Title: Cross & Crown
When Nick O'Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.
Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he’s dubbed “JD” is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as they search for the key to JD’s identity.
Trying to determine whether JD is friend or foe as they investigate the crime puts them on the trail of a much older mystery. When multiple attempts are made on their lives, Nick is forced to turn to old enemies and new allies to solve a centuries-old crime before he and Kelly get added to the history books.
Author: Abigail Roux
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Touch & Geaux, Shock and Awe, Cut & Run, Sticks and Stones
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Shock and Awe,
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: June 9, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Cross & Crown begins shortly after Nick has been cleared to go back to work after his surgery from Ball & Chain. He’s happy to be back in the field and not doing desk duty. His latest case gives him a witness. Kelly his boyfriend is on his way for a visit. Nick believes his life couldn’t be better. Things go a little off rails from there. The witness has amnesia, an aggravation from the past keeps appearing at crime scenes, and his time with Kelly is being diverted to other things.
The case is keeping Nick from doing the only thing he want to be doing, hanging out with his boyfriend who happens to be in town visiting him for the next couple of weeks. Kelly is starting to see the strain that living apart if putting on his relationship with Nick. The men knowing each other as long as they have helps to keep things running smoothly, but they both know they cannot continue as they currently are. I’m loving where this is going to take the guys. The ending has me dying to get my hands on the next book.
I’m still trying to figure out what I feel about Kelly as a character. I like him. He’s good for Nick. He is the fun that Nick certainly needs in his life. I sometimes have to remind myself that he has the same military background as Nick and the other Sidewinder men. He can kick ass and defend himself, but then there are times I see him as a daffy twink. I need to read more of him to understand him I guess.
I’m pleased to see that the Sidewinder series is going to be separate from the Cut & Run series to a certain extent. Do not enter this book with expectation of seeing Ty and Zane. Ty and Zane are mentioned, but they are not active in Cross and Crown. Although you do need to know what has happened in the past Cut & Run books to stay up on some of the things that has happened with Nick and Kelly. Roux has treated us to some page time with Julian Cross though.
Favorite quote, Nick to Kelly: “I’m going to fill you so full of me you’ll be screaming in a Boston accent.”
Nick was silent as he looked out on the moonlit fields. They were peaceful now, but it seemed there were echoes of gunfire and cannon blasting, bayonets clashing, men and horses screaming in fear and pain.
“It doesn’t really matter why, or how history writes it down,” Nick said. “The only thing that matters is that every man out there believed in what he was doing. He was standing on this ground, willing to take a bullet fired by his brother, to protect something he thought was worth dying for. That country. That king. That ideal. That land back home. That flag. That man leading him. That man standing beside him.” Nick’s voice filled with emotion and he lowered his head. “The burden of death and bravery in places like this is heavy. I’ve always been able to feel it. Someone should feel it.”
Even if Kelly hadn’t already felt the power of this place, it came through clearly in Nick’s voice. It was holy ground, in its own way, bearing the gravity of the past up in what were now wild green pastures dotted with stone and tourists. The agony of it. The struggle. And Nick believed the same as those men, felt it down to his bones. Call it patriotism. Heroism. Integrity. Honor. That indefinable something that had driven so many men to die for something they felt more important than life also lived inside Nick. It had lived inside their team. And if what he believed in was threatened, he’d do the same as they had done; die defending it.
Kelly’s chest constricted as he looked at Nick’s profile in the moonlight. He had never believed that men like this still existed, not until he’d met Sidewinder.
Nick’s breath billowed in front of him in the cold. His eyes were taking in the battlefield, seeing things Kelly couldn’t see, remembering things Kelly had lived with him. Kelly swallowed hard and set one hand lightly on Nick’s shoulder. He couldn’t think of anything to say, so he didn’t speak at all.
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