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Warrior's Cross

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  5,281 ratings  ·  554 reviews
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 l ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published August 31st 2009 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 1st 2009)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

5 utterly brilliant and beautiful stars for this book and couple

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Unfortunately for me, when I started reading this book I got sick Photobucket It started out as a mild form of butterflitis stomachitis. After a few chapters I got the fever and started melting every now and then, my throat had some problems so I couldn't speak properly, it all came out as squeeling. Near the end matters got worse. My butterflitis stomachitis grew into acute sobbitis, which manifested through my eyes and the constan
Buddy Read with my fellow Cut & Run addict Nika!

Rating: 4,5 stars

'"Please," he croaked. "Don't leave. Not again."
"I never left," Julian insisted quietly with a shake of his head.'

Gosh, have I've been desperate to pick up this one since reading Armed & Dangerous and first meeting these two! I absolutely loved them then, and have to say that I love them even more now. I just can't seem to get enough of Roux and Urban's writing or characters! Amazingly good. *sigh* Julian & Camer
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

I went into this story expecting a so-so tale but wanted to read it in preparation for the newly released, Armed & Dangerous, in which the heroes, Julian Cross and Cameron Jacobs play a starring role. Let me just say… wow… the only thing so-so about this story is that I am so, so glad I read it!

Julian Cross is your typical alpha male… undercover agent, rogue, wild card, mercenary… whatever descriptive you apply to him, dangerous must be at the top of the list. Mysterious, sexy, powerful… Jul
2.5, will round it up to 3 stars...

Eventually finished it.

I tried... I just couldn't buy it.

I found Cameron to be quite naive.

I wanted to like this one as I have loved the books in the Cut and Run series that I have read so far...

Even with a certain theme (view spoiler) running through it, it didn't work for me.
A beautiful tale of the dangers of forbidden love, and a must read for Cut & Run Fans!
“To your limp...” he said solemnly.
There is something satisfying about being engrossed in a universe as detailed and elaborate as the one which Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban have created. Warrior's Cross is the first of the spinoffs created from the Cut & Run series... The tone was decidedly different than that of Ty & Zane's whirlwind relationship, but it was no less entertaining or well wr
Duchess Nicole
Buddy read with Wacky Blacky Must Have HEA tomorrow! I bet they all die at the end, mwahahaha!!!!!

FINAL RATING: 3.5 stars
I'm rounding up to four because I think I just expected something different...that's what I get for skimming reviews.

My Own Synopsis:
Cam is a waiter at a posh Chicago restaurant. He's content with his lot in life...he has no big aspirations to be rich or powerful, he's a simple guy with simple tastes. Everything he is reflects his simple character. He is friends with every
Solid 3.5. It would have been a 4.5 if not for the dogs. DOGS NEED TO POO AND PEE SOMEWHERE! Maybe they were paper trained or something but wondering how in the heck the dogs were ok for overnight trips with just food kept bugging me and pulling me out of the scenes. Even before the first and only sex scene I kept thinking "He just got home from 10 hours of work. Why hasn't he taken the dogs out?...He's gonna take the dogs out right?" I had to go back and re-read the scene to actually follow the ...more
Sorry folks, I know I am the dissenting opinion here, but I just didn't really care for this book. It wasn't bad, just "ok" for me, thus the 2 stars.

So what was my problem? First, I found the story to move at a terribly slow pace. It's a 303-page novel, and nothing remotely exciting starts to happen until after 200 pages in; and even after that, it's still not all that exciting! I guess I was expecting this book to have a little more action/intrigue/gun-fighting/etc in it than what it actually d
Final rating: /

“Would you believe me if I told you I was shot?” he finally asked with a mischievous glint in his black eyes.
Cameron stared at him. “Shot? Like, shot? By a gun?”
Julian tilted his head and nodded. “It’s hard to be shot with a knife.”

So...i read this only because Cameron and Julian appear in the Cut & Run series, or so i have heard. But it can be read as standalone as well, so you can read it without reading Cut & run at all. Anyway, it was interesting book, but i was n
Jenni Lea
Stayed up until 4am to finish this book because I just couldn't put it down. It was that good. Even with all the "fade to black" sex scenes. The writing is superb. I really felt what they were going through and it mad e me want to read their book from the Cut & Run series all over again just so I can have more of them.

I have to go to work now. On 3 hours of sleep. Totally worth it though.

4.5 stars

I can see how people would LIKE this book. Me? Well, I LOVED IT! It surprised me how much I ended up really loving the simplicity of the story. It was one of my most satisfying reads lately.


This book doesn’t hide behind anything but builds itself completely on the relationship between Cameron and Julien.

