Author: Abigail Roux
Narrator: J.F. Harding
Publisher: Audible Studios
Run Time: 8 Hours and 52 Minutes
At a Glance: I thoroughly enjoy how this new-to-me narrator, J.F. Harding, performed Touch & Geaux
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: 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.
Review: I’m going to be honest: the first time I read Cut & Run, I didn’t like it and ended up shelving it. Gasp! She didn’t like it! No…I didn’t like it. Put it down to a mood, but a few months later I tried it again, and that time I absolutely loved Zane and Ty!
Mostly Zane, though, because I associate him with someone I know who also struggled with their alcoholism. Touch & Geaux is the first book in the series where Zane’s role is more pronounced than usual, and yet he’s still misunderstood. I had a teacher/counselor who once theorized that it takes a traumatizing event for a potential alcoholic/addict to cross over. In this case, Zane’s wife, Becky, dying was the catalyst for Zane’s alcoholism. So, Zane has been my man, the one that I’ve held dear to my heart since the beginning of the series, and as much as I like Ty, I always waited for the shoe to drop when Zane started to use Ty as the reason to stay sober. Well, it dropped big in Touch & Geaux! Wow Ty…Really?! What did you expect when you dropped a couple of bombs on someone like Zane? ::smh::
But in this case, Zane needed to learn to depend on himself for his sobriety, and not count on anyone to do it for him.
Touch & Geaux had some interesting things occur while listening, but I did have a moment or two where there was so much going on that I kind of got confused. But, the one thing that stuck with me was that Ty and Zane’s relationship was in danger of collapsing because Ty’s sense of duty was more important than Zane, and I was a little bit surprised that things were resolved too quickly after all that was said and done between these two. So I wish more time had been spent on the repair these two needed than on all the action that was going on. I’m also hoping to find out more about Becky and how she died in future books. I was teased about her in this story.
As for the ending… Really, Abigail Roux… A cliffhanger… Really?!
Also, I will add that I thoroughly enjoyed how this new-to-me narrator, J.F. Harding, performed Touch & Geaux. I feel that they finally found the right voice for this series. I wish that he had been used from the beginning, because the other narrators sometimes sounded too stiff when it came to portraying Zane. J.F. Harding, though, does it just right. Then again, that’s just my opinion.
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