Taming Cross (Love Inc. #2) by Ella James
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 20, 2013
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For twenty-three years, Cross Carlson was a playboy. You know the type. Tall, dark, and wealthy. Blue-eyed. Charming. He seemed to have it all so easy. But Cross was harboring a terrible secret - one that helped ruin the life of an innocent girl and almost ended his own.
Finally out of the hospital, Cross is flailing, scarred in both body and mind and stifled by the weight of the secret he still keeps. The only way to absolution lies in a Mexican convent, and going there could cost him everything.
If there's anyone who knows what it's like to screw up big time, it's Meredith Kinsey. Just a few years ago, Merri was an ordinary girl with a job at her college newspaper and white picket fence kind of dreams. Now she's holed up in a Mexican convent, hiding from a drug lord who thinks he owns her.
What happens when the only way out of hell is with the son of the man who put you there? They say love conquers all, but does it really?
I adore this series.
For those of you who read Selling Scarlet by Ella James, Cross Carlson isn’t new, but we see an entirely different side of him in Taming Cross, a side that I thoroughly enjoyed. He came off as kind of cocky and self-assured in Selling Scarlet, but here we get to see the aftermath of his accident or rather sabotage from his point of view.
Cross is still struggling with the part his Father played in the whole mistress being sold off into sex slavery thing and we can understand why. He feels bad and he’s been holding onto this secret for over a year. Cross feels like it’s time to do something about it so, he sets off to find Meredith Kinsey and right the wrong he committed by not saying anything about his Father’s involvement in her disappearance.
Along the way we get to see how much he’s distanced himself from his friends and where his head is at in regards to his family. Cross is also struggling with his physical limitations and pain since his motorcycle accident in the last book. I really like how James showed us his pain and how hard it was for him to deal with.
We also got a chance to see a few characters from book one including Suri, Lizzy and the devil herself Priscilla Heat. And all I have to say about that is oh my god bunnies…I’ll never look at them the same again!
He was bitter and angry and feeling all kinds of down on himself and that’s incredibly believable. But all of that changed when Cross found Meredith, who by the way I love! She obviously has her own set of issues, but the thing I loved the most was even after everything she’d been through she didn’t seem to let it get her down. She never gave up and she was stronger for it.
Taming Cross was full of action packed scenes, running from drug cartels, shooting at bad guys and healing wounds both inside and out. Merri and Cross have a lot of ups and downs in this book and while I don’t want to give too much away I do want to say that I love, love, love how this book ends. It might not be exactly what you expected, but it definitely satisfies the reader at least it did with me. I would absolutely recommend this book whole heartedly.
Ella James is the author of Stained and Stolen, books one and two in the Stained Series; HERE, book one in a sci-fi romance trilogy; and Before You Go, a romance YA beach read that tells the first meeting of Logan and Margo, who will be featured in her upcoming adult release, Over The Moon. She has a YA paranormal romance release scheduled for every month of 2012, including Chosen (Stained Book Three) in June and the second HERE book in July.
Ella is inviting readers to help her write a shapeshifter romance, which is plotted via polls and questions on her blog and her Facebook page.
Ella lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wonderful husband, opinionated baby, and mopey dog.