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All He Wants - Billy & Maxi (Crossroads #9)

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Stand-alone Crossroads romance, complete with HEA—and plenty of heat and heart along the way!

Billy “The Big Bad Wolf” Marshall thought he had everything he needed. He’d left the boxing ring with his body intact and he was content with his new job at Elite Security. But the chiseled-to-perfection heartthrob didn’t have who he wanted…

Maxine “Maxi” Rizzo had always prided h
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Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published September 30th 2016 by Red Hot Reads Publishing
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Maxi and Billy skated around each other for years. The timing was never right for these two to become more. It's only when Maxi's life is being threatened that Billy steps in . He's able to give Maxi his support and strength while ensuring that she's keeping her independence.

I liked this couple. The were sweet together when they were just friends but this couple knew how to turn up the heat when they become lovers. It was an easy transition
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Blurb:
Stand-alone Crossroads romance, complete with HEA—and plenty of heat and heart along the way!

Billy “The Big Bad Wolf” Marshall thought he had everything he needed. He’d left the boxing ring with his body intact and he was content with his new job at Elite Security. But the chiseled-to-perfection heartthrob didn’t have who he wanted…

Maxine “Maxi” Rizzo had always prided herself on being independent and in complete control of her life…well, at least she
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Cali Jewel
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Billy and Maxie come from a shared past that binds them together at a young age. Each has issues with the past and are not sure what the future holds. Their love sparked at a young age and never really ended it only grew over the years. They struggle with facing and over coming each of their past issues, enjoy the present and embrace a future neither one of them though possible but always secretly longed for.

I love a story like this where a couple starts out and grows over the years together and
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Becky Claxon
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maxine Rizzo grew up without a mother. Her father, Charlie, coached wresters all her life. She used to dream about being a princess where the prince would come and save her. Charlie saved Billy Marshall from himself when Billy was young. Billy has always looked up to Charlie as a father figure. Billy has retired from boxing and works for a security company now called Elite Protection. Billy’s boss is married to Maxie’s boss. Billy gets back from protecting a senator when his boss tells him that ...more
Mary McFarlane
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was really good. It was a much different story then what I was use to with this whole series. I really wish I had the next 3 books to read but I guess I can wait for them to come out.
Marissa Chavez
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's always great going back to Harper Crossing. Maxi and Billy's story is amazing. I loved how they both had feelings for one another but didn't do anything about it until they were both ready. I love how it started as friendship and then turned into something more. It was perfect! ❤
Alima Livzletlivz
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I’ve been to Harper Crossing, and isn’t it just wonderful to get a chance to visit Harper Crossing, the Sloans and et al?

“All He Wants” as a retired boxing champion is to be content with his life and working as a security specialist. Billy “The Big Bad Wolf” Marshall was content to come out of boxing in one piece, but his heart is not agreeing with his mind. His love for the hot publicist and his mentor’s daughter Maxine “Alex” Rizzo is what’s keeping him up and now that
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Jessica White
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to the Crossroads series!! It's been awhile but the return was worth the long wait. Main characters Maxi and Billy have known each other since adolescent years each having a crush on the other. Maxi has always pictured Billy as her knight in shining armor and Billy thought of Maxi as untouchable. They were brought together by Maxi's father, Charlie. Charlie trained boxers and found Billy one night and took him under Charlie's wing. Charlie was a single dad often taking Maxi to the g ...more
Felicia
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I missed all the characters in the Crossroads books so I was so glad to start Billy and Maxi’s story. Billy and Maxi have known each other for years. Her father coached Billy as a professional fighter. He spends Sunday dinners with her and her dad and has always been her secret prince charming. When she finds herself being stalked, instead of calling Billy – who has recently joined a personal security company – she tries to handle the situation herself, until her boss decides she needs help. Bil ...more
Karen Merrill
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but I thought it got off to a slow start. The first half of the book and the second half of the book almost seemed to be two different books, with the first half focusing so much on Maxi's career and Billy's position as her bodyguard (despite the fact that they've known each other for years), then in the second half almost nothing about her career is mentioned, yet, he remains on duty as her bodyguard. There were other glaring difference between the first and second hales of ...more
Courtney R
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Crossroads series is the first series I read of Melanie Shawn's and made me fall in love. Reading this book reiterated to me why I love her books so much!
I am a sucker for 'damsel in distress' plots - and while Maxi is still a strong woman and independent, Billy is definitely her white knight - or prince!
Maxi and Billy have pined for each other for some time - then the circumstances that arise make them each face the truth of their chemistry and love!

