MM Sample Sunday

I’m still reading the Cut & Run series on my Kindle. I’m up to book #5, Stars & Stripes, by Abigail Roux. I have to confess: I wasn’t sure if there was another book after Armed & Dangerous, and I was really worried. I loved that book, and I wanted to see how things would go for Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett when they tried living together with Julian’s two cats, Smith and Wesson. ???????????????????????????????????????

Here’s the description of this installment:

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.

I’m 30% done with the book, and I can’t tell you how much I’ve laughed out loud at some of the situations in the story. For my #SampleSunday post, I’m going to share some of them here.

Right from the start, 2% in:

The bed jostled at their feet.

“Oh God,” Zane whispered.

Ty shushed him, holding his breath to keep still. They’d been caught off guard, with no covers over their naked bodies. They were defenseless. Ty bent his leg until his knee was covering Zane’s groin, but that was all the movement he was willing to risk as the bed jostled again.

Smith and Wesson had awoken.

. . . .

“Good or bad?” Ty asked, rubbing his fingers over Zane’s chest to soothe him. Smith chose that moment to come out of hiding, pouncing on his moving fingers and landing on Zane’s chest. His claws sank in, turning the bed into a frenzy of cat fur, flying linens, and screaming FBI agents.

Ty’s mom on speaker phone while Ty is at work (4%):

“We wouldn’t need your help normally, but this morning I cut your daddy’s finger off, and he says he can’t hold a hammer.”

Ty’s head shot up. “You what?”

“Cut his finger off,” Mara said again, as if she hadn’t realized the news would be shocking.

. . . .

“But it’s not like he don’t have four more fingers to work with. And it was only part of the little finger, and they sewed it back on. He has two hands, one of ’em can hold a hammer just fine, but no, he says he can’t do it.”

Earl’s (Ty’s father’s) description of the incident is priceless. At 6%:

“She told me to wait, that I was going to lose a finger.” Earl looked toward the kitchen and then back at Ty and Deuce. He snorted. “I asked her, did she think I was stupid? Then a couple of snips later, whack. Off went the finger. And you know what that woman said to me? I said, ‘Mara, you cut my finger off.’ And your mother said to me, ‘Well, Earl, who’s stupid now?”

. . . .

He [Ty] does have personal experience with finger injuries.”

“That’s ’cause he’s a dumbass,” Earl said.

Ty howled as he pointed at his father. “That must run in the family too!”

A sentimental snippet between Ty and Zane at 7%, and that’s all – gotta read the rest and enjoy it just as I have!

Zane’s heart leapt into his throat. “You want to come out to your mom and dad?”

Ty licked his lips and nodded. “I want you to be a part of the family. You deserve that. We deserve it.”

Zane began to smile.

. . . .

“I know what a big deal that is. I know what you’ve been through. Thank you for thinking I’m worth it.”

Ty stared at him for a long moment, then kissed him again, harder.

If you love M-M romance with sexy, tough guys (who are really cuddly when no one is looking), this is the series for you. Granted, it started a bit slow with me (lots of angst, indecision, and not much communication), but by book #3, I was hooked.

Abigail Roux can be found at or on Twitter @abigailroux

Well, back to reading for me! Gotta catch-up on how things are going in Texas!

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