Another week, another bunch of reading. But before I make my recommendation for this week, remember to click on the badge beside this text to get to the list of blogs participating in the mini hop. Unlike my posts, which are all unrepentantly MM, the other posters cover all the other quiltbag letters so you should be able to find someething to appeal.
Last week I recommended a short historical – the gorgeous Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov – this week I’m recommending another serial known as the Cut and Run books initially by Madelaine Urban and Abigail Roux from Dreamspinner and now by Ms Roux on her own from Riptide . There are seven titles in the series, plus at least one spin off novel and some freebie shorts and flash fiction, and a large and very active fandom.
Now I’m not a natural fangirl but I can appreciate good story telling and interesting characters, both of which appear in these stories. Some of the early ones have been criticised for a wavering point of view, and yes, sometimes that can be a little distracting, but one soon gets ones eye in and by the end of the first book I found I was too caught up in the story to notice it.
The premise is quite familiar – mismatched FBI agents partnered to investigate a series of murders, including that of another agent. During their investigation they brave dangers while despising each other, bickering, coming to blows, then falling into an antagonistic sexual relationship before reaching a status of mutual respect. Obviously there’s more to it than that. There’s a robust joy in the depiction of these two flawed and initially quite unlikeable men. Both have very deep issues to overcome and in each book, as their relationship solidifies, a little piece of the puzzle is revealed and another problem is addressed and, if not solved, coped with. There is an excellent cast of supporting characters and the plots are lively, violent and exciting – exactly my preferred type of reading whether the two heroes spend much time in the sack or not. This pair do enjoy quite a lot of bedroom time but not so much to be deleterious to the plot or at completely unbelievable times and places. Highly recommended romps – I am eagerly anticipating the next instalment in November.