RESPECT by Jay Crownover |Release Day Launch

 

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jay Crownover, comes the next title in her The Breaking Point romantic suspense series, RESPECT. Don’t miss the amazing excerpt below, and order your copy today!

 

 

About RESPECT:

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who called a corrupt kingdom home sweet home.

Protected and sheltered from the worst the world had to offer, she fell in love with the crumbling city that burned and blazed around her. Every dirty corner, every scary shadow, found a place within her heart. So did a man who was violent and dangerous, just like the streets she claimed as her own.

He was all business and brutality, except when it came to her. With her, he was calm, caring, and heartbreakingly patient.

He warned her over and over that he wasn’t the man for her, but she refused to listen. She never expected either the streets or their enforcer to hurt her, since she’d given her heart so completely to both.

She should have known the streets in the Point were always going to be savage, and so was the man committed to keeping control of them in the hands of criminals and bloody kingpins.

Blindsided by a betrayal which cut so deeply she was sure the wounds would never heal, the princess fled the home she loved and the man who broke her heart. Throwing away her rusted, twisted crown was supposed to help her forget. All it did was make her long for everything she left behind. She told herself she would never go back, but in this tormented kingdom, family is everything. Eventually, she has no choice but to return.

While she was gone, the people who loved her worked hard to make the city safe, and the man who destroyed her sank deeper into the darkness. Going back shouldn’t feel like surrender… but it does. As this pretty princess hovers on the edge of the unknown, the past attacks with a vengeance. It’s a good reminder that puppy love eventually grows up and turns into something with sharp teeth and one hell of a bite.

She never asked for the keys to the kingdom. She’d much rather go out and build her own.

 

 

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EXCERPT:

~Karsen~

I had no plans to leave the Point. It was ugly, mean, hard, and unforgiving, but these streets were home and I couldn’t imagine being happy anywhere else. This place had long since made my hands and the edges of my soul dirty. It was something I would be hard-pressed to hide should I go anywhere else. I’d have to spend my days trying to camouflage the filth I was so familiar with. Here, no one looked twice at the pretty teenager with shadows in her eyes and blood on her hands. I was one of many.

I wasn’t interested in leaving behind my sister or her fiancé, Race. We were an odd, dysfunctional family, but we made it work.

I didn’t want to be too far away from my mother, who was living in a group home as she slowly, painfully tried to recover from her alcoholism and PTSD from an accident she caused that ended up taking the life of a young mother and her child.

But more than anything, I absolutely didn’t want to leave him.

I couldn’t imagine a day going by without catching a glimpse of Noah Booker. I mean, he was impossible to miss. Six-and-a-half-feet tall, body built like a professional athlete, dark and brooding with the prettiest gunmetal-gray eyes, he was the entirety of every one of my teenage fantasies. I barely noticed the jagged scar dividing one side of his face. White and raised, it cut one of his black eyebrows in half, slashed over a high cheekbone, and ended somewhere under the chiseled edge of his hard jaw. He never talked about it, but Race, Booker’s boss, let it slip that Booker got the scar when he was locked up. Or maybe it wasn’t as much of a slip-up as a thinly veiled warning. Race never kept it much of a secret that my infatuation with his massive, dangerous, ex-con enforcer made him extremely uncomfortable. He’d warned me over and over again that Booker wasn’t for me. And he’d made it clear to the man who broke knees and smashed heads for a living that he was to stay as far away from me as possible.

They called it puppy love. It wasn’t.

To me, it was a vicious kind of love, filled with teeth and claws that I could feel digging at my insides every single time someone patted me on the head and told me how young I was, how much life I had yet to live. This love was rabid, and I was tired of having it on a leash. I wanted to let it free, wanted to let it sink its razor-sharp fangs into the man who had awoken the primal need inside of me. It was only fair he felt the same kind of crushing bite and painful pressure around his heart that I did every single day.

I was solely focused on getting to Booker. It barely registered I was done with high school and had new doors opening all around me. I couldn’t care less about getting my hands on my diploma. A piece of paper with Karsen Carter written on it in pretty calligraphy meant exactly nothing to me. The only thing I was focused on was the fact I was finally old enough to make my own choices. And I’d always picked Booker. Over and over again he was my number one priority.

 

 

 

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About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

 

 

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Friday Reads | In the Middle of A Series Binge

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I have been in a bit of a reading rut lately and the series that has pulled me out of that is the Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover. This past month I have finished 3 of the books via audiobook and I am currently listening to the last book in the series Asa by Jay Crownover. I am absolutely in love with this series and all of the characters. I cannot wait to continue on with the spin off series and get more of all the characters! I also started and have been flying through Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. I mean adult paranormal romance with werewolves, what could be better. I have been spending this evening cleaning my apartment, because it really needs it. I have been listening to Asa as I clean and plan on spending some time tonight and tomorrow working on Bitten!

