Divide & Conquer

Madeleine Urban; Abigail Roux
Divide & Conquer
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
October 2011
Book 4 of Cut & Run
LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Baltimore, Maryland, is a city in alarming distress. Rising violence is fanning the flames of public outrage, and all law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are catching blame. Thus the FBI's latest ideas to improve public relations: a municipal softball league and workshops for community leaders. But the new commitments just mean more time Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have to spend apart when they're happily exploring how to be more than by-the-book partners.

Then the latest spate of crime explodes in their faces—literally—throwing the city, the Bureau, and Ty and Zane's volatile partnership both in and out of the office into chaos. They're hip-deep in trouble, trying to track down bombers and bank robbers in the dark with very few clues, and the only way to reach the light at the end of the tunnel together requires Ty and Zane to close their eyes and trust each other to the fiery end.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 24, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
321 people found the following review helpful
Is this the end for my favourite couple, Ty and Zane? Do I finally receive my happily ever after? The answer is NO. I don't receive my happily ever after. I have never wanted a happily ever after so badly as I have for these two battle weary heroes.

In this latest installment from the talented Ms. Urban, Ty and Zane are once again badly injured. Is there not a single story where one of them isn't bleeding or having a concussion? Being in law enforcement is not glamorous at all. It's paperwork, nasty troublemakers and people who don't show respect.

In DIVIDE AND CONQUER, the reference is more for the criminals than the law enforcement agencies. This one I had to rate a five because the things Ms. Urban puts Ty and Zane through just about broke my heart. BROKE.MY.HEART! I do not know how these two men can still carry on. Both are injured so badly I can't understand how they can possibly function. The way they have to adjust in order to make it through day by day had me crying out in frustration.

Ms. Urban does another great job in creating a plausible situation which Ty and Zane have to work through and figure out. Watching these two work together is a thing of beauty. These are more than romantic suspense. These are stories with real sleuthing involved and it's clear Ms. Urban researches thoroughly and pays attentions to detail when she creates her world. I love this. It keeps my mind engaged and trying to anticipate what will happen next. While I might guess the end game, it's the journey which keeps me riveted until the very end.

This latest book also touches upon how Ty and Zane are closer than ever. I do have some questions I want answered. Why is Zane estranged from his family? Will the gift purchased ever be given? Will I have my happily ever after with Ty and Zane as an established couple?

I eagerly look forward to the next book. I'm addicted. I highly recommend this series to suspense lovers who enjoying having their emotions taken on a roller coaster ride.
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