Review: UNFORGIVEN by Jay Crownover

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UNFORGIVEN (Loveless, Texas Book 2) by Jay Crownover

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

Genre: Western Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

8F695521-274D-4399-8EAD-0A9D16DD3B8CFrom the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a tough Texas Ranger and his first love–a woman in danger who insists she doesn’t need his protection.

Hill Gamble is a model lawman: cool and collected, with a confident swagger to boot. Too bad all that Texas charm hasn’t gotten him anywhere in his personal life, especially since the only girl he ever loved has always been off-limits. But then Hill is assigned to investigate her father’s mysterious death, and he’s forced back to the town–and the woman–he left behind.

When Hill left Loveless, he broke Kody Lawton’s already battered heart. And now that he’s working on her father’s case, avoiding him is impossible. She can handle Hill and her unwanted feelings–until he puts his life on the line to protect her. Suddenly, Kody realizes that Hill could be taken away from her…for good.

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Donna 4 stars

I enjoyed this romantic suspense. The small town feel fit in with all the old closet-skeletons that people just can’t keep hidden.  I couldn’t read fast enough to get through the danger and discover the culprit. At times it was a bit convoluted and stretching things, but fun to read. I loved Hill. Strong and capable except when it comes to his hometown and memories, especially Kody. I wish I liked her more and was able to understand the attraction Hill still had for her. She came across as a sophomoric and spoiled bitch to me. Thankfully that feeling passed and I began to pull for their HEA. I liked that the story wasn’t jam-packed with action and left enough time for the romance to build into a sizzling-hot relationship. It’s a fast read that I couldn’t put down. Now I’ll be chomping at the bit for the next installment.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. 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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EXCERPT TOUR: HONOR: The Breaking Point by Jay Crownover

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HONOR: The Breaking Point by Jay Crownover

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

Synopsis

img_4576New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with her most complicated hero yet, in the first book in the romantic suspense series The Breaking Point. 

Don’t be fooled.

Don’t make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one standing front and center.

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Excerpt

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“What do you think of the club?”
Her soft gray eyes widened and then narrowed. “It’s big and fancy. You can’t miss it as soon as you drive into the city.” There was a pause and her breath hitched. “You named it after me.”
I grinned at her. She was the key to everything that mattered in my world and in this city. Of course I named it after her.
“All the members got a lock or a key when they joined and paid their membership dues. The men all have a lock, one that is either open or one that is closed. If the lock is open, it means the gentleman is attached, married, has a partner, but is still up for anything and everything. The closed lock signifies that the particular man is off-limits and must engage with another member on his or her own terms.”
She lifted an eyebrow at me. “And the keys?”
I shrugged. “The women have the keys, to the locks and to the men’s hearts. Don’t they always?”
She moved a little closer and our knees brushed together, and I felt it in my balls. I sucked in a quick breath as the mere touch made my dick throb.
“So the women can just go around unlocking and locking men up all night long? They have no rules?”
“Women make all the rules when it comes to sex, Key. You should know this better than anyone.” I wanted to reach out and pull her off the edge of the desk so that she was sitting in my lap. “They have the key but they don’t have to use it, and if a member with a closed lock doesn’t want them to set them free, then that’s it. There is no pressure. There is no persuasion. It should all be mutual and it is all facilitated by men and women that want to be here. I’m pay9ing a small fortune for the people that know this industry inside and out. I built a grown-up amusement park where nothing is off-limits. People love their kink. People love their sex.”
“What about you? Do you love your sex and kink, Nassir?”
I smirked at her. “Sex is a part of life; it’s necessary and here in the Point it is currency. Kink I can give or take depending on the person on the other end of it. I’ve seen too much torture and degradation in my lifetime for the extreme and dark to be appealing.”
I saw the questions my quietly spoken words fired to life in her eyes, but instead of asking them, she was the one that decided to change the subject.
“Tell me about this business proposition you had in mind when you came to Denver. You want me to dress in latex and spank people? You want me to get on my back and spread my legs while people watch? What’s your game plan?”
I frowned at her and couldn’t stop myself from moving closer to her as she spit the harsh words out at me.
“You think I want to watch you have sex with other people. Key? You think it’s been fun for me to watch you burn your way through every available and not-so-available boy in the Point because you weren’t ready for me? I narrowed my eyes at her. “Now, which one of us needs to have some accountability?”
She flushed pink and leaned closer to me. She might be scared of me and the way I wanted her, but she never backed down, and that made my desire for her burn in a way that would never be extinguished.
“What did you have in mind, Nassir?”

