on April 21, 2015
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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.
Jay Crownover is amazeballs! Her words tattooed my soul. Jay has created a series I absolutely adore. Adore may sound like an odd description for these bad boys but for me adore is the perfect description. They are perfectly flawed which only makes me love them more! The Marked Men are everything rolled into one. Each one commands attention. Each one will steal your heart. Each one will have you longing for a spot in this make shift family. It is said that you “save the best for last”. I must say I agree with this statement. Asa wasn’t everything I thought he would be, Asa was so much more.
Royal and Asa were the perfect combo of right and wrong. Really, after Asa’s shady past no one thought this reformed bad boy would see the light of day. Luckily, Rome and his softer side saw a diamond in the ruff. Royal is a take charge woman. Ready to fight for what she wants. She is overcoming a devastating work call gone wrong, needing a kick in the butt that only Asa can provide. Together, Asa and Royal are perfection. I just love them. Jay has found the perfect dialogue for this romantic duo. They are funny, entertaining, hot, and still piss you off a little. What’s makes something perfect? When it’s flawed.
Jay has managed to impress me time and time again. It’s hard to pick a favorite but Asa is pushing towards the number one spot. If you haven’t read Asa yet then do so now. If you haven’t read the Marked Men series then what are you waiting for!?!
Asa, Asa, Asa. What can I say about this book? What can be said about the final chapter in a series that just left me on a perpetual cloud nine? These books etched a permanent smile on not only my face, but my heart. The marks I was left with left me marked in a way no other series can.
In true Crownover fashion, Asa is broken, but delectably so. The Southern Charmer, charmed his was right into my soul. Asa and Royal were the two final pieces for this perfectly mismatched group. They completed the equation. They bring this amazing story of this unlikely group full circle. I fell in love with Rule, and each of the Marked Men in turn. Never have I enjoyed a series as much as I did this one, I want to be in their lives, to call each of them friends. I want to go to girl’s night. I want to feel loved by each one of these remarkable men. I want to be in their inner circle. I want to be a part of their family.
As sad, and I do mean sad, as I am that this story is at the end. I am also so thankful that I was given the opportunity to experience it. Jay has the uncanny ability to write an impeccably real story-line with characters that reflect not only the best but even the worst pieces of each of us. These characters weren’t perfect, they weren’t conventionally beautiful, and they didn’t have it easy, but that’s just it. That’s most of us in a nutshell. She wrote a story about acceptance, love, and just being present. It was and will always be that kind of amazing and more.
I can honestly say, this series left me marked in the most beautiful way possible.