I could not put the book down - I read it
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Shannon Ferguson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read in the Crossroads series, and it was AMAZING!!

I love the whole friends to lovers trope, and this didn't disappoint!! It was awesome to see the sparks work up from a smolder to a full blown inferno between Billy and Maxi. The banter between these two were great, and I loved how protective Billy was. The suspense aspects of this book had me biting my nails, and wanting to smack a few people upside their heads.

A phenomenal romance read with suspense elements thrown in that I
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Pam
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two old friends reunite but the circumstances are less than ideal. Maxine (Maxie) was raised by a single father that coached boxers to stardom. He had no idea how to take care of a motherless girl so he continued as he always had. Billy Marshall was shoplifting when he was caught by Charlie, Maxie's father. Charlie was sure there was some good in Billy & hired him to clean up at the gym. After Billy was done with work, Charlie coached him & ended up turning him into a star. After he reti ...more
Books and Spoons
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All He Wants is sensual, sweet, and ardent story. It has danger, jitters, and tension, from the absolute panic of life and death moment to the most delightful and marvelously loving and gentle scene.
Maxi and Billy have one of those rare and divine connections, their eyes meet and the rest of the world sees to exist, nonetheless the bond between them is certain and honest. They are so true and perfect for each other, the air between the is crackling with sensual energy that wants to consume them
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Eileen
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All He Wants by Melanie Shawn is book 9 of The Crossroads Series. Maxine “Maxi” Rizzo grew up in the gym where her father trained young men to be boxers. Billy “The Big Bad Wolf” Marshall grew up in the boxing ring, under the tutelage of Maxi’s dad. Maxi grew up proud of being independent and in control of her life. Billy left the boxing ring while he was still healthy and now works for Elite Security.

Maxi crushed on Billy growing up but decided that she did not want to date boxers. Billy cared
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Abby
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
**Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

"All He Wants" is written by Melanie Shawn, and it is the 9th book in the Crossroads series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Billy Marshall and Maxi Rizzo.

Billy and Maxi share a past. They have always liked each other, but nothing ever came out of it. Maxi's father knew there was something good in Billy as a kid, so he took him in and trained him to be a boxer. Fast forward to the present, Billy is now a retired boxer. He wor
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Kay Pflueger
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Shawn has written another book in the popular Crossroads series and I enjoyed the suspense and the somewhat darker tone to this book. Billy and Maxi have known each other for years. Maxi “grew up” in her father’s boxing gym and her dad took Billy under his wing and helped him deal with the demons in his life (i.e. his alcoholic mother).

Maxi always dreamed of being a princess and finding her prince charming. But she knew she did not want to find “him” in her father’s boxing rings…even tho
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Jen
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy Alpha Male Hotness Batman!

If you love a delicious bad boy alpha male with a heart the size of Texas, well look no further because you have just found book nirvana. Billy is an ex-boxing legend who has recently retired and moved into person security. When he is asked to provide protection for the one woman who is his kryptonite, Bill isn’t sure who is in more trouble Maxi or him.

Maxi is independent and in complete control of her life. She prides herself on being able to handle any situation
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Jennifer Craig
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maxine “Maxi” Rizzo loves her job as a PR rep. But funny things have been happening in Maxi’s life – she has a stalker. When Maxi’s apartment is broken into, her boss and friend puts her foot down and hires Elite security to protect her until the stalker is caught, whether she want protection or not.

Billy Marshall is exhausted. After coming off of several days of non-stop assignments for Elite Security, he just wants to go home and get some sleep. But when his boss asks him to stop by on his wa
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Tina Todd shobe
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Billy Marshall is a retired boxer. He trained under Maxi (Maxine) Rizzo's father. He saw something in Billy when he was a teenager and took him under his wing. He now is working at Elite Security.
Billy and Maxi pretty much grew up together.

Maxi's apartment is broken into and it becomes apparent that her life may be in danger. Her boss is related to the owner of Elite Security who in turn knows that Billy and Maxi have a connection and informs Billy on what is going on.

