Mar 15 2014 10:00am

First Look: Abigail Roux’s Ball and Chain (March 17, 2014)

Ball & Chain by Abigail RouxAbigail Roux
Ball and Chain (Cut & Run #8)
Riptide / March 17, 2014 / $17.99 print, $7.99 digital

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.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS from Touch & Geaux.

Ball & Chain is the eighth book in Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series. For seven books we have hung on the edge of our seats and followed our beloved Ty and Zane through every step of their tumultuous relationship. Touch & Geaux, Book 7, ripped a fandom’s heart out and left us all flailing with nothing solid to grasp onto. All their secrets are on the table and Ty has deployed leaving Zane to face the consequences of the infamous kiss in front of all their coworkers.

Six months later and Ty along with the other Sidewinder members have all come home—but to a different world. Zane is a happier, more stable man and it shows on his face and in his demeanor. Ty and Zane are informed by their superiors they cannot be partners because of the Bureau’s fraternization rules and in a dramatic move Ty quits.

But before anything can be done, a call comes from Deuce, Ty’s brother, and they are invited to his wedding in Scotland. Deuce asks that Ty bring along extra backup to protect his family from an unknown threat and the first person who comes to Ty’s mind is Nick O’Flaherty. When told he can bring a date, Nick’s natural choice is Kelly Abbott.

Ball and Chain includes two couples' stories. While the main focus is on Ty and Zane, we get glimpses of Nick and Kelly’s relationship also. They will eventually be featured in their own series, but since the stories and backgrounds overlap we see a lot of them here. When people start dropping dead and bullets are flying, the men must figure out who wants everyone gone and why. The bad guy isn’t readily obvious and will leave everyone guessing. Certain deaths will be a blow to your spirit. The relationships will take you through the highest highs and the lowest lows.

Ty and his Sidewinder team come back from deployment with more scars and issues and it shows on the psyches of Ty and Nick. Nick has started to fracture at the edges and nobody knows what his next trigger will be. In a place where murders are happening left and right, Ty, Zane and Kelly also have to balance their relationships with Nick. Ball & Chain is a roller coaster of emotions from the first page to the last, and includes an explosive scene between the two best friends, Ty and Nick.Touch & Geaux left a few unanswered questions, some of which are answered here. Ty and Zane fans know that this is the second to the last book telling this couple's story. The two are in a better place and readers will finally see this couple move towards a chance at happiness and safety—safety being a relative term because this is a story about Ty and Zane.

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1. Vivi3
I wish this book was focused more Ty & Zane and less on Nick and Kelly. After enduring so much with T&Z, I hope Roux sends them off to their HEA in a way that they & the readers deserve in the final book.

Regarding Nick & Kelly, with their developments in this book, I wonder where Roux will take the couple in their book.
2. Nia2113
I jsut finished this and I don't think that it focused to much on Nick and Kelly. I just think readers are not used to it not being JUST Ty and Zane. I feel that Abby did a good job merging the two couples into the "who dunnit" of the mystery and set up things to come. I love Ty and Zane but it was nice to see them interact with so many other people. Will deff be doing a re read soon to try and catch everything I missed in my first whirlwind read through.
3. Kareni
I'm currently reading and enjoying this. I think that Abigail Roux advanced the relationship of Ty and Zane as well as that of Nick and Kelly.
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