Cross & Crown (Sidewinder, #2) by Abigail Roux #mm #review @RiptideBooks @abigailroux

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When Nick O’Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name,
Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.
Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he’s dubbed “JD” is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as
they search for the key to JD’s identity.Trying to determine whether JD is friend or foe as they investigate the crime puts them on the trail of a much older mystery. When multiple attempts are made on their lives, Nick is forced to turn to old enemies and new allies to
solve a centuries-old crime before he and Kelly get added to the history books.
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Nick is the true alpha type, bossy, take charge, doesn’t make promises he can’t keep.  A simple break in that ended in murder, a witness that doesn’t remember who he is. If that isn’t enough his boyfriend is in town to spend time with him.

Nick just wants to spend his down time with Kelly, no case interrupting them.  But when reality barges in there is little he can do but get Kelly involved.   As they look for clues to solve the murder and find out who John Doe (JD) is. Nick gets more confused, the clues don’t make any sence.

Kelly is happy to be able to work alongside Nick again.  He loves Nick and respects him like no other.  As they try to figure out what works in their relationship and what doesn’t Kelly gets to observe Nick as a detective.   Kelly is willing to do what ever it takes to make it work and so is Nick.  They just have to figure out what that is.

While doing that they have to keep everyone safe and figure out the clues.  No problem right.

I liked this book, it was clear how much Nick loves Kelly.  Kelly is funny and down to earth and knows just when to step in and calm Nick down with a quick one liner.  I was laughing a lot at Kelly’s comments.  They are the perfect for each other.  The chemistry is strong but sex seems to be interrupted more often than not.   It is a shame,  the author builds up the sexual energy time and time again only to stop, because of a phone call or some other reason.  Overall a good read though.

4 stars

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