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 About the Author

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. 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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RELEASE WEEK BLITZ: Asa: A Marked Men Novel by Jay Crownover

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Check out the Release Week Blitz for Jay Crownover’s ASA! ASA is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins. It is the 6th book in The Marked Men Series. Series information, excerpts and a giveaway are included below. -Cori

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SYNOPSIS

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.

 

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EXCERPT

I pulled the Nova to a stop in front of a duplex that had clearly seen better days. It wasn’t a rusted-out trailer in Kentucky, but it might as well have been. I turned off the ignition and sat back in the seat so I could turn to look at Ayden. She was watching me carefully and I could see how frustrated she was with the entire conversation in the way her shoulders were tensed up and the way her hands had curled into tight balls on her lap. It was the way she used to look whenever I got into trouble and she had to do something desperate and drastic to get me out of it. I reached out a hand and put it on top of her fists.

“I died in that hospital, Ayd. There were no angels playing harps. There was no redemption and repentance. I died and it was very clear that I was going to get exactly the kind of fate I had been courting with all the messed-up shit I had been doing to other people. All I could see was every wrong I had ever committed and every bad decision I had ever made exploding all around me. For once I could see how all of that affected you. I was dying, and I knew what was waiting for me on the other side, yet I couldn’t go knowing that was all you were going to have to remember me by. I had to come back and give you something else to hold on to, some kind of good memory to go with the endless miles of bad I laid at your feet. I wanted to have the chance to show you I could be the kind of brother you deserved all along, so no, I didn’t save myself—you saved me. Just like you’ve always done for my entire life.”

I saw her bottom lip tremble until she snapped her teeth around it to keep it still. Her fists unclenched below my palm and she curled her shaking fingers around my hand and her already husky voice rasped with even more emotion when she told me what I think I had needed to hear from her all along.

“I have always been proud that you’re my brother, Asa. Yes, there have been times in the past I would have gladly fed you to the wolves, and it’s no secret that I had to leave home because I didn’t know what to do to help you anymore, but we both made it out alive and are better people for it. I know you’re sorry for the way things went down when we were younger, but I need you to open your eyes and take some credit for the way you have turned it around to make things the way they are now. I’ve long since come to terms with the Asa from my childhood. What I want to do is love the Asa that’s here with me now. You need to let go of those boulders weighted with all the bad things from past that are dragging you down before you get crushed under them.”

It was eerily similar to what Royal had been telling me the deeper and deeper I sank in with her. I don’t think I was ready to let any part of those stones go just yet, but a sexy redhead was slowly and surely eroding bits and pieces of the rock the more and more time I spent with her. By the time she was done, maybe she would be able to carve out something that was worthwhile, something that didn’t eviscerate me to look at.

 

I leaned over enough that I could kiss Ayden right on the center of her forehead between her midnight eyebrows and I felt her let out a shuddering sigh.

“I’m never going to let you down again, Ayd. That is the one and only thing in the entire world that I can promise and know it’s a promise I will keep.”

We stared at each other for a long and silent moment. The seriousness of the words I had said to her and the fact that I could see that she understood that I really, truly meant them finally worked to absolve me of some of the guilt that seemed to suffocate me whenever I thought about the things she had done to keep me safe.

