilarious foil for Ty. Cameron was sweet and funny.

    Wave, I agree with you and Lynn about the mushy tone of the reunion, but it worked out alright in the end. Of course, I wasn’t one of those who was ready to quit the series because Ty left. It seemed to fit his character, to me. He’s always been sort of a lone wolf, so I could definitely see where that much closeness that “fast” caused him to need time away. I think Ms Roux explained that well in this book.

    I read somewhere that there are 9 books planned in the series. I had thought the original plan was 7. In any case, so long as the characters keep growing, I’m in for the long haul. But, yeah, I don’t want to think “she should have stopped at book X” either. It’s a natural concern, I think. But then I’m one who doesn’t want to see another Adrien English piece either. As much as I have questions about how Adrien and Jake worked everything out, I’d rather not spoil the previous works with an unnecessary wrap up.

    Right, back on topic. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve actually specifically set aside the day to read a book. I’m very glad I did. Definitely a 5+. I’m eagerly awaiting Stars & Stripes, hoping we get to learn more about Zane.

    Oh, and a few of my favorite moments? Hoarder, Little Os, and Glock. Literal laugh out loud moments.

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Buda

      Thank you for this lovely commentary. :) I miss your input into some of my favourite series.

      You said you had heard that between 7 – 9 books were originally planned for this series. Personally I hope we don’t get to 9 books for many reasons. The main one being that there’s the real risk of turning fans off when/if an author decides to keep writing a series beyond book 4. We’re at book 5 now (where most series end), with book 6 being released shortly.

      One of the important elements of successful series, apart from the writing and main characters, is the fans’ anticipation of the next book. Hunkering down to wait more than a year to read about our favourite MCs in a new adventure while re-reading the previous stories is a time honoured series tradition. This won’t happen here because many fans of this series will not have read A & D when S & S hits the publisher’s shelves.

      I hope the quality remains intact, and while I see no reason why it shouldn’t, I do have concerns regarding future stories in any series that may be at books 5 or 6, if production keeps on going. I may be a lone voice here but I am, above all, a fan of this series and I hope that my anticipation of the next story won’t be lessened if I know it’s just around the corner.

      Television has taught us a lot about ending a series while there’s still an important tale to tell about the characters, but many shows have gone out with a whimper rather than a bang because they forgot this lesson. A few examples are the last episodes of Star Trek (the original series that only lasted 3 years but had a lasting effect on many fans’ psyches), Seinfeld, and the Sopranos. I don’t think you need more examples if you ever watched these series, but you were probably too young to remember. :)

      Oh, and a few of my favorite moments? Hoarder, Little Os, and Glock. Literal laugh out loud moments.

      I so wanted to include a quote about the Little O’s but the review was already way longer than it should have been. I cracked up about the same things you did and I was also happy that Zane’s ability to come up with puns at the most inopportune times remained intact. :)

      Zane has always been the most private of the two MCs and I’m looking forward with great anticipation to learning more about his backstory. After that, I don’t know what else there would be to tell about our heroes that would be substantive enough to take the series to book 9. However, I’ll withhold my thoughts until after I read S & S.

      A & D was a most excellent adventure and despite the “romantic mushiness” of the first 2 – 3 chapters it turned out great – a lot better than I expected.

      Despite my concerns above about the character arc I’m trusting Abigail to know when to call it quits. So far she hasn’t betrayed that trust.

    2. Aunt Lynn

      Hiya Buda. My concerns around Madeleine not being involved had really nothing to do with Abigail (I realized that I may have implied otherwise and I qualified this in my comment above); I guess I was just worried that their combined voices made the series what it was so far and maybe it would change enough with just one of them to be problematic for me. As I said, I should not have worried as Abigail did a fabulous job and is an excellent author.

      I, too, heard the 7-9 books thing, and that is what I should really worry about (well, that and the pacing of releases). I think of series where there are 10, 12, 15 books and honestly, every time a new one comes out I kinda feel like “Oh no, not another one,” especially if they aren’t so fabulous. I’ll reserve judgment until I read Stars & Stripes, but I kinda wish/hope that will be it. I’m also in for as long as these books are good and there is progress and growth, but I, like Wave, wonder how much arc is left. And I agree with her that the timing of the release for Stars & Stripes may be too soon (I am of the opinion that series — especially ones made up of lengthy novels — should take at least six months, if not a year or more, in between installments), and added to that is my concern that the writing may suffer by going so quickly. Abigail may be able to pull it off, but I am just a little worried is all. Again, I’ll reserve judgment until I see it. As long as this series ends on a high note, I’ll be satisfied.

    1. Wave Post author

      Yes I do Amy but I can’t break the news. :) However, if you check out Abigail’s site on Monday she will post the date and a contest. :) Let’s just say it’s A LOT earlier than you may think. :grin:

      1. allison

        You can find the answer if you search for it! I found the release date on Goodreads, along with the book info on Riptide Pub’s website :) (assuming it is correct)

  37. Jaime

    Okay Wave…I am finished!
    Here is my review from GRs.

    **there are spoilers in my review**

    I haven’t stopped smiling since Friday(hubby asked if I was still on my painkillers), and now I want Stars & Stripes!

