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Warrior's Cross

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  7,035 Ratings  ·  710 Reviews
Cameron Jacobs is an open book. He considers himself a common waiter with normal friends, boring hobbies, harmless dogs, and nothing even resembling a secret... except a crush on a tall, dark, devastatingly handsome man who dines alone at his restaurant on Tuesday nights. All it takes is one passionate night with Julian Cross to turn Cameron's world on its head. Julian's l ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published August 31st 2009 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 1st 2009)
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Aly If you're going to read the Cut & Run series (which you should b/c it's awesome), then you should read this either first or some time before book…moreIf you're going to read the Cut & Run series (which you should b/c it's awesome), then you should read this either first or some time before book 5. But you can totally read this as a stand alone.(less)

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Blacky *Romance Addict*

5 utterly brilliant and beautiful stars for this book and couple

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Unfortunately for me, when I started reading this book I got sick Photobucket It started out as a mild form of butterflitis stomachitis. After a few chapters I got the fever and started melting every now and then, my throat had some problems so I couldn't speak properly, it all came out as squeeling. Near the end matters got worse. My butterflitis stomachitis grew into acute sobbitis, which manifested through my eyes and the constan
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5, will round it up to 3 stars...

Eventually finished it.

I tried... I just couldn't buy it.

I found Cameron to be quite naive.

I wanted to like this one as I have loved the books in the Cut and Run series that I have read so far...

Even with a certain theme (view spoiler) running through it, it didn't work for me.
A beautiful tale of the dangers of forbidden love, and a must read for Cut & Run Fans!
“To your limp...” he said solemnly.
There is something satisfying about being engrossed in a universe as detailed and elaborate as the one which Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban have created. Warrior's Cross is the first of the spinoffs created from the Cut & Run series... The tone was decidedly different than that of Ty & Zane's whirlwind relationship, but it was no less entertaining or well wr
Duchess Nicole
Buddy read with Wacky Blacky Must Have HEA tomorrow! I bet they all die at the end, mwahahaha!!!!!

FINAL RATING: 3.5 stars
I'm rounding up to four because I think I just expected something different...that's what I get for skimming reviews.

My Own Synopsis:
Cam is a waiter at a posh Chicago restaurant. He's content with his lot in life...he has no big aspirations to be rich or powerful, he's a simple guy with simple tastes. Everything he is reflects his simple character. He is friends with every
Solid 3.5. It would have been a 4.5 if not for the dogs. DOGS NEED TO POO AND PEE SOMEWHERE! Maybe they were paper trained or something but wondering how in the heck the dogs were ok for overnight trips with just food kept bugging me and pulling me out of the scenes. Even before the first and only sex scene I kept thinking "He just got home from 10 hours of work. Why hasn't he taken the dogs out?...He's gonna take the dogs out right?" I had to go back and re-read the scene to actually follow the ...more
Sorry folks, I know I am the dissenting opinion here, but I just didn't really care for this book. It wasn't bad, just "ok" for me, thus the 2 stars.

So what was my problem? First, I found the story to move at a terribly slow pace. It's a 303-page novel, and nothing remotely exciting starts to happen until after 200 pages in; and even after that, it's still not all that exciting! I guess I was expecting this book to have a little more action/intrigue/gun-fighting/etc in it than what it actually d
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
3.5 Stars!

I should've probably rounded down on this one, there was definite skimming involved with the first half. Not much happened other than Julian and Cam's interactions at the restaurant.

But it picked up the second half and I'm glad I read it just for the background of the two characters prior to starting Armed and Dangerous.

Definitely disappointed by the lack of steam. But a pretty decent ending.

Back to Ty and Zane I go!
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

I can see how people would LIKE this book. Me? Well, I LOVED IT! It surprised me how much I ended up really loving the simplicity of the story. It was one of my most satisfying reads lately.


This book doesn’t hide behind anything but builds itself completely on the relationship between Cameron and Julien.

*Opposites attract
*A simple, normal, middle-of-the-road guy can attract the gorgeous, mysterious one
*People can fall in love and THEN get to know each other…and fall more in love
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cut & run fans
Final rating: 3.5/5 stars

“Would you believe me if I told you I was shot?” he finally asked with a mischievous glint in his black eyes.
Cameron stared at him. “Shot? Like, shot? By a gun?”
Julian tilted his head and nodded. “It’s hard to be shot with a knife.”

So...i read this only because Cameron and Julian appear in the Cut & Run series, or so i have heard. But it can be read as standalone as well, so you can read it without reading Cut & run at all. Anyway, it was interesting book, bu
Jenni Lea
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stayed up until 4am to finish this book because I just couldn't put it down. It was that good. Even with all the "fade to black" sex scenes. The writing is superb. I really felt what they were going through and it mad e me want to read their book from the Cut & Run series all over again just so I can have more of them.

