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(Cross + Catherine #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,688 ratings  ·  241 reviews
A Legacy Novel

A wild boy.
A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.

Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.

She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.

Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Bethany-Kris
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Bethany-Kris Yes.

And Cross Donati, as in Calisto and Emma from Donati Bloodlines Trilogy.

You can find more info about my second gen standalone series here: http:…more

And Cross Donati, as in Calisto and Emma from Donati Bloodlines Trilogy.

You can find more info about my second gen standalone series here:

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Genre: Romance
POVs: Dual, 3rd person

I really wanted to love this book! After devouring Donati Bloodlines: The Complete Trilogy and loving the emotional rollercoaster that Emma and Cal Donati pushed me on, I expected Always: A Legacy Novel to deliver the same whirlwind of drama, emotional tension, and soaring level of entertainment. Yes, I expected some deliciously scandalous moments to erupt and was happy to have this e-book on my device!


This book had all of the aforementioned elements! That sai
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

YUM! READ A SAMPLE! It was love for Cross from page one!!! And Catherine is a worthy heroine.

Book 1 in Cross + Catherine. No need to read any other books prior.
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A wild boy.
A sly girl.
Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.
Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exp
Sep 08, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Most commonly asked question: is this a YA novel due to the heroine + hero being aged 13 & 14 through to 18 & 20 for the novel?

No. YA & coming of age fiction is not the same. A character's age does not determine a novel's genre. If that were the case, novels lik
Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan!
* 5 All The Jars Possible Nutella Jars*

Their love was young but it was forever, no matter how it began or how it would end this was theirs and nothing would change it. It's time for the next generation of principes and principessas to show everyone they're more then just born with a silver spoon but rather were meant to rule.

Cross Nazio Donati at age 14 was a force to be reckoned with, he might be mafia royalty but he'd be damned if let that go to his head. Even at such a young age cross kne
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mobsters, drama, romance, 2017, na, arc, alpha, ya


The coming of age story starring Cross Nazio Donati, (son of Calisto & Emma Donati) and Catherine Marcello (daughter of Chicago mafia royalty Dante & Catrina Marcello) that spans from their tender (only in numbers) age of 13 and 15, towards his 20s and hers 18 years of age.

in that time span, we already meet the force to be recon with in Cross Donati, he's a wild, unapologetic, restless spirit that takes what he wants with no questions asked. When he meets Catherine in highschool, he's dra
Sentranced Jem
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Title: Always (Cross + Catherine #1)
Author: Bethany- Kris
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publishing Date: October 2017

Always had me in a vicious cycle of raw emotions. Saying this book was intense is an understatement. I didn't want this book to end at all.... I was a blubbering mess by the end and was actually screaming my frustration and heartache, It didn't help that the second part Revere ( Cross + Catherine #2) isn't out yet.

Always is a coming of age book, The storyline spans
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
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Always was very different from anything I’ve read from Bethany-Kris before, and I’ve read quite a lot from this author. It wasn’t just because it was a new adult romance or that the mafia angle, while prevalent throughout the story, especially with regards to the development of the characters, wasn’t the main angle of the plot. It was because my heart broke so many times during this read. So. Many. Times. I wanted to reach in and grab Cross and
Lorraine Lesar
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cross never crossed the line, it was all about his love of Catherine

First Marcello book that didn’t rate 5*. The rating doesn’t reflect this author’s writing style - exemplary as usual, but my total disregard of Catherine.
I’m going to put this out here...I didn’t like her.
I loved Cross.
....but not Catherine.
In my opinion she dragged Cross down. So much so, she should be renamed Catherine Wheel Marcello. She spun out of control so many times, I lost count. Went round and round in a vicious circl
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
4 "Always" Stars

Two awesome mafia families - The Marcello's and The Donati's have children. Catherine Marcello, the reginella (Little Queen) and Cross Donati, the principe (Prince) of their respective crime families end up at the same school just a year apart. A Reginella and a Principe.....these two meet, they are only 13 and 15, but they have an instant connection. Young love is usually sweet and innocent but what if your background isn't innocent? Growing up in a mafia family, when much is gi
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♚♜ The Principe & Principessa ♚♜

This book....This flipping book left me sobbing in agony. My heart is shattered. Broken in little tiny pieces. My emotions are all over the place, and I'm trying to come up with words to describe my feelings. To say I'm shocked is an understatement!

