Cross & Crown
Author: Abigail Roux
Having thoroughly enjoyed Shock & Awe, I was very excited to see what would happen in the second book in the Sidewinder series, Cross & Crown. The circumstances surrounding the series’ origin are entertaining on their own, but, if the first two books are an indication of what to expect, then the rest of the series will be even more so. As someone who loves mysteries and puzzles, this story was a lot of fun, and led to an inadvertently extensive bit of research of my own. Add to that my love of Nick & Kelly as a couple and Cross & Crown hit quite a few of my buttons.
Nick & Kelly are a wonderful pairing, and complement one another extremely well.Although I wasn’t initially a huge supporter of Nick, he steadily grew on me, and by the time Touch & Geaux was released, I was not only a fan, but solidly in his corner when things got rough. Nick is loyal, selfless, determined, and keeps himself under such rigid control that he often serves as the main source of stability for those around him. Of course, when that control begins to fray, the outcome is either somewhat frightening or undeniably sexy. Or some delicious combination of the two.
Kelly, on the other hand, I’ve loved from his very first appearance, and it’s a sentiment that has continued to grow ever since. He leads with his heart, has a hilariously limited filter, and is one of the most enjoyable characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Often fearless as well as mischievous, Kelly seems to revel in his relationship with Nick and pushes him in all the right ways, thereby making himself an eager and gleefully demanding recipient of Nick’s sexual attentions. They’re perfect for each other for so many reasons, not the least of which is that Nick hates lies, and Kelly has nothing to hide.
Another thing I love about Cross & Crown is that it has so much going on. While the narrative is primarily about the developing relationship between Nick and Kelly, neither of them is able to sit still for long. Aside from Nick’s current case involving an amnesiac witness to a murder, both become wrapped up in a treasure hunt that includes secret societies, hidden messages, cryptic historical references, and the Irish mob. It is truly a grand chase, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
On the whole, I think the Sidewinder series is off to a great start. Kelly and Nick are toe-wigglingly good as a couple, proving that Kelly was right when he said that being together would be so easy for them. Yet another fun addition was the return of a particularly engaging character from two of Ms. Roux’s other books, making Cross & Crown an immediate new favorite. In the end, this story was fun, and I’m absolutely on board for whatever adventures Nick and Kelly encounter in the future.
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.
Release Date: June 9, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Series: Sidewinder #2
Genre: LGBTQ, m/m, contemporary romance
Format(s): paperback (248 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
Cross & Crown (Sidewinder #2)
Reviews in the Series:
Shock and Awe by Abigail Roux (Sidewinder #1)
To enter for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to Riptide Publishing, check out Abi’s deleted scene from Cross & Crown, posted earlier today. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on June 21, 2014.