Blurb: You never know which moment might lead to forever . . .
Asa Cross struggles with being the man everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t 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 also 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 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. And she knows chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.
A longtime criminal and a cop just seem so wrong together . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.
Review: This is the last book in the Marked Men series. Because of that, it is almost impossible to write a review without reviewing the series as a whole. While the books are connected because of the characters, you can generally read them in any order and not feel lost. I actually read book 4, Nash, before I realized that there were other books before it.
The characters in this series are all quirky, messed up, struggling with who they are and how they fit in their world. Basically, they are real and human and totally believable. They are the kind of people that I’d love to know in real life. Asa and Royal are no different, though Asa may be a bit more messed up than most.
I have loved this series. When I first saw in the intro at the beginning of this book that it actually was the end of the series, I was pretty disappointed because it has been a refreshing change of pace for the romance genre. Thankfully, Ms. Crownover intends to write around the characters I’ve come to love by focusing a new series on some of the supporting characters we were introduced to.
As this was the end of the series, we saw a bit more about the previous characters and where they were at in their own relationships than we have in previous books. I like that it was done in such a way that it didn’t take away from Asa’s story.
The resolution at the end of this book was a bit of a twist that I didn’t see coming. It was an interesting perspective when it comes to relationships as it isn’t something that I think most people would even consider, but I liked that it was so out of the box. Much of this series deals with out of the box characters and situations and this one was no exception. It really makes a person think of where there own personal line of what they are willing to live with or compromise may be. It really was a great ending to an already wonderful series.