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Cut & Run

(Cut & Run #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  28,238 ratings  ·  2,649 reviews
A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his fa
Paperback, 1st Edition, 376 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 1st 2008)
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Faranae The book is listed as "M/M Romance", the authors are listed on GR as writers of gay and lesbian romance, three of its top 10 shelves are related to ga…moreThe book is listed as "M/M Romance", the authors are listed on GR as writers of gay and lesbian romance, three of its top 10 shelves are related to gay romance.... so, yes. (less)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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This book has a false title!

The real one is:

Read & Become obsessed with Ty and Zane!

I just felt like I should warn anyone who's thinking of reading the book :)

Hello, I am a Ty and Zane addict. I have been an addict for 3 days now, and I'm trying not to cure myself. It's not very easy, considering I have only 5 books more to read, and then I'll go through withdrawal. I guess I'll have to do massive re-reads to keep my addiction. It's not something I'll want to get rid of  photo 805735.gif

How my addiction h
Feb 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
This book came highly recommended, so I was quite disappointed when I finally got around to reading it. This could have been a really good story, instead it was the literary equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie, complete with requisite car chase/slow-motion car flipping over scene. This was basically every buddy cop movie you've ever seen, except this time the two agents have sex. The two agents would have been interesting characters if the dialogue hadn't been designed to beat you over the ...more
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

HOLY MOTHER OF JESUS....all my brain cells have just FRIED!!!

Phew!!Just give me one second...... where was I???Oh yes...

Readers please make way for this AMAZING,SPECTACULAR and DYNAMIC DUO---

Ty AND Zane




Careful ladies.....don't SWOON!!(But if a pair of strong arms is nearby to catch you then by all means,be my guest)

Have you ever HATED someone at first sight???

Well FBI agents Ty Grady and Zane Garret
Mar 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Granted, I'm nine years late to the party and my review may be surplus to requirements but, here it is anyway.

Despite the burning need to DNF, I hung in there, soldering through the pages of wince-inducing prose but at page 204, I admitted defeat. This book and I agreed to never speak on the matter again.

Allow me to show you why (excerpts from page 203-4, emphasis by me):

Ty glanced over at it and immediately groaned softly
Ty frowned doubtfully. He worked quickly and finally pulled the wound to
1.5 Star

Brace yourself 'cause this is gonna hurt.

I’ve read my share of romantic suspense novels and, let me tell you, this one has one of the most ridiculous and lamest storylines ever.

In short, two fifteen-year-old FBI agents spend the majority of their time in a hotel room bantering, arguing and talking gibberish waiting for the murder mystery to solve itself. (The mystery which was laughable by the way.)

Talk about banter OVERKILL!

It wasn’t even hot or fun anymore. Do grown up men (34 and 42
Adrian Anderson
This book was a major disappointment. Yet again I have learnt not to trust the high star ratings on Goodreads. They just are too skewed in opinion. The ones who like the book rate it up...and most of the people who hate or dislike it don't even bother to waste their time rating it down - hence the misleading ratings.

I'll try to avoid (major) spoilers. I disliked everything about this book, from the crappy cover art to the poor characterization and plot. I know I complain about the male torsos be
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: delicious-m-m

Ty & Zane! *SIGH*

"Are you feeling this too?"
"Me, either"

Ok, let me do this short and nice because there are too many GREAT reviews about this book.

Let me say (and pls don't kill me) that I didn't love this book. I liked it, A LOT, but didn't love it. I looooooved their love story but the case they were working on was kinda boring for me and I knew, I freaking knew who the bad guy was!

Cut & Run tells us the story of Ty & Zane *SIGH*. They have to work together on a new case and they basic
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”We can still cut and run,” he whispered.”

It was exactly the kind of book I needed and I’m so happy I finally started to read this series! “Cut & Run” had everything I craved for and I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it!

I mean:
- Two MC’s to die for - check
- An m/m relationship - check
- Action and drama - check
- A plot that forced me to guess about the killer’s identity – check
- Unbearable tension and suspenseful moments – check

Gosh, this was just so, so, so d
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five "are you feeling this too" STARS!



I'm not going to say too much about this one. I loved it. I want to start the next one straight away so my review will be mostly visual.

“Ty Grady was a rude, insufferable, egotistical, stinking son of a bitch, and Zane was going to figure out how to tune him out. Otherwise, he just might give in to the pressure and kill the bastard, for the good of humanity.”

