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Review: Asa by Jay Crownover

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Title: Asa
Series: The Marked Men #6
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 21 April 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5

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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.

REVIEW 

Let me start by saying that I always feel greatly privileged after reading any of Jay Crownover’s books. For me, I feel as if she puts her heart and soul into each and every one of her characters. In that respect (and her acknowledgements in each book) I always feel as if I have received a personal connection to the characters and the author. It really does feel that special.

Asa has been a regular feature in the Marked Men books since Jet. You really have to read Jet first to fully appreciate Asa’s character development and the interactions between him and the other characters :) His previous bad boy ways have overshadowed his life and tainted his self perception. Seriously if you looked up REDEMPTION in the dictionary you would find a picture of Asa ;)

Asa and Royal have been drawn to each other since their very sighting. The whole opposites attract thing could be applied to them, however, they have far more in common than initial impressions would give credit to. Both are ridiculously good-looking, allowing for certain pre-conceived notions to taint their connections to other people. Both, Asa and Royal have unconventional family backgrounds creating additional plot twists within the narrative. At one point I honestly thought my heart couldn’t possibly take another twist ;)

I loved that Royal pursued Asa in this story, going after the thing she wanted the most, putting herself out there and not taking no for an answer. Even when she is spiralling with guilt and regret she is still a wonderful female role model. I also liked how even negative events can have positive results. Making a person examine themselves and their situation, creating a oppurtunity for self-awareness and growth.

There is a lot going on within the pages of Asa, each plot thread and character expertly developed and carried out. The progression of the previous characters and the staging of the next series solidify Jay Crownover’s writing genius.

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About ASA

Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestsellingMarked 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.

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About Jay Crownover

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.

Links: Website/Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Jay Crownover Goodreads

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Spotlight: 12 Hours by Hannah Harvey

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(Novella)
Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Two months ago, Riley was heartbroken when her boyfriend of almost a year, James, broke up with her on her graduation day, and then left town without saying goodbye.
She hasn’t heard from him since that day. Until now.
Now it’s two months on. It’s midnight, and she’s just received a message from him.

I’m outside. I need you.

Three little words she’s never been able to resist from him. Over the next twelve hours, follow Riley on an emotional journey, as she tries to work out why he’s back. If he’s staying and what she wants now that he’s back in her life again.

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SUN DAY!!!!!

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You may have noticed I am a little obsessive with my blog :) I like to have a post up every day – it provides me with a sense of achievement. I struggle when I don’t have anything planned and when real life prevents me from throwing something together.

Saying that I love finding random images to make up for it.

As we have to make the most of the sunshine when it happens in Wales, I suggest SUN DAYs as opposed to snow days :) The girls and I have been taking advantage of the weather by attending the free swim sessions in our local leisure centre. Well they’ve been swimming while I attempt to conquer the treadmill ;) We’ve also been to our local beach:

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They explored and paddled while I got to read in the fresh air ;)

How have you made the most of this rare treat??????????

 

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn

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LOVING DALLAS by Caisey Quinn
(William Morrow, on-sale June 16th, 2015)
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Every dream comes with a price…

Dallas
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Sacrifice.

I’m familiar with it.

I’ve had to leave behind everyone I cared about—my sister, my best friend, my band, and my high school sweetheart—in order to chase my dream of making it in Nashville.

But when Robyn Breeland walks back into my life, it’s as if the universe has decided to give me a second chance. I’m just not sure it’s one I’m willing to take.

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Robyn
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Heartbreak.

I practically majored in it.

Dallas Lark was the first boy I ever loved and the one who’d shattered my heart into pieces. But I’ve moved on. Working in promotions at Midnight Bay Bourbon, I’m too busy to sit around moping over my ex. But when my company decides to sponsor his tour, I’ll have to face him whether I’m ready to or not. Dallas is determined to drive me to distraction, and my body begs me to let him.

Trouble is, my heart can’t tell the difference between a second chance and making the same mistake twice.

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WRITING LOVING DALLAS

One of the absolute craziest things about writing Loving Dallas was the fact that it was like having two male leads. Dallas himself says it best in the chapter where he explains to Robyn about “Person Dallas” and “Performer Dallas.”  The recording label he is hired onto quickly turns charming Dallas Lark from Amarillo (think: country cutie Easton Corbin) into the sexy, sharp-tongued Dallas Walker, a drifter with a shady past (think: country music outlaw Eric Church). I thought it might be fun to compare the two sides of my guy side by side!

STYLE 

First up, even though he’s really just one man, Dallas has a completely different style when he’s on stage. If you were to see the laid back crooner around town, he’d be clad in a well worn-in flannel button down and his favorite pair of jeans and cowboy boots. There will likely be trucker hat providing some shade over his baby blues. However, stop in to see a show and you might not recognize him! On stage Dallas Walker rocks an edgier look including Aviators, leather jackets, and biker boots. Vintage rock band tees are a staple in the wardrobe of this version of Dallas!

SWAGGER 

Dallas Lark is a caring and somewhat overprotective big brother to his little sister, Dixie. He believes women should be treated like the ladies that they are with the respect they deserve. He says Grace and he says ma’am, y’all!

Dallas Walker on the other hand is a little rougher around the edge and if you get too close you might enter a danger zone where you end up in scandalous tabloid photos alongside country music’s newest bad boy!

SWEETHEARTS 

Dallas Lark will forever carry a torch for his high school sweetheart, Robyn Breeland. She is and will always be his muse.

Dallas Walker can’t be tamed or tied down and women traipse in and out of his life quicker than Billboard chart toppers change places! He does certainly pay a lot of attention to one special lady that has yet to be identified by media sources. Rumor has it she’s the one that got away!

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Which version of Dallas would be your favorite kind of book boyfriend? Decide for yourself on 6.16.15 when LOVING DALLAS GOES LIVE!

Caisey Quinn: Website/Facebook

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