ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel
Cross + Catherine, #1
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia
A Legacy Novel
A wild boy.
A sly girl.
Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because heâs never known anything different. Heâs unapologetic, and he owns it.
Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl â¦ on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. Sheâs curious, and sheâs exploring it.
She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.
Theyâre late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.
Theyâre vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.
Love is killing for someone.
Love is living for someone.
Sometimes, you canât 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 youâre a principe and principessa della mafia.
This is what love is like when youâre Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.
Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.
ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel (Cross + Catherine, #1) by Bethany-Kris
Catherine giggled. Her amusement faded fast. Like the second Hugh grabbed her arm in a tight grip, and stopped her from walking further.
âLast name?â he asked again.
She tugged her arm to free it from his grasp, but he didnât let go. She looked down at his hand pointedly. âThatâs a no.â
âShit, whatâs your problem? Iâm just asking who the hellââ
âLet me go,â Catherine said.
She was polite.
It was the only warning he was going to get.
âTell me your name, then.â
âThis isnât a tit for tat,â Catherine replied. âI said no, and that meansââ
Catherine didnât even see the fist coming before it smashed into Hughâs face. Hugh let go of Catherineâs arm with a holler, and she almost tripped over her gladiator-style sandals in an effort to jump back.
âMeans fucking no,â the guy Catherine had been admiring earlier said, as he stood over a now bleeding Hugh. âCoach said to move your ass, so move, Hugh. Stop bothering girlsâdidnât you get enough of that shit last year?â
âDonati!â someone yelled from the field.
âJesus Christ, Cross,â Liliana muttered.
That was all Hugh got out before he kicked out a leg and dropped Cross to the ground. In full football gear, but for the helmets, the two boys started laying into one another. Each fist smacking into a body or gear made Catherine cringe. She was pretty sure someone was bleeding, too, in between cursing and name calling. The players and coaches on the field started heading their way fast.
âOkay, time to go,â Liliana said, making sure to tug Catherine along.
She kept up with her cousin easily enough.
First day, and already starting fights.
Yeah, she really missed her old school.
âDonati did you a favor there,â Liliana said as they came closer to the school.
âWho?â Catherine asked, peering back over her shoulder.
âDonati. Cross Donati.â
That surname seemed familiar to Catherine, but she couldnât quite pull out why.
âHugh is a creep,â Liliana said, oblivious to Catherineâs confusion. âHe doesnât understand the word no, and if you ask the right girls, theyâll all tell you not to leave a drink unattended when heâs around. Seriously, Cross did you a favor.â
She couldnât help but look back over her shoulder.
Catherine found a pair of dark eyes looking in her direction before they locked onto hers.
His fist crashed down into Hughâs bloody face one more time before the coach reached the fighting boys, and pulled them apart. He was still staring after Catherine, though.
Cross smiled at her, then, showing off white teeth stained red by his bloody mouth. He didnât seem a bit bothered by it, really. She smiled back.
Catherine thought, years from then, when people asked â¦
She would say that was when she fell in love with Cross.
All the while, he smiled at her.
And she smiled back.
That was when she fell in love with Cross Donati.
Even if she hadnât known it then.
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 â¦ when she can find the time.
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