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Review: Sticks & Stones by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban

Review: Sticks & Stones by Abigail Roux and Madeline UrbanSticks & Stones by Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
Series: Cut & Run #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 25th January 2010
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 322
Source: Library

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.

In sticks and Stones we have Ty and Zane coming to Ty’s hometown for vacation that is ‘suggested’ by their director. Ty and Zane are continuing to have issues with the events from the Cut and Run and ofcourse their relationship. They are dealing with the way most people do, by avoiding talking about it. Even after the somewhat confession of their feelings in the last book they still don’t know where they stand with each other and still finding it difficult to be vulnerable around one and other.

This was slightly better than the last one, even with the completely unbelievable way their attackers die. 

I mean if I remember correctly, there’s a storm, a flooding, explosions, a panther attack, a person nearly dying of septicaemia, family issues. You know your average vacation from hell.  

Ty’s father is just awful for no damn reason to Ty, makes no sense of why that’s just happens because he seems alright at the start and then suddenly he’s just acting like an arse. He really hurt Ty and what really bugged me was we never really see him apologise or show Ty that he feels different after all the events follow. His father made a very stupid decision that nearly costs them their life. 

There isn’t just enough progress in their relationship or their personal issues in this one. 

There is still slight disjointedness in the book, also there should some sort of change in the way that tells that the pov is from a different person because I had to reread bits because the change was so sudden. 

I liked Deuce even though he wasn’t really helpful at his actual job and Ty’s mum. 

There is no suspense in this one, it just a hiking trip with trouble on the way. 

I’m still not seeing why people love the couple/series so much, I liked them but I don’t know… Maybe its just me ? I’ve already borrowed the next book in the series so I’ll read that and see if I feel differently. 

About Abigail Roux

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year.

Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.

About Madeleine Urban

Madeleine Urban is a down-home Kentucky girl who’s been writing since she could hold a crayon. Although she has written and published on her own, she truly excels when writing with co-authors. She lives with her husband, who is very supportive of her work, and two canine kids who only allow her to hug them when she has food. She wants to live at Disney World, the home of fairy dust, because she believes that with hard work, a little luck, and beloved family and friends, dreams really can come true.