The bit on the back…
Royal Hastings has been a cop, first and foremost, for most of her adult life. So when a call-out goes wrong and her partner ends up in hospital, she finds herself suspended from the job, indefinitely.
With too much time on her hands and a heavy load of guilt weighing her down, she seeks solace in oblivion – otherwise known as a golden-eyed bartender with a rap sheet as long as her arm.
Asa Cross has spent his live on the wrong side of the law, but a near death experience has left him rebuilding his life and relationships. But being good is tougher than it seems – especially when being bad looks as good as Royal does.
On paper, the cop and the con seemed doomed to heartbreak – but when love has stolen your heart, how can you walk away?
This is the 6th book in Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series. I was anticipating this in a big way and had it on pre-order so I could start it as soon as I could on release day! I’ve read the first five books in the series and although I hadn’t enjoyed the 4th and 5th book quite as much as the first three I was looking forward to starting this.
This is Asa’s story. Asa is a character we already know from earlier in the series. Asa is trouble, or rather was trouble but more recently in the series he’s been trying to turn his life around, and that means keeping as far away from the police as possible. That includes Royal Hastings. Royal is the other main character in this novel, and another character that we’ve already been introduced to.
This story did not disappoint IN THE SLIGHTEST. God, from the first chapter Asa just has this aura of sexiness about him, the way he thinks, speaks and does. I was immediately attracted to his character and I couldn’t wait to read more about Asa instead of seeing him through the eyes of the other characters. Royal is feisty and and if anyone is a match for Asa it’s her. I was sort of seeing Julianne Hough in my head, as a red head of course, throughout the story. With her tough girl persona she doesn’t take any shit from anyone but she’s in a difficult place in her life and is focusing all of her attention on Asa to get her through it.
I had my own preconception of Asa’s character but he is the definition of a changed man. I felt sorry for him during the story because you can sense the guilt he is weighed down by in his thoughts and actions. He looks for a way out of trouble instead of for a way to get into trouble and I loved how desperate he was to protect Royal from getting hurt, even when it hurt him in the process.
Jay has this great ability to tell a story from both sides of the perspective and I love reading from her Marked Men’s perspective. Both Royal and Asa are kind of outsiders to the Marked family but both are readily accepted into the tribe.
If you’ve read Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series and fancy something a bit edgier then give this series a try.