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Ball & Chain Audiobook

Ball & Chain: Cut & Run Series, Book 8

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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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  • Sophia Rose
    Southeast, MI, United States
    19/12/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tams (TTC Books and more)
    JUSTIN, TX, United States
    11/03/16
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    "Who knew Scotland could be so dangerous?!"
    Where does Ball & Chain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh my gosh, it's amazing, I was both on the edge of my seat and laughing hysterically.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ball & Chain?

    The fireplace!!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See previous answer, the fireplace scene with Ty and Zane. YowZa!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did, but it's quite long, it took a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    When Ty's brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man at this wedding... in Scotland... all expenses paid, Ty and Zane welcome the almost vacation from their otherwise chaotic lives. Having just returned from a six month deployment, Ty comes home with more baggage than what he carries in his Sea bag. He isn't back two days when their boss calls both men into their office and tells them that since Zane is now in a Supervisory role, they can no longer be partners. Furthermore, since their relationship is now out in the open, Mac wants to transfer one of them to another state. Ty does the only reasonable thing he can think of, he quits. The one thing Ty is no longer willing to do is put his job before his lover.

    The call from Ty's brother, Deuce, comes at the perfect time. An all expenses paid trip to Scotland for a week to be Deuce's best man with a plus one. Providing security for his niece should be a breeze, right? Come on now, this is Ty, Zane, Nick and Kelly we are talking about. Wrong! The tension between Ty and Nick is thick, Nick still fuming over events that happened in NOLA. When the bodies start piling up, the two men have to put their differences aside if they want to survive. No one is safe, and to spite having four of the most dangerous men in the world on the island with a crazy killer, the bodies continue to drop, at a maddening pace.

    Stuck on an island in Scotland sounds like a dream, right? Again, wrong! A storm knocks out the phones and internet, a tree falls on the boathouse and all the boats are either destroyed or drift out to sea in the sub-zero waters, Zane's laptop has been fried. Murphy's law should probably be redefined in Webster's dictionary to Grady's law. The bonds are friendship, loyalty and love are put to the test as the four men race against time to figure out who the killer is and whether or not this is about Deuce's future in laws, or a threat that is far closer to home.

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph... you seriously cannot take these two anywhere, and after the last couple of books, I'm convinced that Nick and Kelly aren't far behind that statement. Once again Roux delivers an action packed, non-stop, thrill ride of a story. It's intense, suspenseful, passionate and completely engaging. I was reminded of the movie Clue while listening to this book. Between the storm, the bodies piling up, so many possible suspects, the hilarity that ensues during it all. I can assure you that it was not the cook, since she is in the kitchen with the knife, in her back. In the midst of the madness, Ty is trying to convince Zane to marry him. I think I would have to agree with Zane, stuck on a deserted island with a killer(s) in their midst, not conducive for a happy engagement. Hell, they aren't even sure they'll survive long enough to attend the wedding they came to Scotland for.

    JF Harding continues his narration of this motley crew. I love that he continually carries the same accents and tones from one book to the next for all the recurring characters. He also has the ability to convey the characters emotions at any given time to fit the words with the mood of the story. Let me just say, this book probably has the most secondary characters of any in the series thus far, and you can hear a distinct difference in each and every character.

    Definitely a must read series, especially if you like the strong, overbearing alpha male type, and want to read or listen to a story where both men have those characteristics so you can see how the navigate a relationship and try to stay on a level playing field. The relationship between Ty and Zane the way they balance each other out, it's something amazing to behold. Not to mention that hot, monkey sex on the carpet by the fire. Yowza!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Scoles
    New York, NY
    8/10/16
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    "Love this series, but..."

    Sometimes I just want to grab the characters by the collar and say "will you idiots just talk to each other, please?" Dramatic tension is all well and good, but there's a limit beyond which it just gets silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trio
    21/09/16
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    "Perfect!"

    Really great, fun mystery and a fantastic cast. Totally looking forward to finding out who the mole is though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    United States
    3/08/16
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    "Another great installment to the series!!"

    I absolutely LOVE this series and when it comes to this installment I'm still key on the edge of my seat with suspense as every minute passes. There have been times when I sigh in relief or laugh out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mikee Smith
    16/03/16
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    "Great listen!"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer (The Book Nympho)
    United States
    12/03/16
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    "They will not die in Scotland! LOL"

    Ty and Zane get invited to be a part of Duce’s (Ty’s brother) wedding. It’s taking place in Scotland and if you’re a fan of the series you know that these guys can’t go on a vacation without murder and mayhem happening.


    Zane sighed. “I was so hoping this would be a normal vacation.”
    Ty smacked him on the side of the head. “Don’t use bad words.”


    Ty and Zane on a rug, in front of a fire, in a castle in Scotland. OH. MY. LAWD!


    Once their breathing calmed and the ringing in Zane’s ears faded, he heard the muffled sound of Nick and Kelly in their bedroom, catcalling and applauding. Ty must have heard it as well, because they both began to laugh at the same time.

    “Is wrong that I’m turned on by the idea of forcing your friends to listen to us having sex?”, Zane asked with a frown.

    Ty laughed harder. “Just don’t tell Nick that. He’ll offer to critique your performance. Or worse, join us.”


    I love that Nick and Kelly came along for the ride in Ball & Chain. They are Ty and Zane 2.0. The banter between the group is great. I was laughing so much while I listened. J. F. Harding does a wonderful job with the narration. Having mostly a male cast of characters, Harding has no problem making each of them stand out as individuals.

    There was some twisted and turns with some of the characters and more secrets from their pasts come out and I feel like Ty and Zane are heading to a fantastic HEA. I can’t believe I only have one more book left in the series, Crash & Burn is up next. Zane better finally say yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Ankeny, IA, United States
    9/03/16
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    "A good mystery but the lacking the romance we've come to love with these two characters."

    This turned out to be a good mystery for Ty and Zane to solve with the help of their friends, Nick and Kelly. Tyler's brother, Deacon, is getting married on a secluded Scottish Island and it turns out to be a pretty good whodunit novel. We find out that there is a love relationship going on between Nick and Kelley which Tyler has to learn to accept for what it is and much of the book is devoted to these two and their story as it relates to Tyler and Zane. This is a pretty good twist and I enjoyed this part of the story. All of Tyler's family is present for this also although they aren't portrayed to heavily in the book. What was lacking in the book was the romance between Zane and Tyler. Zane and Tyler have been apart at the start of the book and both have gone through some changes and they are learning to love each other all over again however not much time is devoted to scenes between the two of them as they renew this part of their relationship. The book is entirely wrapped up in the mystery while sacrificing relationship. There is actually more romance between Nick and Kelley so this left me wanting. Since there is only one more novel in this series I hope that their will be more romance between our two heroes in that last book.

    As usual JF Harding does an excellent job of narrating this audiobook. His voices are great for each character and he easily blends into the background making you forget that there is even a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • emanon
    New Jersey
    28/12/15
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    "B&C"

    I thought it was well-voiced, and I had no problem telling the different character voices apart. The only thing I found disappointing was Nick didn't have a Boston accent and its mentioned several times throughout the story

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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