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Warrior's Cross [Paperback]

Madeleine Urban , Abigail Roux
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Aug. 31 2009
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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride! June 25 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the story of Julian and Cameron. One is a gentle and sensitive waiter and the other is a man of mystery and secrets. A story where opposites attract! Everyone who reads this will definitely enjoy the ride.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Dec 11 2013
By JH2498
Format:Kindle Edition
Great book. The angst and sexual tension was very good. Thoroughly enjoyed it as well as the entire Cut & Run series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously awesome Aug. 19 2013
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More Cameron and Julian please..........
Love the characters from the Cut & Run Series.
Anticipating more delicious reads soon.
Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, exciting, and emotional Sept. 18 2009
By B. D. Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cameron Jacobs is content with his quiet and introverted life. He enjoys his career as a headwaiter at one of Chicago's fine restaurants, and he looks forward to the visits by one of his regular customers - a handsome and quiet man who dines in the restaurant at the same time every week and who always sits in his section. Cameron is attracted to the man, but he knows the mysterious Julian Cross is out of his league in so many ways. When the evening comes that Julian approaches Cameron, speaks to him, and even asks to spend time with him, Cameron figures that it is a fantasy come true. And when the night ends with mind-numbing sex of exceptional closeness, Cameron is well on his way to losing his heart.

For all his large size and intimidating demeanor, Julian is gentle and soft spoken. He seems to cherish Cameron and even admits to loving him, but there is a part of him that he won't share with his lover. Although they see each other twice a week, Cameron doesn't really know who Julian is, what he does for a living, or even how to get in contact with him.

Cameron thought he could live with not knowing the details. He loves the man. He knows that whatever Julian does, it's dangerous, because his lover is frequently injured on the job - shot, bruised, even mauled by dogs. Julian insists that the secrecy that surrounds him is for Cameron's own good, but Cameron realizes that he simply cannot deal with his fear for his lover's safety. Julian is the most wonderful man he has ever known, and Cameron loves him completely, but he can't live with this fear on a daily basis. Cameron has no other option but to push his lover away, even though doing so will break both of their hearts.

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When I saw Warrior's Cross the first day after it was published, I had to refrain from a completely undignified squeal of delight. Not only is the cover art by the wonderful Anne Cain, but Ms. Urban and Ms. Roux are a one of my favorite writing teams. Knowing that I was in for a treat, I snagged this book almost before the pixels on my screen could settle, and I pushed everything else off my plate so that I could indulge myself and read it.

And it was worth it; I enjoyed reading this novel very much. It mixes two of my favorite genres, romance and suspense, and tosses in a little bit of action, a healthy shot of danger, and a heaping dose of angst and broken hearts. In this story, the authors' narrative is comfortable and flows smoothly, their plotting is tight, and their characters are well-developed and interesting.

I'll admit a certain fondness for tough guys as heroes, and Warrior's Cross gives us one such tough guy who is absolutely unique. Julian is the man of mystery. Although it is apparent that his job is anything but philanthropic, the authors leave us with just a soupcon of a doubt about his villainy. No man who is all bad could possibly be as gentle and soft-spoken as he is. I found him to be very compelling, and when I found out that he was a cat man? Well, I think I fell a little bit in love with him myself.

The suspense element of Warrior's Cross is very well done. There are many small mysteries, such as who Julian actually is, whether he will ever open up to Cameron, and what negative repercussions there might be for Cameron because he is involved with Julian. We spend much of the book anticipating some sort of disaster, and when the climactic moment comes, it packs an emotional punch that will take your breath away. I'll admit to wanting to search for a tissue at this time but also not being willing to put down the book long enough to actually go looking for one.

My only true disappointment in this book? That I've finished reading it. It was a little bit like a slice of birthday cake: beautiful to look at, satisfying to consume, and then mourned when it's gone. Suffice to say, I'll be on the eager look out for the next offering from Ms. Urban and Ms. Roux, because it's just plain good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best M/m Romances I've ever read Nov. 24 2009
By emyln - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read many M/M romance books which tend to be more erotica and not so much on the romance. But I have to say that Warrior's Cross is the exception to the rule. Don't get me wrong, it does have some hot scenes in the book, but there is an actual story plot that makes you fall in love with Julian, the mysterious sexy stranger. The chemistry between Cameron and Julian is tangible and very romantic and sweet. Coupled with the action and danger that they face, this is one of the best romances I've read all year and one of the best M/M romances ever. A keeper for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Doesn't Get Much Better Than This! A Must Read...and Re-Read...and Re-Read! Dec 17 2009
By Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't say enough just how much I loved this book. I'm a large fan of books with m/m romantic pairings, but there are only a select few that I feel go beyond my enjoyment of stories with alternative relationship romances to become overall favorites of mine, regardless of genre, whether it be because of the technical superiority in the writing or the emotions it evokes or the subject matter it encompasses.