“It was now or never. Zane took a slow, deep breath and ducked his chin, tilted his h
I do hope Ty carries a chap-stick around at all times, because the guy licked his lips 23 times before I lost count.

Although I got so little enjoyment out of a book that I had anticipated so greatly, I'm still leaning towards giving Cut & Run 2 generous stars. Mostly out of respect for my friends on here who all seem to genuinely like it. And because, I might as well admit it, I feel the need to be a little more supportive towards m/m than f/m romances.

Now that that's settled, let's move on to
"But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls."
- by Khalil Gibran, Love Letters in the Sand: The Love Poems of
Khalil Gibran -

FBI Special Agent Tyler Grady is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Branch. FBI Special Agent Zane Garrett is glad to quit his boring-ass desk job at cyber crimes. He’s transferred (promoted) to the Criminal I
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Cut & Run was my second adventure into this type of novel and it kept my interest. The pairing of Ty and Zane are certainly comical but I have to question why there is always so much anger between the two main characters just like in the first novel I read ([book:Shattered Glass|13420351)? I get that it makes good drama for an intense read, but I thought it was a little too overdone. Ty and Zane get together and separate 4 or 5 times in the course of the 350 page novel and by the last one, I fel ...more
4,25 stars

I loved it so much! More than I expected actually.

I've heard this first book isn't the best in the series and some friends did mention I need to read more to fall completely in love with Ty and Zane.

I had it in my TBR for a very long time. Every time I stumbled upon any of the books in this series from my friends' reviews I wanted to start it right away, BUT for reasons I always postponed. Now I'm sorry I did, because I get why everyone fell for Ty and Zane.

The beginning was too slow.
I am confused. I loved the story itself but the ending felt rushed to me. I loved how creative the author was with the 'Poe' murders and the identity of the killer was something I definitely didn't see coming! This book honestly reminded me how much I love a good murder and I'm so glad I picked it up!


I did not like the push and pull between them. I felt that Ty was too conflicted with his feelings towards Zane and refused to open up. What I hated most in the book was that both the times they
~ Becs ~
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ~ Becs ~ by: Monique
I’d heard so much about Zane and Ty in my Goodreads Update Feeds over the last few months, these guys have become almost like rockstars to me. My insatiable curiosity was always going to get the better of me and so I just had to give in and find out for myself what the fuss is all about. Before I even started reading this, the synopsis made me think of the Winchester Brothers and who can resist a bit of Wincest? Zane, at least for me, is Sam and Ty, the wisecracking Dean. With this visual in min ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*If you haven't read this M/M classic, it is on sale for only $1 at Amazon US right now, 5/12/15!*

**Edited to add- this was one of my first M/M romance reads :)**

I'm not a romantic suspense reader, as a general rule. I tend to hate thrillers and mysteries. I get easily scared. I only picked this one up because of the good reviews on Goodreads from my goodreads friends and the fact that I heard there was a M-M coupling.

This book did not disappoint. The anxiety produced by the mystery was far ove
Time for another reread. I need a Ty/Zane fix.

Rereading 10/4/17 - Jewel made me do it.

Original review:
While the overall series is a 5+++ stars, this first book is objectively 3.5-4 stars. It's very choppy with its POV shifts and in need of a lot of additional editing down, while still being amazingly well-written. I'll never forget my introduction to Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. Sigh. Do you ever wish you could unread a book/series so you could experience it for the first time all over again? It w
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
**** 3.75 stars ****

I really liked this but I didn’t love it, not in epic proportions as most of the others anyway.
Here are my thumbs up points:
The characterisation of both MCs.
The mystery which came across very strong.
Action wise it had a steady pace with no boring times.
Chemistry was there, solid.

What held back my 5*? romance x relationship.

When the story started and we met Zane,

we were led to believe that Zane was perfection whereas Ty on the other hand, was a mess.

Very first wrong impre
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Edit: I just reread this because I have the rest of the series and, I know you aren't going to believe this, but I may have been a little too critical of this book. Go ahead, gasp. It's shocking stuff because I never get ultra-picky when I'm reviewing..

Anyway, I realized that maybe these two FBI guys don't have degrees in English Lit, so maybe that was expecting too much from them. Although, I still hold to the fact that they took too long to figure out who the bad-guy was. All the clues were th
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
4.5 Stars!

Well....seeing as I am damn near the last person on the planet to read this series I won't fuss too much over a review.