*Opposites attract
*A simple, normal, middle-of-the-road guy can attract the gorgeous, mysterious one
*People can fall in love and THEN get to know each other…and fall more in love


It would have been a perfect 5, but for some reason one of the main characters (read: Cameron) annoyed me to the highest level. So even though he's a male I am putting him on my stupid-irritating-heroin shelf because I did feel like he was some chick and not a guy while reading it.

About the story

Simple, normal and boring waiter Cameron has a crush on one of the guests in the restaurant where he works, but little does he know that that ENIGMATIC,
There is only one rating: 5 Big Fat Stars - It's just a beautiful love story - I'm saved!

I think I have a slight preference for low-key, a little melancholy stories. I wish of course both beautiful romance and just enough heat, but the plot feel free to amble a little slow. Is there only desire to turn the page, unspoken and unanswered questions, some hesitation (from me) about how everything will end up - don't I need much more. Just as that, I thought it was in this wonderful love-story.

I bumped this up my TBR list because of the upcoming release of Armed & Dangerous (it is a crossover with Warrior's Cross.)

Some random thoughts while I read this:

- I liked Cameron and Julian all right but my favourite was Preston. He's blond, he's Irish, he's a trained assassin. Any chance he could get his own book?

- I didn't get why Cameron had to be so plain, so nondescript, so ordinary. It made me wonder what gorgeous gorgeous Julian found in him. OK, I'll admit it. I liked Julian better

Oh. My. God.

Could this book be more boring? I don't think so.

The story basically comes down to this:
I have a crush on him, but he doesn't notice me:(
He noticed me, but he's not serious about me:<
He's serious about me, but could he love plain ol' me?;{
He loves me, but why, why, WHYYYYYYY?
Oh, I'm such a nobody, how could he really love me???
He says he loves me, but I'm just sooo insecure and unworthy.
I love him, he loves me, but we can't be together.
We're not together, but I want us to be toge
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
Thank you for reading it with me Kelly sweetie :)

I Loved this book :) Not really sure why as it wasn't as hot as I usually like. I think it was Julian who made it more than worth while :) :)

I would like to give a special thank you to the lovely Vishous who kindly recommended this wonderful book to me :) She is so sweet telling me there was a character in it who she absolutely adored- Cam

This is for you V to say thank you sweetie :)

She told me she thought Cam was
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
Jan 15, 2013 Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: glbt
Recommended to Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog by: m-m romance
Shelves: adult, m-m-romance

I found this book endearing.

I thought this was going to be a kind of edgy, cop thriller tale but it wasn't. That would have been fine but I enjoyed this warm, romantic story that depicted the dichotomy of two total opposite MC's.

Typically I love the dark, edgy tortured character and while I fully enjoyed Julian it was Cameron's subtle, gentle, warmth that gave me the most enjoyment in this story. I LOVE Cameron!

I found the writing to move right along and this was a satisfying and fulfilling
Heather C
3.5 Stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. I mean I liked it, but there was just something off about it. I was really interested in it at the beginning but then I got kinda bored. Not bored enough to stop, but let's just say that it was easy to put down.

I really liked Cameron even though he was kinda lame. Julian was all dark and mysterious. Okay, I'm usually all into the mysterious, dark lovers theme, but I just didn't feel the connection between Cameron and Julian. They only saw each oth
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*

After finding out that Julian and Cameron are in the Cut and Run series ,"Armed and Dangerous" I had to read this first. WOW I FREAKING LOVED THEM!! :D

I was ingtrigued by Julian Cross from the start. He was a total mystery. Cameron didn't know much about him except he always showed up at the restaurant on Tuesdays and sat at the same table and ordered the same things. Julian was a powerful bad-ass alpha, who seemed dangerous, was very good looking, quiet, and looked capable of d
I was 32% into Armed & Dangerous when it was pointed out to me (thank you Ana) that it might be a good idea to read this one. I paused Armed & Dangerous and started on Warrior's Cross straight away. I have to say I wasn't really sure what to expect and while its a completely separate book from the Cut & Run series, it's fascinating finding out just how Julian and Cameron got together.

As it turned out I enjoyed reading this one just as much as the Cut & Run series, and ok shoot me

OK, I admit it...I must've been drunk or half asleep when I rated the book before. This time around it gets 5 stars, a big and bring on the dancing girls!!

