I, personally, do not think he would have started drinking when they were down there. Not if all that happened was everything besides the fight with Ty. It’s made clear very early on that Zane is still struggling with the desire to drink:
He played with the ice in his glass of Coke, fighting the desire to pick up Kelly’s drink and throw it back. His one year sober chip was heavy in his pocket. Ty wasn’t drinking, putting up a united front with Zane so it wouldn’t be quite so hard to fight the urge to indulge. Zane appreciated the gesture, but he hated to tell Ty that no matter what he did, Zane still suffered.
Abigail Roux (2013-03-28T04:00:00+00:00). Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run, #7) (Kindle Locations 557-559). Riptide Publishing. Kindle Edition.
I don’t think, though, that this pain and suffering would have been enough to drive Zane to drink. Especially since, at this point, he was still partly in the mind frame of doing it for Ty, because his life pretty much revolved around Ty. He wouldn’t have wanted to let Ty down and risk seeing him disappointed in him.
But, once the fight happened and he felt so betrayed, Zane (momentarily) stopped caring about disappointing Ty. He didn’t care about anything Ty said because he didn’t feel he could trust him. Was telling himself that Ty possibly didn’t truly love him, so why would he care? And why should Zane?
And it’s not until the end of the book, as all who have read it know, that Zane and Ty both realize that they need a break so that they can learn about themselves outside of each other.
Zane wanted to argue, to beg Ty not to make him leave him here. But Ty was right. He had realized it himself, remembering the way he’d watched Becky, thinking her joy was shared. The way he observed Ty’s vibrant lust for life and fooled himself into thinking he was living just by basking in that glow.
But he had no friends. He had no joys. He had nothing that wasn’t about Ty or the job.
He had to learn to live. If he was a phoenix, he had to learn to fly on his own, or he’d keep smoldering in his own ashes.
He nodded against Ty’s cheek. “Okay,” he whispered. “Okay.”
Abigail Roux (2013-03-28T04:00:00+00:00). Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run, #7) (Kindle Locations 4168-4172). Riptide Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Ty’s confessions early on in the book are the catalyst for what I consider to be the essential action in the book. Not the Vega Cartel, not Gaudet, but the roller coaster ride their relationship travels.
Without Zane finding out Ty’s secrets, I don’t think he would have fallen back into drinking. At least, not at this point in his life. Could it have happened eventually, due to something else? Possibly. But for Touch & Geaux, the revealing of secrets and resulting fight is what pushed Zane off the wagon because he felt like everything he had with Ty was a lie.
(Of course, this is entirely my own opinion, so feel free to disagree with me.)
I 100 percent agree. I think Zane was not at a healthy point in his life. his reasons for quitting were not at all about what was best for him. They were still wrapped around being good enough for Ty. I think he would have eventually relapsed. He was not strong enough to avoid it but would he have on their trip (not vacation) to NOLA? No……………….I don’t think he would have.