Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sticks and Stones (Cut & Run #2) by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they're ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone's sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia, hoping the peace and quiet of the mountains will give them the chance to explore the explosive attraction they've so far been unable to reconcile with their professional partnership. Ty and Zane, along with Ty's father and brother, head up into the Appalachian mountains for a nice, relaxing hike deep into the woods... where no one will hear them scream. They find themselves facing danger from all directions: unpredictable weather, the unrelenting mountains, wild animals, fellow hikers with nothing to lose, and the most terrifying challenge of all. Each other.

I won't lie, as much as I loved Cut & Run, when I read the summary I was expecting this to be more of a filler story or a well written bit of family fluff to further their partnership.  I was never so grateful to wrong.  Even though Ty and Zane are on vacation they still manage to find trouble, or trouble certainly knows where to find them.
Even being with Ty's family and hiding their relationship from everyone but Ty's little brother, who just happens to be a psychiatrist, the pair manage to find some "us" time.  Communication is the one thing that they both seem to either be afraid of or lack all together.  They still don't want to admit to the other just how deep and true their feelings are , it's interesting watching them come to terms with their own feelings through their inner monologues.

Rating:  5 Stars

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