Billy takes his protecting
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Alison Davies
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW! Melanie and Shawna have gone and done it again, blowing me away with this hot, emotional, gritty story.. I was so happy find out we were going to be back at Harper's Crossing and I wasn't disappointed.. I missed them all so much...
Maxi has always had a thing for Billy, who trained at her father's gym, as he grew up and moved on.. Maxi tried to forget about him, but it was easier said than done.. Circumstances brought Billy back as her bodyguard and all her feelings came ru
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Heather
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was another fantastic offering in the Crossroads Series by Melanie Shawn.

Maxine Rizzo and Billy Marshall have known each other for years. They've both held torches for one another, but neither thought the other felt the same way about them. When Maxi is put into a dangerous situation and is being stalked, the former boxing champion turned security guard is assigned to her protection detail.

While Maxi is trying to deal with the biggest client she's ever had at work, she's also trying to deal
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Lynn Brooks
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A steamy friends to lovers romance leads us on a foray into the boxing world when "The Big Bad Wolf" comes back to town!

When publicist Maxi Rizzo realizes she has a stalker, the independent tough girl is irritated about it. She's kept it hidden from those around her, but this time they've gone too far and her secret is out and people are freaking out. She is fine with a security system, but she's drawing the line at a bodyguard ... especially when she sees who it is!

Billy Marshall has known Maxi
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CARLA
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I need more stars! I loved this book more than I can say. I had my doubts from the blurb because I read it as a suspense romance and I don't like suspense. Well am I glad that I didn't judge this book by it's cover...or blurb! There was a touch of suspense but this book was definitely all romance!

I think I could have read another whole book just about Billy and Maxi! I love when a book keeps me guessing, and isn't completely predictable. I definitely didn't have everything figured out about this
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Maureen Bartlett
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maxi and Billy's story is the latest addition to the great Crossroads series by Melanie Shawn. Maxi's a girl with a secret that's putting her in jeopardy and Billy's the body guard who has his own reasons to protect her. She is the daughter of the only man to ever seem like family to him. Charlie Rizzo gave him a job and a career and saved Billy from heading down the wrong path in life. Maxi's had a crush on Billy since he walked into her father's gym when she was a little kid, but his philander ...more
Yvonne
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the book. It was filled with intrigue, dangerous situations, strong women, hunky heroes, a good complex plot, and romance. What more can you want!

The story centers around Maxine Rizzo and Billy Marshall. They have known each other for years. Though he is now a bodyguard, he had been trained as a fighter in the gym her father managed. She was young, but he was her "Prince Charming " in her mind. Maxine is being threatened and Billy's employer is being contacted to protect her.
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Staci
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Billy Marshall and Maxine "Maxi" Rizzo have known each other a very long time. He's a famous boxer that used to train under her dad Charlie. Now he works for Elite Security. These two have been secretly in love with each other for years, but neither one has made the other aware of their feelings. Maxi has been dealing (unsuccessfully) with a stalker the past few weeks. Now her boss has brought in Elite, and by extension Billy. Now they are forced to live in close quarters to one another while tr ...more
Michelle
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maxi is a strong independent woman with a busy career. She has some secrets from her past, she has worked hard to leave in the past. When she is being harassed by a stalker she does not want to ask for help. But her apartment gets broken in to and her boss and friend hires a bodyguard until the police can figure things out. Billy catches the assignment to guard Maxi. He is a former boxer who trained with Maxi's father. Each of them has wished for more than the friendship they share but neither h ...more
Jamie Rhodes
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It felt good to be reading The Crossroads Series. It feels like forever ago since we have been with this group of people. Maxi and Billy combine to make one heck of a story. We have drama, suspense, family, friends, and love. What more could you ask for? Oh, and a visit from everyone’s favorite, Grandpa J. I just love his advice for these “kids”. As always Melanie Shawn gives us a complete story that just flows. You are reading along, look up, and realize that time has just passes by. You are th ...more
Jennifer Yohe
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

Melanie Shawn has gone and done it AGAIN!! Another book that truly had me hooked within the first 2 pages. I instantly like the character of Maxi after the first few paragraphs. I think it is sometimes hard to write a strong, independent female character that isn't too standoffish or hard to connect to, but that is not the case here. And Billy just had it all!! This book had the right amount of personal story and suspense story, which made it
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Growing up, Melanie constantly had her head in a book and was always working on short stories, manuscripts, plays and poetry. Shawna always loved romance in any form - movie, song or literary. If it was a love
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