Guppy Review: Warrior’s Cross, Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

warrorCameron 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 love and devotion are all Cameron could have hoped for and more. But when his ordinary life meets and clashes with Julian’s extraordinary lifestyle, Cameron discovers that trust and fear can go hand in hand, and love is just a step away from danger.

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615810293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615810291
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If you’ve read my recent review of the Cut & Run series, you’ll know that I recently have ventured into M/M books. Thanks to our very own Magnolia, Pam, I read Warrior’s Cross between books 4 & 5 of the Cut & Run series, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did I enjoy book 5 a lot more, I am so grateful I didn’t miss this wonderful story.

The book starts out with the mysterious Tuesday Night gentleman at the restaurant where Cameron is head waiter. This mystery man is obviously friends with the owner, however he always sits in Cam’s section and he never speaks. Until tonight. Thus begins the story of Cam and Julian.

Cam is a quiet, slightly introverted waiter. He feels he’s nothing special, and has a bit of a crush on his mysterious diner. Julian is dark and, well, mysterious, and has a crush on his waiter. As we watch them fall for each other and develop a relationship, you begin to realize how much Julian NEEDS Cam. Without him, it seems Julian will descend into this dark pit and will never have happiness. While Cam always worries about his own heart, as he should, you always get the sense that even if Cam and Julian broke up, Cam would eventually be okay. Maybe not happy, but at least living a normal life. You never get that sense with Julian. If Cam leaves, Julian will never recover.

While it’s easy to love Cam, I fell HARD for Julian. He just absolutely breaks your heart. There’s a scene which takes place towards the end of the book right outside the restaurant. It’s beautifully written and practically cinematic. I could see it as if it was a movie playing in my head. While I have no problems visualizing when reading, this scene was so well done I could see and hear every moment of it. After you’ve read the book I suggest going to Ms. Roux’s website. She has a section there for playlists, and the song she chose for that climactic scene in front of the restaurant really was the perfect choice. I often disagree with an author’s choice of a particular song, but in this case it was dead on. I went back and had to re-read the scene and it just enriched the emotional impact of that moment that much more.

I have to say, this book is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Maybe it was the combination of Cam and Julian and how well they fit. Maybe it was how I fell for Cam and fell harder for Julian. Maybe it was the fantastic and seamless writing of the team of Ms. Roux and Ms. Urban, but whatever it is, this book stuck with me long after I turned the last page. This morning, a few weeks after finishing the book and after having written the bulk of this review, I picked it up again to reread parts of it just because. This book gets a full 5 stars from me and has immediately been marked as an all-time favorite.

Lynda the Guppy

aka Fish With Sticks

5 Stars

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