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(The Gibson Boys #2.5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,770 ratings  ·  331 reviews
Cross Jacobs was a screw-up.

Everyone knew it, especially him, and the point was hammered home when Kallie Welch drove herself right out of his life.

But, she’s back.

Seeing Cross wasn’t on Kallie’s to-do list. She didn’t think she could avoid him forever but trying never hurt anyone. One minute she’s standing by herself and the next she’s accosted by a rich, velvety scent
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Published (first published May 23rd 2018)
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Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!!

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Cross Jacobs is an honorary Gibson boy, having grown up with the Gibson’s and being best friends with them. Once upon a time, Cross was in love. He had the best girl around and he screwed it up. Kallie left town and they were done. Now, a job and family have brought Kallie back to town. And seeing Cross isn’t high on her list, but she runs into him almost immediately.

The spark between these two is still there, and it’s obvious to Kallie that Cross has changed in a lot of ways. St
Adriana Locke
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Cross is live now on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited: ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazon US * Amazon UK

Cross was a short and sweet novella that takes place before Crank and can be read as a complete standalone novella. This second chance romance was very easy to get into and despite only taking place over a short amount of pages it never felt rushed to me. Both characters had me very intrigued and I liked getting to see them get back to their happy ever after. We didn't learn too much of what split them up the first time but being such a short book I was okay with th
Lu Bielefeld
2 ⭐⭐ - Meh!
Re-read: January, 2019 (Kindle Unlimited)

Read: April, 2018 (Part of anthology, Team Player)
book bruin
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Edited 8/2/18
Audiobook Review

Overall 5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 5 stars

The duet narration by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross is so perfect for Adriana Locke's books! They always bring just the right amount of fun and sexy, but they also pack an emotional punch too. I loved this short and sweet novella about Cross and Kallie and it sets up the next book perfectly!

*Note: The audiobook does not contain the short stories Restraint and Crash.


I really enjoyed this novella when it was part of th
When Adriana Locke writes and gives you a novella, she never makes you feel like you’re reading just a novella. Hell, she ends up making you want so much more even after you’re done reading it. The feels and emotions, the build-up, the swoon factor, and the blazing chemistry are all still vividly present in the 20k or so words. She makes it a point that even in the very limited word count she has, you’re still able to connect with the story and get to know her characters on a deeper level. I’m p ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cross was one of novellas featured in Team Player Anthology which is no longer available. So for our reading pleasure Adriana has decided to re-release it with more content.

Kallie Welch left her hometown years ago breaking hers and Cross Jacobs hearts in the process. With Cross proving time after time that he was a party boy and Kallie wanting more she felt she was left no choice but to move away. But home is calling her back, she knows moving back means seeing Cross again!!

Cross has never been
Fiona Fog
A steamy second chance at love.

Cross messed up when he was younger. He had the girl, he loved her but just couldn’t pull it all together.

Kallie lived and breathed Cross. Her first love and to be honest for both of them her only real love. Sick of small town gossips, Cross messed up for the last time and Kallie left.

A few years have gone and both have changed. Cross realised that he needed to man up and be responsible, he needed to do something with his life if he ever hoped to win her back.

Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
Cross is reminiscent of the Landry series and book one of the Gibson Boys series. In a novella, Adriana Locke is able to capture the essence of home that readers have come to expect and love.

Cross is the type of hero if I have come to expect from this author. He is sexy with a side of sweet and a little gruff around the edges. He charms his way into your heart and makes you laugh at his antics. Readers will succumb to his charisma just as the heroine does.

Kallie is a little battered and bruised
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good!

I will be the first to say I am a greedy reader.  I want all the words and all the pages. I have been looking forward to Cross’s story since I met him in Craft, so I was a little worried I would be disappointed by his story coming as a novella.  However, while this story was short, it was well written and didn’t feel rushed.

Second chance stories are some of my favorite.  I love a good backstory between characters. Cross and Kallie certainly have a backstory.  When they were younger, the
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, the shortest and sweetest story! This second chance novella was so easy to get lost in. Sure, it is a tad bit rushed but then again it is a novella, so that is expected. However, the swoon factor that Adriana is known is so so there!

Would I have loved to read a full-length novel? YES! If you've read Adriana's previous works, you know how amazing and all-encompassing they are so for me to want a full-length novel is natural. Like, why would I want to miss out on the swoon? o_O

The added bonus
Romance Readers Retreat
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short and sweet novella, a standalone story set within the Gibson Brothers series. Cross is a lovely second chance romance that I could of happily read more of.

Cross and Kallie have both history and a chemistry that can't be denied. Kallie returns to her childhood hometown to find her ex looking mighty fine but her old doubts are something they need to address to move on as friends. Cross wants to prove he has matured and wants to be more than friends.

Do they accept their relationship
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it doesnt matter if it's short, if it has "Adriana Locke" written on the cover, I'll love it!

This is second chance romance novella about Cross and Kallie. It's a standalone, but if you've read Crank, you heard about Cross as Walker's friend.

