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.
Asa...*sigh*...I fell in love with this bad boy back in Jet, when Jay Crownover first introduced us to this bad boy. In this final chapter to Jay's Marked Men series, Asa is on the road to redemption, trying to make amends for all of his past crimes. Royal is the pretty cop who catches his eye, but Royal is fighting demons of her own. A con and cop - they shouldn't be attracted to each other - but they are.
I absolutely devoured this book. I hurt for both Asa and Royal. Both of them feeling like outsiders from the group and neither one of them willing to love and forgive themselves first in order to see the freedom that stands in their way. Asa has come such a long way from the self-absorbed, southern pretty boy that he was.
This book is about self-discovery, believing in yourself, and learning who family really is. Jay Crownover began this series with that very same theme with Rule and Shaw; and it is only fitting that the series ends with Asa and Royal. 5 stars...with tears in my eyes and my heart full of love.
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
Can a leopard can his spots or do they just move around? It seems everyone (sometimes even Asa himself) has been looking for Asa's downfall. While Asa rallies, Jay Crownover has put the Marked Men and their women to rest, with this vastly anticipated climatic book.
Asa had a bad rap in the past but, he had done everything in his power to change that. He loves these tight group of people that has become his family and he doesn’t want to see them get hurt. He goes out of his way, to stay out of trouble. He is a southern charmer, there is no doubt about that, so Royal can’t help but be drawn to him like a mouth to a flame.
Isn’t that how it always is, even in real life? Opposites attract, plain and simple- Crownover has based this series on this principle. Usually the phrase 'opposites attract' refers to the dynamic between two partners in their relationship. They're so different from one another, yet the relationship works somehow. Asa and Royal are prime examples of this, you have your criminal and your cop. Crownover does a supreme job, with all of the ying and yang.
They really aren’t as opposite as you may think. Asa thinks he doesn’t deserve a relationship and Royal wants to show him he does. The intensity between these two are fierce, as I always knew anything with Asa would be. They both felt like outcast and like they just didn’t belong to the group. They both are fighting things with in themselves, which leaves them feeling inferior.
Crownover has consistently shown growth as an author throughout this series. Her love for these characters has been demonstrate throughout. She couldn’t have ended the series any better, we will all always want more of Rule and the rest of the group but I think there is more breathtaking stories to come from her that we will all equally worship.
So, with a tear in my eye, and a hitch in breath, I say farewell to the Marked Men, I have loved and cherished! They have traveled in and out of my kindle, and I have made many friends from loving them. Signed paperbacks, audiobooks, and other Country's publications, line my shelves, they are my priceless collection. You will always be in this bloggers heart!
Asa by Jay Crownover 5+ stars!
Mellie Kate's Review
Asa and Royal's handle on life and all its ugliness demonstrates how Jay has developed through her two years of writing this series. I am a fan, no ifs, ands or buts about it. I remember first reading Rule and thinking this author has something really special, raw talent. Every book in the series has shown how she has taken that raw talent and turned it into perfection, they just get better and better. Asa and Royal's love story is the perfect ending to a group of misfits that become family. Just goes to show you that family is not necessarily something we are born into but sometimes something we make. Being able to watch this group grow up, mature and all get their happy endings is what every reader dreams of. Perfect ending and a new beginning for others leads me to believe that this is not the end but only the beginning to a long career for Jay Crownover.
5 Perfect stars Texas Hugs and Happy Reading...