Author: Abigail Roux
Narrator: J.F. Harding
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/15/2015
Length: 10 hours 00 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.
Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.
With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.
I enjoyed Ball & Chain and was so glad it was lighter than Touch & Geaux. There was still lingering effects from Ty’s revelations in the previous book, mostly between Nick and Ty, but they were a welcomed addition because the interaction between Ty and Nick was a great way to shift the focus to Nick as a main character. It was what I needed to really feel that Nick could carry on the Sidewinder books and it opened up the potential for Nick’s story to be moved forward. I was unsure of the need for more Nick and Kelly books, but this one set those up nicely.
I loved seeing Ty and Zane settled together and out and open with everyone. I was so glad they were finally at a point where they were a true pairing in all senses of the word. I loved the way they fit so well and the way their love shone through everything they did. Their bantering was an added bit of fun that just demonstrated how perfect they were together.
I do have to admit that the mystery was a good one right up until the big reveal of the bad guy and then I personally felt it was too over the top. I understand that the drug dealer ARC needed to be dealt with, but the way this one played out just seemed too outrageous for me. However, the way this story played out was still engaging and interesting. This author has a way of using mystery and plot to highlight the character development and relationship growth and this book was no different.
This series and the characters involved are so rich and memorable. Even when I hate the way things happen, I still love the way I am always convinced it is in the best interests of these men for the future. Even when the author makes me hate a character, I know I will love them again in the end. Ball & Chain was another good addition to the Ty and Zane saga and a great passing of the torch to Nick and Kelly. I need more of both couples and am so glad I have several books left to go before I run out of reading material.
Again, JF Harding has made these men and their stories his own. I am loving listening to him bring them to life. I can’t imagine reading these books in ebook format because his voice has become that extra element I need while reading this series.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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