Taming Cross [NOOK Book]

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For twenty-three years, Cross Carlson was a playboy. You know the type. Tall, dark, and wealthy. Blue-eyed. Charming. He seemed to have it all so easy. But Cross was harboring a terrible secret - one that helped ruin the life of an innocent girl and almost ended his own.

Finally out of the hospital, Cross is flailing, scarred in both body and mind and stifled by the weight ...
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Overview

For twenty-three years, Cross Carlson was a playboy. You know the type. Tall, dark, and wealthy. Blue-eyed. Charming. He seemed to have it all so easy. But Cross was harboring a terrible secret - one that helped ruin the life of an innocent girl and almost ended his own.

Finally out of the hospital, Cross is flailing, scarred in both body and mind and stifled by the weight of the secret he still keeps. The only way to absolution lies in a Mexican convent, and going there could cost him everything.

If there's anyone who knows what it's like to screw up big time, it's Meredith Kinsey. Just a few years ago, Merri was an ordinary girl with a job at her college newspaper and white picket fence kind of dreams. Now she's holed up in a Mexican convent, hiding from a drug lord who thinks he owns her.

What happens when the only way out of hell is with the son of the man who put you there? They say love conquers all, but does it really?

NOTE: Cross and Merri's story can be read as a stand-alone.

*Taming Cross is a new adult romance novel and is not intended for young readers.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148765776
  • Publisher: Barkley's Books
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Love Inc.
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 32,525
  • File size: 363 KB

Meet the Author

Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone's parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella's books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon's Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

To find out more about Ella's projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at .
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    OK, read the first and second book - really good. Went to get t

    OK, read the first and second book - really good. Went to get the third - unmaking Marchand which said it would be out in Nov 2013 and don't see it anywhere - WHAT??????????????????????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Wow, took my breath away.

    Wow, took my breath away.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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    I really enjoyed this story. This book wasn't all about the roma

    I really enjoyed this story. This book wasn't all about the romance. Don't get me wrong, the romance in Taming Cross was completely drool worthy, but the plot itself has some depth to it. It brings attention to a pretty devastating issue that definitely needs more awareness. Taming Cross by Ella James was provided to me by Mark My Words Book Publicity for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    LOVED it!

    I fracking loved this book! :) I wasn't sure if I would or not, as I had not read the first book in the series. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. You don't have to read the first book to get what's going on in this book. Of course, now, I want to go back and read Selling Scarlett! I love the new covers that Ella James has chosen for both books, too. This book had a great story. Not just sex. These two people, Merri and Cross, they grew close to each other over time. No insta-love here, and I liked that about the book. I felt so bad for everything that Merry had been through. I loved Cross, too. Very well written, great storyline, superb voice. Can't wait to read more from Ella James! Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    TiWi

    Good 2nd book in the Love Inc Series. 250+ pages...the Epilogue was short & left me wanting more. A lot of Suspense & Violence but also a good **fracking** love story! I'm glad I decided (from reading a review) to read the 1st Book "Selling Scarlett" even though the description says you can read this one as a stand alone. I would have been totally lost about some of the characters & what happened to Cross that got him into the hospital. Can't wait for book 3....Merchant's Story!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Fantastic Series 4.5 Stars Taming Cross is the second book in t

    Fantastic Series 4.5 Stars

    Taming Cross is the second book in the Love Inc. series by Ella James.  To be honest I loved the first book Selling Scarlett and I fell head over heels for every character in the book.  Each person from the main characters of Lizzie and Hunter to the minor ones was richly written, well developed and each had a unique personality.