    This was the book that a lot of fans wanted. Me I loved D&C, the angst whore that I am loved every minute it of, yes even Nick and the kiss so nothing could make me not like A&D.

    This one was awesome for the character growth….I could not believe there were actually sharing their pasts with each other, they have come a long way from C&R and that is what every series should be like. We got Ty sharing his first love David(who I would love to stir up some shit in future books, I know I’m getting the evil eye from some right now(Morgana))and Ava, who he wasn’t in love with but was going to marry anyway. I totally loved the emotional stuff between Ty and Zane in this book it felt very real to me. The SEX was WOW off the charts and the ILY’s saying it every chance they could was just freakin lovely. I’m not big on overly sappy shit in my books but the sap was perfect in this book!

    Cam and Julian- I really liked WC so having these two in the book was great. I actually liked Cam more then Julian in WC and I kind of felt the same in A&D…don’t get me wrong Julian is funny and the banter between him and Ty was a hoot but there is something about Cam that makes me love him. And Preston, heehee Preston….Preston was my absolute fave in WC and when we learned that him and Ty “KNEW” each other, yep I admit I had some tingles going on.

    Deuce- YAY, he’s going to be a daddy!! I’m still laughing at the whole trying to get the tinfoil off the door handle thing.

    Nick- Oh Nick..I liked you in D&C and now I love you. What a great friend, drop everything to help Ty. And yes I admit I needed to get the kleenex when he told Zane about when he and Ty were POWs. I think Zane had a right to hit him and was actually shocked that he didn’t, aww our Zane growing up.

    I have always been Team Ty through out the books and still am but there was something about Zane that make me sit up and think hmmmm I may be jumping on the Zane train. For me, Zane was always the guy that didn’t care about anything, he always made me think that yeah he liked Ty and was glad they were together but if they weren’t no big deal….but that change in this book and I liked it.

    I loved this book….I actually took my time and soaked up every word and was not bored for one single second!

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Jaime

      Thank you for coming back and sharing your review of A & D. :)

      I had to write a review that was free of spoilers or everyone would have had my head, but I do agree with you about some of the scenes you quoted. :eek:

      I’m not big on overly sappy shit in my books but the sap was perfect in this book!

      I, too, loved the tenderness in this book even though a few readers felt it was too much, and not really consistent with Ty’s and Zane’s characterizations. I think that after all that the fans went through at the end of Divide & Conquer Abi might have decided that she had to bring ‘em back into the fold, or she would have had a mutiny on her hands. Not that any author should listen to the fans and it’s usually a better product if they follow their muse. While the cliffhanger at the end of D & C didn’t bother me because the blurb for A & D which I posted at the time made it clear that this was just a temporary hiatus on Ty’s part, people were still mad at having to wait for the resolution of the relationship in A & D.

      I really liked the way that Zane’s character evolved in this book and while he might not ring true 100% to some readers, it worked for me. Ty needed to do some serious groveling and Zane had to take it while Ty was working hard to be forgiven. :blush: I thought those scenes in the first 2 or 3 chapters were really hot and I’ve read them a few times just to soak them in. :cool:

      I think what some fans regard as too much “romance” in the book is simply a matter of personal preference and there’s nothing wrong with that. Many times I disagree with other readers about the amount of sex in a book, for example, and I’m usually the only one who wants more plot and less sex and everyone else wants to slap me. :)

      You’re absolutely right — Zane now has equal status with Ty for me (although I still have a very soft spot for Ty because of what he want through in his black ops days). Nick is THE MAN, being there for Ty, and while some fans hated The Kiss, I think it was a small thing considering all that he has done for Ty.

      I’m not as in love with Cam as you but he does have a few redeeming features in A & D. I thought he was too whiny before but maybe Abi decided to give him a pair. :lol: I really liked Julian and still do. He was the best foil for Ty in this book as an antagonist and that pairing was inspired.

      I could go on all day about this book but I think you get what I left unsaid.

      Great job Jaime.

  38. Jillian

    One question — when Ty has his new trench coat and is digging around for Zane’s gift — what was the gift? Was this just a loose end? I thought it might have been a t-shirt, but later Ty talks about how Zane can borrow the shirt from him?

    1. Wave Post author

      Zane’s gift was very significant and I believe he bought it for Ty at the end of Fish & Chips, but never gave it to him. *hint* It was not a t-shirt. :) I don’t want to give out any more spoilers for those fans who still haven’t read A & D, so you will have to read the book again to figure out its importance. :grin:

    2. Jillian

      I’m not referring to the gift that Zane bought for Ty. I’m referring to the one Ty references early on in the book (in Ch. 2 of A & D) when he was digging around in his new trench coat and couldn’t find it in all the pockets (while at the airport). I don’t think we ever learn what that was?

      1. Abigail Roux

        Hi Jillian. Wave asked me to address your question. The short answer is that the gift he bought Zane never makes an appearance, and the reader never finds out what it was. That’s all I can tell you!

  39. mikaela

    Yes, Jillian! I know just what you’re talking about, and I’m curious too!! :grin:

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