Stars and Stripes by Abigail Roux is the sixth book in the successful Cut and Run series about Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. Unlike previous novels where the focus is on catching the bad guys, Stars and Stripes concentrates on the personal relationships of Ty and Zane, particularly, family relationships.
Roux puts both families under the microscope revealing the strengths and weaknesses of their ties to each other. In this book, Ty and Zane are dealing with exotic animal poachers on a Texas horse ranch, as well as the complications of being outed as gay. Ty and Zane both find out just who they can count on for support.
Stars and Stripes has some humorous moments involving Barnum, an overly friendly Bengal tiger, as well as some pretty harrowing encounters with two-legged wild-life. While Ty and Zane search for exotic animal poachers they are also trying to work out some of the fine points of their relationship.
Roux continues to write Ty and Zane’s story with passion and care. These two strong men have all of the baggage and foibles of real men, but they remain engaging and entertaining. This is not a series I’m ready to see end. The love scenes between Ty and Zane are both tender and on occasion frenetic. Whatever situations these two find themselves in they are always honest. Stars and Stripes gets five stars for not diluting the power of such a fine series. It’s also one of the best stories in the series. Can’t wait for the next episode.
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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