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Would you consider the audio edition of Stars & Stripes to be better than the print version?
No, they are both a wonderful way to experience the story. But that said, the audio version was a fantastic option that I wouldn't want to miss.
The narrator, JF Harding, captured the characters and told me a story so well that I felt like I was in the middle of everything and engaging in the action.
What other book might you compare Stars & Stripes to and why?
This book is part of what I consider one of the best romantic suspense series out there though it's hard for me to compare because most of the ones I've read don't stick with the same main characters all the way through. I think JD Robb's In Death series is the only other one I've read that I like as much.
I prefer this series because it is multi-faceted running deep on character and relationship development, providing a complex mystery, and some pretty exciting action and passion scenes. Dialogue, tone, and just overall story are hard to beat.
Which scene was your favorite?
No one scene- both 'coming out to the family' scenes are the hold your breath types, little moments when Ty or Zane would revel in why each loves his partner, and I loved the shooting competition.
Who was the most memorable character of Stars & Stripes and why?
Oy yi yi! That is tough. Nope, can't be done narrowing it down to one. The main characters are always memorable for their dialogue and characters and relationship set against the background of working a case.
But Ty's entire Grady family can't be missed. Trust me. Everyone must meet the Gradys.
Then there are Zane's parents. One adores his dad and wants a dad like him, but his mother is a piece of work that I wanted to pinch and hug Zane every time she'd tear off a chunk of him with her cold-hearted words or behavior. Totally memorable.
And props to Barnum the tiger with the floppy ear and love at first sight for Ty who is terrified of large cats.
See? I can't not name them all.
Any additional comments?
This book is part of an ongoing series story arc so really shouldn't be listened to out of order.
The relationship and character development have been ongoing even if the case is solved by the end of the story.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend the whole Cut & Run series, with this book as probably my favorite. The most compelling gay romance ever. I just can't get enough of Ty and Zane.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Stars & Stripes?
The shooting contest.
Which character – as performed by J. F. Harding – was your favorite?
J.F. Harding was a great choice for finishing this series. His voice characterizations for both protagonists are spot on. He seems an excellent study, already extremely comfortable with the material. I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the books with him as narrator.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This is the first book in the series where Ty and Zane get to focus on their happiness and the strength of their relationship as a gay couple. I found it very rewarding and satisfying after all they'd been through at this point.
Any additional comments?
Once again, I'm very happy with the new narrator!
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