When I started Armed & Dangerous it was with a good deal of trepidation and an even great degree of peevishness. You see Ty has been my knight in shining armor since Cut & Run. My Superman. He could do no wrong until Divide & Conquer. So, not only did he need to redeem himself with Zane, he needed to redeem himself with me and he did. In spades.
“I love you,” Ty said, the quiet words devoid of any self-consciousness or his usual bravado. “And I’ve never been able to say that before with such conviction. I can’t remember a time that you weren’t the first thing I thought of, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I don’t care what stands in our way.”
Better. More groveling, please.
“I’ll always be yours, baby.”
Oh alright, you’re forgiven. But, don’t let it happen again.
Title: Armed & Dangerous
Authors: Abigail Roux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher
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 or 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.
Ms. Roux has some kind of special magic to continue to achieve this level of entertainment in a continuing series. In my humble opinion, it just continues to get better between these two knuckleheads. How she and her usual co-author, Ms. Urban, have managed to avoid the doldrums, I’ve no idea but kudos to them.
I’d characterize this installment as the most romantic thus far with both Ty and Zane declaring themselves, sharing their feelings and even discussing expectations for the future. All things they’ve managed to avoid, for the most part, until now. Don’t misunderstand me, this Ty and Zane’s version of romance which usually includes a fist fight, one or both getting shot, sometimes ending up in the hospital, coloring outside the lines in a legal sense and they are probably going to rack up a body count. *shrug* That’s how they roll.
“Ty sighed, an almost inaudible release of air. The look in Zane’s eyes was something Ty had never seen. It was intense and heated, possessive, filled with emotion that made Ty’s chest hurt all over again, like the first time he’d ever looked into that fire in Zane’s eyes and known that there would be no one else in the world for him.”
Though it was nice to have some background information on Julian and Cam, I continue to stand by my review of Warrior’s Cross. Actually, I’m not completely convinced the pertinent information wasn’t provided in Armed & Dangerous. The most entertaining thing was adding Julian to the mix and getting to be a fly on the wall for Ty and Julian’s interactions. Ty is always hilarious but him and Julian together? Good Lord! I literally laughed out loud many, many times. My pick for best conversation between them:
“Fine,” Julian said, his tone making it clear he was reaching the end of his patience. “We’ll solve this like men.”
“What do you want, MacGuffin, a duel?”
“No.” Julian held out both hands, one palm flat, the other held over it in a fist. “Rock, paper, scissors. Two out of three.”
Ty rolled his eyes and held out his fist, apparently willing to play. Julian hit his palm three times, and Ty kept time with his fist in the air. But when Julian threw a paper, Ty reached into his jacket with his other hand and pulled his gun, aiming it at Julian.
“Ty!” Zane said in exasperation from the front seat.
“Glock, paper, scissors. I win.”
No, Ty, we all win!
Cam managed to prove himself to be just this side of window dressing. I will give him credit for keeping his cool through all the shenanigans and his ingenuity in a crunch.
The action aspect of Armed & Dangerous was entertaining enough although, I still think Cut & Run was the best plot line of the series. Nick and Deuce make appearances and Nick provides some painful insights into Ty. We actually learned quite a bit about Ty, some about Zane, both of which set things up nicely for the future. Still, the character and relationship development are what keep me coming back for more. Well, that and the sexy times. I tell you what, the sexy times are few and far between in these books but… Wow! Patience is rewarded with long, slow, thorough, visceral and achingly erotic scenes.
“Ty whimpered at the tone of Zane’s voice and the promise in it. “I should do this for you more often,” he said in a tortured voice.
“Give you everything I have.”
All of these elements combined to catapult Armed & Dangerous to yet another 5 star book in the Cut & Run series.
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