Oh wow, where to even begin? I read this book 4 times in a row before sitting down to write this review. Yes! True story – 4 times. Maybe that’s all I need to say about how good this book is? And I’ll admit that maybe I’m not that objective any more when it comes to this series, because I hear the words Ty and Zane and I see nothing but stars in my eyes and hear dirty thoughts in my head. These two guys have a hold on me like no other book characters.
There are already lots of glowing reviews online about this book and I agree with pretty much everything they’re saying. So as someone who has been reading this series religiously for several years now, I’m going to break this down to why this book worked so well for me specifically.
****The following could be considered minor spoilers.****
- Abigail Roux as the sole author of this book. I’ve read some of her other books and I wasn’t the least bit concerned when I heard she would be the only author in this series moving forward. The story and POV’s flowed so much more seamlessly. The plot is fast paced and things move quickly. The dialogue is smart and witty and she makes all the individual personalities of the characters shine through.
- We finally get some answers! Can I get a hallelujah and an amen! Five books in and we are finally seeing the layers of Ty and Zane really be peeled back. They are opening up to each other emotionally and not running away from each other’s question’s anymore. We learn more about each of their pasts. We learn more about what makes Ty tick and why he fidgets. Armed and Dangerous feels like a big step in the right direction with full forward momentum. As a reader of this series from the beginning, there were points in this book that felt like a big relief and were so satisfying. There were also some fun juicy tidbits. 😉
- Bringing in Cameron and Julian from Warrior’s Cross was a smart move. When I read the preview in the back of Divide and Conquer (book 4) and saw Cameron and Julian make an appearance, my heart almost stopped. I never dreamed of such a crossover. So so so smart. Ty and Julian going head to head was a blast to watch. And it gave this great dynamic in the book of Ty and Zane working together and sometimes against with two other men without it being threatening to their relationship. It was another great way for Ty and Zane to grow as a couple and as work partners. Julian Cross pressing Ty on the detail’s of Ty’s past was crafty. Well done Abigail Roux!
- The love. Aside from answers we’ve been waiting for, I think this is another thing readers have been waiting for – Ty and Zane really being honest with each other when it comes to how much they love each other. They have basically been together (off and on) for 2 years, and as a reader I felt like “enough is enough, let these men truly love each other!” I was not disappointed. The sex scenes were unbelievably emotional, raw, and insanely sexy. But I hope Abigail Roux doesn’t forget how some angsty sex between Ty and Zane is just as delicious.
- The ending. Two fantastic things happened at the end of this book that left me with a big stupid grin on my face.
Yes, I loved this book. It’s definitely my favorite in the series. I haven’t laughed out loud this much in a book in quite awhile. To really enjoy this book you definitely need to read the Cut and Run series in order and would benefit greatly from reading Warrior’s Cross as well.
As a devoted fan of this series for many years, I just want to say a big “Thank You!” to Abigail Roux for giving readers what I think we all needed at this stage in the series.
Book 6, Stars and Stripes, comes out on August 13. I’ll admit I’m a little nervous. Last I heard there were originally 8 books planned in this series. Not sure if that’s still true or not? I’m nervous for Ty’s father to find out about Ty and Zane’s relationship. I’m nervous for Zane holding it together if he goes back to Texas to see his family. What’s in Ty’s coat pocket that he never gave to Zane? Did I mention how delicious angsty Ty and Zane sex is? Let’s not lose that. I’m also nervous for when the time comes that Ty faces a real challenge he can’t get himself out of. There’s got to be such a thing right?
If you are a fan of this series, make sure you check out Abigail Roux’s tumblr – she’s got great stuff on there – timeline graphics for this series, plus a graphic for the Cut and Run/Warrior’s Cross timeline crossover, and character profiles from both books with character ages.
“Ty is like …. a ninja on crack.”
Zane heard Ty whuff from within the bathroom, and by the time he looked back, Ty had shoved Julian’s face against the shower wall and was holding him there by the back of his head.
“Watch the elbows.”
“Watch your fingers,” Julian snapped.
“Welcome to TSA training, bitch.”
“Want the other set of cuffs?” Zane asked, hoping to appease his cranky partner. “You could spread his arms out.”
“Will someone please tell me the safe word?” Julian asked.”
“Goddammit!” Zane lashed out without warning and hit the water bottle, sending it skidding across the carpet and splattering at Julian’s feet. “I’m gonna end up in the fucking madhouse because of you!” He reached out and grabbed Ty’s wrist, pulling him closer. “Loving you is going to make me fucking insane! I said no, and I mean it!”