Review: Asa by Jay Crownover
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.
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Where do I begin, shall I start with my first love and first marked man, Rule. He has had my heart and has held it captive since the beginning of this series and it feels like a long time ago. Asa has come into the picture and he ruined me for Rule and all the other marked men. Asa now holds my heart, this delicious sweet southerner was captivating, seductive, rough around the edges, and had me begging for more. Bravo Jay Crownover, you have really out done yourself with Asa and Royal.
I loved this story, I loved how all the loose ends were tied up and as the book ended, I cried. I wept for the fictional friends that we were closing a chapter on; however, I still have the Saints of Denver to look forward to but it just won’t be the same. This book was everything I wanted. I love how rough and raw Royal and Asa were and how they were struggling but exactly what the other needed at the time. They were two puzzle pieces that made a whole, and they didn’t even realize it until they had fallen for the other. Simply put, this book was an exquisite masterpiece that had me crying, giggling, swooning, and smiling; it had my heart swelling with so much happiness that I smile as I write this review and close the page on the marked men series, which will forever live on in my heart (…and my fantasies).
“I can’t see you but I can feel you, Royal, and you feel beautiful.”
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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.
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