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Billionaire's Row
Sullivan Wheeler
The Summer I Became a Nerd
Leah Rae Miller
Tattoos & Teacups
Anna Martin
London Falling
Paul Cornell
The Gravedigger's Brawl
Abigail Roux
The Case of the Rising Star: A Derrick Steele Mystery
Kevin Hearne, Luke Daniels
Sinner's Gin
Rhys Ford
Going Down for the Count
Cage Thunder
Greg Honey
Russ Gregory

Sticks & Stones (Cut & Run Series)

Sticks & Stones - Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban I was surprised by how much I liked this book. Although I think the mystery aspect in this one was weaker than the first, and some of the details more than a little improbable, for me the characters more than made up for it. I enjoyed getting to know Ty and Zane even more over the course of this story. I liked their growth, and development throughout this story. I enjoyed the pace of their connection it felt natural to me, and not forced. They are both deeply damaged people, and to have them suddenly fall in love, and start acting sappy or completely trusting wouldn't be in character for them.I think the secondary characters are what really made this book. I loved the opportunity to get to know Ty's family. They were an interesting, and eccentric bunch, but I was able to feel the love they had for one another. They felt like fully developed people, and not like caricatures. Deacon was my favorite. It was nice to have a character who was a mental health professional who still had a sense of humor as well as professionalism. It seems like too often characters in Deacon’s profession are cast as villains, or incompetent fools. His father was nicely balanced, and while I found him to be intimidating the love he felt for his family was never in doubt. Getting more insight into his relationship with Ty gave me a better understanding of who Ty was, and his place in the agency without the author having to resort to info dumping, or some forced explanation. Ty’s mother was warm, loving, and really earned my respect in the end. She is not someone to be trifled with.Overall it was really good, and I can't wait to read the next one.