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Title: Justified
Series: Loveless, Texas #1
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: 25 June 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he’s determined to do everything by the book–until he’s called to Aspen Barlow’s office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn’t the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge…

Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she’ll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there’s a thin line between love and hate… because there’s nothing Case wouldn’t do to keep her safe.

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I have no clue where to start with Justified, Jay has completely thrown me by jamming so much into one story-line there is just no way on earth to do the plot justice.

Case and Aspen have a long and tumultuous history which has maintained he distance between them and clouded their perceptions. However, when Aspen’s life is placed in danger, they are given the opportunity to bridge the gap between them and lay the skeletons in their closet to rest.

Case and Aspen are very similar in their desire to help others and make a difference in their community. Unfortunately, the ghosts of the past keep them shackled to their regrets for far too long. Although the situation between them is precarious at best, the opportunity to become the people they dreamed of being is a silver lining among the black clouds rolling over them.

It is almost as if Case and Aspen had to travel the rough path in order to reach their destination – each other 💕 Being together fills all the missing spaces they have inside, they are definitely stronger together and provide a respite from the storm around them.

Case’s son, Hayes, absolutely stole my heart. Wise beyond his years and one of lives pure souls, I want to adopt him.

There are a number of shocking plot twists within the narrative, adding to the tension and drama of the story as a whole.

Justified enables us to catch up with all of the Lawton siblings but it also adds to the desire to uncover all of their secrets. A few more tasty titbits are laid down where the lone Lawton female, Kody, is concerned. With a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of Justified promising, there is a lot left to be uncovered where Loveless, Texas is concerned.