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REVIEW: Sticks and Stones – A Ty and Zane series novel # 2 by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

I am in love with the relationship between Ty Grady and Zane Garrett.

I love how they interact.  I love their passion.  I am only writing this review now, because I promised myself I could not read the next book, Fish and Chips, UNTIL I am done posting this 🙂

The plot behind this book was a little lame.  Yuck.  I don’t even like using that word.  It just didn’t do it for me.

Ty and Zane are forced to endure a vacation with Ty’s family.  The interactions within the family is funny and the book gives a huge insight to Ty and a large amount of little tidbits that make him who he is trying to hide today.

Earl (Ty’s father), Deuce (Ty’s brother), Ty and Zane decide to take a hiking trip into the mountains.  Well saying the shit hits the fan is an understatement.

Running into psycho treasure hunters that put a serious beating on the boys, a death that causes everyone to go into shock, and a little kitty cat that ruins the day, this book is almost flat.

There are some hyped up scenes that left my pulse pounding.  Unfortunately, and in my opinion (duh, right?), the book seems a bit thrown together.  It was as if the authors had a bunch of great ideas and half-ass tossed them into a pile and turned them into a book.

With that said!!! … Being as in love with Ty and Zane as I am, the book could have been completely shit and it would not have phased me.

I have to tell you.  My heart aches for them.  The phrase I love you will never be the same again.  Every moment between Ty and Zane is so intense that I find myself holding my breath.

Imagine watching a movie where the two main characters are in love with each other but won’t admit it.  Their undying loyalties to each other and the passion that they share only fuels their doubts of their feelings.  And then when they finally come to terms with how they feel for one another, they hide it because they are afraid that saying I love you will leave them wanting.

“Gray, don’t you fucking dare give up after I dug you out of that basement,” Zane growled from somewhere close.  “You didn’t give up then, and you won’t give up now.”

Even knowing that the third book has both characters in it, my throat burned as I read this scene.  Silly, I know, but my chest was tight and I felt something ripped out of me.  I hate moments like that.  They just tear me to shreds!

It just breaks my damned heart.

I was expecting some sort of climatic ending that would pertain to the treasure hunters.  Something.  But it was as if they dropped off the mountain and never seen again.  Disappointing.

Thankfully, I have the next book charged up and ready to read!

I recommend this book to adults ONLY that have read the first novel in this series, Cut and Run.  There is no way to appreciate the characters or the overwhelming drowning ait between them until you do.

This book has moderate to strong violent scenes.  There is moderate sexual content.  The two characters in this book are very yummy males and they are falling in love with each other.  With that said, if you wrinkle your nose at such a thing, or find yourself weirded out by intimate sex scenes between two men, this series is not for you.

Until later…

~Happy reading!