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Sticks & Stones
     

Sticks & Stones

4.7 42
by Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
 

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Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they're ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone's sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia, hoping the peace and

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Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they're ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone's sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia, hoping the peace and quiet of the mountains will give them the chance to explore the explosive attraction they've so far been unable to reconcile with their professional partnership.

Ty and Zane, along with Ty's father and brother, head up into the Appalachian mountains for a nice, relaxing hike deep into the woods... where no one will hear them scream. They find themselves facing danger from all directions: unpredictable weather, the unrelenting mountains, wild animals, fellow hikers with nothing to lose, and the most terrifying challenge of all. Each other.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940043318695
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
01/24/2010
Series:
Cut & Run Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
322
Sales rank:
129,040
File size:
964 KB

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Sticks & Stones 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Book #2 in this series. I adored book #1 in this series, Cut & Run, and because of that, I haven't read this book, knowing that it would be so easy to get completely sucked into these books when I didn't have the time to devote to them. Over the weekend, I picked up and re-read book #1 and LOVED it even more than the first and second time I read it (I really need to up that rating to an A+.) So I couldn't resist the pull of the others in this series any longer. I immediately set to devouring the rest of the series. Book #2 has a very different feel from book #1 in the series. In this book, Ty and Zane are still dealing with all the stress from their mission in Book #1. They aren't passing their psych evals and the stress is affecting their relationship too. As a result, they are ordered to take a vacation. Ty is headed home to West Virginia and he drags Zane along with him. He has ulterior motives. Ty's brother, Deuce, is a psychologist and he knows that Zane needs some help. He's hoping that by all of them taking an extended backpacking trip, that Zane will open up to Deuce. But you know, this is Ty and Zane....nothing about this trip goes as planned and of course, that means that their lives are hanging in the balance. What gave this book a different feel was that we got to see Ty with his family...his father and brother are out in the woods with them. It creates a very different dynamic especially since Ty stands back and lets his dad take charge...not a normal thing for Ty to let someone else take charge of their safety. There are some incredible moments in this book. It's a great balance between the sweetness of the developing feelings between the guys and the gut-wrenching danger of the situation. It was just a great book and it really pushed the story between these two forward to some really great places!!! I love these characters. Neither one of them are used to caring so much and that has them both reeling. It makes for some great emotion and great tension to the circumstances they find themselves in. I love that neither one of them ever consider the danger to themselves when the other is in danger. They may not realize it, but they love each other completely and it's such a gorgeous thing to develop. One of my favorite things about this book was Deuce's professional opinion about where they are mentally. He agrees that they are completely messed up in the head, but they make it and their relationship work...and it works so incredibly well. Did I mention?? I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books. Ive read the first second and third and ive loved them all so far. This one was good it was a bit slower and not as action filled but the stolen moments that they had were very sweet.
Susan65 More than 1 year ago
I adore this series and can't wait to hit book 3 "Fish and Chips". It has a real story line, which is missing so much lately in m/m novels. I am so glad that these books follow the same two characters (Ty and Zane). The relationship between Ty and Zane is very complex and I am so glad that they don't just fall madly in love with each and hump like bunnies all day. However, the sex scenes are hot and sometimes sweet. The end of book 2 and they still have'nt told each other that they love the other (even though they have admitted it to themselve)...now that's real life. I am sure they will say it the next book...it's time.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Excellent Contemporary Romance, m/m Washington D.C. & West Virginia FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through desk duty which is almost as frightening as when they almost lost their lives six months ago to a serial killer in New York City. Soon they are ordered to take a vacation for everyone’s sanity. Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia. He is hoping the peace and quiet of the mountains will give them a chance to explore the explosive attraction between them. An attraction that so far they haven’t figured out how to reconcile with their professional partnership. Ty’s father and brother along with Ty and Zane soon head up into the Appalachian mountains for what they know will be a nice relaxing hike deep into the woods. Deep woods that no one will hear them scream. Soon they find themselves facing danger from all directions. Unrelenting mountains, unpredictable weather, wild animals, fellow hikers with nothing to lose and most terrifying of all each other. This story picks up six months after the end of the first and proves to be just as action packed and suspenseful as the first book in the series. With the humor and action in the books it proves to be a hard series to put down. It also will stay with the reader for a long time to come. Readers will want to start the next book right away just to see what will happen to Ty and Zane next and how things progress with both their personal and professional relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This book is the 2nd in the Cut & Run series. The story continuing about Ty Grady and Zane Garret, his partner.  In this book, they visit West Virginia and the Grady family.     Ty wants to show Zane off to his family.  The new partnership is working out better than anyone thought.  After the serial killer and injuries, he is also hoping his brother can help them straighten out their minds also.     Zane is excited to meet Ty's family.  Will he learn more about his partner that he would never learn otherwise?  They love him and it ends up worth the trip.  Too bad they run into home grown terrorists who try to ruin their vacation.   The trip ends up with its own set of problems.  Many surprises, both physical and emotional are in this story for both men.  Ty trusts his brother and his insights to their relationship are also a help.   The characters are fantastic and this story just shows us more of their depth.  I was fascinated and could NOT put this book down!  This series is almost too good to be true.  Makes a great gift too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to escape with
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Amazing
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Although the plot for this one is all kinds of silly, I still recommend it. Ty and Zane's relationship grows and they are just wonderful characters. This series is so much fun and so very hot.
h2olvr More than 1 year ago
Ty and Zane do not let the reader go. They grab you and take you on a ride that is thrilling and heart wrenching. Read in order. Well written.
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Selene784 More than 1 year ago
This series just gets better with each book. Sticks & Stones was a great read. I loved meeting Ty's family and seeing his growing relationship with Zane. Highly recommended, but definitely a series to read in order.
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DameMargo More than 1 year ago
It's all good until you take your lover and fellow FBI agent home to visit your crazy redneck family. They stumble on adventure on the mountain and take the reader for one hell of a ride.
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BooksRMyFood More than 1 year ago
Madeline and Abigail have crafted another wonderful book featuring their dynamic Feebie duo of Ty and Zane. Once again they are required to solve a case. Once again the plot is so-so, but the chemistry between Ty and Zane more than makes up for any deficiency in plot intricacy or detail. Read it. You won't be disappointed, in fact you'll be wanting more just like the rest of us.
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Deadliftr2 More than 1 year ago
A continuation of the difficulties faced by two very strong personalities who are -- to different degrees -- unable to express their true feelings for one another. While I admit that it is true that the relationship and the largely unspoken romantic connection between the two main characters that drive the story, still, I really wish that they'd TALK to each other and finally get it right! How long can this go on? Still - good story. Enjoyed it lots.
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