Warrior’s Cross by Madeline Urban ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

I was reliably informed (multiple times) that Warrior’s Cross was a must read prior to reading Armed & Dangerous. Reportedly, Julian and Cameron play instrumental roles in book 5 of the Cut & Run series. I can’t speak to that at this juncture but, I can say I was quite bored by Warrior’s Cross.


It could easily have been a novella rather than a novel. There was far too much restaurant talk-opening wine, smelling corks, prep areas… blah, blah, blah. I don’t understand how this is supposed to be either engaging or titillating. I couldn’t even get excited about Julian’s line of work. I found the whole thing about as scintillating as watching paint dry.


I can understand Cameron’s appeal to Julian to a certain extent but, I’m still dubious about their long term plausibility. Cameron is naive and doesn’t ask a lot of questions which is exactly what should appeal to a hit man. He’s also significantly smaller than Julian so… there is that. Ordinarily, I would classify this as instalove but it’s not that exactly, it’s more like the story began in the middle of their relationship. I didn’t feel them fall in love. I was just told to believe it.


Like I said, Julian’s a hit man which, theoretically, should bring a certain excitement level yet, it fell flat. Most of the “jobs” happened off the page except the vendetta a.k.a. Arlo Lancaster that comes to town in search of Julian. Yet, even that was only moderately exciting. Perhaps, knowing Julian and Cameron make an appearance in Armed & Dangerous took some of the wind out of those sails.


In a nutshell, the plot was thin. The characters aren’t all that likable. It’s far too long. There certainly wasn’t enough sexy time. Overall, it was kind of a snoozefest thus, I can only muster up 2 stars.

Farewell Giveaway
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