My Year in Books 2014

Thanks to Goodreads for making this easy for me! Unfortunately, Netflix got in the way of me reading more. Plus (and this is a good thing), two years ago, I had surgery, which required an 8 week recovery. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time reading that summer!

I’m going to share my top reads and then I’m going to share my top Netflix shows. Let me know if anything on my list made yours as well!

My top M-M reads for 2014 (no particular order; these all received 5 star ratings from me):

  • A_Hunted_ManDaylight Again (Hell or High Water #3) by S.E. Jakes. If you haven’t read any of this series, you need to. Prophet and Tom rock! (Catch a Ghost is the first book in the series, FYI)
  • A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House #2) by Jaime Reese. Just love Cameron and Hunter.
  • Stars & Stripes (Cut & Run #6) by Abigail Roux. Actually, several books (Armed & Dangerous and Sticks & Stones, for example) in this series received high marks from me. Ty and Zane are one of my absolute favorite couples.

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MM Sample Sunday

I’m still reading the Cut & Run series on my Kindle. I’m up to book #5, Stars & Stripes, by Abigail Roux. I have to confess: I wasn’t sure if there was another book after Armed & Dangerous, and I was really worried. I loved that book, and I wanted to see how things would go for Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett when they tried living together with Julian’s two cats, Smith and Wesson. Continue reading “MM Sample Sunday”

Cut & Run Series

Thoughts on: Cut & Run (Cut & Run, #1) and Sticks & Stones (Cut & Run, #2)

By: Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

Genre: M-M Romance

To be perfectly blunt, the first time I read Cut & Run, I wasn’t impressed. While the Cut_Runstory included a mostly interesting murder-mystery (it baffled me how the main characters trusted the killer so easily without knowing him), the guys, both FBI Special Agents, never grew on me. I felt like Ty Grady was too caustic and abrasive toward his partner Zane Garrett. I didn’t buy that Ty was gay, and Zane had so many issues that they seemed insurmountable. The book was filled with angst and drama, and while the first sex scene was hot, it didn’t resonate with me.

After reading the Hell & High Water series and falling in love with Prophet Drews and Tom Boudreaux, I decided to give the Cut & Run series another try. Several of my friends on Goodreads had positive things to say about the series and were actually comparing the two couples.

The second read through went better for me. I don’t know if I picked up on the little clues more or was just more in tune with the authors, but I found myself liking Ty and Zane and pulling for them to get together in more than just a work capacity (and more than in a friends-with-benefits type set-up). I laughed at Ty’s wit and all his nicknames. I enjoyed how Zane grew to be able to read Ty, despite Ty not sharing anything personal about himself. They ending wasn’t as happy as I like my romances, but it fit within the context of the story. Plus, I knew there was more to come.

I was happier with the story after the second read. I improved my rating to 3.5 out of 5 stars. One of those, “liked it, but didn’t love it” deals.

Sticks & Stones was a definite improvement for me. I had a hard time putting my Kindle down. The guys are definitely growing, and in this story, we get a lot of insight into what makes Ty tick. The read itself is action-packed, with all sorts of unexpected things happening in the mountains of West Virginia. Ty’s brother – Deacon, aka Deuce – is a nice addition, and I enjoyed reading his perceptions of the men. While the “L” word hasn’t been exchanged between the two guys, they are getting close. Unfortunately, they still doubt each other and have trouble communicating. They are improving, though, I will give them that. I really appreciated the tender moments in this story. I felt like Zane did his best to read his partner and to give him the space he needed while still showing his caring and concern. Personally, I think the snuggling scenes were the best!!

After reading this story, I’m all about Ty and Zane (although Prophet and Tom still have the upper hand). I’m definitely excited to start the next installment, Fish & Chips. For this read: 4 out of 5 stars