Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Jay Crownover - Asa (The Marked Men Series book 6) - Book Review

Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Contemporary/ New adult romance
Length: 400 pages

Sadly, this book is the final in the Marked Men Series for Jay Crownover. I absolutely loved every minute of it. I recommend reading the books in order as follows: Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy and Asa.

We knew Asa and Royal had a thing for each other from reading Rowdy. I really wasn't sure how the ex-con was going to match up with the cop. Asa was even less convinced, doing everything in his power to avoid the redheaded bombshell. Either Royal was going to turn to the dark side or Asa was going to redeem himself.

There is no way Royal would ever compromise her moral code for anyone. There is so much to like about this female protagonist. Despite looking like almost every man’s fantasy, she has resisted the stereotype and the pressure to become someone’s brainless arm candy. Considering the example her mother set for her, this is even more amazing. Her mother’s unhealthy behaviour patterns taught her what not to do and with the help of her BFF, Dom, she forged a life outside the mould.

When Dom gets hurt in a bad incident at work, Royal berates herself, losing confidence in her ability to be a good cop. She chases Asa relentlessly, ignoring all his warnings that he will never be worthy of her.

Asa is worthy. He just doesn't see it. After he recovered from being in a coma, he realised the pain and hurt he had caused so many people, but most importantly his sister, Ayden. With the help of Rome and the gang, he found a purpose and the motivation to change.

Asa views his past behaviour as a sickness or addiction. He feels the temptation to revert constantly lurking. The only way he'll ever believe the change is permanent, is if he is able to do something completely selfless, willingly inflicting suffering upon himself for the good of another.

Jay Crownover has plotted Asa's redemption and the progression of this couple’s relationship brilliantly. Asa needed to become a new man and Royal had to suffer a crisis for them to find the common ground they needed to make the connection.

I will gladly read every word Jay Crownover decides to publish. If you haven’t read her stuff yet, what are you waiting for?

Love, love, love this series. 
5.5 flares.

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*


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