Title: Asa (Marked Men #6)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
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. (from goodreads.com)
I have read this series from the beginning so seeing these characters grow up has been amazing. I loved getting glimpses into the lives of my favorite characters from previous books. I enjoyed the twist in this book-I certainly did NOT see that coming.
I felt almost no connection with Asa and Royal. I just felt like this book didn’t grab me like the other books did. I am not sure exactly what it is, but I just felt no connection. I liked Asa and I liked Royal. I didn’t really care about them though. I felt that this book was more about wrapping everything up, getting everyone married off, and riding happily into the sunset. Don’t get me wrong, I NEED a happily ever after (heck I almost refuse to read a book that doesn’t have one!) but I felt like this was an entire book for that purpose and it just made it a bit slow. I think that it is also the reason I struggled to really feel connected with Asa and Royal. So much time is spent giving us the info on the characters from the other 5 books, and bits of introductions into who will be cast in the spin off series, that you really don’t delve deep into Asa and Royal. I would have liked more details about how she is dealing with the shooting, how her relationship with her mom has evolved to where they are now, etc. I know that is a lot more of things i didn’t love than things I loved. I am conflicted about this book but loved the series enough to overlook it for the most part.