Book Review: Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux

Crash & Burn by Abigail RouxTitle: Crash & Burn
Series: Cut & Run, Book 9
Author: Abigail Roux
Genre: Romantic Suspense, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: Bought
Published: March 28, 2015 by Riptide Publishing

It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.

There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.

Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.

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Reviewed by: J9

In a Nutshell: More action plot than romance but still a good conclusion to a series I’ve loved.

Why I Read This Book: Series fan (no, not a minion)

What I Liked: This book wraps up the romance and the Richard Burns plot well. Most of the book revolves around Zane and Ty’s former FBI/special ops boss, Richard Burns, and his betrayal. There’s lots of explosions, intrigue, near-deaths, grenades, and even Granpa proving his shovel-carrying isn’t for show only! This plot had lots of twists and turns as Ty’s best friends/Sidewinder special ops members join forces to untangle Burns’ betrayal. I love these men as they fight, hug, joke about bombs, and otherwise charm me as a unit.

What I Also Liked: For me the romance between Ty and Zane was concluded in the last book. I didn’t feel their relationship NEEDED to be told further but it was enjoyable to watch them love each other as much as they do. The sexual chemistry is as good as in previous books, especially because the author is constantly putting these men in peril so their reunions are intense, both emotionally and sexually. Pure romance fans will sigh a bit at the cherry on top Ty and Zane’s relationship and I thought it nice too.

What I Didn’t Like: This book is very plot heavy with the men in mortal danger much of the book, or planning for it, only to have rare moments of calm to have sex or talk. This isn’t bad, of course, but don’t go in expecting it to be all flowers and kittens!

This may be the final Ty and Zane book but it clearly won’t be the last Sidewinder book. The plot includes the Sidewinder team that series readers love and their relationships with each other are in a hot mess in this book. I need more Nick and Kelly, as well as Liam’s story. Their stories felt very open-ended at this book’s conclusion so it’s more book-baiting, in my opinion.

IMO: I enjoyed Crash & Burn and know that other series readers will too. New readers should never start here as they’d be lost with all the action plot and characters. Go back to the beginning and enjoy Ty and Zane like I did for 9 books. 

J9’s Rating:
4 Frogs

J9’s reviews for other books in this series:
Cut & Run, Book 1
Sticks & Stones, Book 2
Fish & Chips, Book 3
Divide & Conquer, Book 4
Warrior’s Cross, Book 4.5
Armed & Dangerous, Book 5
Stars & Stripes, Book 6
Touch & Geaux, Book 7

About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a HUGE fan of this series and the same thing bothered me. Too much was left open for Sidewinder series in my opinion. But otherwise it was awesome. And I NEED Liam's book!


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