I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux
Series: Sidewinder #2
Published by Riptide Publishing on June 9th 2014
Genres: M/M, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 225 pages
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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.
So clearly I need to go back and finish the Cut & Run series because the time line for the Sidewinder series is somewhat parallel to it. Cross & Crown takes place after Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8). I was a little confused on what Nick and Kelly had been up to since there seemed to be a time gap between Shock & Awe and Cross & Crown, now I know why.
Shock & Awe we get to see Nick and Kelly go from a 10+ year Bromance to a full on romance. These two go together like PB&J.
Nick is more of the lead character with Kelly being his supporting character. We learn some about Nick’s childhood and why he joined the Marines to get out of Boston. Kelly and Nick are still living apart but take vacation to go see the other one. With Kelly living in Colorado and Nick in Boston. It’s not ideal but they are trying to make it work.
Kelly is in town for a visit when he gets roped into helping Nick with his current case. Ok so Nick is a cop in Boston but for most of the book I don’t know anything about what Kelly does for a living. I know he was a doctor in the Marines but back at home what does he do? Finally it’s mentioned that he works with kids at some camp in Colorado. Still not clear on what his job is. Maybe in the Cut & Run books I’ve not read yet we get more details on Kelly.
In any case Sidewinder series is about Nick and Kelly (so far) and I want more details on Kelly. In their relationship I feel like Kelly is the “girl”. He doesn’t get as much page time as Nick and so far he’s always the bottom in their sexual relationship. I’m hoping with the next book Post & Parcel we get to see Kelly shine while Nick takes the back seat for a change. But that’s my only gripe about Cross & Crown.
Cross & Crown we follow Nick, his partner, Kelly, and Julian Cross (he’s from Cut & Run series) on a treasure hunt through Boston in order to solve Nick’s murder case and to save Julian’s husband Cam. As far as the plot it was a history geek’s fantasy and I found myself Googling some of the history surrounding the case. It was interesting and I found myself trying to put the pieces together to solve the case.
I enjoyed Cross & Crown very much. It had mystery, dangerous, humor and of course hot M/M romance. While I want for Post & Parcel I’ll finish up the Cut & Run series because Abigail Roux is a fantastic writer!
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