Review: Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban

Title: Cut & Run
Author: Abigail Roux, M. Urban
Series: Cut & Run, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: September 1, 2008
Pages: 348

A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he's paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it's hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliche: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer's knife.

I wanted to read more M/M Romance books and CUT & RUN pops up everywhere, so of course I had to read it. I admit I had to drop it, because it was hell for me the first time. And I'm not a huge mystery/suspense/cop fan. So, I gave it another go. For my Second go at it, CUT & RUN turned out much better and I can appreciate some Ty and Zane!

“Ty Grady was a rude, insufferable, egotistical, stinking son of a bitch, and Zane was going to figure out how to tune him out. Otherwise, he just might give in to the pressure and kill the bastard, for the good of humanity.”

What I really did enjoy was Ty & Zane's relationship. They both hate each other completely at the beginning of this book. And are always insulting each other and giving each smart remarks. It.was.hilarious. I absolutely love these two. I really can't wait this relationship to develop more.

He turned to look at the door and narrowed his eyes. So, Rule Number One, apparently, was that he wasn’t allowed to crack a smile during foreplay. “Got it.” 

What I didn't like was that it was heavy on the "mystery/suspense/cop" stuff to me, or it had seemed like it was. And I'm not a fan of that stuff. I think CUT & RUN was one of those first book syndrome books for me. I'm glad I gave this book a second chance and all because of the possibility of falling in love with an amazing m/m couple.


  1. Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal PalaceSeptember 25, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Oh wow… really, I haven’t tried a M/M book, but they are becoming so popular!! It’s good to see you enjoyed it second time around, even though you are not a fan of mystery/suspense/cop stories! Terrific review!

  2. Oh, yea. I totally explored a lot of new genres last year or the year before. I haven’t read a lot of M/M b/c it’s so hard to find them and for them to be really good, but I’ve been pretty lucky so far. =)

  3. I LOVE this series. I like that it’s different with the cop/thriller elements. I save them for when I’m in the mood for something different from my usual read.

    I need to get back to the series. I think I only have two books left to read before the new one comes out in March.