Series: Marked Men #6
Published by: William Morrow on April 21, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: The Publisher
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Rome, Rule, Jet
Also by this author: Rome, Rule, Jet, Better When He's Bad
One Line: A very nice conclusion to a memorable series.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Ah, the final book in a series. All in all, I think Jay did a great job with Asa’s story and closing out the series. While Rule will always be my favorite of the Marked Men, Asa can hold his own with the rest of them. His romance with Royal had its steamy moments and I think they clicked very well. Yes, they were from opposite ends of the “legal system”, but they made it work. I will say that the tone of the book felt like what I would describe as a straight line. There isn’t a lot of drama between the two characters and not a lot of action happens. Things are pretty much just calm, with minor blips along the way that had more to do with the people around Asa and Royal than with them as a couple. Yes, there is a bit of a fallout, as is custom, but the drama is very low-key.
As for the characters themselves, I just have to say, poor Asa! That guy has been through so much, admittedly through his own faults, but it was so obvious how much he had changed and how genuinely good he was, it pained me to see him view himself so negatively. Most of the book is of him berating himself, inwardly, because of his past, while keeping Royal at bay as best he could. I liked that Royal never really gave up on him and helped him to see how much he had changed. I felt for Royal too, not really feeling like she was a part of the group, especially given her history with Asa. Aside from that, I liked watching her path of self-discovery. I feel like this book was more about these two characters figuring themselves out more so than about them falling in love. The love is there, but it’s not the central theme, which was a change of pace, but not in a bad way.
The book itself definitely felt like a final book in a series. We get glimpses of what the other characters in the series are up to and with Asa and Royal, it just seemed like they just had to get together, to serve as the cherry on top of this Marked Men cake. Asa was a nice addition to the series and the series itself was very fun to read. I’m really looking forward to revisiting this world and these characters again the future.