Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

Title:  Warrior's Cross
Author: Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Cameron and Julian
Release Date: August 2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I read this book in between books #4 and #5 of the Cut & Run Series because this book is the introduction of the "other" couple in Book #5, Armed & Dangerous. This book introduces us to Cam and Julian and they are the ones being pursued by Ty & Zane in Book least that's the way that I understand it. It will be really interesting to see how book #5 plays out since I'm pretty sure that I love Cam & Julian just as much as I love Ty & Zane. They had a fabulous romantic story!!

This is a very different dynamic between the two heroes in this book. Julian is an assassin (assumed because his actual job is never actually revealed in the book). Part of his job has to do with the owner of Tuesdays...a very upscale Chicago restaurant. Cam is in charge of the wait staff at the restaurant and he's been waiting on Julian for months. Julian never says anything...he's just a dark, gorgeous, mysterious stranger who Cam is fascinated with. What he doesn't realize is that the fascination goes both ways. Julian is equally fascinated with him.

They embark on a relationship, but Cam has no idea what Julian does. He just knows that he only gets to see Julian sometimes two days a week and that Julian is often injured. Julian has told him enough that he knows that whatever he is doing, it's dangerous and if he knew more it could endanger Cam's life too.

Like I said, this was a completely different dynamic...Cam is a normal guy...not tough, not Alpha. He's a waiter. Julian is as Alpha as they get. Most people are terrified by him, although Cam doesn't see that side of him. I liked this dynamic. It made for a GREAT book and tons of great angst. I liked both these guys and could see both sides of their struggle as they try to make their relationship work. The book completely and totally worked for me. It probably would have worked even better for me if I didn't already know how it plays into the Cut & Run series (knowing that gives spoilers to some events in this book). Even if I wasn't reading the Cut & Run series, I would have LOVED this book! I obviously need to read all the books that have come out by these two authors!

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