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The Family Cross

(Circle Seven #1)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Matilda Ashby has a pair of Ivy League degrees and a dream of unseating her brother as their billionaire father’s favorite. But just as she inches close to her goal, Matilda’s world is rocked by monsters roaming the Manhattan streets, and the elusive enemy at her father’s corporation who hired them to kill her.

With assassins on the heels of her Manalos, and the family bus
Published July 6th 2021 by City Owl Press
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Kat Turner
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Family Cross has a little bit of everything: danger, humor, romantic tension, vengeance, and intrigue. Gabrielle Ash has done a wonderful job of crafting a tightly plotted, action-packed story with plenty of twists to keep you hooked until the end. The story was wonderfully creative, offering fresh takes on various paranormal creatures and phenomena through showing how they operate in a contemporary setting. I adored the originality! Matilda and Samson are both excellent characters, flawed b ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Family Cross is the first installment in an exciting new urban fantasy series. The story follows Matilda Ashby, daughter of a Manhattan billionaire, who has a penchant for expensive heels and about half the usual amount of spine. When she is unexpectedly attacked by a shapeshifting fae, her entire life changes as she is thrown into a supernatural world where someone working for her family business has paid for a hit on her.

I loved so many things about this book. The characters: Matilda is s
J.E. McDonald
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gabrielle Ash’s debut is a gripping and imaginative tale. Readers are thrust into the unexpected world of the paranormal along with Mathilda, an heiress and business woman with a price on her head. With nowhere else to go, she turns to the assistance of Samson, a rough-around-the-edges mercenary/assassin. Sparks fly between the unlikely pair in the best possible way as we get taken on a thrilling ride filled with intrigue, tender moments, and unexpected twists and turns. The Family Cross will ca ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I beta read an earlier version of this book and you are so invested from the very first chapter. The author does a fantastic job keeping you on the hook until the very last page. Great read- I cannot wait until the next one!
Jun 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matilda Ashby.
I was so glad a contract had been put on her life.
No stick with me on this.

Matilda Ashby is rich, she has a large Manhattan apartment, designer clothes a Mercedes she hardly drives. You get the picture.

But despite the privileged upbringing and all the money. She’s a genuinely nice person. She’s kind, thoughtful, works hard and bears no ill will to anyone.

The problem is she’s a people pleaser. Particularly with her father. She’s terrified of disappointing him. To the extent s
Desirée Niccoli
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a great urban fantasy! Loved the writing and being in Matilda’s head more than I could ever have imagined (this is single POV). For a financially spoiled heiress FMC, I found Matilda Ashby quite likable. She’s got expensive taste, yes, but she’s otherwise down to earth, thoughtful, kind, and considerate. When her world is turned upside down by supernatural hitmen, she’s utterly terrified, yes, but she takes it in stride. She learns, she adapts, and for a self-acknowledged doormat, seeing he ...more
Erin Fulmer
Jul 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On my seventh birthday, my father said I was a girl worth killing for.

From this first line I knew I was in for a treat. This book was just a delightful read from start to finish. If you enjoy urban fantasy or paranormal romance with:

* grumpy secret cinnamon roll heroes
* funny, relatable first person heroines
* dysfunctional family drama
* literally saving the cat
* supernatural creatures hiding in plain sight
* terrible rich men getting what they deserve
* bodyguard romance
* a splash of fake dating
Jul 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Title: The Family Cross
Author: Gabrielle Ash
Publication date: July 6th, 2021
Series: Circle Seven (#1)

Summary: Matilda Ashby has a pair of Ivy League degrees and a dream of unseating her brother as their billionaire father’s favorite. But just as she inches close to her goal, Matilda’s world is rocked by monsters roaming the Manhattan streets, and the elusive enemy at her father’s corporation who hired them to kill her.

With assassins on the heels of her Manalos, and the family business’s reputat
What a thrilling ride! I loved this urban fantasy set in upper class NYC. Take a wealthy family (like… Logan Huntsburger wealthy) and throw them into a world like Supernatural with some murder on the side and you have The Family Cross.

