Book Review: Fish & Chips by Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban

Posted January 29, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Book Review: Fish & Chips by Abigail Roux & Madeleine UrbanFish & Chips by Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
Series: Cut & Run #3
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Dreamspinner Press on December 6, 2010
Pages: 314
Format: eBook
Source: the library

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Also in this series: "High & Tight", Past & Presents

Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they're assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring-an out-and-proud married couple-on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean. As their boss says, surely they'd rather kiss each other than be shot at, and he has no idea how right he is. Portraying the wealthy criminals requires a particular change in attitude from Ty and Zane while dealing with the frustrating waiting game of their assignment. As it begins to affect how they treat each other in private, Ty and Zane realize there's more to being partners than watching each other's backs, and when the case takes an unexpected turn and threatens Ty's life, Ty and Zane will have to navigate seas of white lies and stormy secrets, including some of their own.

Also by this author: Stars & Stripes, Ball & Chain, Shock & Awe, "Bait & Switch", Crash & Burn, Part & Parcel, "Brick & Mortar Books", "Dine & Dash", "High & Tight", "Shake and Bake", Past & Presents

Third in the Cut & Run erotic romantic suspense series revolving around Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. The setting is a cruise ship at Christmas.

It’s been a few weeks since Sticks & Stones, 2.

My Take
Huh. The first sixty pages is all about the thieves and fencing. Then, all of a sudden, it’s smuggling. I gotta confess, I never considered them the same. Still it is too funny, and Roux/Urban have timed this perfectly, allowing us to get to know Grady and Garrett, which makes the effort these two have to go through on the cruise ship in their undercover roles so hilarious. As far as their fellow agents know, these two are the ultimate tough guys, and they’re finally being allowed to be themselves in public.

Lord, this was intense! I couldn’t read fast enough for all the action even as Roux/Urban address Zane’s fears about heights, their fears about falling in love, and only one admitting it.

It’s those T-shirts! I love Ty’s T-shirts: out standing in his field, oh, yeah, LOL.

Hmm, Zane comes from money?

Ty ain’t kidding. Love is like a free fall, with no nets.

With all the possibilities for ways for things to go wrong. It’s worse. A twist I had not expected.

Oh, well, that’s not fair! The Bianchis get their cabin and the boys get a cell, *grin*?

I do enjoy Roux/Urban’s writing. Sure, it’s mostly sex with the boys, but they also slip a story in and around it all that will catch you up and make you race.

The Story
Chance allows Grady and Garrett to impersonate two low-profile thieves the FBI has been wanting for some time. The catch? The thieves are not brothers. And the rough-and-tumble, he-man is gonna have to get waxed and bleached!

It’s almost an illegal undercover assignment. The boys will have to steer clear of Interpol, Europol, Scotland Yard, and the Italian Guardia di Finanza. Among others.

The Characters
Special Agents Ty Grady, a former Marine who needs to be doing, and Zane Garrett, practically an idiot savant with numbers, a drug addict, and alcoholic, are partners beating the crap out of each other.

Special Agents Michelle Clancy, Fred Perrimore, Scott Alston, and Harry Lassiter are having too much fun with the thought of Ty and Zane’s undercover assignment.

Special-Agent-in-Charge Dan McCoy is enjoying this too much. Stacy Knight handles briefing and debriefing of agents when new or unusual tech will be used. Assistant Director Richard Burns is McCoy’s boss.

Corbin, the brains of the operation, and Del Porter, pretty arm candy, are known for their high-dollar thefts. Lorenzo Bianchi with his lovely wife, Norina, and Vartan Armen are their partners.

The Cover
The cover, oh, yeah, definitely “Welcome on Board” for this cruise with the boys. Thank god Urban/Roux are including that lifesaver in the spare white background. We could easily find ourselves overboard from laughing.

The title is too funny, a case set at sea on a cruise ship. Well, what else can you call it but Fish & Chips.

Reviewed by Kathy Davie, who is fast gaining followers in Goodreads and Amazon for her honest book reviews. Passionate about reading, writing, and editing, she searches the Internet for tips, tricks, and warnings with a keen interest in ideas that will foster reading in children as well as adults while aiding writers in their craft. Kathy blogs daily at KD Did It Takes on Books.

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