Guppy Review: Cut & Run series, Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban


There is a sub genre, I guess you’d call it, called M/M. Which is a romance where both characters are men. My only previous exposure to this type of story is Suzanne Brockmann’s book “All Through the Night.” Of all her Troubleshooters books, this was my favorite because my love for Jules knows no bounds. Other than that, though, I’ve never really read M/M. I didn’t know much about it or the authors, so I never really tried it. One of my fellow bloggers (Lori) kept going on and on the other day about this one series of books she was reading. The Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. All right. I’ll give them a try. I picked up the first book on January 5. 7 days and 7 books* later, I’m wondering when the next book comes out! (April 8 according to Goodreads). I’ll have you know I was up until sunrise nearly every day this week reading these books.

The first four books were co-written by Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban, and, honestly, they write together well enough that there is a seamless transition between the books written jointly and those solely written by Ms. Roux.

Ty and Zane are FBI agents assigned to work together to catch a serial killer in New York. When we first meet them Ty is irreverent, headstrong, and a rule breaker, while Zane is buttoned-up, Mr. By-the-Book, and will absolutely not do anything to get himself in trouble. Things change, though, as we learn more about these two. Oh, don’t get me wrong. Ty is still irreverent, headstrong, and a total rule breaker, but he’s also brave both with his body and his heart. He’s kind and loving and romantic. Zane is the one who surprised me. As we learn more about Zane we find he HATES being a buttoned-up Mr. By-the-Book, but he feels he has to be, as he’s on shaky ground with his career.

Watching these two fall for each other and fight it all the way was fascinating. Because both main characters are male, there’s a whole different dynamic at play with the two of them. They’re rougher and more physical than a Hero would ever be with a Heroine. But at the same time, there’s more fear there due to the inherent problems of being gay in today’s society. Do they come out to their friends? their coworkers? their families? What happens if they’re rejected by those around them? What if they each can’t deal with their relationship and one rejects the other?

My biggest complaint, and it was resolved eventually, is that there is more emotional game playing with these two than I would like. A lot of unwillingness to trust.  In a more traditional romance, “I love you’s” would have happened in book 1, and while I might have preferred it a LITTLE earlier, I think Ms. Urban and Ms. Roux really were true to the characters by making them work things out. Slowly. In fact, one says “I love you” far earlier (as in an earlier book) than the other. No, I won’t tell you who. That’s half the fun!

Once they start working through their emotions and really commit to each other, however, their trust is absolute and they are strong and supportive of each other at every step. They’ve made a pact to be more honest with each other and really TALK about things, especially things from their pasts. I enjoyed that the conflicts they face rarely come from within the relationship, but are external forces (murderers, thieves, cats, puns).

I’m so happy I listened to Lori and Pam and read these books. They were absolutely right and the books were totally worth the lack of sleep. I’ll be on the lookout for more, both in the series and from the authors.


*There are actually only 6 books in the series right now, but on Pam’s recommendation I read Warrior’s Cross between books 4 & 5 as some of those characters play a large role in book 5. More on that book another day.

Lynda the Guppy
aka Bring on the Men Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

  • Spaz January 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

    OK so now that you’re caught up on the series , Abigail Roux has been TORMENTING her readers with the introduction of a new character, Liam Bell. She won’t tell us how this is going to cause strife between Ty and Zach, but it has us all very nervous! She teases us with Tumblr….

    • Lynda the Guppy January 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      *fins in ears* Lalalalalalala I can’t HEAR YOU!!!! NO! Ty and Zane are going to be JUST FINE. FINE, I TELL YOU!!!!

      That’s going to be in Touch & Geaux, right? I might have already preordered it. LOL.

      • Spaz January 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        YES! I tried to ignore it until Mandi/Smexybooks has me FREAKED OUT now about this new character who looks like Tom Hardy. It’s probably best you don’t go to that tumblr, I was trying to share my angst which is mean 😛

  • Laurie January 16, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I just recently read book 1 and I too can’t wait to read the rest. I can see where you would be up reading till they were done. I think I will have to go slow and buy one at a time so I can get some sleep :).

    • Lynda the Guppy January 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      LOL Well, I was also really busy with finishing knitting some gifts, school, new job, etc. So I wouldn’t start the books until like midnight, and then I’d get sucked in…

      And I KNOW better than to start a book that late! It NEVER ends well for me. LOLOL.

  • Lori January 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Yay!! So glad you loved them!

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