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.
Crownover wraps up her Marked Men series in safe mode, giving Asa Cross maybe the baddest of her bad-boy heroes a convenient redemption plot. After a terrifying near-death experience, Asa quits his life of crime and petty larceny, gets a job as a bartender, and determinedly makes monthly installment payments on his massive medical bills. What could best complete this picture of straight-and-narrowness? Falling for Royal Hastings, the cop who arrested him the last time he dabbled in crime. As luck would have it, this sexy officer yearns for nothing less than slapping cuffs on Asa once again preferably so as to attach him to the headboard of a bed. What might have been an edgy plot with spiky sex is instead predicable and tame.
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The Marked Men Series
I ran across these books and of course started with Rule. Rule is still my favorite book, but I honestly LOVE them all! I love how they are all intertwined and you get to continuously read about all the characters. In my opinion, 5 stars isn't enough! I love how real the books feel and how this author reminds readers to be true to themselves!!
This was the perfect way to end this series. Everything about it was wonderful. The epilogue really got to me! It made me so happy to see all the people I loved from the books happy with their lives. Just such a great series and great stories.
Just reread this series for the 4th time and can't wait to read the first book of the Saints of Denver series.