I loved Matilda having to grapple with her own privilege and growing into her own while navigating a dangerous supernatural world where she’s on the run for her life. She gets her own backbone and stands on her own two feet, but unapologetically stays who she is. (
Ashley King
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Family Cross is easily one of my favorite reads of the year! I devoured it in one sitting because I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! Ash's debut hooks readers from the first page and keeps them on their toes throughout. This novel is filled with an incredibly unique plot that will make it hard to put the book down because you're dying to find out what happens next, brilliantly captivating writing, and characters that are so easy to root for. I loved Matilda and Samson and their romantic storyline ...more
Shauna Philp
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to have read this book in its infancy and I CANNOT wait to have it on my shelves and read it again!

The romantic tension is blissful. The twists are great, and your heart breaks for what the characters endure! You won't want to miss this one!
InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 3.5/5.0

This urban fantasy earns high marks for creativity and clever wording.

Read full review in the 2021 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book sounded interesting, so I thought I’d give it a try. I had never read this author before, but I definitely will again. I was immediately drawn into the story almost from the beginning even if I really wanted to shake the main character Mathilda because she was so much a doormat. It wasn’t long after the story kicked in and we met Samson that I knew her life was going to change. I didn’t really know who the villains were in the story even though I did figure out one thing befo ...more
Katherine Forrister
Oct 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
THE FAMILY CROSS is an excellent paranormal adventure. Though the setting is in the real world, I loved the world building that Ash put in to create a criminal underworld of supernatural entities. The monsters were delightfully dark, and the fight scenes were gripping and exciting.

Matilda Ashby is a believable heroine who grows in a wonderfully-crafted arc when she's propelled quite suddenly into the world of the paranormal. Samson, her guide in said world, is flawed from the beginning, and it
RomanceAllTheWay S
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An adult fantasy mixed with a dose of romance. This is a such a gentle initiation for a scaredy cat like me.

Matilda is exactly what Samson calls her - Fancy pants. She rolls in money, manolos and Mercedes but inside is a nice heart dealing with her own demons. So when the real demon has a killing contract on her she must hire Samson the telepath who is inclined to save her. and probably the only one who can.

It's told in Matilda's pov, is gentle on explicit violence and gore which is exactly wha
Patricia Muhammad
Aug 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Family Cross (Circle Seven #1) by Gabrielle Ash (2021)
Reviewed by: Patricia M. Muhammad
Date: August 12, 2021
The full review was originally posted on LibraryThing:


**I received this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review**

The Family Cross is a contemporary romance, magical realism novel set among the wealthy in Manhattan. New York City is filled with its secrets, demons and other beings who inhabit the spaces where the average
Marcia Deans
Jul 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
The Family Cross is a great start to the Circle seven series.
I went in reading not really knowing what to expect but I got adventure, humor, supernatural beings and a "fancy pants"

Matilda Ashby is the typical rich girl working in her dad's firm, she's a doormat and doesn't have a backbone. Sure I found her nice but I also found her frustratingly annoying with her lack of fight - even when fighting for her life.
Samson I absolutely loved he was a loveable rogue dressed up as a weird stranger with
Dani (Daniiireads)
Jun 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Matilda Ashby, businesswoman and heiress, is suddenly thrust into a world full of supernatural creatures she didn’t know existed all thanks to the bounty placed on her head. Unsure of what else to do, she seeks out the help of the mysterious and broody Samson, who has saved her life more than once already.

Tilly learns that Samson isn’t just human, but has gifts of his own that can help her track down the person wanting her dead. The two form a plan to root her would be murderer out, while navig
Jennifer Pierson
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm blown away by Gabrielle Ash's debut book & I'm so very glad she decided to become an author. The Family Cross was highly original, super exciting, and very addictive in the telling. Matilda is a hardworking heiress with a shoe obsession who is just trying to become her billionaire father's favorite when life takes a very crazy supernatural turn as a magical creature tries to kill her. Apparently someone in her life has put a hit out on her, and the assassins are not of this world so what's a ...more
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

This is the first book I've read by Gabrielle Ash and I enjoyed her writing.  This book is a paranormal suspense in genre.  Given paranormal is one of my favorites to read I thought I'd give this one a go. 

