It is hard to motivate me to work out. My desire to not be a butter troll is constantly outweighed by my desire to not be sweaty and sore. But, an audiobook series can get me out the door and to the gym if I just force myself to only listen to it while I’m there. That’s how I blazed through the entire Jim Butcher Dresden Files in less than six months: one hour at a time, mostly on the elliptical.
So, in an effort to find a new series to latch on to, I picked up Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux. One of the most highly rated gay romance-ish books on Goodreads, and it’s already got like five more books in the series.
The story follows Zayn and Ty. They’re both FBI agents, but they couldn’t be more different. Zayn is all straitlaced and by the book while Ty is kind of a slob and shoots from the hip. They get partnered to pursue a serial killer who kills randomly with elaborate staging in New York City. Hijinx ensue.
Okay, there’s a bit more to it than that, but I’ll be the first to admit that the setup doesn’t sound the most promising. The character types are cliche, but that doesn’t make them not fun. Rather, Urban and Roux give the boys detailed back stories, secret pasts, and a penchant for emotional turmoil. This makes the stereotype fresh, and it makes following the boys on the case more engaging.
Anywho, as previously mentioned, it’s has a gay romance subplot where the two partners fall for each other. And I applaud the book for not shying away from bisexuality or from how relationships can get complicated. Also, kudos to the two ladies for making the romantic leads in their 30’s and 40’s. Not a fresh-faced twink or innocent to be corrupted in a ten block radius of this story. But sometimes this was just a little too emotionally heavy. Sometimes new relationships aren’t that hard. Scratch that–almost always, it’s not that hard. Calm down and see where it takes you. Like someone’s grandma probably says: “Worrying is like a rocking chair. You can do it all day and not get anywhere.” These two seriously needed to chill.
But aside from the romance plot which was only average, the story was actually pretty good. The mystery was engaging, the murders were original, there were enough side characters to provide a bevy of suspects, and I felt myself constantly trying to figure it out. I was a little disappointed (Dale will say that I sighed loudly in semi-disgust, but it wasn’t that bad) when I figured out the killer so early, but that didn’t take away that much of my overall enjoyment of the book.
This book was a thriller in book form with explosions and car chases and some sexy time and drugs and banter and anything else a girl could possibly want. I’ll be giving the next one a shot. After all, I can’t walk the dog or do lat lifts in silence.
JMF Rating: 7/10
‘Til next time,