Cross & Crown

Cross & Crown

by Abigail Roux

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Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux

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.

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This book can be read on its own, or enjoyed as part of the SIDEWINDER series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149185443
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 06/08/2014
Series: Sidewinder , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 207,676
File size: 935 KB

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Cross & Crown 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Since the last book in the series, I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this book. I wanted to know what Abigail Roux had in store for Nick and Kelly. However, at the same time, I didn’t bother reading the blurb before diving in because I didn’t want to go in with expectations or opinions on how this book should be written. One of the hardest things about writing a spin off series that takes readers away from such beloved characters and focuses more on secondary characters, is that people will always compare it to Ty and Zane. As much as I adore them, I wanted to give Nick and Kelly a fair chance. In the beginning of CROSS & CROWN, Nick finds himself in the middle of a double homicide involving a guy who cannot remember who he is or why he was at the scene of a crime and some missing old books. Not to mention, a familiar face is spotted at the scene as well and sparks some suspicion. Yet through all this, Nick is supposed to be taking it easy and spending time with his new boyfriend, Kelly. Kelly is a great character. I love his enthusiasm and his constant support. I think he handles Nick’s darkness well and combats it with the humor that makes this series so fun to read. Nick, on the other hand, has that alpha thing going on and the way he tries to take control often leads to more sexy times. I cannot complain about that. Tension arises, but never really manifests into a real problem when JD, the guy found at the scene who cannot remember his identity shows an interest in Nick. While Roux plays it up slightly, I don’t think it was ever a real issue in the first place. I think she was just trying to show that Nick had a choice before him- he could have anyone he wanted, but he chooses to be with Kelly. I like the romantic notion in that. “Doc. There is no ‘something else’ for me. There’s no second option. It’s you. It’s just you. ” Julian Cross plays an significant part in the story and while I wasn’t sure how it would all work out at first, I think in the end, it was entertaining to have them all together despite their strained dynamics. Roux has now revealed how she plans on taking the series. I am still unsure of how I feel about this. The idea is intriguing, but I will hold off on any judgement until I read the next book in the series. However, the treasure hunting route doesn’t seem so bad when you consider the hunt for the treasure in this book. CROSS & CROWN sets the series in motion. With its tender moments mixed with the action and suspense, I think readers should definitely give Nick and Kelly a shot. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't get enough - I just love these guys!! You first meet these guys in the Cut & Run series and this story starts after book #7. I was so wrapped up in that series, I'm not sure if you can read this one without having read that one first but I suppose you can because Nick really only shows up a few times. There is just more talk about the Sidewinder group in general and how they came about in the C&R series to understand the bond they have. If you plan to read the C&R series, I also suggest reading "Warrior's Cross" right after book #4 because those MC's play prominent roles in book #5 of the Cut & Run series. I also read this book ("Shock & Awe") after book #7 because Nick and Kelly's timeline in the Sidewinder series starts right after that story about New Orleans. Then I went back to the Cut & Run and read #8 (Ball & Chain). Then I read the short "High & Tight" and then "Cross Shield" - both from the Sidewinder series. Lastly I finished back with Ty and Zane in #9 (Crash & Burn). I basically read the books from the Sidewinder series interspersed in the Cut & Run series by the date they were published.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
The story for Nick O'Flaherty and Kelly Abbot continues. This is the 2nd book in the Sidewinder series.  In this book Kelly joins Nick in Boston for a couple weeks.  Ends up in the middle of an investigation.  The key witness cannot remember anything.  Not even his name.   Nick feels bad, since he wanted to spend quality time with Kelly.  The key witness in his case feels more comfortable around him, so his partner asks him to talk to him.  Their weekend of privacy is ruined and Nick insists Kelly help out so he can be with him as well.   Kelly does not really care as long as they are together.  He is a former military partner and friend who is now Nick's boyfriend.  They are trying to see where the relationship goes as they look toward the future.   Nick and their witness "JD", for (John Doe) since he does not have a name, get really into finding the clues that can get his history and that of the case.  Kelly helps where he can and is just glad to have some of Nick's time.   Can they admit to their feelings and plan for the future?  Will the case take over and be too much?  Kelly and Nick must choose to make each other the most important people in their lives in order to make it work.   Such an endearing story.  This book is full of funny quips, tender moments, and serious history!  Not for the faint of heart, but well worth it if you enjoy the character that began in the Cut & Run series! 
