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Worst book so far!
am 17. Februar 2015
So much wasted potential, there! I loved this series so far. It had silly moments, but the developing relationship of Ty and Zane was just sweet and mostly well-explored.
This book, though...
(Careful, Spoilers ahead!)
First of all, the Nick-is-the-third-Grady-brother idea just doesn't work out. It has been stated that Ty never brings frinds home. It has been stated that Nick doesn't know Deuce. And now, Earl basically adopted Nick? Please. Even in this very book, it's obviously not the case: It's said that Nick and Ty didn't talk for a year - and Deuce obviously still doesn't know Nick. When Nick flashbacks, Deuce isn't shocked that the man who's apparently been part of the family for at least fifteen years now freaks, no, he yells at Ty: You said we can trust him.
That Nick is pissed at Ty for calling him a coward and has been so for several years...well, I guess that whole "If you get tired of Zane, come to me and we'll live happily ever after, 'cause I love you"-deal was just a joke, then?
Also, Nick blaming Ty for Sanchez' death - it's understandable,in a way, except Eli didn't die undercover but while working a VERY public case. Whoops.
So, how does all that fit? Simply: It doesn't. It comes over as sloppy canon-handling to bring the new favorite further into the spotlight.
Next: The relationship between Ty and Zane just is....wavering. It seems that all is forgiven and they love each other again. On the other hand, instead of having Ty's back, as he did throughout the entire series so far, Zane constantly teams up with Nick to cut him down. And when he's not doing that, he comes over as extremly sedate, just standing there and snickering ocassionally; apparently, he lost his temper and emotional depths along with his bulk. A lot of potential for conflict and forgiveness, that's never used and/or really commented upon.
Ty himself is...stange, too. He has PTSD - but only if the plot needs it. His emotional issues are never commented upon. It's sad, in a way, how little regard is given to all the problems thos two should have, to the trust issues they still have, or to all the love they have for each other.
The FBI-Team is almost completely left out, unfortunately. No reactions to the outing, no reactions to Ty quitting his job, nothing. It really disappointed me, I hoped to see something after THAT kiss!
But what really, truly disappointed me was how Richard Burns was handled. I mean, there was so much potential for an intresting story, there! This is the first time he and Ty come together after their pretty spectacular outing in he middle of the office and just...nothing?
So far, basically everybody except for Owen Johns and Beverly Carter-Garret were positively giddy about Ty's and Zane's relationship. But what about Burns?
He always had potential for conflict. I mean, this is the man who liteally rocked Ty as a baby, and still carelessly used him as a weapon whenever convenient. And now, he finds out Ty is sleeping with a potentially dirty male addict who was a cartel member for years and even quit his job for that man.
He could have been worried about Ty. He could have been pissed about Ty basically turning into a houseman for said ex-cartel killer. He could have been worried that Zane WAS dirty and seduced and/or flipped Ty, offering him a life where he was more than a weapon. Hell, he could have been happy and said, "Congratulations, guys." But...nothing. Not a single word about any of those things. So much wasted potential for really interesting conflict!
Instead, we get a lot of Nick-Kelly-antics, that are funny but would have better fitted into a Sidewinder Book.
All in all, I am not totally scared off, meaning, I'll read the last one - just because I hate leaving a series unfinished. But I'm almost inclined to treat this book like a non-canon installment. Like a Treehouse-of-Horror episode. Real pity what has been done to Ty and Zane here.