Monday, October 15, 2012

Abigail Roux - Stars and Stripes

Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have managed the impossible: a few months of peace and quiet. After nearly a year of personal and professional turmoil, they're living together conflict-free, work is going smoothly, and they're both happy, healthy, and home every night before dark. But anyone who knows them knows that can’t possibly last.
When an emergency call from home upsets the balance of their carefully arranged world, Ty and Zane must juggle family drama with a perplexing crime to save a helpless victim before time runs out.
From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote Texas horse ranch harboring more than just livestock and childhood memories, Ty and Zane must face their fears—and their families—to overcome an unlikely enemy and bring peace back into their newly shared world.

Comment: Another book featuring the main characters Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. This time the two FBI agents deal with home confessions and loose tigers.

In this new book, the two guys are in a solid relationship and they couldn't be happier. Then a phone call changes things and Zane goes back home to help his father who's been attacked and is recovering. The two guys have to deal with family and wild animals in this story where there's also someone interested in making money by putting in danger many people.

This book was amazing. A little bit too sugary and I can't help thinking something bad might happen, because things too good to be true usually are, but while reading I couldn't stop thinking how lucky the guys were to have each other, to prove a gay couple can be faithful and dedicated and have meaningful feelings too.
In this book, Ty and Zane have admitted to each other their love and they are living together, for all purposes. It was to be expected they would have to deal with the next step, which is telling the family how they felt. This offered one of the most emotional scenes in the book, especially when Ty confessed his family. There was a moment there Ty's father seemed shocked but he wasn't for the reasons I imagined and when they talked I understood. Still, for a second there I imagined they wouldn't accept him anymore and I felt so sorry (who says a reader doesn't cry over fictional characters??) but in the end I didn't have reason to worry. Ty's brother even says Ty is his hero and I admit it, I cried because I thought about those who don't have encouraging or supportive families and it's such a shame.
Anyway, then it was time to go to Texas and deal with Zane's family, we finally learn why Zane was away for so long and I have to say I don't think his reasons were that strong, I guess it's in here we see the change in writing, Zane's character has dealt with many issues in his life and suddenly the reasons why didn't seem so strong or important...
While in Texas, the guys have to deal with the wave of crimes happening in Zane's family ranch and also with wild animals living in a sort of sanctuary in close lands. It's obvious the author's research on this theme and I enjoyed knowing more about such habitats.
The crime solving had its twists and in the end the bad guy's identity was a surprise, I really didn't see it coming. His reasons were, again, money related and considering real life, it's awful the lengths people go to just to save themselves.
Zane also says to his family how he feels about Ty and what he means to him and only his mother doesn't react well. Still, this situation allowed for many emotional scenes and I was completely glued to the story because there's nothing better than to see two characters with chemistry and real feelings being together and happy. Here's where it shows the author's ability to write well, because one thing is to read about it, another is to see how each tidbit, how each word and scene allows the reader to feel part of that stage and to believe what's there could really be something real. For this only, this series is so worth it.
I guess the next step would be to tell the co workers and, for me, I can't wait for the next book even if it doesn't address that. I just love to read about this couple and these books are both great and well written and I love that.

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