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book To start off with, Cross & Crown is the second book in this series (which crosses over with Roux’s Cut & Run series) but you don’t need to have read the first book. Cross & Crown, while referring to events and characters in both series, stands neatly on its own. I absolutely loved the characters, both the leads and the secondaries. Nick and Kelly are perfect together but I feel I have to go back to see how that relationship developed. I love me a good geek and Nick fills that need with his seemingly endless knowledge of American history. The fact that he’s also a former Marine and has several scars and tattoos doesn’t hurt either. There’s something special about a tough-guy nerd. Kelly was a little harder to pigeonhole. Another former Marine, he seemed the more romantic of the two. He’s supportive of Nick and Nick’s career but at the same time he’s a realist who knows that Nick can’t be pushed into anything and he’ll wait for Nick to make his own decisions. I loved that Kelly believes wholeheartedly and unfalteringly in Nick. Having started with book two, I plan on going back to read Shock & Awe, the first Nick and Kelly book. I also need to pick up the Cut & Run series as I have fallen in love with Roux’s writing. Aside from the wonderful character development, the storyline and descriptive text exceeded my expectations. I particularly loved the re-enactment scene and got chills when JD found himself between Nick and Julian. Favorite Word: Nerdgasm
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AnitaBlakeFan More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was much better than the first book in this spinoff series by Ms. Roux. We have much more going on that just the romance between Nick and Kelly. Kelly has come to Boston for some R&R with Nick. Nick has him consult with him on a case. Julian Cross get involved, remember him from Armed & Dangerous??  This story had the fell of a Dan Brown novel with hidden conspiracies and treasure. Add Julian Cross and you know you have trouble. It seems that Nick and Kelly can get into as Ty and Zane. I can't wait for the next book in this series and the Cut & Run series (which is the last one *sobs*) I know I’ve seen many people who don’t like the Nick and Kelly storyline, but I like them. They are no Ty and Zane, but not everyone can be that good. I still like this pair too.  I do recommend that you are caught up with the Cut & Run series before reading this story, or there will be a few things you might be lost on from Ball & Chain.
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asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book There seems to be quite a bit of jump in time between Shock & Awe and Cross & Crown – perhaps a book or two from the Cut & Run series – but again, Ms. Roux provides enough information via the characters’ thoughts and conversations that I didn’t feel as though I was missing parts of the story. We learn quickly that although Nick and Kelly are pursuing a relationship, they are doing so long distance and in this installment, Kelly has come to visit Nick in Boston.  At Kelly’s insistence, Nick did not take vacation time for Kelly’s visit and, as luck would have it, a major case lands on Nick’s desk the morning of Kelly’s arrival. As I have not read the Cut & Run series, my familiarity with the characters is based strictly upon Shock & Awe¬, so I was unaware that Nick was a police detective, but his effectiveness was apparent when his boss agreed to let him hire an outside consultant for the case, thus enabling Kelly to work with him and assist in the investigation. What follows is an action-packed, history-rich treasure hunt as Nick and Kelly try to help an amnesiac regain his memory, find a murderer, rescue a kidnap victim, avoid being killed, and decide what to do about their relationship. All while trying to spend some quality time together for the physical aspects of their relationship … those men weren’t the only ones in need of a cold shower.  While I enjoyed Shock & Awe, the novella served as an introduction to Nick and Kelly, their newly formed relationship, and the Sidewinder series. As such, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Cross & Crown when I picked it up, but I was not the least bit disappointed in the story. Ms. Roux has created such rich characters in Nick and Kelly and I cannot wait until the next book in the series to see how their relationship continues to develop and where they go from here.  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
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In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I was not a big fan of Nick when I thought he was a threat to Ty & Zane’s (Cut & Run series) relationship but since he has hooked up with Kelly in this spin off I have come to really like him.  He is comfortable in his own skin finally and things are going well with Kelly even if it is a long distance relationship.  In Cross & Crown Nick and Kelly run into Julian Cross (Warriors Cross) as he is on the tail of the same crooks as Nick but for more personal reasons.  This is a romp through history and Boston.  I am really becoming a fan of this series.  Ty & Zane are still my favorites but Nick & Kelly are right behind.  Snappy dialogue and sweet sweaty sex make this a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this new adventure with enough twists and turns to keep your mind in the game, and enough love to hold your heart!
KLMacLeod More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic addition to the Sidewinder Series.