Monday, July 16, 2012

Armed and Dangerous - Abigail Roux

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 and 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.

Comment: One of the m/m books I've read this month was Armed and Dangerous by Abigail Roux, now writing the adventures of Ty and Zane alone.
This book starts a bit after the previous one, Divide and Conquer, ended. In that book Zane waked up alone after confessing to Ty he's in love with him too and with a note by Ty saying he had to leave. Zane thinks the worst for a time but in this book we know Ty had to go on one of his mysterious missions.
This brings us to the present book, where Ty and later on, Zane, are told to look for and bring Julian Cross to Washington because of a situation with one of Ty and Zane's book friend's. Julian Cross is a character from one of Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux's other book, Warrior's Cross, already commented by me. I didn't like it that much, it was just enjoyable for me, that's all.
Anyway, most of the book is all the guys together traveling from Julian's house to Washington and all the adventures they must face.
I liked the book the same writing just by one author...I didn't find such a difference to put me off and it was so good to see Ty and Zane being in love, it's really wonderful.
The adventurous part was intriguing and the funny moments also helped. In the end I wasn't surprised by who the bad guy was because it's was rather obvious. Now I can't wait to see what will happen next to Ty and Zane.
Like I said, the fact Ty and Zane are in love makes them think and act in a certain way and I enjoy a lot to see their thought process and to see them come to the certainties they developed about the other. It wasn't always easy, but it sure was good to follow. I think the emotional side of these books is very well done and also credible, to me at least, even knowing it's fiction. I like to imagine them and picture them just side by side, which is great, considering how easy is to get indifferent towards fictional characters after a while. I just know that a book featuring them will be a great way to spend time.
The relationship with the other couple, the one from the other story, was interesting and with little tidbits we got to know more about them all, which was both fun and intriguing. I still cared more for Cameron than for Julian but I was somewhat sad to know they went their way in the end of the book.
This author - and Madeleine Urban too - is becoming one of my favorites in the genre, for sure.

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