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Taming Cross

(Love Inc. #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,596 ratings  ·  138 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published August 19th 2013 by Barkley's Books
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Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
4.5 Fracking Stars!

Taming Cross is the journey of Cross Carlson; a journey that takes him to Mexico to right the wrongs of his father, to rid himself of the guilt for his own actions and a journey that leads him on a path he never expected.

Cross has woken from his coma but he is a long way from being whole. He’s not the man he used to be and he isn’t quite sure if he’ll ever be. He’s had plenty of time to think about what almost happened to him and Lizzy and what did happen to Merri, Missy King
I remember absolutely loving Book 1 Selling Scarlett, but I didn't really warmed up to Cross Carlson then, so I keep putting off this book. So I am amazed to find out I love this one just as much.

Cross Carlson, the guy who spent almost the entire Book 1 being in coma after a motorcycle accident was now on a mission to save his father's mistress who was being sold to Mexico as sex slave. After the awful accident that nearly took his life, Cross had lost the functionality of his left hand, his bod
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This book is the second in the series, although I haven't read that one, and as such can be read as a stand alone book.

Taming Cross is a book that deals with the subject of sex slaves, illegal activities and violence. If you don't like any of those subjects then this book is not for you.

However, saying that, this book is a romance that will take you for a ride on the main male's hybrid motorbike! There is not a single drop in the action except for where it is needed ie when a hospital visit is b
Amber Haynes
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Taming Cross By: Ella James

Review By: Amber Haynes (NerdGirlAmbz)

This book is the second in a series. Although I have not read the first book, which believe me NOW I am going too! This book can be read as a standalone. This book has it all! Mystery, love, intrigue, sadness drama, heroism and much more. It is a captivating storyline. The author writes as if she has lived the story. This tells me that not only is she an intelligent writer, but that she also researches very well before writing abo
Barbara Ann
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Full review and guest post can be found here - http://kristasdustjacket.blogspot.com...

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 thoug
J.A. Belfield
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taming Cross is the much-anticipated second in the Love Inc series by Ella James. Although the covers appear pretty erotic, I prefer to refer to the series as saucy romance, but it’s less on the sauce in this tale about Cross Carlson than we witnessed in the first book Selling Scarlett.

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about that to begin. SS was full of sexual tension and HOT moments that had the reader biting at the bullet for something to freakin’ happen already between the two MC
Desirae (Dee)
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I spent a lot of this book saying to my self WHAT THE HELL! What is going on ??!! Did he just? Did she have to?!! What! No!!!! Why didn't she??!? AHH! Talk about a story I didn't see coming. Holy crap on a cracker. So cross has been in a horrible horrible motorcycle accident. So bad, he's bad like three spinal surgeries and still can't use or feel his hand. That is hard for him to accept and deal with when he runs a custom motorcycle shop, let alone rides one everywhere.. needless to say it take ...more
This review and others available at A Lust For Reading. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Cross Carlson has been keeping a secret for too long. A secret that nearly got him killed. One that is eating away at him with guilt. Still recovering from his surgeries, coma and stroke, Cross needs to make things right. He needs to find the girl that his father destroyed.

It has been over a year since Meredith was sold as a sex slave in Mexico. Despite everything that she has been through,
Literati Literature Lovers
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Fantastic Series

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 bo
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was so sure I knew where this story was going to go after reading the first book in this series. Goodness, I had a little HEA all planned out for Cross with someone who is not even a main character in his story. I am so glad I was wrong, because I absolutely fell in love with both this book and Merri and saw immediately how silly my prediction was.

Once again, Ella has woven a beautiful tale of love, secrets, adventure, and scarred (both physically and and emotionally) people who over come. I h
Carey Sabala
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I give this whole series 3 stars because it's not finished, so I'll give it the middle of the road. Even though each of the 3 books are a HEA story upon their own, they are all parts of the whole, which is unfinished. The last book, Unmaking Marchant ends on a cliffhanger of sorts with a main story plot (an ex) unresolved. There was supposed to be a novella "Something Blue" to tie everything up but the author explained that a glitch happened when uploading it and she didn't have the final draft ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am thoroughly enjoying these books by Ella James and now that I have read this one about Cross and Merri, I want to read what happens to Suri and Marchant... so I will definitely be reading another (the last?) one from this series.
I enjoyed the ride this story provides, which is just as well because, while there was romance (a little), there was only a tiny, tiny bit of erotica! Definitely a story about a relationship more than anything and the things that had happened to both of the main cha
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just love Cross!! I really enjoyed this book until the end. We really were left hanging. I wanted more. It was like Ms. James didn't know how to close their story. A lot was just let up for us to assume. ...more
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
It's been awhile since I read the first in this series - where I met Cross Carlson - but WOW! EJames pulled me right back into this world. Taming Cross was gripping and suspenseful...and a little bit romantic. :)

*Character Development
Cross did a lot of growing up. His dad is the governor of California and he's always lived a privileged life even if his parents didn't appreciate him. Following some events from the first book, he's changed. And his transformation continue
Garbage McSmutly
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly decent genre read (action-romance)

Decent but formulaic read. It was mostly enjoyable, but there was one reveal near the end that utilized a trope that really annoys me. I don't want to give it away but it has to do with survivors feeling guilty for "doing something bad" when they were actually victims themselves, and they never really had a choice as to whether or not they could do that thing. There's probably a way to talk about that well--a way that engages with the means by which surv
Book Addict *D*
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It was enjoyable, but not great. I had the feeling I've read it already as it reminded me of so many other books.

