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Sticks & Stones Review

Title: Sticks & Stones

Author: Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux

Published: January 2010, Dreamspinner Press

Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Description: Cut & Run Series Book Two – Sequel to Cut & Run

Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they’re ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone’s sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia, hoping the peace and quiet of the mountains will give them the chance to explore the explosive attraction they’ve so far been unable to reconcile with their professional partnership. Ty and Zane, along with Ty’s father and brother, head up into the Appalachian mountains for a nice, relaxing hike deep into the woods… where no one will hear them scream. They find themselves facing danger from all directions: unpredictable weather, the unrelenting mountains, wild animals, fellow hikers with nothing to lose, and the most terrifying challenge of all. Each other.

My Thoughts: So, Ty and Zane. I adore then. Even though I feel like smacking them quite often – well, mostly Ty.

I loved seeing how crazy Ty’s family was. It’s very obvious where he gets his slight instability from. But, no matter how crazy they are, they are a very loyal clan. I wouldn’t mind having them as a family, actually.

I didn’t like Ty’s father, Earl, after he got them mixed up in the situation on the mountain. I mean, if he hadn’t called Ty a coward for wanting to hike back to the ranger’s station instead of tracking down the armed men, people wouldn’t have died – or been bitten by cougars or beaten up. But, at the end, I felt better about him. At least he regretted almost killing his son.

But what does any of that have to do with me wanting to smack both Zane and Ty? Through the whole chaotic hiking trip – complete with near-death experiences – they start realizing they actually care about each other, that they want to be together for more than just sex, but neither of them has the balls to say it. Ty’s practically dying and he can’t even say it. And all he can say at the end of the story is, “I want to be with you.” I suppose that’s quite an admission for Ty, but I still feel like smacking him.

But I enjoy this series, nonetheless.

Rating: 4/5

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February 28, 2012 - Posted by | Reading

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