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Cross My Heart (Hearts #5.75) by L.H. Cosway

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Hearts Series #5.75
L.H. Cosway
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
January 31st 2017

Iris Garrigan has nothing.

Well, that’s not entirely true. She has her trusty Doc Martin boots. She has her Bowie obsession. And she has the stray cat that sneaks into her bed and keeps her company at night – it’s a quid pro quo relationship. The cat gets a warm body and she gets something alive beside her when she would otherwise be alone.
She also has a job. Sure, washing dishes hardly has her rolling in dough, but with no permanent abode it’s the best she can do. She knows her new boss only lets her work in his restaurant out of pity, but she isn’t above cashing in on a little human compassion if it means she can survive to live another day.

Everything is going fine until Liam Cross starts to take notice of her, poking his newly minted police badge where it doesn’t belong. And if he doesn’t quit soon her not so legal living situation could find her in hot waters. Little does she know, Liam isn’t just being nosy, he’s trying to help. Iris has no idea that he’s been watching her for months, and that he’s completely enamoured with her strange and peculiar ways.

When Liam discovers her secret Iris has two options: stay and face the music or run for the hills.

***Cross My Heart is a contemporary romance novella and tells the story of the youngest Cross brother, Liam Cross.***

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ARIANNA’s review

‘Cross my Heart’ was what I call “a perfect novella” – sweet and sexy, with an engaging story-line and two well portrayed characters. I loved this little gem as much as I loved the previous full length novels in the series, so, obviously, I wanted Iris and Liam’s story to be longer. If you are a fan of this series and a fan of opposites attract stories, you don’t want to miss this one.

“I was a glass half full kind of girl. I had to be, otherwise I’d be a hand me the crack pipe kind of girl.”

Iris had a hard life growing up. She was placed into foster care at fourteen when her mother died of an overdose. Now she is twenty and homeless, without any family and friends, struggling every day to survive. Iris works as a dishwasher at “The Grub Hut”, Lee Cross’s restaurant. It’s not the ideal job, but she’s grateful Lee took a chance on her and gave her a job. All Iris wants is to save up enough money for a deposit to get her own apartment. Iris is trying to keep for herself, at work and on the streets and she does a good job, until someone starts to notice her.

“He was singularly the prettiest man I’d ever laid eyes on.”

Liam is Lee’s young brother. Once a car thief, he is now a police officer. He had been intrigued by Iris from the moment he laid his eyes on her. Her sad eyes, her tattoos, her black, almost blue hair, everything is fascinating to Liam. He wants to get to know her, to be her friend and most of all to protect her.

The relationship between these two starts to change one day, when Liam figures out Iris lives on the streets and offers her a place to stay.

“His kindness, his basic human decency, was more than I’d experienced in a very long time.”

Just like any other book I’ve read by this author, ‘Cross my Heart’ is fantastically written and I honestly couldn’t put it down. I loved everything about this little gem – how the two main characters were portrayed, how the story progressed, the heart-warming romance and of course the supporting characters.

The story was short, yet very engaging from beginning until the end and the two main characters are so endearing. I loved Iris. My heart broke for this poor, lonely girl whose life was so hard for so many years. She was hard working, sweet and such a fighter. Her imaginary friend, David Bowie was fantastic and I enjoyed their entertaining dialogue. Liam was such a wonderful hero. I loved how determined he was to help Iris, how good he was with her, how sweet, caring, patient and protective he was from the very beginning.

I enjoyed how Iris and Liam’s tentative friendship slowly, but surely grew into something more and I loved them as a couple. They were so sweet, so great together. I really wanted their story to be a full-length novel.

All in all, ‘Cross my Heart’ was another great addition to the series; one you definitely must read if you love the Cross brothers.

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