Series: Marked Men #6
Date Published: April 21st 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Description: You never know which moment might lead to forever . . .Asa Cross struggles with being the man everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn't 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 also 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 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. And she knows chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.A longtime criminal and a cop just seem so wrong together . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.
Dear Jay –
And Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy, and Asa
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Marked Men series. And I’m kind of sad to see that it’s finished. But great job with the last two paragraphs in Asa, wrapping up the entire series with happily ever after for all of the couples. I appreciated the closure. And I’m looking forward to the new Saints of Denver series. Zeb and his cover are QUITE impressive! I didn’t really understand the whole lumbersexual obsession before now. How wrong I was. (If you haven’t see the cover, check it out here.)
I’ve appreciated how you weave the characters into each of your books, Jay. I think that’s a great reflection of real friendships. We met Asa Cross in Jet. And Royal Hastings in Nash. Asa is a reformed criminal. And Royal is a cop. Yes, that’s probably a bit trite. But I really think it works here. Asa is trying to forgive himself for all of his past actions. And Royal is dealing with survivor’s guilt from an incident at work that left her partner in the hospital. And Royal, she’s the aggressor here. Which is a great twist to the contemporary romance. It’s nice to see a woman taking charge, knowing what she wants, and going after it.
All I knew what that he was the first guy to ever make me want, really want, and he was the first man to ever make me chase him. I never stopped to consider what was going to happen if I actually caught him.
Some of Royal’s thoughts make great quotes. I relished reading how these two characters growing as individuals. And as a couple.
One of the aspects of this series that I’ve always loved, Jay, is the sexy time scenes. And Asa lives up to my high expectations. Though, that scene in the bar with the scotch made me hope that the cleaning crew is very thorough!
In the end, though, I really just wanted to express my thanks, Jay, for this series. As contemporary romance goes, I don’t think any reader could go wrong with any of these Marked Men.