Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8) by Abigail Roux

Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8)
by Abigail Roux 
Expected publication: March 17th 2014 by Riptide Publishing 
Formats Available: pdf, mobi, html, epub

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

I am upset at having to rate this one low at 3 Stars. I just love this series and everyone knows how I love Ty and Zane. I came to love Nick and Kelly, too, when their time came. Somehow,  though, things did not gel for me with Ball & Chain.

All the elements that make the Cut & Run series such a loved series are there, but somehow, this one? I don't know. My initial reaction was that this one read like Agatha Christie just never surfaced from that level. Mind you, I do like AC but when that style is used with Ty and Zane? It did not work. At least, in my opinion. 

I still love the way things panned out though. The story arc continued beautifully and there are some things left hanging that just made the whole story bigger. And really, that is what kept me going. There is more to come, especially from Nick's and Kelly's side so I am really looking out for that next installment.

As for the developments on the Director Burns front, now we know! And it was a twist! A real twist! Sad, but a nice twist. Which by the end of the read, satisfied me and made me smile. And yes, I still liked this one, but I did not love it. 

I look forward to reading what comes next.

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