Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

20764021Title: Cross & Crown

Author: Abigail Roux

Narrator: Brock Thompson

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L C Chase

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 11/18/2015

Length: 06 hours 50 minutes

Genre: M/M Romance


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.

Story Review:

I preferred Cross & Crown as an audio book than I did as an e book. I have no idea why, maybe I just needed to read the book a second time, maybe I missed something the first time but when I last read it in 2014 it was a three star read for me, this time round it was definitely more of a four star.

The Sidewinder series is like Cut & Runs little brother and concentrates on Nick and Kelly. There isn’t as much chaos in this book but there is still a mystery, these boys never seem to lead a quiet life.

We get to see much more of Julian Cross in this story as the current case involves his husband Cameron being kidnapped. He’s not his usual kill first and ask questions later sort of guy in this either and you get to see a much more emotional side of him. If he had been any nicer people might actually start to like him!

I still haven’t made my mind up about Nick. His latest case brings him JD a man with amnesia who Nick decides to keep close until it’s determined whether he is a good or bad guy. JD becomes attached to Nick and if it wasn’t for Kelly the feelings could very well have been returned. BUT Kelly is there, even helps with the investigation, and for me this series is all about Kelly! He is funny, snarky and loveable and he makes up for Nick being a douchebag most of the time. The mystery was a bit difficult to follow in some places but the bad guys were not the smartest and didn’t stand a chance in the end.

Narration Review:

Brock Thompson did another sterling job. He is certainly now firmly on my list of narrators I enjoy.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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