Asa (Marked Men - Book #6)
by Jay Crownover
Kindle Edition, 400 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own
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.
Asa and Royal have been trying to fight their attraction to one another from the moment they met. Royal is a cop and Asa has a criminal past so a relationship just does not seem to be in the cards for them.
Asa has been doing really good with staying out of trouble. He is working at Rome's bar and loves his job. It keeps him on his toes.
Royal is having a crisis, Dom her partner and best friend has gotten hurt in the line of duty. Royal is blaming herself and putting herself in dangerous situations. She also keeps asking Asa to go to bed with her. He of course refuses. Asa also keeps pulling her out of the fire.
Asa has a pretty dark past that is letting him define him and Royal is going down the same path with the Dom situation. These two might just be exactly what each other needs in order to see that guilt and self loathing is not a way to live at all.
These two characters work really well together they are both good at heart and want more for themselves. The little roller coaster ride was nice and the dilemma and choose that Asa has to make in order to save Royal's feelings and her relationship with her mother broke my heart. I wanted him to be selfish in that moment and keep Royal for himself.
Ayden (Asa's sister) helps with that situation and she wants Royal to choose to be with Asa with or without a large secret hanging over them.
Rating: 4 STARS
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