Published by Dreamspinner Press
Released on August 31, 2009
After reading Armed and Dangerous in the Cut and Run series, I found myself intrigued by a pair of the secondary characters, Julian Cross and Cameron Jacobs. I was more than thrilled to discover that they had their own story so I grabbed up this book eagerly. And I was right to be excited, it was a fantastic read from start to finish.
Cameron Jacobs is the head waiter at a posh four-star restaurant in Downtown Chicago and he’s really good at what he does, but there is one customer who comes like clockwork on Tuesday nights who sends his poor heart into a flutter while rousing his- and every one else’s curiosity. The enigmatic man who sits alone in an alcove seat, who never strays from his routine and who doesn’t speak, but rarely and who is somehow a friend of the owner finally steps out of his routine and totally shocks Cameron. And it’s not long before Cameron tentatively enters a relationship with the man named Julian.
Cameron has no idea why Julian is interested in him and he is full of insecurities, but he falls for Julian with all his heart. But that doesn’t seem to be enough when his fears of Julian’s dangerous job and secrets push everything else out.
This plot was very well crafted. It was like a cat and mouse game both with Julian’s dangerous life and with the relationship he and Cameron shared. I was vested completely in the tense moments and the sweet passionate times. And one scene actually had me crying. I love it when a book grabs me like that.
The characters were just as good as their plot. Both main characters were complex and interesting. I found their flaws just as important as their good points. The secondary characters were more than just space fillers though I could have done without the nosy co-worker of Cam’s because I wanted to bop her for being such a pot-stirrer even if she was just trying to do what was best for Cameron. Julian’s friends were great even the stoic Preston is a favorite. The animals deserve a special mention whether it was Cam’s fluffy puppies or Julian’s menacing cats.
I really enjoyed this pair and their adventures so much that I wish there could be more stories about them.
Highly recommend this story for those who love their romance splashed with a bit of cloak and dagger along with a fair amount of angst.