Asa by Jay Crownover ~ Review

I was part of the Asa review tour, but unfortunately I didn't get enough time to read the book, so today, I am bringing you my long overdue review!

Asa (Marked Men, #6)

Title: Asa
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 21st 2015
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Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked 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.

Asa is the last book in Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series and I must say that it was a fitting end. I first met Asa in his sister Ayden’s book, Jet, and he wasn’t a very good guy. Over the course of the next few books you could see that he had changed his life around and deserved his shot at happiness.

Asa’s had a fair few brushes with the law so of course he would fall for Royal, the rookie cop that arrested him a while ago. Royal is friends with Saint and a few other girls in the Marked Men family and has had a tough time lately. She is struggling with an issue that went down at work and wants Asa to distract her. Asa keeps pushing her away, but being a male, it can only happen for so long.

It was sad to see how much Asa lacked self worth; he was adamant that Royal could do so much better than him, but she continued to come back and slowly they both pieced their hearts back together. The passion between them was undeniable and I loved seeing their connection grow. But there was always something there that kept Asa from going all the way with his feelings.

This book wrapped up the series nicely and I was able to see how the rest of this dysfunctional family were moving on. They were all facing new challenges and big changes in their lives. They all love each other with a fierce passion and will do anything for one another. Asa and Royal’s relationship had its hurdles and they had to work hard to get it to work, but so worth it in the end. The epilogue was beautiful and I was satisfied it ended on a high note. I will definitely read more books by Jay Crownover in the future!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saints of Denver. 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.

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  1. Great review. This seems like such an awesome series and I feel so behind and out of the loop by not starting it yet. Thanks for the motivation. Now that they series has wrapped I'd liked to read the books back to back :)

    P.S: Like the new blog look!

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one. I love Asa. He does deserve Royal and she deserves him.

  3. Glad to read this one wrapped up the series nicely. I definitely need to get back in to it. I really enjoyed the first book. And I think I would enjoy Asa's story.

    Lovely review!

  4. I sometimes found that less than confident characters make me fall in love that much stronger, especially if they're women. You can't help but root for them, hope that they can change, evolve, move into the next stage of their life. This series sounds really interesting :)

  5. Bookworm BrandeeMay 7, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Aww, even guys who've made mistakes in their past deserve to be loved. I'm glad this was such a fitting ending to the series, Naomi. I really want to read it - and I'd totally forgotten it was set in Denver! I love it when books are set in a place I'm familiar with. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  6. I'm really going to need to try these. Love that they had some history and that she kept coming back to help him heal. I'm really loving your cover of this one way more than the US version. How pretty!

  7. I saw that you have them all now... no excuses girl!

    And thanks! I like it too!

  8. Asa makes a big impact in the second book, so it is good to see him get a happy end!

  9. These two are confident in everything, except relationships!! lol

  10. Yes! And Asa deserved it! Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with Denver ;)

  11. I like the girl pic's! It really shows what they look like!

  12. This sounds like a sweet romance that takes awhile to build, best kind. The only thing is her name kinda sounds like a slogan or a brand name,lol.

  13. Most of the girls have unusual names in this series, I'm kind of used to it now!! lol

  14. Hehehe!! I giggled reading your comment, I am so glad you agree with it all!
    Is there going to be some kind of spin off?

  15. I'm so sad that this series is over! I agree with your review completely. I felt bad for Asa as well. I'm glad that he eventually let Royal in. I agree that the series was wrapped up nicely. I loved the epilogue too, and finding out about the whole cast. Great Review Naomi!!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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