Warrior's Cross is one of them, and it has joined Zero at the Bone (one of my overall top reads of 2009) as a book that truly makes me feel pity for those readers who don't read books with same-sex lead romantic pairings, because they're missing such a HELL of a read.

With two strong leads in Cameron Jacobs and Julian Cross and a story of relationships, love, and the delicacy of trust in a world that's not always pretty, Warrior's Cross is both complex, complicated, and neither easy nor painless. Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux have penned a novel that is gripping for it's realism and fascinating in the telling of it. I was particularly impressed with the character of Julian and was rather amazed that the authors managed to keep him as dark and dangerous as he was throughout the book yet still made him exceptionally sympathetic and humorous. He was about as three-dimensional a character as I could ever imagine, for all his stoic lack of communication and multiple deceptions.

Warrior's Cross isn't a book that spoon feeds the reader every detail - in fact, many details I would've enjoyed knowing out of sheer curiosity's sake, like who or what, exactly, Blake and Julian worked for. Were they independent contractors or something else entirely? And did Julian's rather nebulous answer to a major question Cameron asked him at the end of the book mean that there is some ambiguity in it? I have a lot of questions like that (quite a lot). So if you're a reader who prefers all their questions answered by the end of the book, all the moments that make you go, "Hmmmm" explained neatly, then it's possible you won't be as thrilled with Warrior's Cross as I was...but I wouldn't let that stop you from reading it, regardless. It's simply fantastic.

I just sincerely hope that we'll be able to return someday to the lives of Cameron and Julian, and until then, I'll be reading up on everything else these authors have penned together. Bravo.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars romantic rather than erotic: strong start, weaker ending May 2 2010
By amf0001 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book had a really intriguing beginning, but it began to bog down midway, and by the end I was skimming. There is a lot of exposition in this book, it is not hard core m/m, sex scenes were few and not very explicit, this is really a romance, and not an erotic novel (which is a plus for me.)

I liked the idea of Cameron the waiter, noticing the mysterious Julian Cross, customer at the high end restaurant and fantasizing about him. And then, remarkably, Julian makes a pass and a relationship starts. However the relationship is completely controlled and bounded by Julian and his job, which he never quite explains. He does it to protect Cameron, but the lack of information becomes frightening in itself. Part of the weakness in the book is that we see it mainly from Cameron's point of view, and he can't understand why someone as fabulous as Julian would fall in love with him, and frankly, neither could I. It was more that Cameron was so not part of his regular life, that Julian could pretend he was a good guy, a normal guy, a gentle soul when he was with Cameron, so it was more about how Cameron made him feel about himself, than anything intrinsic to Cameron. And when they had that whole trust issue, Cameron's inability to express himself became a problem for the narrative, as he could not find the right questions to ask.

The end was predictable and annoying for me, I kept thinking, just get on with it. I hate uber villains and while so much of the 'action' had been off page, it felt weird to bring in front and center for the end.

In the final analysis the relationship was too one note for me, and never approached real, even within the heightened reality of the book. I agree that Julian had risked more, and ironically been more emotionally present, but we never understood why. I guess I couldn't see what he saw in Cameron, and that is a failure on the writer's part. I would rate it a B-, and don't feel an urgent need to go look at the rest of their backlog of books.

Jane Seville's Less than Zero covered the same ground but was better, I thought.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never leave reviews.... May 5 2010
By Escape by reading! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Guys, I never leave reviews for books because usually there is very little I can say that hasn't been said already. In fact, I haven't even read the reviews on this book. I am choosing to leave a review today because I am amazed only 7 reviews have been written for this incredible book.

I am relatively new to the M/M romance genre. I had read 12 or 15 M/M books prior to someone strongly suggesting I read Warrior's Cross.

Let me tell you that Warrior's Cross changed my entire experience of reading this genre. It raised the bar to stellar locations.... and all the books I have read since are compared to this one. I can truly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. Period. And yes, I will probably read it again.... and again...

Since reading Warrior's Cross, I have become a big fan of Urban and Roux co-writing ventures. To me, nothing can touch the quality of their work, the way you are completely pulled into the minds and hearts of the protaganists, the sophistication of the plots, etc etc.

Read this book. As a Kindle user, it's the highest return on five bucks I have ever spent.

And then, go buy Cut and Run, and it's sequel, Sticks and Stones.

Fiction at its best.... while delivering the story lines gay men want.
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