Aw, the short bus to Happytown has finally arrived and it looks like maybe, just maybe, Ty Grady and Zane Garrett remembered to get on and have bought a one-way ticket there. It seems Agents Grady and Garrett have figured out that if their relationship is going to survive, they’ve got to remember to be just plain old Ty and Zane every once in a while. And plain old Ty and plain old Zane kind of dig each other in far out and unusual ways. Yeah, the “L” word comes up a lot in Armed & Dangerous, and boy, once they discovered it wasn’t so scary to say it, they also discovered it wasn’t so scary to really mean it too.
And let me just say, it’s about time. Exclamation. Point. After the way Divide & Conquer ended, I was going to start sending them all my therapy bills.
If you haven’t read Warrior’s Cross yet, read it before you read Armed & Dangerous. It’s a must, not only because to know Julian Cross is to L-O-V-E him, but also because…well, no, reading it for Julian is more than enough. But if you don’t read it, you might be a little lost trying to follow the Grady/Garrett tour de force, as their latest directive takes them to Chicago to haul Julian, the deadliest antiques dealer on the planet, and by default, Julian’s lover Cameron Jacobs, back to Washington, DC. There’s lots of cloak and dagger stuff going on with “The Company” and “The Feebs” and Julian is at the very twisted heart of it. Ty and Zane have their orders, but right about the time they think they’re just doing their job, everything goes arse over tea kettle, and the next thing you know the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and all four of the men are on the lam, and you don’t know who’s trying to kill whom, or who wants to kill whom. Except for maybe Julian and Ty. There were times it was very clear they’d gladly have killed each other just to blow off a little steam. It was delicious.
Witnessing Ty and Julian match wits in this book was a joy to behold. They’re both too smart and devious and tenacious for their own good, and are more than a handful for their respective partners much of the time. Putting these four men together in one book was a stellar move—danger and mayhem lurked around nearly every corner, and when it didn’t, there was plenty of witty banter to go around. Not to mention some wickedly combustible lovin’ going on when Ty and Zane could manage a few moments alone together.
They’re in love and they admit it. Finally. Did I say that already?
There wasn’t a single moment of what felt like downtime in this book. It was nearly wall-to-wall action, and what wasn’t action was nothing less than a revelation, which meant progress. And progress is very, very good.
Grady and Garrett both lightened their emotional baggage by a fraction here. Yes, there is still some insecurity and uncertainty, and there’s too much that happened to both of them in the past, especially to Ty, for it to all just go away because they’ve decided they can’t, and won’t, live without each other. But they’re moving forward, even though there’s still that whole pesky no-no of fraternizing with co-agents to contend with. And just when they think they have it all figured out, hey, guess what, the FBI says they don’t. So, what do they do when so much of who they are is wrapped up in what they do? We shall see.
And that’s where the curtain comes down until next time. And this is where I say, “Well done, Abigail Roux. Keep ‘em coming.”
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