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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 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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WEEKLY RELEASE LIST 01/05-01/11 ✦Romance✦Paranormal Romance✦Romantic Suspense✦Erotica✦New Adult✦

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*This list will be pinned to the top of our FB page and updates will be made throughout the week. Buy links for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Paperbacks. Amazon Global links are provided. Genre codes included with titles. Key to codes listed at the bottom of the list.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014
✦The Professional: Part 2 by Kresley Cole #ER #CR (Cori 5 Stars) ➢ $1.99 Kindle http://georiot.co/8Hx | Nook http://bit.ly/1dhog5n | iTunes http://bit.ly/JywwG0

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014
✦After the Storm (A KGI Novel) by Maya Banks #RS #CR (Donna/ Cori 5 Stars) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://georiot.co/lGQ | Amazon Paperback $4.83 http://georiot.co/1Pqz | B&N $7.99 http://bit.ly/1kg5q1g | Kobo $7.99 http://bit.ly/1cZUban
✦Dark Wolf A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan #PNR (Donna 4.5 Stars) ➢ Kindle $10.44 http://georiot.co/1Rin | Amazon Hardback $15.85 http://georiot.co/19bp | B&N (Hardback $15.85/ Nook $10.44) http://bit.ly/1exCsbx | Kobo $12.99 http://bit.ly/1dkBxJa
✦Come to Me Quietly: The Closer to You Series by A. L. Jackson #CR (Dawn 4 Stars) ➢ Kindle $5.12 http://georiot.co/4BHn | Amazon Paperback $10.57 http://georiot.co/1IIu | B&N (Paperback $10.54/ Nook $5.99) http://bit.ly/1fidCwY | Kobo $5.99 http://bit.ly/1ejT76u
✦Hope Flames by Jaci Burton #CR (Dawn 4 Stars) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://georiot.co/1A0h | Amazon Paperback $5.03 http://georiot.co/2yMP | B&N (Paperback $7.99/ Nook $5.99) http://bit.ly/1lmYr9W | Kobo $7.99 http://bit.ly/JBYpwv
✦Forsaken: The World of Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank #PNR (Donna 4.5 Stars) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://georiot.co/2Anv | Amazon Paperback $5.78 http://georiot.co/3piS | B&N $7.99 http://bit.ly/19t5hIq | Kobo $7.99 http://bit.ly/19t5n30
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✦His Untamed Desire: A Moon Shifter Novella by Katie Reus #PNR ➢ Kindle $2.99 http://georiot.co/22oS | Nook http://bit.ly/1dFwlmJ
✦Ruined by An Ethan Frost Novel; A Loveswept New Adult Romance by Tracy Wolff #CR #NA (Dawn 4.5 Stars) ➢ $2.99 Kindle http://georiot.co/3oco | Nook http://bit.ly/1lp1HBU
✦Cursed By Destiny: A Weird Girls Novel by Cecy Robson #SF (Cori 4 Stars) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://georiot.co/iRz | Amazon Paperback $7.19 http://georiot.co/HAY | B&N $7.99 http://bit.ly/1eA8ALF | Kobo $7.99 http://bit.ly/1eA8HXp
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✦The Destiny of Violet & Luke (Callie & Kayden) by Jessica Sorensen #CR ➢ Kindle $2.99 http://georiot.co/2MIR | Nook $2.99 http://bit.ly/19KHxzI | Kobo $2.99 http://bit.ly/1cRSVIX
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✦Perfect Stranger (Novella) (Serendipity’s Finest) by Carly Phillips #CR ➢ Kindle $2.99 http://georiot.co/8cK | Nook http://bit.ly/1f6pjef
✦Rome: A Marked Men Novel, Book 3 by Jay Crownover #CR #NA ➢ Kindle $4.74 http://georiot.co/2kKK | Amazon Paperback $10.67 http://georiot.co/9ud | B&N (Paperback $10.45/ Nook $4.74) http://bit.ly/JVxHON | Kobo $4.99 http://bit.ly/1bJ2t4h

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✦GENRE ABBREVIATIONS✦
#CS – Contemporary Romance
#PNR – Paranormal Romance
#RS – Romantic Suspense
#NA – New Adult Romance
#ER – Erotica Romance
#YA – Young Adult Romance
#UF – Urban Fantasy Romance
#FR – Fantasy Romance
#HR – Historical Romance
#SF – Science Fiction Romance