Slick’s Review – Crossing the Line (Cross Creek #2) by Kimberly Kincaid

Multi dimensional characters, exciting opportunities, revelations no one expected, and falling in love when you least expect it made Crossing The Line a superb romance. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Cocky farmer Eli Cross plays twice as hard as he works. When his latest stunt drums up a heap of negative PR for the family farm, he grudgingly agrees to play host to an ambitious New York City photographer. Her feature on Cross Creek could be just the ticket to show the country what the Cross brothers do best…which is more problem than solution for Eli.

Scarlett Edwards-Stewart has photographed everything from end zones to war zones. She’s confident she can ace this one little story to help her best friend’s failing magazine. At least, she would be if her super-sexy host wasn’t so tight lipped. But the more Scarlett works with Eli, the more she discovers that he’s not who he seems. Can his secret bring them closer together? Or will it be the very thing that tears them apart?

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in Kimberly Kincaid’s Crossing Hearts series, but the second book, Crossing The Line took me by surprise in a good way. There was animosity, there were secrets, there was a lot on the line, and there were two people seemingly so mismatched but had more in common than either one ever expected. Multi dimensional characters, exciting opportunities, revelations no one expected, and falling in love when you least expect it made Crossing The Line a superb romance.

Eli Cross is the baby of the Cross family and the one his family sees as the slacker, the screw-up. Eli sees himself as the “extra” around their family farm; doing the jobs no one else wants especially him because while farm life might be in his blood, it isn’t in his heart. Eli has a passion for words and he’s been keeping big secrets from his family and hiding it all behind is happy, go lucky façade. When Scarlett Edwards-Steward, a famed photojournalist, comes to his family’s farm to chronicle farm life for her best friend’s failing online magazine, the tension between these two is fierce.

Ms. Kincaid crafted an exceptional story with many layers. The relationship between the four men who make up the Cross family is at times strained, but there is never any doubt that these four men love one another fiercely and will always have each other’s back. The farm has been in the family for generations and it means something to these men who have worked it all their lives. Eli’s reluctance to share with his family his secrets is selfless because he knows how much the farm and the land mean to them, and despite the fact he sometimes feels like the odd man out he does love them and the town he grew up in. I loved how Scarlett came in, a world traveler who never really had any roots anywhere, and not only fell in love with the farm, but had all of these men wrapped around her finger even Eli after some pretty harsh moments. She gave them hope, she gave them a different perspective on life, and in return they taught her about home, hearth, and family. It really was a beautiful thing to watch happen.

I loved everything about this book even the difficult times because that’s what life is like; you have to weather the storm to see the light. Light hearted yet heart breaking, fun but tempered with serious moments, sensual and sexy, Crossing The Line is a perfect romance.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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