    In Taming Cross, Ms. James continues the series, focusing on Cross Carlson, the best friend of Lizzie aka Scarlett from the first book.  In the book Selling Scarlett, Cross, the son of the Governor of California, is in a horrendous motorcycle accident which sets up the main plot device in the first book.  In Taming Cross, it has been six months since the accident that almost claimed Cross’ life and left him permanently disabled and in tremendous pain.  The character’s relationship with his parents had never been good, but since the events in Selling Scarlett, his relationship has gone down hill.  Somewhat like a  sinkhole on its way to the center of the earth.  His father, despite being the Governor of California, is a bad guy and surrounds himself with bad guys.  Cross feels guilty for his lack of action, which resulted in the destruction of a woman’s life in Selling Scarlett, so he decides to rectify this by making amends.   This leads him on a rescue mission into the drug cartel  regions of Mexico.  There he meets Merri, a beautiful gal with demons of her own.  Her demons are alive and well and happen to be gunning for her, literally. Not wanting to spoil the book for anyone by being too specific, I can tell you that both Merri and Cross make a made dash to the U.S. border. Cross is hoping to find redemption, and Merri is hoping to find escape from her past.




    What I liked about this book.  I loved the fast paced thrilling ride of the book.  The book is packed full of adventure, and Ms. James hardly lets me catch my breath.  The sexual tension between Cross and Merri is palpable throughout the entire book.   Because of her past Merri’s regrets are heartbreaking, as is Cross’ need for redemption.  If you haven’t explored the world of Love Inc. you have been missing out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Love this book!

    Love this book!

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    Taming Cross is the second book in the Love, Inc. series and the

    Taming Cross is the second book in the Love, Inc. series and the book’s description on Amazon indicates that it can be read as a standalone.  However, before I even finished the first chapter, I began to feel uneasy about continuing with the story. Although the narrative summarizes significant details from the first book to show the connection between Cross and Merri, the information was too vague to satisfy my curiosity about the events that took place earlier to land these two characters into their current situation. I decided to backtrack to the beginning and read Selling Scarlett before I went any further with the second book, and I’m so glad I did because it enriched my reading experience. 




    Taming Cross features Cross and Merri’s love story, and the plot continues two months after the end of book one. In both books, the story is presented in present tense that establishes sense of immediacy about the events occurring and intensifies the action. Even though I enjoy stories that are narrated in the present tense, I’m also wary of this technique because I’ve read works where the tense was inconsistent, with the author inadvertently slipping into the past tense which interrupts the flow of the story.  I’m happy to say that James is successful in creating a vivid story where the action seems to leap off of the page. 




    I also appreciated having the story narrated from both Cross’s and Merri’s points of view. Otherwise, I don’t think I would have been able to like either character. Cross in a minor character in the first book, and I just didn’t connect with his seemingly easy going lifestyle. Although we don’t meet Merri in the first book, it’s easy to understand why Cross doesn’t like her. Rumors indicate she was a mistress of Cross’s father, and Merri’s relationship with this man of prominence makes her a target for the emotionless, despicable villains who kidnap and sell her into sex slavery in Mexico. 




    Although Cross thinks Merri is a prostitute, blackmailer,  and his father’s whore, he feels guilty that he didn’t tell anyone about his knowledge of and his father’s involvement in her disappearance. Because of the trauma he’s recently suffered, he can now empathize with her plight. Because he has evidence of his father’s illicit activities, his life was almost destroyed.  As a result, he is determined to find Merri and bring her back to the U.S. no matter how he feels about her. 




    James has done an excellent job in creating realistic, complex characters who struggle with their pasts. She shows how their histories, their vulnerabilities, and their mistakes have shaped them into the characters we meet in this book. As I read, I could feel the intense and raw emotions of each character as they sort out their feelings for each other. Their relationship is awkward, it’s painful, and it’s ultimately healing.  I was mesmerized by their perilous emotional and physical journey to escape the demons following them.  James does a great job in tearing down the playboy and prostitute façade and revealing two imperfect characters who truly deserve happiness. 




    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Taming Cross was such a fracking exciting book! It was stressful

    Taming Cross was such a fracking exciting book! It was stressful and frustrating and scary and sweet - you will experience the whole range of emotions with this one.