Cross... My heart will forever be yours.... well.....same goes for Calisto. XD

The love he had for Catherine, was so beautiful to read. He would go to the ends of the earth to make her happy. Consequences be
moonlight ☾
3 cute-at-first-but-turned-meh stars

this was my first Bethany-Kris book and I was excited to start it as I’ve heard she writes amazing mafia romances...unfortunately, this one didn’t work for me. :/

“Be vain, Catherine. Absolutely. Care about how you appear to others, and what they see. But never ever bend or change who you are to suit what they want. Be vain, yes, care about your outer image and reputation, but do so because you are controlling what they see and think. Nothing else.”

Gah! I have a love/hate relationship with this book. See, although Cross is an arrogant, cocky little shit I just could not help but love him to bits, fictionally of course. If he were my kid my head would've exploded! He was barely tolerated by the adults around him, yet they're why he is like he is - cocky and arrogant with no filter .... at all. The total lack of discipline the adults showed towards these kids astounded me at times. Always is where Bethany-Kris gives us the gritty behind the ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6-stars, favorites
★6 Stars! Always...
“You know I love you.”
It was torture.
He fucking hated first love.
But he didn’t hate it, too.
He couldn’t hate her at all.
Even when she was breaking his heart.
“Always, Catherine.”

Need. More!
Hands down my second favorite book in 2017!

Bethany, you've outdone yourself!
Thank you for ripping my heart out!

Ari Reavis
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mafia-mob, arcs
*ARC received from the author*

I AM A FREAKING MESS RIGHT NOW. A TEARY EYED, BLUBBERING MESS. This book wrecked my heart. It gave my heart such hope, love, and vulnerability, and then let my heart crash and burn.
Cross, my sweet baby Cross. He loved Catherine with a love that never, ever wanes or dies. She was basically the one thing in life he cared about. No matter what changes came in their relationship or his life with the Cosa Nostra, she was his priority. Even young, Cross didn't play games,
S.M. West
Who doesn't love a forever love story? Gah! I do!! And Bethany-Kris delivered that in spades. I needed to compose myself before my review because to say I was a mess was an understatement.

I fell fast and hard for Calisto Donati in the Donati Bloodlines trilogy. Next to Dante Marcello, Calisto owned my heart. So, when I heard BK was writing a story about Calisto's son - Cross AND Dante's daughter - Catherine, this girl was beside herself! And then when I met Cross...I had my trifecta of beaut
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cross Donati.

Catherine Marcello.

Mafia royalty at its finest.

Cross is a bloody troublemaker with blood spewing from his teeth. While beautiful Catherine is a sight to be seen, and when they just so happen to stare at one another during a school function, all bets are off.

Imagine if the unattainable, most attractive bad boy knocked out a guy for you on your first day of school? And that barely scratches the surface of these two. Not even a dent.

The relationship is rich, and wild, som
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Arc provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

And so the love story begins.....and what a beginning it is.

This is the story of Cross Donati & Catherine Marcello, The Principe and Princepessa of my two favorite mafia families.