In Cross Carlson Cross Carlson goes to Mexico to find Meredith Kinsey , who was sold as a sex slave because of his father. It's not a surprise that they eventually fall for each other, even though Merri was his father's mistress.

There is some action in the book and a few hot scenes. I would recommend it to people that just want to read something light at the afternoon.
Julia Butterfield - Stevens
Rating 2.75 stars
The last 30-35% of this book was pretty good, action packed and suspenseful, it just seemed to take a very long time to get there. It took me a while to warm to the characters and I almost dnf. Whether that was the audio I'm not sure, the female narrator was great, the male I didnt get along with (sorry). I'm not sure yet if I'll carry on with the series, even though it ended well but on a bit of a cliffhanger, I dont think this particular book was for me.
Tonya Peterson
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Correcting the past

Cross has recently learned that his father is a hateful and ugly man that sold his side mistress and once he was out of the hospital probably due to his father he decided to go and find this woman and bring her home. Once he found Meri the hunt was on to kill them so after being hirr and shot at many times they make it back but still in danger and still not trusting each other. In the end something changes for them both.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book ends with kind of abruptly
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first!

I think this is the first time I have had a 2nd book in a series be just as AMAZING if not more than the first!! I love this author!!
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

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

So I read Selling Scarlett the other day while I was waiting for my Taming Cross ARC to arrive, to sort of get myself ready to jump into it when I finally got it in my Kindle. And while I enjoyed it...enough. I wasn't about to do cartwheels and go fangirl crazy over it. Most of the characters just weren't that likable. To me. But one thing I knew for sure was, even as brief as his app
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t wait to dive into Cross Carlson’s story and I’m still spinning from the impact it had on me. There are so many fantastic novel components included that I treasure and I couldn’t help but devour every written word. The characters and storyline are descriptive, flawless, and interesting. This novel will grab your attention from the first page and keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

Cross Carlson used to be a lot of things before a terrible accident landed him in a coma. Once
Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession)
Taming Cross is a suspenseful, dark romance that was exceptionally unique and a very enjoyable read. I loved the characters and I especially loved the plot. After reading several new adult novels that all seemed to share the same plot characteristics, this book was a welcome relief.

I love Cross! He has suffered a lot over the last year and it has put a lot into perspective for him. He realizes that he has taken so much for granted and he made so many mistakes. He feels guilty for Meredith’s pred
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that is fast, sexy and at times serious. Cross is a man with a guilty conscious. He knows that an innocent woman is wasting away after being sold to a Mexican cartel as a sex slave. Still recovering from a near fatal motorbike accident, Cross decides to pack up his bike and rescue Missy King from the horrible fate he feels somewhat responsible for.

Meredith Kinsey – aka. Missy King – has found salvation in a convent. But when Cross comes riding up, she needs to leave wi
Taming Cross
Ella James

The second book 2 in the Love, Inc. series, by Ella James. This book focuses on Cross Carlson, bad boy extraordinaire, Governor’s son.

Taming Cross, is more than just about taming him, but full of adventure, mixed emotions, betrayal

Cross learns the truth about his father’s involvement with the disappearance of Meredith Kinsey, “Merri.” Cross begins to do research on Meredith after his father gives him a picture of her. Who is she, how did she get so
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cross Carlson has a new lease on life. After a near death experience that leaves him scarred and partially disabled, as well as almost being sold as a sex slave by his politician father’s villainous associates, the former playboy is changing his ways. Plagued by guilt, he decides to head back into Mexico and right a wrong.

Meredith Kinsey may have not always made the best choices in her adult life, but being kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery to the leader of a notorious drug cartel is beyon
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taming Cross

I adore this series.

For those of you who read Selling Scarlet by Ella James, Cross Carlson isn’t new, but we see an entirely different side of him in Taming Cross, a side that I thoroughly enjoyed. He came off as kind of cocky and self-assured in Selling Scarlet, but here we get to see the aftermath of his accident or rather sabotage from his point of view.

Cross is still struggling with the part his Father played in the whole mistress being sold off into sex slavery thing and we can
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Ella James you are BRILLIANT! I love you so much man Taming Cross had me up all night reading. I just could not get enough and I needed to finish it before I could go to work. Okay so I loved Selling Scarlett but holy shiz I LOVED LOVED Taming Cross. We get to see what is haunting him and why things happened the way they did and why Scarlett loved him so much as a friend. I have to say that yes Ella you got me again because I swear I knew which way this was going and then BAM out of nowhere it w ...more
Christina Rodriguez
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r, own, kindle-book, arc
“Sometimes good people make mistakes. You know how you can tell if you're one of the good ones?” “No,” she whispers, tiny in the dark. “Because good people feel guilty afterward.”

(Thank you to Ella's Publicist, Rachel, for providing a copy to read and review!)

I have to say that I was excited to start Taming Cross since the moment I found out that Cross would have his own book! :D Although we didn't get much of him in Selling Scarlett I did love the parts he was in and was interested in know
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