Shortie review. I loved it, Jules and Cam are a wonderful couple, Blake is a really good guy to have as a friend, and're my hero!! I've now got to re-read Armed & Dangerous again just to get another fix!!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Let me just say that I only read this book for because I love the Cut and Run series. That said, this book was a let down for me. I didn't get any of the heat and buildup from Julian and Cam that I got from Zane and Ty. They were totally lukewarm. I didn't get a sense of why they loved each other either. Because Cam was so loving and Julian was so hot?? The spark wasn't there for me in this book. I still love Abigail Roux's writing and found it an enjoyable read but it was lackluster for me.
Well, I stayed up until 5:30am reading this, so needless to say, I'm pretty tired now at 9am.

This book is amazing. The pace is fantastic, the premise unique, the writing is obviously great as well. I might call it a 4.75 read, in the end, but those are just semantics.

I might write more later when I'm not literally falling asleep at my keyboard.
What this book did to me was it took me back the early Cut & Run series. Great writing, great stories, great characters. Their collaboration is fabulous as usual. It made me remember how I first started to fall in love with M/M Romance.

I can't help but to keep comparing this to the Cut & Run series, their other and probably best work. It similar and different to those in some way. Cameron and Julian were great characters, but Ty & Zane are still those author
Cristina T.
I LOVED this book!

Honestly, Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux could write the ingredients on the back of a cereal box and I'd read them! This universe they have created is brilliant.

Warrior's Cross is a Cut & Run spin-off, so the MCs show up in Armed & Dangerous too.

Now, let's meet 'em. Cameron Jacobs is the head waiter at a posh restaurant called Tuesdays. He really enjoys his job, is down to earth, friendly and kind. A simple man. He was a little too boring for my taste at times, but I
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***
**3.75 stars**

I’ve got a bit of a conundrum with this one. It’s like all the pieces are there and everything was put together correctly, but something is off with the finished product.

First things first...let me let the whore out. I wanted more sex damnit! ONE...I’ll repeat ONE sex scene is not enough for me.

Was it hot? Hell yes...especially with all the buildup leading up to it……so I made myself comfortable knowing it was good times ahead, only to be left with...

Too much fade to black for me.
Some books you have to read every other paragraph to keep up with and be able to build the basic story in your head as you continue along. Some you can skip whole pages at times and still not skip a beat in the plot, and others require that you read every word. Every word is necessary, not just because the plot is less predictable but also because the writing is so much more intricate and vital to the voice of the story.

Warrior’s Cross is one of those books that require true dedication to the w
Trisha Harrington
I am a huge Abigail Roux fan. I loved her Cut & Run series, so when I heard about this book, I jumped right in. The dynamic's between the couple in this book are different from the ones in that series. This was faster, more insta-loveish. I'm a fan of either, so that didn't bother me at all. Although I know it will bother some. The book was amazing, brilliant, and a fast favourite of mine. I loved it.

Cameron's a waiter, and Julian was a regular customer at the restaurant he works at for a fe
This is an interesting page-turner that I liked a lot, but I didn’t love. The writing is decent to pretty good and the editing is mostly clean with very few, if any, mistakes that will jar the reader out of the created world. The characters are mostly strong with the fascinating and well crafted Julian to the enigmatic and wonderful Preston. Unfortunately the weakness of the story is solidly in the overly emotional and rather weak character of Cameron. His inability to show any confidence, stren ...more

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This story I was expecting to like because of the author,I love her Cut & Run Series and I had high expectations, well she delivered. I was also expecting a story about two hot men, action, suspense and hot sex. This was a mistake, and a happy mistake for me.

This is about Julian and Cameron. Julian is what I expected, mysterious, sexy, brooding, dangerous ex-military man. He walks into a room and commands attention from everyone (yum). Cameron on the other hand is your typical nice guy in
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Madeleine Urban is a down-home Kentucky girl who’s been writing since she could hold a crayon. Although she has written and published on her own, she truly excels when writing with co-authors. She lives with her husband, who is very supportive of her work, and two canine kids who only allow her to hug them when she has food. She wants to live at Disney World, the home of fairy dust, because she be ...more
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“He’s the kind of man who if you gave him a gun and told him he had two choices—“shoot one of your dogs or shoot yourself in the head”—he’d put the gun to his ear and pull the trigger.”
“Hell, Jules, you’d do the same thing if someone did that to you and your goddamned cats,” Blake said in amusement.
“No,” Julian murmured with a shake of his head. “No, there’s a third option. People like us, we’re third-option people. We take the gun, stuff it in the person’s mouth, and eliminate the problem. Walk off into the sunset with our kitty.”
“Would you believe me if I told you I was shot?” he finally asked with a mischievous glint in his black eyes.
Cameron stared at him. “Shot? Like, shot? By a gun?”
Julian tilted his head and nodded. “It’s hard to be shot with a knife.”
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