Tuesday, April 2, 2013

SUSAN: BOOK REVIEW - "Touch & Geaux" by Abigail Roux

After having their faces plastered across the news during a high-profile case, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have become more useful to the Bureau posing for photo ops than working undercover. Just as Zane is beginning to consider retirement a viable option, Ty receives a distress call from a friend, leading them to a city rife with echoes from the past.

New Orleans wears its history on its streets, and it’s the one place Ty’s face could get him killed. Surrounded by trouble as soon as they land, Ty and Zane are swiftly confronted with a past from which Ty can’t hide—one with a surprising connection to Zane’s.

As threats close in from all directions, both men must come to terms with the lives they’ve led and the lies they’ve told. They soon discover that not all their secrets are out yet, and nothing lasts forever

This story was EXACTLY what needed to happen to this series. If readers thought “Stars & Stripes” was going to be T&Z’s HEA, well, “Touch & Geaux” is the “eh, eh, eh…not so fast…they still have sh*t to work through”. Too many secrets existed between our boys…and they all-too-easily tried to sweep them under the rug in the past. 

Not anymore. Those secrets are coming out…and man, there are some painful, heartbreaking scenes between the two. Kudos to Abi Roux for her plot twists. I would NEVER have guessed that Ty’s secrets were what they were. And I was unprepared for how it actually could/would come between our boys and how much it would hurt. But, thankfully, along with that hurt, there was healing. 

Look, this book is at times ridiculous (one way over-the-top motorcycle rescue), at times all over the place (wait, who’s POV are we on now?), and at times eye-roll inducing (I mean, Ch 1 starts with a “Men of the FBI” calendar and guess who’s in it? …our UNDERCOVER agent boys…puh-lease…so outrageous!) 

But there are some fun parts (think A-team with special ops, SAS, cops, and FBI…good lord…my dream come true!), some real emotion (lies, betrayal, heartache), and BEST of all, we get to know more about Ty & Zane (their pasts, why they behave the way they do, what they really mean to each other)

The ending was set up to be very obvious. But, meh…that’s this series for you. 

If you are a nut over Ty & Zane and have some reference to them in your profile name, this book will have you in tears, then have you squee'ing, and then you’ll finish swearing you’ll never be the same!

If you’re a fan of the series, but your life doesn’t depend upon it, the book is heartfelt and you’ll walk away feeling glad you read it and loving T&Z more than you might have already.

If you’re a I-can-take-it-or-leave-it person…well, I don’t know the story will be enough to grab you. This book is really more about some growing up our boys have to do and I’m not sure that will be that interesting to a casual reader. 

Overall, it was the perfect book for this place in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Guess that means I’m now on countdown until book 8, which I think is still a year away… *ugh*

It's Ty & Zane. That's all I need to be a happy camper.

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