I've been hesitant to read this series based on the number of books. I tend to lose interest, but after reading the spin-off I really wanted to give it a try. I forgot how much I love romantic suspense. Probably because I never seem to figure out the bad guy until the very end. Though I will say I pegged this one early on...but it was never confirmed until the very en
Literatures Movies

Guess who is the giddy girl with a silly smile pasted on her face?

Yep. You guessed right.




It has everything I wanted in a book. It has action, mystery, angst (a whole lot of that), and undeniably a big whole bucket of Kentucky fried chicken (jk I'm hungry when I wrote this) romance.

Ty and Zane is everything (plus they give me the whole Dan and Vadim vibe, Special Forces series – if you haven't read that, waste no more time! Please do read it
May 14, 2010 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I'm abandoning this book. Forever.

I didn't know what was wrong with it but I couldn't get into the story. It felt dragging on and on. I had books that were longer or more complicated but this one, I couldn't feel any sympathy or feeling for the characters at all. I put this book down twice before (in May, in July) and everytime I thought I could continue, I failed. I struggled to find the emotion needed; I thought I would feel something once Ty and Zane at least shared a kiss, but nope, didn't
I hate adding books to my everyone-liked-but-me shelf, believe me. It was my second try to read it actually: it couldn’t engage me for the first time, and I thought I just was not in the mood, so I put it aside. For the second time, it was still boring. But I didn’t give up and tried to find those amazing qualities the positive reviews mention. Sadly, with no avail.

Both Ty and Zane irritated me, and the jumping viewpoint made them indistinguishable.

The continuous banter tired me, the suspense bo
A genre-crossing thrill ride. Gripping, entertaining, and intriguing.
The perfect launch of a series.

(all spoilers are hidden)
“I’m flattered. I’ve moved up from idiot to moron,” Zane said. “And you have moved up from utterly reprehensible asshole to only moderately annoying asshole.”
“Only?” Ty repeated with a huff. “It takes effort to be this abrasive, I hope you realize.”
“Yeah, I guess so. But you just make it look so easy.”
Serial Killers,
Car Chases,
Gruesome Murders,
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok, let me start off by saying everybody and I mean EVERYBODY in this book smirks, snorts, sneers and yes, even snarls. I admit the first half of the book was also slow, besides trying to overlook the smirks, etc., mainly because this is a first book in a series and the author wanted to set up the story.

Sometimes I do like to read a romance books with a little mystery, just for a little change. This book had a serial killer and the two m/c (Ty & Zane) were FBI Agents on the case. Ty and Zane go
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*I Do Still Somewhat Like it?*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 08.09.2021
Here's the thing; I remember quite easily how much I love Ty. However, while I still like him, I do believe that it's in the coming books that I truly start to love him. Like truly love him. He became my favorite male character that I love - though not in love with, if you understand what I mean. This time reading the book, I noticed how much the violence bothered me. As in, Ty and Zane fighting each other, hitting one another.
4.5 Stars

Seems to me that everyone and their dog has read this book and loved it (the majority, at least), so there isn’t much for me to add.

I really like Ty and Zane, individually and together. I love how messed up both of them are, as demented as that sounds; it gives them somewhere to go as characters, partners and lovers, which I greatly look forward to exploring further throughout the series. (view spoiler)
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
This narrator is so wooden he gives wood a bad name.

Wait, that didn't come out right...

But I'll say this, there was a sex scene towards the end that he mailed in so hard it had me snorting. For all intents and purposes he yada yada'd it!

Kissing yada yada... groping yada yada... manhandling yada yada yada... lube yada yada... stretching yada yada... YADA YADA YADA YADA YADA COOOOOMMMMIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG!!!


I cracked up. It was so bad it was comical and that coupled with the fact that I ha
Cross-posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw Reviews

There was so much wrong with this book: the writing style (switching POVs within the same chapter), the dialogues that felt off, the feats of strength performed with serious injuries, the unbelievable scenarios that had me shaking my head at times. The sole purpose for women in this story were to be killed or to be used as a sperm receptacle.

If poor writing drives you nuts, give this one a pass. Do not read this if you enjoy clever mysteries
Heather C
Yes, yes I finally broke down and read this!

♦ The MCs
♦ The mystery
♦ The intensity 
♦ The name calling
♦ The banter
♦ The snark
♦ The fighting
♦ The sexual tension
♦ The violent kissing
♦ The angry fucking

♦ The head hopping!! It was exhausting trying to decipher who was saying, doing, thinking what.  I found myself rereading a lot.
♦ The beginning of the book! It was slow reading for a while. Add in the head hopping and it seemed like it took forever for anything to happen. Bu
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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 be ...more

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