Review: Cross (A Gibson Boys Novella) by Adriana Locke

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☆☆➹⁀☆4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

Cross (A Gibson Boys Novella) by Adriana Locke is part of the Team Player anthology.


What it’s about:

Hot jocks. We love them all.
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick … book.
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.
Enjoy this naughty Christmas treat!*
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.


Guest Reviewer Lisha’s Thoughts:

Cross is book 2 in the Gibson Boys series. It’s a novella and it takes place before the events in Crash, book 1 in the series. The book is written in an alternating first person point of view between Cross Jacobs and Kallie Welch.

Cross takes us back to Linton, Illinois and those Gibson boys – Machlan, Lance, Walker and their cousins, Vincent and Peck. Kallie has returned back to her hometown of Linton after living away in Indy for several years. Her best friend, Nora, had finagled it so that Kallie and Cross could “accidentally” meet up at Machlan’s bar when she stopped in to pick up her paycheck. It became apparent when they meet again that there’s a lot of history between Kallie and Cross.

Cross is a fighter who had a lot of growing up to do. He admitted that he was disciplined in the ring but his personal life was chaos. Kallie was getting tired of waiting around for him to grow up. Coming back to town she sees that Cross has made some changes but she doesn’t seem ready to trust him yet. Cross has been waiting for Kallie to return and his biggest challenge is getting Kallie to see he is not the immature boy that she remembered.

The story was enlivened once again by Peck who was pulling for Cross to go get his girl while Walker was staying true to his inner grump and advising Cross to let her go. Both characters needed time to grow up before they could grow further into their relationship. I gave the story four stars because I would have like to have a few more details worked out about Cross and Kallie’s relationship. But overall all I think it was a delightful light read and I really enjoyed Cross’s devotion to Kallie throughout the story.


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