Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Crash & Burn
Author: Abigail Roux
Narrator: J.F. Harding
Series: Cut & Run #9
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 10 Hours, 44 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.
There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.
Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.
Review – Book: Almost perfect. The only thing missing was my selfish need for a little more smexy time and more Ty humor. I completely get that this series ending had no choice but to be like an action movie, and there were a lot of loose ends to tie up, but I really wanted a little teensy bit more. Other than that…I loved it. I absolutely loved it and can’t believe this is it; it’s done and over…for the most part. The only reason I wasn’t too upset was that I knew the Sidewinder series would give me my requisite dose of Ty and Zane sightings. Doesn’t hurt that I am a huge Nick fan. How can any Ty fan not be a Nick fan?
The wedding: Absolutely perfect; from the placement in the book to the actual wedding itself. After all the speculation on when, where, and how, it turned out to be just the way it should be for these two guys. And that, to me, was surprisingly perfect.
The Ty and Nick “issues”: I so did NOT see that one coming, but it made so much sense. My biggest concern was the reparation of their friendship. There were so many poignant moments in this book, but none more so than when the truth, forgiveness, and love was returned to these two besties. I admit I was fearful that too much damage was done to get them back where they belonged, but I am so glad I was wrong.
The “mole” and the Burns mystery: Yeah, that was not cool dude, not at all. How does one ever get over that kind of betrayal? So many affected on too many levels and I foresee Deuce being called into service to help more than one person get past this travesty. I should have guessed, but I thought it was too impossible and too obvious, but yeah, what a complete douche bag.
The Cartel, Liam, and the showdown: We knew it would come down to a showdown and we knew Liam would be involved, but man I so did not expect the way it happened. I am still on the fence with Liam, I am still unsure about that stray bullet in New Orleans in book 8, but I am tickled pink about Zane and Ty’s new part-time gig. That right there opens the door for future novella’s, and I really hope Ms. Roux gives us sneak peeks into their upcoming activity.
The epilogue involved the Ty and Zane that I loved the most. It contained the romantic and humorous aspects that were noticeably missing (and rightfully so) in this very serious book. The only part I found confusing was the placement of the epilogue, and I foresee many people missing it, thinking the story was completed. It reminded me of a movie that rolls the credits and then an extra scene pops up unexpectedly. I am glad I kept turning the pages because that epilogue was the perfect ending to the perfect couple in a perfect series.
Review – Audio Book: J.F. Harding has planted himself firmly into the narration category as a performer who remains consistent, passionate, and enthralling. I was a bit concerned when this narrator took over in the middle of the series, but that concern was unfounded. His Ty voice will forever be stay within my ear as that of my favorite character, and his ability to keep me completely focused and on point will no doubt leave me looking for more of his performances. It’s very hard to find a narrator who can bring life to a reader’s favorite characters, but J.F. Harding not only achieved that goal, but excelled in his endeavor.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*