I have to go to work now. On 3 hours of sleep. Totally worth it though.


It would have been a perfect 5, but for some reason one of the main characters (read: Cameron) annoyed me to the highest level. So even though he's a male I am putting him on my stupid-irritating-heroin shelf because I did feel like he was some chick and not a guy while reading it.

About the story

Simple, normal and boring waiter Cameron has a crush on one of the guests in the restaurant where he works, but little does he know that that ENIGMATIC,
There is only one rating: 5 Big Fat Stars - It's just a beautiful love story - I'm saved!

I think I have a slight preference for low-key, a little melancholy stories. I wish of course both beautiful romance and just enough heat, but the plot feel free to amble a little slow. Is there only desire to turn the page, unspoken and unanswered questions, some hesitation (from me) about how everything will end up - don't I need much more. Just as that, I thought it was in this wonderful love-story.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Let me just say that I only read this book for because I love the Cut and Run series. That said, this book was a let down for me. I didn't get any of the heat and buildup from Julian and Cam that I got from Zane and Ty. They were totally lukewarm. I didn't get a sense of why they loved each other either. Because Cam was so loving and Julian was so hot?? The spark wasn't there for me in this book. I still love Abigail Roux's writing and found it an enjoyable read but it was lackluster for me.

Oh. My. God.

Could this book be more boring? I don't think so.

The story basically comes down to this:
I have a crush on him, but he doesn't notice me:(
He noticed me, but he's not serious about me:<
He's serious about me, but could he love plain ol' me?;{
He loves me, but why, why, WHYYYYYYY?
Oh, I'm such a nobody, how could he really love me???
He says he loves me, but I'm just sooo insecure and unworthy.
I love him, he loves me, but we can't be together.
We're not together, but I want us to be toge
I bumped this up my TBR list because of the upcoming release of Armed & Dangerous (it is a crossover with Warrior's Cross.)

Some random thoughts while I read this:

- I liked Cameron and Julian all right but my favourite was Preston. He's blond, he's Irish, he's a trained assassin. Any chance he could get his own book?

- I didn't get why Cameron had to be so plain, so nondescript, so ordinary. It made me wonder what gorgeous gorgeous Julian found in him. OK, I'll admit it. I liked Julian better
4 Stars

I went to bed on Sunday night, telling myself I’d just start the book and read a few pages...

...A few hours and 40% later, I knew I had a problem (of the best kind). I reluctantly put the book down at midnight and proceeded to have fabulous dreams starring Julian Cross. It was a good night.

All day at work on Monday my student’s keep yattering away (kids, sheesh), distracting me from my thoughts of Cam and Julian and their ridiculously tangible chemistry. I read through my lunch break – wh
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*

After finding out that Julian and Cameron are in the Cut and Run series ,"Armed and Dangerous" I had to read this first. WOW I FREAKING LOVED THEM!! :D

I was ingtrigued by Julian Cross from the start. He was a total mystery. Cameron didn't know much about him except he always showed up at the restaurant on Tuesdays and sat at the same table and ordered the same things. Julian was a powerful bad-ass alpha, who seemed dangerous, was very good looking, quiet, and looked capable of d
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
Thank you for reading it with me Kelly sweetie :)

I Loved this book :) Not really sure why as it wasn't as hot as I usually like. I think it was Julian who made it more than worth while :) :)

I would like to give a special thank you to the lovely Vishous who kindly recommended this wonderful book to me :) She is so sweet telling me there was a character in it who she absolutely adored- Cam

This is for you V to say thank you sweetie :)

She told me she thought Cam was
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May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: glbt
Recommended to Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog by: m-m romance
Shelves: m-m-romance, adult

I found this book endearing.

I thought this was going to be a kind of edgy, cop thriller tale but it wasn't. That would have been fine but I enjoyed this warm, romantic story that depicted the dichotomy of two total opposite MC's.

Typically I love the dark, edgy tortured character and while I fully enjoyed Julian it was Cameron's subtle, gentle, warmth that gave me the most enjoyment in this story. I LOVE Cameron!

I found the writing to move right along and this was a satisfying and fulfilling
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Re-read February 2017
4.5 stars
Cristina T.
I LOVED this book!

Honestly, Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux could write the ingredients on the back of a cereal box and I'd read them! This universe they have created is brilliant.

Warrior's Cross is a Cut & Run spin-off, so the MCs show up in Armed & Dangerous too.

