A Legacy Novel
A wild boy.  A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.

Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.

She chases bad things.  He never learned to be good.

They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.
They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.

Love is killing for someone.  Love is living for someone.

Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.
Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.
Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.

This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia.
This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.

Series:  Cross + Catherine #1

Excerpt

“You’re seriously going to do that right now?” Cross asked.

Catherine giggled, but stayed firmly on her stomach, refusing to roll over on the bed. “I have to; I have an essay due on Monday.”

She continued reading the paperback copy of Romeo and Juliet. Cross decided to continue trying to distract her by kissing a path up her spine while his fingers edged along the waistline of her boy shorts.

“Are my clothes dried yet?”

“No, the machine will beep, and be quiet.”

Cross kissed the back of her neck.

“Stop that,” Catherine half-heartedly muttered.

He sighed, and rolled off her to his back on the bed. “They die, Catherine. That’s what happens. They’re stupid, and they die. Spoiler alert, babe.”

Catherine glowered at him. “First of all, you’re supposed to tell me a spoiler is coming before you give the spoiler. Never watching shit with you because clearly you don’t respect the spoiler alert, Cross.”

He just shrugged.

“Secondly,” she continued, “I know they die. That does not make them stupid. They died together. It was the only option in the end. I think that’s—”

Cross quickly rolled over and came close enough to Catherine that their faces were just centimeters apart. “If you say that’s romantic, I’m burning that damn book.”

“It’s the school’s book, so go for it.”

He didn’t miss how she didn’t say it was romantic, though.

“It wasn’t their only option. It was the shit option they put themselves into because they weren’t smart enough to figure out a way to be together and stay alive,” Cross said.

“That’s—”

“Fact,” he interjected.

“You better stop interrupting me.”

Cross smirked. “Or what?”

Catherine smacked him in the forehead with the book. “Or that. And it does not make them stupid, Cross.”

“Okay, maybe stupid was a bad word choice.”

“Try again, then.”

Cross rested his arms behind his head as a makeshift pillow. Although, Catherine’s bed had more than a half of a dozen decorative pillows to use. He didn’t understand why she needed that many pillows, but whatever.

“It’s not romantic to die together because that’s the only option,” he said quietly, “that’s sad. It’s fucking sad. You don’t give up, not on anything, not on anyone worth having. You just don’t give up—ever. You figure shit out. You fight. Or you take a step away and come back at it when you’re ready to, but you don’t roll over and die. So no, it’s not romantic, it’s just sad. That’s the end of it.”

Catherine stared at him for a long while before she said, “This is supposed to be one of the greatest love stories ever written.”

“Yeah, well, I prefer my love alive and well, not cold and dead.”

She rolled her eyes. “You’re kind of terrible. You totally just ruined Romeo and Juliet for me.”

“As long as you never call it romantic again.”

Coming Soon

She was once his liar.  He was once her savior.

Cross Donati fills his days with the mafia, family, and responsibility. The wild boy is a distant memory. A waiting prince now sits in his place. An old debt puts the gunrunner right back into the path of his past, but he only sees his future.

Every king needs a queen.

Catherine Marcello learned how to stand on her own, and she no longer needs saving. The sly girl is far more dangerous now. A broken promise taught her how to live again. One conversation puts the hustler face to face with her first love, but she only sees heartache.

Every God needs a prayer.

The scars of their history runs deep. Every lie told, and each secret spilled hurts a little bit more.

Love does not care.  Love will not wait.

So, why does life keep standing in the way?

Revere is A Legacy Novel. While it can be read as a follow up to Always, it can also be read as a standalone novel.

Revere: A Legacy Novel (Cross + Catherine #2)

Expected publication: November 2017, by Bethany-Kris

She was once his liar.  He was once her savior.

Cross Donati fills his days with the mafia, family, and responsibility. The wild boy is a distant memory. A waiting prince now sits in his place. An old debt puts the gunrunner right back into the path of his past, but he only sees his future.

Every king needs a queen.

Catherine Marcello learned how to stand on her own, and she no longer needs saving. The sly girl is far more dangerous now. A broken promise taught her how to live again. One conversation puts the hustler face to face with her first love, but she only sees heartache.

Every God needs a prayer.

The scars of their history runs deep. Every lie told, and each secret spilled hurts a little bit more.

Love does not care.  Love will not wait.

So, why does life keep standing in the way?

Revere is A Legacy Novel. While it can be read as a follow up to Always, it can also be read as a standalone novel.

Revere: A Legacy Novel (Cross + Catherine #2)

Expected publication: November 2017, by Bethany-Kris

Bethany-Kris

Bethany-Kris

is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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