We start at the beginning the first moment their eyes met and that was all it took and they would ALWAYS belong to each other no matter how many times Cross felt his heart breaking or how many times Catherine came too close to the edge...... they were tethered t
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
tw// rape

Sorry to all the other mafia couples but Catherine and Cross will never be topped like they delivered the best boy obsessed with girl romance and the angst is unmatched. Even if you don’t read mafia books I would 100% recommend you this book, it was such a wild ride and I loved every single part of this story !!! Catherine and Cross are both really important characters their journey really made me emotional and I just couldn’t stop reading this story I wanted them to have their happy e
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, annoying
this is a book about kids from two other books by this author
the heroine is Dante daughter and hero is Emma's son from Thin Lies

this is their story from the beginning and they are for the most part in high school here
well it is typical teenage mess which I wouldn't read if not needed for the reading challenge.
there are more books about these two beacz+use this book doesn't give any conclusion but I won't be reading them because I don't care...
I’m blown away. Beyond blown away. This ripped my heart out. It was everything, and then some. It was so fucking amazing, I want to bask in the glorious story and fucking cry.

On to the next one first.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Forever 🌟!! I loved it one asap!
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"'Always, Catherine,' he murmured. He didn't want to ever love someone else. No one else was like her. No one else was her. No one else could be."

I have mixed feelings about "Always" because a lot of stuff frustrated the hell out of me. There was a lot of back and forth between Cross and Catherine and I was just not in the mood to deal with teenagers being teenagers. Having said that, I appreciated how raw and honest Catherine's struggles with depression and anxiety were. It broke my heart t
This my second attempt at completing this book but as much as I love mafia romances and have enjoyed this author's books before I'm tapping out. Cross was an arrogant little shit and the h was an immature wishy washy idiot and considering who her parents are I'm ashamed for her, I know they were young in the first part but really it was too much. ...more
Suzanne (Lily)
4.5 Stars


Bethany-Kris’ latest book, Always delivered a massive punch to my emotions. With my mind abuzz with what I had just read, I needed to sleep on my thoughts before I could begin writing this review. First and foremost, I need to share that Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello's story was epic. Notice the familiarity in their names? If you don't there's no need to stress as the duet written as a standalone.

Always is based upon a mafia romance surrounding the offspring of infamous mafia
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe


“I love you.”

Always is like falling in love with reading for the first time. Or realizing that my first love was dancing. And that beaches give you serenity and a nostalgic feeling. So calm and soothing, but there's always a storm lurking behind, or that maybe just a wind stirring some trouble and that the effect is making you feel nervous but the anticipation is so good and that something you actually long for. And when it passes, the rainbows show a
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Donatis and the Marcellos.....EXPLOSIVE!!!

There's been talk, inquiries, and concerns this story might be New Age or Young Adult. Allow me to confirm although Cross and Catherine are young in age, their lifestyle and story are not. The beginning of the story NEEDED to start at their initial meeting and of course they met at age 13.

If you're looking for the darkness of the mafia life such as what we saw in the Chicago series, you won't find it in Always. Always is a backdrop, if you will, for
Carlene Inspired
Cross doesn't follow the rules and as the principe of the Donati family he's able to get away with it. His future is set, he's meant to be a made-man after his step-dad, Calisto. He's restless, always bored, only calmed by his ever growing attraction to Catherine Marcello, reginella and daughter to organized crime King and Queen, Catrina and Dante Marcello. With only a couple of years between them they share a connection through the secret mafia world. At just 15 and 13 the two start a romance t ...more
I have mixed feelings about this. The beginning was really good and the very end. The middle was filled with chaos and drama. I expected that to a degree but not quite like this. Cross was too cocky but he was young. Being a principe he got away with things most people wouldn't. It was Catherine that I didn't like. She started off as strong and solid, but wound up being a mess. It didn't make sense to me that she broke up, more than once, with Cross who she loved to please her father, but had no ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
February 2019 -- 4.5 Stars

Loved Cross. Crazy good.
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cross and Catherine are absolutely everything😭 This book was a roller coaster of emotions and I think that’s one of the reasons why I really enjoyed it. It kept me going and the characters were interesting to read about.
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The author of too many novels to count, Bethany-Kris is a Canadian, lover of much, and mother to four sons, a glaring of cats, and a pack of dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, a snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a spouse calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she ca ...more

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