Warrior’s Cross by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux

Warrior’s Cross by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (310 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Cactus

Cameron Jacobs is an open book. He considers himself a common waiter with normal friends, boring hobbies, harmless dogs, and nothing even resembling a secret… except a crush on a tall, dark, devastatingly handsome man who dines alone at his restaurant on Tuesday nights. All it takes is one passionate night with Julian Cross to turn Cameron’s world on its head.

Julian’s love and devotion are all Cameron could have hoped for and more. But when his ordinary life meets and clashes with Julian’s extraordinary lifestyle, Cameron discovers that trust and fear can go hand in hand, and love is just a step away from danger.

Cameron is content as a waiter but his life is about to change with a few words from a long time customer. Julian Cross has been visiting Tuesdays restaurant for months but almost never speaks. When he finally talks to Cameron, it’s to show an interest in the man and Cameron is shocked, yet definitely interested in the handsome man. Unfortunately Cameron soon finds out that Julian has a lot of secrets and an apparently very dangerous life. When that danger starts to slip into their relationship, Cameron must decide if he can live with the secrets or not.

This is a longer story in page count (300 pages) yet moves swiftly and keeps your attention throughout. The strong characters and narrative carry the story and the enjoyable action plot make this a fun, entertaining read with a good romance. The actions scenes are interesting and engaging with good writing and a dash of wit and humor thrown in to keep the story from being too dark and tense. The various supporting characters from Blake to Preston and even Mimi all have a purpose and keeps the interaction between all the characters moving quickly. The jumps in the time line of the story do muddle the details and blend together somewhat making the time passed indiscriminate. However, this is a small detail and won’t impact your enjoyment of the story at all.

The character of Julian is an assassin and he’s good at his job, thus he’s surprised as anyone when he falls in love with Cameron. Yet Julian is willing to try to make it work with Cameron, only Cameron is scared of all the secrets and unknown details. Their romance starts quickly but slows down towards the end of the book. The relationship is more emotional and the connection is often seen through longing looks, cuddling, snuggling, than through the few brief sex scenes. This doesn’t hurt the story at all and in fact creates a deep connection between the characters but those looking for numerous hot erotica scenes may be disappointed. The only problem I had with Cameron’s character is that he’s rather emotional and weak, preferring to cry and run away than think things through intelligently and with strength of will and character.

Overall this is a great story and very enjoyable to read with a lot of strong characters. The writing is good with very few, if any, editing mistakes so nothing should jar you out of your reading experience. The narrative is engaging and definitely moves fast so don’t be daunted by the page count. I can easily recommend this book and it’s one that I’ll read again. The writing duo has delivered another solid book and fans will want to pick this up.

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