Review: Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run #5) by Abigail Roux

Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run #5) by Abigail Roux
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published May 18th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

I have to admit that this series is addicting. I'm just happy that I am able to read the whole series in one go, rather than reading them one at a time when they were released. I don't know how anyone didn't lose their shit waiting for each book!

After 5 books, I still don't know who I like more - Ty or Zane. They are both equally aggravating, but then they have moments where I love them so much. There were a couple of  'romantic' gestures from the guys that really saved this book for me.

Ty and Zane have changed so much from the first book, and I am frustrated that they are just now getting around to 'talking'. I know, I know, 2 tough guys being afraid to talk about their feelings is understandable. But this shit is getting downright ridiculous. They really need to start sharing more and not be afraid to ask questions about each other.

Zane: "Do you have a history with every guy with a gun in the Northern hemisphere?"
Ty: "Oh, like you don't have some winners back there you hope we never run into. Let's head to Miami and see what comes out of the woodwork."
Zane: "Ty."
Ty: "I like guys with guns!"

There were parts of this book that I loved, like the epic sex scenes and the sharing of feelings. And then there were parts that could have been better - the writing is still choppy and all over the place, and these guys are the worst FBI agents EVER! They are just completely terrible at their job. (I blame this on the writing, not on the characters themselves.)

I'm also hoping for more insight on Zane's character in the future. I'm especially interested in learning more about his wife's death, how he's dealing with his addictions, his family troubles, and just what the hell happened in Miami.

I'm happy that my library has these books available on Hoopla so I can keep chugging along with this series and see if my guys get better at opening up, and if their job performance improves.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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