It does not disappoint!  The book focuses on Matilda "Tilly" the only girl of three but not at the top of the child food chain enough to inherit her father's successful empire.  One conversation at a coffee store changes her whole life tho
Malischa Weijkamp
Jun 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Emily Pennington
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Action-Packed Adventure . . .

Matilda Ashby wants to take over the helm at their family business, but she gets a quick education in the existence of supernaturals when suddenly assassins are coming at her due to a bounty placed on her head by someone.

Tilly seeks out Samson who is a telepath who might be able to discover who wants her dead. But will they run out of time? With enemies coming at her on the streets and from within the business itself, she doesn’t know where to turn next.

The story i
Kristen Lewendon
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Now that I’ve finished the book, I can see so many different layers of meaning in the title alone. There’s a lot going on in this story, and it’s a bit like walking through a house of mirrors; nothing, and no one, are quite what they appear to be. Matilda and Samson immediately captured my attention. I anxiously followed along as they raced against the clock to get to the bottom of the plot against her. And I fell in love with them as they opened up and revealed their secrets to one another. And ...more
Trish (Beautiful Chaos Reviews)
Paranormal Urban Fantasy? Why yes, please! This book ended up being a delicious multi-faceted ride into the world of Matilda (what a great name) as her reality fractures, and she's running for her life. When this kind-hearted accountant kinds herself pursued by monsters who want her dead, and she doesn't understand why. We meet the mysterious Samson, who is psychic and decides to protect Matilda because he knows she's as kind as she appears.

Their story is exciting and pulls you into their world
S Tondra
Jul 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is a supernatural mystery that keeps you on your toes with it's twists and turns. Matilda is an heiress with no backbone who finds out in the most horrible way that there is a hit out on her. Even worse, it's not just any hit but one made to be fulfilled by supernatural killers! (Dramatic gasp)!! BUT, her savior is the very unlikely Samson, who is a former mercenary with telepathy. Samson keeps her alive for the same amount of money the hit on Matilda's head is for, which, I think it's ...more
Stephanie Caye
Sep 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
Didn't expect to fly through this like I did! Very fun urban fantasy story (well, not fun for our heroine, but I enjoyed it.) I was pretty ready not to like Matilda (spoiled rich girl who is genuinely SO nice it makes your teeth thanks) but she really grew on me and it was fun watching her develop and gain her inevitable backbone. I did notice a lot of repetition in the writing that took me out of the story (like every time a door opened the reader had to be told that hot or cold air b ...more
Nat Navarro
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I want more Tilly and Sam!!! 😍
OMG this book is totally amazing!!!... I didn't know about this author before, but the blurb was intriguing enough to give this book a try and I'm so happy I did because I loved it!!! 🥰
The plot is so original and mysterious, it keeps you totally enthralled in the story, unable to stop, you just need to know what will happen next!!! 🤔🧐
And then we have Matilda and Samson... I'm totally in love with this two amazing beings and need to read more of them soon!!! 🤗❤️
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Family Cross is first book in new urban fantasy series Circle Seven. Story follows Matilda Ashby, daughter of billionaire, who found herself with a price on her head.
I wasn't sure what to expect so I was little afraid. But it was unnecessary. Yes, the start was little slower than I am used to but I understand why. And when we get through the beggining, it really was ride. Tilly and her bodyguard Samson are great characters and I enjoyed their grow up.
So if you like supernatural creatures,
Jul 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
can I just say I thought my family had problems. wow. I enjoyed this read because it was not a one genre wonder. There was urban fantasy, which is what it is sure, but also intrigue, tension on so many fronts (romance, family, etc) action, and an MC with a slight shoe obsessions (I can relate). The author's take on the supernaturals was interesting as well. A good choice for a read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Couldn't put it down. It has the fast, wonderful pacing of the best thrillers mixed with the coolest parahuman monsters. I was hooked from the first sentence. This is the type of fantasy read that will appeal to fans of all genres: there is action, romance, a touch of magic, and a whole lot of heart. I can't wait for the next installment. Highly recommend! ...more
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Gabrielle Ash is a perpetually tired mom of four from Texas.

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