Now, let's meet 'em. Cameron Jacobs is the head waiter at a posh restaurant called Tuesdays. He really enjoys his job, is down to earth, friendly and kind. A simple man. He was a little too boring for my taste at times, but I
Heather C
3.5 Stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. I mean I liked it, but there was just something off about it. I was really interested in it at the beginning but then I got kinda bored. Not bored enough to stop, but let's just say that it was easy to put down.

I really liked Cameron even though he was kinda lame. Julian was all dark and mysterious. Okay, I'm usually all into the mysterious, dark lovers theme, but I just didn't feel the connection between Cameron and Julian. They only saw each oth
I was 32% into Armed & Dangerous when it was pointed out to me (thank you Ana) that it might be a good idea to read this one. I paused Armed & Dangerous and started on Warrior's Cross straight away. I have to say I wasn't really sure what to expect and while its a completely separate book from the Cut & Run series, it's fascinating finding out just how Julian and Cameron got together.

As it turned out I enjoyed reading this one just as much as the Cut & Run series, and ok shoot me
Well, I stayed up until 5:30am reading this, so needless to say, I'm pretty tired now at 9am.

This book is amazing. The pace is fantastic, the premise unique, the writing is obviously great as well. I might call it a 4.75 read, in the end, but those are just semantics.

I might write more later when I'm not literally falling asleep at my keyboard.

OK, I admit it...I must've been drunk or half asleep when I rated the book before. This time around it gets 5 stars, a big and bring on the dancing girls!!

Shortie review. I loved it, Jules and Cam are a wonderful couple, Blake is a really good guy to have as a friend, and're my hero!! I've now got to re-read Armed & Dangerous again just to get another fix!!
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting page-turner that I liked a lot, but I didn’t love. The writing is decent to pretty good and the editing is mostly clean with very few, if any, mistakes that will jar the reader out of the created world. The characters are mostly strong with the fascinating and well crafted Julian to the enigmatic and wonderful Preston. Unfortunately the weakness of the story is solidly in the overly emotional and rather weak character of Cameron. His inability to show any confidence, stren ...more
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books you have to read every other paragraph to keep up with and be able to build the basic story in your head as you continue along. Some you can skip whole pages at times and still not skip a beat in the plot, and others require that you read every word. Every word is necessary, not just because the plot is less predictable but also because the writing is so much more intricate and vital to the voice of the story.

Warrior’s Cross is one of those books that require true dedication to the w
I read this book in preparation of Armed & Dangerous, book 5 in the Cut & Run series, where Julian and Cam play a big role. And I really hope that Armed & Dangerous won't be as boring as Warrior's Cross.

It took me a week to read this story, far longer than it should have and IMHO it was far too long, what was said could have easily fit in half the pages. Nothing about it could hold my attention for long, neither the relationship between Julian and Cameron nor Julian's job as a hit ma
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
**3.75 stars**

I’ve got a bit of a conundrum with this one. It’s like all the pieces are there and everything was put together correctly, but something is off with the finished product.

First things first...let me let the whore out. I wanted more sex damnit! ONE...I’ll repeat ONE sex scene is not enough for me.

Was it hot? Hell yes...especially with all the buildup leading up to it……so I made myself comfortable knowing it was good times ahead, only to be left with...

Too much fade to black for me.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Glamdring by: Vishous

*1,5 stars*

I know I'm in the minority (again) but for me Warrior's Cross was a roll eye festival. I think it's the worse book I've read by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux so far.

I read this book because my friend Vishous who knows how OCD I am when it comes to the reading order of series, recommended I read it before I start Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run series by the same authors).

The book started slow, and I'm ok with that, but then it started dragging and dragging and dragging. I kn
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Madeleine Urban is a down-home Kentucky girl who’s been writing since she could hold a crayon. Although she has written and published on her own, she truly excels when writing with co-authors. She lives with her husband, who is very supportive of her work, and two canine kids who only allow her to hug them when she has food. She wants to live at Disney World, the home of fairy dust, because she be ...more
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“He’s the kind of man who if you gave him a gun and told him he had two choices—“shoot one of your dogs or shoot yourself in the head”—he’d put the gun to his ear and pull the trigger.”
“Hell, Jules, you’d do the same thing if someone did that to you and your goddamned cats,” Blake said in amusement.
“No,” Julian murmured with a shake of his head. “No, there’s a third option. People like us, we’re third-option people. We take the gun, stuff it in the person’s mouth, and eliminate the problem. Walk off into the sunset with our kitty.”
“Would you believe me if I told you I was shot?” he finally asked with a mischievous glint in his black eyes.
Cameron stared at him. “Shot? Like, shot? By a gun?”
Julian tilted his head and nodded. “It’s hard to be shot with a knife.”
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