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.
Cut Scene from Cross & Crown
Nick was silent as he looked out on the moonlit fields. They were peaceful now, but it seemed there were echoes of gunfire and cannon blasting, bayonets clashing, men and horses screaming in fear and pain.
“It doesn’t really matter why, or how history writes it down,” Nick said. “The only thing that matters is that every man out there believed in what he was doing. He was standing on this ground, willing to take a bullet fired by his brother, to protect something he thought was worth dying for. That country. That king. That ideal. That land back home. That flag. That man leading him. That man standing beside him.” Nick’s voice filled with emotion and he lowered his head. “The burden of death and bravery in places like this is heavy. I’ve always been able to feel it. Someone should feel it.”
Even if Kelly hadn’t already felt the power of this place, it came through clearly in Nick’s voice. It was holy ground, in its own way, bearing the gravity of the past up in what were now wild green pastures dotted with stone and tourists. The agony of it. The struggle. And Nick believed the same as those men, felt it down to his bones. Call it patriotism. Heroism. Integrity. Honor. That indefinable something that had driven so many men to die for something they felt more important than life also lived inside Nick. It had lived inside their team. And if what he believed in was threatened, he’d do the same as they had done; die defending it.
Kelly’s chest constricted as he looked at Nick’s profile in the moonlight. He had never believed that men like this still existed, not until he’d met Sidewinder.
Nick’s breath billowed in front of him in the cold. His eyes were taking in the battlefield, seeing things Kelly couldn’t see, remembering things Kelly had lived with him. Kelly swallowed hard and set one hand lightly on Nick’s shoulder. He couldn’t think of anything to say, so he didn’t speak at all.
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If National Treasure and the Godfather had a baby it would be Cross & Crown!
I enjoyed this book with it's complex story line, interesting well researched historical facts and Nick & Kelly in all their fabulous fabulousness!
Nick is finally back on regular duty after donating a piece of his liver to his craptastic father, and picks up an unusual robbery/homicide case right before Kelly is due for a visit. He still has moments of PTSD and is still dealing with his anger towards Ty, but Nick and Kelly are stronger than ever.
Kelly comes to town to find Nick knee deep in a mystery but instead of just sitting back and watching his man in action he gets to join in on the fun as well.
We have a hottie suspect/victim with amnesia, a search for some missing treasure and JULIAN FREAKIN' CROSS! How could you ask for more? What we don't have is Liam Bell but for me that just makes the anticipation (said in my best Dr. Frank N. Furter voice) for the next book even greater.
I have fallen for Nick & Kelly hook, line and sinker!
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the publisher. Many thanks.