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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 headJulian's love and devotion are all Cameron could have hoped for and 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 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 talkopening 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'slike 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. 5 utterly brilliant and beautiful stars for this book and couple Unfortunately for me, when I started reading this book I got sick 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 constant tearleaking And for some reason my hormones went all wild and I was very emotional Luckily for me, the medicine I took at the end of the book cured me, I think it's called happyendingamol, so I'd recommend it if you ever get sick like me Even though I was sick, I enjoyed the book so so much the writing is excellent, and I was glued to my reader untill I finished :)Cameron and Julian ohhh what a wonderful couple, I simply adore them! The chemistry they have is through the roof The book starts in the restaurant where Cameron is a waiter, and Julian is a regular customer This is full of glances, looks, slow conversation that will get your nerves and anticipation high like a rocket! It was just intense! Cameron doesn't know practically anything about Julian, but he's infatuated for months, and on Christmas Eve they talk and Julian walks Cameron home and Cameron takes his hand that whole scene was utter perfection, one of the best romantic scenes I've read So they start a relationship and everything goes slowly :) I won't say anything else about the story, don't want to ruin it if you decide to read the book :) I'll just say that they are so wonderfull together, so sweet, I simply adored them The ending (last 30% or so) was intense, but considering the genre and Julian's occupation that isn't a big surprise XD I WISH that tense part was shorter, it kinda dragged the story, but oh well I'd give it 4 stars for that, but I simply can't, I know, I'm stupid, that's not the way to review, but I just can't The characters were so good, they overshadowed any fault the book might have, and I loved them so much that they deserve 5 stars, if not evenBest scenes: Cameron and Julian exchanging glances in the restaurant (well, every damn scene with them in the restaurant is 5 star worthy ) the first time Julian spoke to Cameron Christmas Eve, Julian and Cameron walking in the street (major meltdown ) first sex scene HOT! Jeez was it hot! when Cameron thinks he won't see Julian again when Julian finds Cameron on the bathroom floor Julian giving Cameron the present the moving of Cameron's boss the funeraaalll oh that was sad the ending of course This was a wonderful read, I simply love this book and it definitely goes in my favorites Can't wait to read about Cameron and Julian in the CutRun series Buddy reread with Nicole and Shelly3 4.5 StarsI went to bed on Sunday night, telling myself I’d just start the book and read a few pagesA 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 students 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 – which I never do – and when that final bell rang at the end of the day, I made a mad dash to my car and got home in record time just to dive back into the book Needless to say, I really enjoyed this one I went in feeling obligated to read this, when all I really wanted to do was dive head first into Armed Dangerous I’m really glad I followed advice (thanks, R); I now have no doubt that Cam and Julian’s appearance in my now upcoming next read (Armed Dangerous) will be all theepic I can not wait!To be clear, I now worship at the altar of Julian Cross *swoon*****************************************Reread: November, 2017There seem to be two schools of thought regarding this book Some readers are bored to tears and don't see the appeal of the characters and their love story, while others find the characters delicious and the romance astounding I'll admit, when I first read this story a few years ago, I experienced both extremes, absolutely loving the beginning of the story where Cam and Julian first came together, and then I felt it petered off around the halfway mark, leaving me with an unmemorable impression of the second part of the story My second reading experience produced very, very different reactions regarding that once perceived slower second half This time around I still felt Cam and Julian shared some of the most amazing sexual tension I've ever read and I still adored their initial coming together, but I also found myself completely engrossed with what came after, following the slowreveals of Julian's life, and witnessing the personal tolls and imminent dangers his profession placed on him and Cam (and others) I think I simply connect to the writing and the characters themselves Or maybe my new experience all depended on my current mood!? Whatever the case, I've decided to bump my rating up and add this to my favourites folder because, to me, Cam and Julian's story is one of the most romantic things I've ever read. 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 writtenTy and Zane formed a partnership through various dangerous experiences and slowly built a romantic relationship Cameron and Julian however, formed a romantic relationship first and slowly layered in the danger Their love is sweeter, with significantly fewer punches to their lover's face.There's a phrase I don't think I've ever used before, but I'm going to use it now:InstaLove Done Right It wasn't that these two gentleman fell in love at first sight it took many months but there was barely any interaction between them during that time They fell hard, but it was a slow burn The pair grew accustomed to seeing each other once a week at a restaurant were Cameron worked Julian would come in every Tuesday, order the same thing, and barely say a word to Cameron Once the pair took the leap into each other's arms, it was an intense, overwhelming attraction which neither could fightJULIAN CROSS “Someone would have to be out of their mind not to come back to you I walked through a blizzard to get here.” CAMERON JACOBS It wasn’t logical that he would choose Julian over his own safety, Cameron knew He would, though, and logic be damned CAMERON'S PUPPIES:COBALT, SCARLET, SAFFRON, SNOWFLAKE: “Westies aren't mean They're tenacious.” JULIAN'S CATS:SMITH WESSON: “My cats would turn your dogs into hairballs,” There was a perfect moment where the differences between Cameron Julian were laid out within the metaphor of their pets he’s not one of us, just like you said 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 thirdoption people We take the gun, stuff it in the person’s mouth, and eliminate the problem Walk off into the sunset with our kitty.” Couple of Notes: Is anyone walking Cameron's Puppies? I don't know if that bothers me because I have to walk my dogs after a long day at the office and I want fictional characters to share the plight of walking puppies in the snow? What was the dynamic between Julian, Blake, and Preston? We never really get clarification on that I hope we gain a clearer picture in Armed Dangerous Why Oh Why would you get Cameron a job in this mysterious business after spending the entire book protecting him from these people? The Ending: (view spoiler)[Only a few times in my entire life have I been so distraught over what I just read that I had to skip ahead to make sure everything will turn out OK This was definitely one of those timesDramatic reenactment of my reaction to Julian's funeral:me: He can't DIE!Oh God, what if the next book about protecting Cameron?He's just faking it right?Honestly, it's nice to have a book affect you so much that you freak out a little at the prospect of a character dying Side note: This is probably what I haven't read the Game of Thrones Series yet I get overly attached to fictional charactersSo I had to skip ahead, make sure Julian was going to come back, and resume my reading pacified with the knowledge that Julian was out there somewhere (hide spoiler)]