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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Abigail Roux (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sophia Rose on 12-19-15

Riveting Suspense, Complicated Friendship, Romance

If you could sum up Ball & Chain in three words, what would they be?

Forever Love, Forever Friends, and Forever Getting Into Trouble. :)

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed seeing Ty & Zane settled as a couple and a team, Ty adjusting to changes for his friends and also sorting out issues with his friends, the twisting suspenseful situation at the wedding, and the promise of what is to come.

Have you listened to any of J. F. Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my third time listening to him narrate books from this series. I thought he did a fantastic job. I always lose myself in the stories and feel that he nails emotions, pace, humor, and tone well.

If you could rename Ball & Chain, what would you call it?

Murder At an Island Wedding

Any additional comments?

This is book eight in the series and it must be read in series order. I would also suggest reading the spin-off Sidewinder series book one, Shock & Awe, just before this one and after Touch & Geaux.

This book brings together Ty & Zane's story with the newly emerging Nick & Kelly one.

Can't wait for both the next Cut & Run and Sidewinder books coming next.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mikee Smith on 03-16-16

Great listen!

This is a new twist on an old plot, one that will through you for a loop.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BevS on 08-13-18

Not the best story in the series....

Another fantastic job by J.F. Harding. Quite authentic Scottish accents, plus his good English accent for the leader of the Snake Biters security team and that bloody nuisance Liam Bell. Although I've given the story 4 stars, I would up that rating for this narration...unfortunately, I could do nothing about the so-so quality of the story I'm afraid.

***Book Review*** dated 7/4/2013

OK, review time. It’s taken me quite a while to gather my thoughts and feelings for this one, but here goes.

First of all I want to say that I recognise that Abi has had a lot on her plate this year, what with her health and other stuff, not to mention everything she’s been doing for TJ & Eric, so if that sounds like a cop out it’s not; it’s just that there are far more important things to life than writing books, and if that means that the quality of the Cut & Run series has taken a slight dip with this book, I get it...I may not like it very much, but tough sh*t Bev, it is what it is!!

Now, for the review and I’ve got ‘Likes’ and ‘Dislikes’, but am still giving the book 4 stars cos for me, there was more to like than dislike.


1. The ‘Reunion’ scene where Ty and the rest of the guys get back from their mission. I choked up, I’m not ashamed to admit it but would’ve loved a ‘haven’t seen you for six months, let’s get naked’ sex scene too 😉.

2. Talking of sex…notice that little segue there hehe, well that scene in front of the fire (29-31%, I’ll never forget it!!) was just about one of the best sex scenes in an m/m book EVER!! It had it all…it was extremely hot, it was raunchy, it was everything I’ve come to expect from these two….but most of all it was full of love and tenderness. Adored it.

3. The ‘marriage’ proposals. Hilarious. Yes, I can understand how they got on some people’s nerves eventually, but I thought they just showed how uncertain Ty still was about whether Zane really wanted him, and I wanted to both hug Ty and smack him upside the head for proposing so often....oh, and being rejected all the time let's not forget hehe AND I loved that it was Ty that did the proposing, not Zane...which would have done wonders for Zane’s own self confidence.

4. Nick and Ty – are their problems resolved??? I bloody well hope so, they need each other regardless of whether they’ve both got ‘life partners’…they definitely need a significant other who has their ‘six’.

5. ‘Tricky Dicky’ Burns dead…yay, put the flags out!! I didn’t like the way he treated Ty like a paid assassin at all, and Ty of course wouldn’t say no because doing what Burns told him would, he hoped, get him in his Dad’s good books…yeah right, like that’s ever gonna happen!!

6. Deuce & Livi married. A good move, and little Amelia is so lucky to have two Uncles like Ty and Zane.

7. Other forthcoming weddings… lips are sealed!!

8. Chester and that shovel…..need I say more??


1. The main bugbear for me….and it seems with everyone else is too much Nick and Kelly, or Nick and Ty and nowhere near enough Ty and Zane….in fact, not a lot of Zane AT ALL!! We got glimpses of what he’d been doing for the 6 months that Ty had been away, but that’s it. This is Ty and Zane’s series, Nick and Kels have their own Sidewinder series, and I’ve no doubt that the next and final book (blubbering already) in the Cut & Run series will give us pointers as to what’s going to happen in the Sidewinder series, but until then….Nick and Kels are NOT Beaumont Tyler Grady and Zane Garrett!! No other characters can replace them IMHO, and it really shouldn’t even be attempted.

2. LIAM BELL, groans!! Really?? Let’s hope the bastard truly gets what he deserves in the final book ...hint, hint!!

3. At times, the plot was extremely far-fetched, rather like a badly written ‘Cluedo’ screenplay for a 1950’s film full of has-beens and never-will-be’s…you know the sort of thing - the Rev Green with the candlestick in the library but trips over the dog and knocks himself out or Miss Scarlett with the knife in the kitchen but burns her hand on the hob and faints from shock… And the ‘complete stranger’ event planner/maid of honour thing….so poor it’s not even worth mentioning so I won’t.

4. And finally, oh yes...the remote Scottish island shrouded in mist, with no mobile phone signal connectivity [well, what did you expect, it's in the middle of nowhere??] and full of ex Secret Service men…nah, didn’t work for me I’m afraid.

All in all then, rather a surprise to me that so many people disliked it so much. It’s not the best book in the series, but as I’ve said, given everything that’s been going on in the background, it could’ve been a helluva lot worse. I’m both looking forward to and dreading the final book.

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