Thursday, August 30, 2012

REVIEW: "Divide & Conquer" by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban


Divide & Conquer by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban
(Cut & Run #4)

Romantic Suspense -- Male/Male Romance
For Ages 18+
Steam Level: Hot 

Dreamspinner Press -- October 2011
Ebook, 313 pages

Rating: 4  Stars



SUMMARY

Baltimore, Maryland, is a city in alarming distress. Rising violence is fanning the flames of public outrage, and all law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are catching blame. Thus the FBI’s latest ideas to improve public relations: a municipal softball league and workshops for community leaders. But the new commitments just mean more time Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have to spend apart when they’re happily exploring how to be more than by-the-book partners.

Then the latest spate of crime explodes in their faces—literally—throwing the city, the Bureau, and Ty and Zane’s volatile partnership both in and out of the office into chaos. They’re hip-deep in trouble, trying to track down bombers and bank robbers in the dark with very few clues, and the only way to reach the light at the end of the tunnel together requires Ty and Zane to close their eyes and trust each other to the fiery end.

MY THOUGHTS

Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are probably one of my favorite literary couples ever and this is evidenced in the fourth book in their epic Cut & Run series.  Taking place shortly after their undercover mission in Fish & Chips which revealed some important personal information, our two wonderful FBI agents are trying to adjust to life as a couple while still hiding their true relationship status with their co-workers. 

The main suspense plot of Divide & Conquer involves a wide array of violence occuring around Baltimore from out-of-hand protests to bomb threats to bank robberies.  Ty, Zane, and their colleagues are trying to find a way to help the police decrease the violence and the animosity that citizens are harboring towards law enforcement.  One theory of building rapor is a massive PR surge that forces Ty and Zane into some pretty hilarious situations like a softball league and community lectures.  Overall, I don't think the mystery plot in Divide & Conquer was as successful as the one in the previous book, but it kept my attention and provided a great balance to all the Ty/Zane drama.

As a couple, these two provide some of the most emotional scenes even during the most mundane situations.  They are a true rollercoaster of emotions with both of them being stubborn and tortured in their own way.  Ty and Zane, as characters, are written so well that they feel like they could jump off the page and walk around in your everyday life.  This causes readers to get heavily invested in almost every moment of their lives.  I'm telling you, even the most seemingly boring details are exciting with this couple. 

Divide & Conquer forces Ty and Zane to learn how to lean on each other as they navigate a variety of circumstances such as discomfort with their job duties and severe injuries.  I feel like the emotional side of their relationship is taking center stage.  They are beyond the physical, though that is still hot and spicy, and are figuring out how much they need each other as life partners.  After reading about all the ups and downs in the earlier books, it was nice to see them trying to work things out as a couple.  I especially loved the dates that they went on throughout the story.  So cute and so much fun to read about!  But, there is little likelihood of anything being normal and happy for these guys especially with that cliffhanger!

All in all, another successful entry in a fabulous series!  Ty and Zane continue to be great characters and their escapades are as entertaining as always.  I can't wait to see what they do next!

Favorite Quote: "First time I saw you, after I got over hating you, I knew, he said, echoing Ty's words, I knew I'd fall in love with you."

SERIES INFORMATION

Cut & Run
1. Cut & Run
2. Sticks & Stones
3. Fish & Chips
4. Divide & Conquer
5. Armed & Dangerous
5.5. Dine & Dash
6. Stars & Stripes

1 comment:

  1. Male/Male romance isn't really my thing but this book does sound pretty good. Maybe I'll give it a shot. Great review!

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