Leveled: Saints of Denver, Book 0.5

LeveledAuthor: Jay Crownover
Book Name: Leveled
Series: Saints of Denver
Order: #0.5
Genre: Romance/LGBT
Rating:  Good
3+stars


Blurb:  We all need a hero…let the Saints of Denver begin

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.

Review:  According to the intro at the very beginning, this book is sort of a cross over between Ms. Crownover’s Marked Men series and her upcoming Saints of Denver series.  We get to see many of the characters from the Marked Men series, even if briefly and this has much the same emotional feel as the stories in that series.

This was a sweet story that I did enjoy but it was a bit on the predictable side of things.  I had a harder time connecting with Dom’s personality emotionally than I did Lando and that made a few situations feel a little clunky or even a little one sided.

There were also just enough editing errors that I kept getting pulled out of the story to figure out what was actually being said that it was a bit frustrating.  More so because I normally really like Ms. Crownover’s writing.  I think I might have enjoyed this a bit better if their story was given the time and attention that all of her other characters normally get instead of making this a shorter novella.

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Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mother of 3 who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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