It's wonderful, quick, with Adriana's writing that we know and love and emotions all over the place! Cross is sweet, sexy and so involving! She is equally sweet, funny and solid!
Together they are "it", they matched, they were perfect together! They just neede
Cindy M. Green
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 give me more Linton, Illinois stars. Once again Adriana does not disappoint with this swoon worthy tale of Cross Jacobs, a fun-loving hottie who realized years ago he needed to grow up after losing Kallie to his rowdy way of life. She’s back in town and neither one has forgotten what they once had. Spending time together is not what Kallie is looking for, but Cross makes it impossible not to fall for his charming ways. This is a fun, sweet, heartwarming second chance romance that includes some ...more
I liked this one..but it was missing some of the connection and explanation of the real what and why of the past..I didn’t connect fully with them.
It felt a little rushed to me. I adore this series and will continue to read. It ended at 62% on my kindle..and it ended abruptly. There are two bonus short stories but I would have enjoyed a little more depth with the 2 cents
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am unsure if I have read anything by the author before, as for this book it was just okay to me. It's a second chance romance, I had no idea why Kallie left Cross in the first place, when she returned home years later, they reconnected, the past issues especially why she left him were not dealt with and the next thing you know, body fluids were exchanged. When her bestie and an acquaintance teased her about her being back together again with Cross, she denied it vehemently. A few seconds later ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Kallie and Cross hearts are going down for the count. Kallie knew that moving back to Linton wasn’t going to be smoothest homecomings but with her job basically imploding, personal life on the outs, and her mother needing needing her its seems like a good time to get out of dodge. Its seems from the moment she gets back to town - fate, with a little aid from Kallie’s friends, are pushing back into the arms of Cross. Linton’s bad boy with a Peter pan complex, it broke her to leave Cross behind ye ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The boxing metaphor that Adriana Locke uses, the one that describes how Cross and Kallie kept fighting round after round until Cross’ actions lost him the fight, truly depicts what went wrong in Cross and Kallie’s relationship three years ago and the way it extends to their current situation. A ‘bad game plan’ is what ruined their chance at a happily ever after, but now that Callie’s back in Linton, Cross plans to seize this unexpected opportunity and conquer the split decision they ended on, ho ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adriana Locke packs a LOT into this novella. You've got former lovers reunited. You've girlfriends helping each other and guy friends having each others' backs. You've got some scorching hot sexy times. You've got some weepy feels. And you've got a new potential coupling at the end.

You will love Cross. He's a guy who messed up when he was younger but learned from his mistakes, particularly when Kallie walked out and left him because of his behavior. Ever since, he has tried to redeem himself in
Bookworm Between the Sheets
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I previously read Cross as part of the TEAM PLAYER Author Anthology and thoroughly enjoyed this small town, second chance romance. Locke brings up what everyone questions when you return home and come face to face with your High school Sweetheart are you still compatible? Are they the same? Can you handle their differences?

Dive into CROSS and find out, this is a quick read as it is a novella but still packed with plenty of Locke's amazing writing charisma that makes these characters' romance com
Sheila'S Book Corner
Adriana Locke can do no wrong. This was a one of the kind Novella. I was hooked like I am with all her books from page 1.

This book is about Cross and Kallie. It's a second chance so watching these two reconnect and find each other was such a beautiful thing. We get a glimpse of all the characters we have come to love.

Also you cute intriguing Surprise at the end of the epilogue
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

I am obsess with this series.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multi-pov, arc, sexy-time, 2018
Adriana Locke has yet to give me a man that I just didn't absolutely fall head over heels in love with. Cross is no exception to this rule. His story will break you while putting you back together. You'll enjoy seeing old favorites, such as Walker, Mach, and Peck. And you're just going to want to pack your bags and move to this small town because those Gibson boys will make you smile so big your face will hurt.

There is a short story about Blaire Gibson in here. And I know I'm not alone when
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read it as part of the TEAM PLAYER anthology.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a set up for her Gibson boys! This is prequel to that, it’s perfect we have Kallie and Cross sexy delicious Cross . We see the beginning of a beautiful relationship ( hear me chuckle) no really past mistakes come to present when Kallie returns home. This was down so well , so smart you’ll love it I did! It is a Novella you will devour and wish for more (greedy that I am) this was orignally in the Team Player Anthology so you may have sneaked a peak but if not now is your chance. Grab this !
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great prequel to the Gibson Boys series. Second chance is one of my all time favourites and this one hit every mark. Kallie and Cross definitely deserved their second chance as the love and undeniable connection between them never went away. This was the perfect lead in to the Gibson Boys series!
A Book Obsessed Brit
Read as part of the Team Player Anthology, and another first to read Adriana's writing.

Cross (I now know) is apart of her Landry Family and Gibson Boys universe (So I shall be checking out those books!). Cross is about a second chance romance between Cross and Kallie, who were in love before and she broke it off and moved away, an undisclosed amount of time passes and she returns to her home town where their romance rekindles.

Cross - A former boxer, he now owns 2 gyms and acts as a personal tra
Carrie Waltenbaugh
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dont let Adriana Locke fool you by saying this is just a Novella. What it is a glimpse into the Gibson Family and it leave you wanting more.

Cross is a second chance at love for Kallie and Cross. Cross being a cousin and like the Gibson boys, he is just oozing with charm. Now, who can turn down that charm. Not Kallie. Once upon lovers, who split years before only to be in each others cross-hairs again. Kallie left wanting to get away from small time life, only to return when things go haywire in
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
5 Stars

There’s nothing that says you need to grow up and change your ways better than the girl you love walking out of your life. It’s been three long years since Kallie left Linton and Cross, and now she’s back and doing her best to avoid him. But it’s a small town and sooner or later she was bound to run into him. What Kallie didn’t plan on is how much Cross has changed or the fact that her heart and soul felt instantly soothed just being near him.

I loved every single thing about this book, bu
Brittany from Can’t Quit Books
Wow!!!! Adriana has done it again. I am never disappointed with any of her books. Cross is a second chance romance that truly captures your attention from the first page. I was rooting for this couple from the beginning. I loved Cross and how he admitted to his past faults. He wanted to show Kallie that he was the only man for her. Kallie was also a strong character who stood her ground and voiced her opinion. Together they proved that as long as there is trust, you can get past anything. I am l ...more
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USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the

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