Synopsis from Goodreads
Looks can be deceiving.
I knew that most people took one look at the ink and the impossibly big and strong body it covered and decided I was a brawler…a bruiser…a beast. However, I was hardwired to be a thinker, not a fighter—my mind being my greatest weapon and my biggest weakness.
I should have chosen to use my brain and talents to be one of the good guys, a hero, a man with dignity and worth.
I turned my back on dignity and sold my soul to the highest bidder, deciding to dance with the devil, instead.
I couldn’t figure out how to help myself, so there was zero chance I knew how to save someone else.
That someone else was Noe Lee. She was the unkempt, unruly thief who was just as smart as I was and twice as street savvy. She was annoyingly adorable beneath the dirt and grime and she was in trouble. In way over her head, I told myself it wasn’t my job to keep her from drowning. In the Point, it was sink or swim and I wasn’t the designated lifeguard on duty.
I had shut the door in her face, but now she’s gone…vanished…disappeared without a trace. It took less than a second for me to realize that I wanted her back.
When a woman comes along that melts all the frozen, hard things you’re made of, you’ll do anything you have to, to bring her home.
What you see is not always what you get…and with a man like me there is more than anyone ever bargained for.
Dignity is as intense and brooding as the main man, Snowden Stark. Ever since his introduction I have harboured a fascination for all things Stark, what exactly makes the boy genius tick, how do you get past the fortress he has built around himself and what secrets is he hiding??? Jay Crownover gave me more of Stark than I was prepared for, a glimpse into his very soul, and I can honestly say I adore every single inch of the man.
The ongoing story-line surrounding the corruption and evil permeating The Point continues from Honor, especially where the Mayor is concerned, his despicable acts and quest for power bringing all of our main players together; Nassir, Race, Booker, Bax, Titus and Benny all make an appearance within the narrative. All movers and shakers in their own way, crossing the line between right and wrong on a regular basis. Saying that, Jay Crownover provides a lot of food for thought on what is truly right and wrong, the not so black and white where those who should be ‘good’ are worse than those society deems as bad.
Noe has been dragged into the middle of the poop-pile the Mayor has created when she helps his step-daughter escape his clutches. The same Mayor who is now hell bent on cleaning up all the loose ends that could bring him down. Noe being one of the biggest loose threads, and as a street-person an easy target. One who seeks the help of the only person she feels will be able to protect her – STARK!!!
Both Stark and Noe have suffered a great deal of emotional trauma during their lives; trauma that has shaped them and unfortunately, at this point, defines them. Instinctively drawn to each other, it is as if their broken parts call to each other. They are the perfect fit for one another, but every ounce of happiness the couple deserve has to be won. Secrets shared and demons slayed before they can embark on a future together.
The plot within Dignity is ingeniously multi-layered with topical issues woven throughout the plot; it is very easy, as well as disheartening, to pick out aspects that reflect current events within the narrative.
Behind every great man is an even greater woman 😉 Jay Crownover entices the reader with the foundation for Booker’s story toward the end of Dignity, a story that has been building from the moment Booker and Karsen met in Better When He’s Bold – I cannot wait to see how this plays out.