Crash and Burn by Abigail Roux #Review

Posted April 9, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 21 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Crash and Burn by Abigail Roux #Review
Crash and Burn

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Series: #9 Cut and Run
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide
Released on March 29, 2015
Pages: 419
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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As I started reading this one, I was already in a state of mourning as were most readers I have no doubt. So many books later and I never once soured on this series or lost my sense of anticipation. I honestly had no idea what to expect and I wanted it that way. This is a strong romantic suspense series that cannot be read out of order particularly the latter half of the series that is one huge story arc. It began with the sparkle that is particular to these two guys and their circle of friends, dazzled and choked me up in the middle and left me in a golden glow of pleasure when I hit the end (which by the way, read all the way even past the acknowledgements and stuff b/c there’s a little treat).

I will not be summarizing the book in my usual way as the twists began pretty much from the beginning. Honestly, I was at a loss as to exactly what I could say without spoiling the expectation of others. Hence, let’s try something different. Here’s my quick thoughts and reactions as I read:

Ty retired; Zane did not, bugs, who is the mole?, angry sex (or is it?), building renovations, marriage (or marriage on hold), Nick did what!?!, oh the pain of betrayal, Sidewinder on faulty ground, Liam’s on the NIA burn list(kill on sight), Ty and Zane- everyone’s most wanted, heal and forgive or break up and die, de Vega Cartel strikes back, family ties, more betrayal, Ty sells his soul, the cavalry arrives, defense becomes offense, revenge glorious revenge, loss, more loss, true love means sacrifice, and who made it through the fire?

Alright, so a little bizarre of me to do, but this was too big and fabulous to spoil for other’s reading pleasure (or maybe I should say torture the way a lot of this went). It was so big and I was reading feverishly and fast for the end. I will have to go back later and do a re-read when I can be calmer and relish certain things better. I know for a fact that I couldn’t appreciate the valleys because I was too busy hopping from peak to peak if that analogy makes sense. One of the things that really was great was that this was well balanced both with the cunning suspense plot as the guys raced to clear themselves and stay alive, but also with the strength of the romance and the issues they face as they moved into the established couple faze who must figure out what life after the Marines, the FBI and missions means.

This is Ty and Zane’s last stand, but they do not stand alone. I was reminded of some of my favorite big western stories when the good guys go up against a much bigger enemy (or more than one enemy in this case) who has all the advantages and things look really bad and get pretty dark without much hope before the final showdown. I was impressed by the way the author rounded up so many threads that were dangling- some I didn’t even notice before. I learned to question everyone and was rattled to the core a few times by the reveals.

As dark as things got, there wasn’t a lack for humor and passion. Ty and Zane were as hot and incredible as only they can be. Their relationship went from armed hostility (literally) to this mellower version of themselves. I say mellow, but that’s relative. Mellow for Ty and Zane is that they only tried to murder each other only once in the book and had uncountable near-death experiences while ending up on more hit lists than I have fingers. They were true partners and lovers without the doubts, lies and secrets and I found this added maturity a welcome change that didn’t mean a loss of the sizzle. When their world and what they thought they knew is falling apart around them, they had each other- the anchor and the compass.

A goodly portion of the book brings in Sidewinder (Ty’s old Force Recon unit) and other familiar faces. The added cast of characters was just more of a good thing. I mean who would say no to a dozen hard, skilled, passionate spec ops guys. Nick is a key player in this story both in his fractured relationship with Ty, but also his unsteady relationship with Kelly. Last book, Nick was leaking at the seams with his emotions, but in this one, the emotions were more balanced though no less tense. I am so glad that there will be more coming with the spin-off series. Liam Bell has me so intrigued especially after this one. I am so ambivalent toward him. His moral compass doesn’t point to true north, but yet he has his moments of heroism. He’s like the Snape of the Cut & Run world. Is he friend or foe? I don’t know, but I do know that I want to see more of him.

Oh and let’s not forget the family ties. Chester Grady brings it with his deadly shovel when someone had the bright idea to storm the Grady’s mountain. People, it was a breathless moment to see the Gradys and Garretts finally meet. You want to know what happens when two such formidable women as Ty and Zane’s mothers are in the same room? So did I. These were scenes that I didn’t even realize I wanted until they were happening.

Alright, so all good things must come to an end and this one ended well and good. I envy those who have this whole series ahead of them. Those who want a fantastic m/m Romantic Suspense series need look no further.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Abigail Roux

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of ‘Call of Duty’ throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Red Iza
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I’ve known this author only by name and reputation, and after reading that fantastic, mouth-watering review, I moved that series drastically up my to-read list 😉

Sophia Rose
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Yay! Glad I hooked you in, Iza!

Braine TS
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I always wondered about this series. I avoided it because I thought it’s erotica & frankly ive had enough of erotica sex LOL. I did not know of the suspense part. Now you make me want to start this series. 9 books & counting though, that’s scary

Sophia Rose
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Oh these guys can burn up the sheets, but no, it’s not really erotica. This was the end though so it won’t get too long of a read.

Mary Kirkland
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I like your review. It can sometimes be hard to review a book without giving away too many spoilers.

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Mary! It’s really hard when the book starts out with spoilers in the first chapter and there’s really no way around giving it away if one even tries a normal summary. 😉

Mary Kirkland
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I like your review. It can sometimes be hard to review a book without giving away too many spoilers.

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Mary! It’s really hard when the book starts out with spoilers in the first chapter and there’s really no way around giving it away if one even tries a normal summary. 😉

Lola R
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Lola R

This is the first time I heard of this series. The suspense aspect sounds well done and the romance as well. I don’t think I have read many if any suspence romances, another one of those genres I want to give a try eventually. I like the action and danger aspect, as long as it doesn’t get too dark or scary or has too many torture scenes as I can’t stand those in books. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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This is one of my favorite Romantic Suspense series, but as to violence…just so you know, its there in many of the books, Lola.

Melanie Simmons
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Melanie Simmons

I’ve bought this book, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’m hoping to get to it next week (hubs is out of town, so more time to read).

Sophia Rose
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I had to clear some time too, Melanie. They sent it to me the day of its release, but I couldn’t get to it b/c I had other commitments and it nearly drove me wild to have it and not read it.

kimbacaffeinate
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Lovely review, I can just feel how caught up in the storyline and characters you are. Thanks for advising to read in order.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, Kimberly. This is a series that I could really go nuts talking about. Love so much about it. Definitely a series that needs to be in order.

Loupe Duffy
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I know, I know! I need to continue this series, and I think this one I have to read, a least until the narrator gets changed (3rd book) It’s been so long that since I listened to the first book that reading might be a whole new experience. I have been recommended this series countless times, and I’m glad the series keeps going strong 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Haha! Yes, it’s funny when a book just keeps hitting you over the head to grab it. Hope it meets expectation when you do, Loupe.

Lover Of Romance
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You know the only m/m romances I have liked have been in romantic suspense novels…strange right? So I might have to check this author out. Great thoughts on this one.

Sophia Rose
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Romantic suspense is actually my favorite m/m sub-genre of romance. This was one of the first series I picked up and established that.

RO
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Great review and the storyline sounds fantastic! Good to see writing from a NC author, and funny sarcasm definitely works! Hugs…

Sophia Rose
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I like to support the local writers too, Ro. It was a fun blend of humor and tension throughout this series.

RO
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Great review and the storyline sounds fantastic! Good to see writing from a NC author, and funny sarcasm definitely works! Hugs…