    When we last saw Cross at the end of Selling Scarlett, he wasn't in a good place. He had been injured pretty badly in a motorcycle accident, then almost sold to a nasty Mexican drug cartel along with his BFF Lizzy. As he's recouperating, his thoughts turn to Merri, the mistress his father had taken then had sold to the same group of people. And, Cross decides he's had it with his awful father and goes down there to rescue her. When he finds her, they start running for their lives and almost lose them time and time again before it's all over.

    Cross is such an amazing character. The guy is so damaged, both physically and emotionally, it's a wonder he hasn't gone blooming crazy. His parents - especially his father - are the worst sort. His job that he loves requires him to work with his hands, and now he's lost the use of one of them. The girl he liked is engaged to someone else. And guilt is eating him alive. Yet, he digs deep and does what everyone would consider impossible - he heads into the bowels of the Mexican drug cartel to find the girl that he feels like he abandoned down there.

    Cross was the source of most of my angst. He truly is a good guy and he has put so much pressure and blame on himself, and it's not right. He feels unlovable and not useful. It breaks my heart.

    Meredith Kinsey was also done well. She was sold to the head of a nasty cartel and passed off as his girlfriend even though he was gay. Eventually, she escaped to a convent, but things are about to go south in a bad way when Cross shows up, pretending to be "Evan," a bounty hunter working with the US government. Of course she isn't going to trust him, but she still escapes with him because he's the lesser of two evils.

    Merri is such a strong woman. She has endured the absolute worst things, and all because she was just a victim of circumstance. Then, she's being shot at by the people who want to take her back. And then she's with the son of her worst enemy. She has every reason to break, but she doesn't. In fact, as it turns out, She and Cross are the medicine that each of them need.

    Taming Cross is told in dual POV. Have I mentioned how much I love dual POV stories? I love that we get both sides of the story from the people living them. And, in this case, getting inside Cross' head was so valuable to my understanding of the story.

    We get to see little glimpses of Lizzie and Hunter - the characters from Selling Scarlett. That's always nice. We also see a few other characters from the first book - Suri and Marchant. I think my only complaint about Taming Cross was the ending. I feel like there were still a bunch of loose ends that didn't get tied up. But, I trust Ella James to bring those stories to a satisfying close in the final Love Inc. book, Unmaking Marchant.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    TAMING CROSS is loaded with action, suspense, and passion. Cross

    TAMING CROSS is loaded with action, suspense, and passion. Cross Carlson is a bad boy type, blue eyed and sexy, who is still suffering from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. But he has morals and his conscience will not let him sit on his secret any longer. He heads out to rescue a woman he has never met, hoping he is not too late. Unfortunately, other than going to Mexico, he does not have a plan for this rescue. 
    Meredith Kinsey has been through a lot, circumstances in her life have caused her to make some bad decisions. These decisions have put her life in danger. Although she is not a bad person, she feels like she is, but she tries to make the best of a bad situation.
    Once Cross finds Merri, the story really heats up. They go through a lot of twists and turns as they make their way back home. 
    I read the first book in this series, SELLING SCARLETT, and I thought it could not get any better, but ELLA JAMES, sure proved me wrong. I am looking forward to the next book, UNMAKING MARCHANT, and I hope that we get another glimpse of Cross and Merri in that book also.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

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    TAMING CROSS had me on edge with all the action packed drama and

    TAMING CROSS had me on edge with all the action packed drama and chemistry between Cross and Merri! It was a great storyline with well-developed characters that you can't help but love. Ella James captures your heart and refuses to let go in this breathtaking novel about a sex-slave and the man who rescues her.




    Cross is a bad boy with a conscience and believe me girls, you will be panting and wanton by the time Ms. James is done with you! Merri is broken by her past but she is strong-willed; a survivor. Together these two are a whirlwind of passion that will leave you wanting more! I know I sure did!

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