Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux

Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux
Series:  Cut and Run (# 8)
Release Date: March 15, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages:  281
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.


Review:  To be totally honest with you I was more than a little lost in this book.  Maybe because it was the eighth in this series; this is the first of the eight that I have read that could account for being lost.  But to move along I did read this story giving it the fair chance that it deserves.

Ball & Chain is the story of Ty and Zane who were introduced in the previous story line.  Both have dealt with a lot only to take the time needed away from each other, a separation; to find that they actually are meant to be together.  While apart they both came into their own making changes that needed to be done.  You would think that a separation that there would be a reunion something amazing.  I know that I for one would be so excited I would want to share this with my significant other.  Just letting my partner know how I became the new me.  This was a little disappointing, making me a tiny bit perplexed.

Another bit of confusion was that if this was Ty and Zane’s story why was it dealing more with Nick and Kelly.  I felt as if Ty and Zane were estranged from their own story. Baffled I am.

If their love life wasn’t enough of a mess, they also had to deal with the impending wedding of Ty’s brother.  So here we have what could only result in what seems as a potential disaster…the reconciliation of Ty and Zane, the wedding of Ty’s brother, Nick and Kelly and the added fact that someone is on the island killing people off.  So a ‘Clue’ type mystery to solve also.

Part way through having realized that this was more a continuation type series, I wasn’t sure if I should stop or just keep going.  I gave the book the benefit of the doubt…only to discover that in order to understand the way the story flows and the interaction between all the characters (who by the way were all strongly written) was that all books interfaced with each other.  Where one ends the other begins or continues.  The characters were so tightly written within the frame of the story that for the series or one book to work you need all of them together or you are lost.  To me they were so connected that they had trouble standing on their own; which seemed to be what I was asking this book to do for me.

In all fairness to Ms. Roux’s book, it is well written. The characters are solid and the story line is very interesting.  I loved the diverseness of the types of relationships, and the insight into her knowledge of blending them into the storyline adding to its interesting aspect.  Ms. Roux just shows that there are all kinds of relationships that make the world work.

I found that cramming to many ‘super’ couples into the frame of the story doesn’t work.  For me I would have liked to see the relationship between Ty and Zane a little more developed as the whole change in them and new discoveries were important to the story.

The whole mystery seemed a little disconnected to the rest of the story as if it may have been an afterthought.  I would have liked to see it flow a little more.

In order to fully appreciate this author’s story line you need to read the other books in the series.  This is not a good place to start.  Having said that I do recommend this author and I know that I will give her a chance by reading her series.



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