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.
This is such a bitter sweet review for us to write. We have been in love with the Marked Men since we first were introduced to Rule more than 2 years ago. What a journey Jay Crownover has led us on. And even though we would never be ready to say goodbye to these characters, she finished this series with a bang. Asa was a wonderful ending to a fantastic series.
I agree completely, Tracy! Marked Men has become one of my all time favorite NA Series. While no one will ever top Rule Archer for me, I was thrilled to finally have the chance to read Asa’s story. He has undergone such a transformation since the early books in this series.
When I met Asa in Jet, I didn’t think I would ever love him as much as I do. He was the character to despise; making every wrong decision and ruining lives of those around him. As the series progressed, we began to see Asa changing his future. His story made me completely fall in love with him. Having his POV gave us the opportunity to see his compassion and fierce desire to do right by those who he loved.
Asa was definitely the man I loved to hate in the early days of this series. However, I found myself wanting to know more about him and why he acted the way he did. Despite his actions, I always saw sparks of goodness in him. His journey was a long one, but I loved seeing his character change.
For once I’m living the life I’m supposed to have instead of doing whatever it takes to try to live the life I always thought I should have.
Asa had a long way to go to redeem himself and in his eyes he never thought he would get there. Royal had different plans for him. I love that this story wasn’t an “insta-love” tale. Royal had her initial agenda for wanting Asa, and Asa had his reasons for staying away.
I knew Asa was going to steal my heart in this book. However, I was completely unprepared for Royal. She was somewhat of a mystery in Nash and Rowdy. I fell in complete love with her! In fact, I think she has become my favorite heroine of the Marked Men Series.
I think Royal is the only woman who could bring Asa to his knees. She was both fierce and compassionate. She is a woman who knows what she wants are goes after it. She loves so deeply and completely and that is what Asa needed. Although the fact she is a cop and Asa was a criminal creates many hurdles for these two to overcome.
“I both loved and loathed her fearlessness. It made it impossible to say no to her.”
I completely agree, Tracy. It was going to take a special heroine to love Asa. Royal is confident and secure in what she desires from Asa. She never backs down from her feelings. An insecure woman could have never taken Asa on. I admired her willingness to constantly challenge Asa. She knows he deserves love, even when he didn’t.
Luckily while we are experiencing Royal and Asa’s lives coming together we still get bits of the other characters we love in this series. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to all the boys of Marked Men and their ladies, but I loved that in this book we got just a little more of each.
One of the things I’ve loved most about the series is we never truly say goodbye to any of the couples. Their lives all interconnect and we see plenty of our favorites throughout this final book. Jay also introduces us to the first couple in her new Saints of Denver. While saddened to see an “official” end to Marked Men, I know we aren’t truly saying goodbye to these beloved characters.
“Our marks defined us, separated us, and made us the men we were today”
And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series!
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.