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Cut & Run (Cut & Run Series) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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The POV shifts, constantly and erratically (paragraph to paragraph) even sometimes outside if the two MCs. It's disorienting, and even goes to the bad guy to try and throw the scent. Which, still, the mystery was super obvious, how did no one in the FBI at least see the connection? And the actual perpatrator was obvious even to me, like, super "this is literally the only guy who it could be, you idiots."
And then the whole refusing medical attention? Which the needed multiple times? You don't walk off a head injury and salve ain't gonna stop an infection. In fact not seeking medical help can make everything worse, and their excuse it isn't safe and they want to stay on the case?! *Eyeroll*
Then there are Ty and Zane, guys who are supposed to be old enough to know better. The chemistry is great and I will say their first kiss scene is above average. But then it kind of plods along.
And the characters? The personalities are inconsistent and they do a personality sway half way through, with Zane being an absolute pain in the ass. The book also takes a few month breaks throughout to justify the personality shifts. Ugh.
And the mystery, I already mentioned how obvious the bad guy was, but they don't even seem to understand how profiles work. And I'm pretty sure chloroform doesn't work that way (not positive, but let's be clear, so very few details were researched and executed correctly).
I don't recommend this for any detail oriented folks, anyone who wants to avoid needless angst, bad mysteries, poor consistency and lack luster romance. It could probably be a solid 3.5 but I docked it further for needless length and the fact that everyone else rating it will steer you wrong (based on the above) .
That's literally how this book starts. To be honest, I almost put it down because it was so cheesy it was fattening, but I'm glad I stuck it out.
There are some real issues I had with the flippant use of time gaps, were the authors would just glaze over months at a time with the two characters doing separate missions apart, twice, but I guess since they're FBI it would make sense. It kind of felt like they weren't sure what to really do with the characters so they just stuck in "and then 6 months of this happened" before finally running back into each other.
To be fair, some actual character development happened during some of those long stretches apart, so I guess it's not all that bad. I just personally didn't care for it.
On the plus side, and the reason I gave the book 4 stars despite the issues I had, the characters and relationships was great!
The sex scenes were captivating and I enjoyed them quite a bit. Very well written, not over the top smutty or gross, but very sensual and engrossing. I will absolutely give the authors credit for that, because I could not stop reading after they first kissed. I was sold.
The book really got you involved and I couldn't put it down. The tension was intoxicating and you HAD to know what happened.
Now, the bad. I felt like 90% of the book was spent with them in a hotel room. Sleeping and eating and bitching at each other. I feel like I would have wanted a bit more about the case, as I am also a mystery novel lover. It played mostly on the romance and though I loved it....became a bit repetitive with the scenes. And I got tired of them being critically injured so many times in one book. In my mind these guys are well on their way to looking like Freddy Kruger with as many scars as have been described lol. However, I do get this one was more about developing the relationship between Ty and Zane as an intro to their world. I do so hope there is an equal balance in the other books that I plan to devour.
Overall, well done and fascinating. For those into gay romance, mild erotica and mystery I would highly recommend.
I also figured out the serial killer's motives, and I've barely read the author that was copied. I just, what were these agents doing. It was so theatrical, of course it was copied & reenacted.
Other than the weak plot, the book itself had some issues. I've read some past reviews were it was commented that it was hard to figure out who was talking, and in some scenes it would suddenly switch to the next day in the middle of a page. That was absolutely true. I had to reread several lines only to realize that we'd had a time jump. Asterisks or a chapter break would've been awesome.
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