Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men Series #6
Publisher by: HarperCollins Publishers, William-Morrow Publishing
Published on: April 21, 2015
Genres: New Adult Romance
Page Count: 384
Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with the much anticipated story of southern charmer and certified criminal Asa Cross.
Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.
Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.
A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.
I am forewarning you now that this review may be more love letter than review but I will tell you about the book, I promise.
It never ceases to amaze me how the amazing authors manage to say all the things we find hard to put into words. To add validation to our feelings through their characters. They give a voice without even knowing it. It is what I love and find the most fascinating about authors. Jay is my goto author for that. She has put so many of my feelings into words through her characters in this series. The situations may not be same, of course because it’s fiction, but the characters act the way you would act or want to act. I value that probably more than she would ever know.
I met Rule when he was released 2 years ago as a self-published title and I fell madly in love with him and all the “Marked Men”. I have been a religious reader and follower of Jay ever since. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at a NYC author event last year (or the year before..haha) and figured out why I loved her books so much— she was her books. Just by meeting her, by seeing the personality she is — you know that a piece of her goes into every book and story. So in case she doesn’t get told much, I appreciate all the thought and effort she puts into every character and though the Marked Men series is ending, I am very excited to see where she takes Saints Of Denver.
Asa and Royal are closing out our Marked Men series and they do not disappoint. The sexual chemistry, smart ass banter and deep feelings are off the charts. Asa with his sexy southern charm and drawl will make you weak in the knees the only way Jay Crownover can. Royal’s sexy badass but broken self will tug at your heart strings.
We start out with Asa fighting not only his attraction to the sexy cop that is Royal but also trying to fight who he really is. Well atleast who he believes he is. He thinks he just evil and trying to stay on straight and narrow is the hardest thing he will ever do but he loves his sister, Ayden, and the Marked Men crew enough to be better for them.
Royal is on downward spiral after her partner and best friend, Dom, gets shot in the line of duty. She feels its all her fault and will not listen to anyone tell her different. She wants Asa not only because he sexy with some killer swagger but because she hoping that being with him will give her the semblance of peace she searching for.
This really was the perfect closing to an already phenomenal series. Asa and Royal’s relationship is slow and steady but really brings out some great emotions for these two characters. Life has not been easy for them and loving each other isn’t either but they push each other to be better. They learn through the other eyes that they are not the horrible people they see themselves as. You can change and move forward for the better. Love may not heal all but it does give you the want to be a better person not so much for yourself but for the person who has gifted their love to you.
Not only was Royal and Asa’s story one to remember but Jay really gives some great and bittersweet goodbyes to characters we have come love over the last 2 years. I laughed, I cried and my heart hurt from the mix of happiness and sadness I was feeling but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.