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Honor by Jay Crownover | Blog Tour Release Blitz

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New 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.

 

 

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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

KEELYN

Maybe if I hadn’t spent the last six months slinging pancakes and greasy hash to hungover hipsters and avoiding the too-curious eyes of the cops who like to hit up the diner for early-morning breakfast, I would have noticed the ominous shift in the air.

Before I came to Denver six months ago, my senses had been honed to pick up on the slightest threat. Before, anything that might be dangerous, that might put me in peril, had made my skin tingle, made everything inside of me vibrate with awareness. Now I had settled into a simple, dreary rhythm. Every day was the same as the one before it and there was no outside threat constantly hounding me, hunting me, haunting me. I let my guard down. I had gone soft, and as a result the biggest danger of them all managed to slip into my new normal without giving any kind of hint he was there.

My nonslip shoe—that were probably the ugliest things ever made but absolutely necessary considering the greasy food the tiny kitchen pumped out—squeaked on the laminate floor as I made my way over to the lone patron who had taken the last available seat in my section. The massive plastic menu completely covered his face, but the Rolex on his wrist and the perfect cut of his suit jacket let me know he wasn’t my typical kind of customer. There wasn’t a flannel shirt or police blues in sight, and as I got closer, a whiff of something exotic and familiar engulfed my senses and stopped me in my tracks. Of all the things I had left behind, he was the one I had tried hardest to forget.

The tingling across my skin spread. My tummy tightened. Blood rushed loudly between my ears. My shaking fingers curled around the pen in my hand like a weapon. Before I could pull it together and walk away, the menu lowered and I was pinned to the spot, immobilized by eyes the color of spice rum.

They were wicked eyes. Eyes that saw far too much and gave nothing away. Eyes I daydreamed about. Eyes that caused me to wake up in a cold sweat. Eyes that turned me inside out and shook me up as they made a slow perusal from the top of my head to the tips of my god-awful shoes, returning to my face and staying there as I struggled to keep my shit together.

He slowly put the menu down on the cracked tabletop and leaned back in the booth. He was strikingly out of place here and I absolutely hated how that sexy twist of his mouth, a mouth that I dreamed about almost every night, made my traitorous heart flutter and my pulse kick.

I was also strikingly out of place here, but I’d learned to fake it. He, obviously, never bothered to fake anything. He wasn’t a man with virtuous intentions and he never pretended to be.

Gone were the mile-high stilettos that I always wore. In their place I now donned work shoes that prevented me from falling on my ass as I ran food and dirty dishes to and from the kitchen. I was hiding in plain sight, knowing that the last place on earth anyone who might come looking for me would check out would be this greasy spoon. This was the opposite of me and the life I had always lived, so even though I could afford better, craved more, this was where I needed to be…until he showed up.

 

 

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jay-crownover-headshotAbout Jay Crownover:

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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Built by Jay Crownover | Book Review

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Genre: New Adult, Romance

“After everything the past has tried to bury us under, we owe it to ourselves to be brave, to do more than float.”
― Jay Crownover, Built

Series: Saints of Denver
Leveled (#0.5 Saints of Denver)

Synopsis:
Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn’t matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn’t return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller are as different as two people can be. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and kill it and grill it. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk while he’s denim and flannel.
The differences between the two of them don’t stop Zeb from dropping every hint he can think of that he would like to get to know her on a more personal level, but Sayer seems oblivious to his interest or is just too nice to tell him to take a hike. To Sayer, a guy like Zeb could never be interested in someone as reserved and boring as she is. She’s never been with anyone that was hot enough to melt the icy exterior she’s had wrapped around hera since her awful childhood. But what if Zeb is the one who might finally thaw her out…?

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I was a little nervous starting this book because I have yet to finish the Marked Men Series, but the Saints of Denver series can be read completely separate of the other although it does mention people from the other series. I highly recommend reading the novella Leveled before starting Built.

I found Built a little harder to get into then the start of the Marked Men series, Rule. Zeb is trying to work on making up for a dark past and making a better life for himself. Sayer is dealing with the knowledge of a new found brother, Rowdy and picking up her life to move to Denver for him. She is also dealing with ghosts from the past by putting up the icy walls.

I thought that the romance was a little weird at the beginning. It is hard for my to explain, but I just found it to be insta-y and forced. Eventually  the romance caught me and I feel in love with Sayer and Zeb, it just took a majority of the book until I got there and the relationship felt real and natural. I definitely think that the relationship that stole the show was Hyde and Zeb! I was completely gushing over the two of them together and feel so in love with the little guy! I had a harder time falling in love with Sayer and I think that is the point. She is the “ice queen” and won’t let anyone in or get to close. I found her to be slightly relatable, but there were times her decisions made me so mad. I absolutely feel head over heels for Zeb! I think he is making his way to the top of my fictional crush list. He had served some time in jail, but the reason he did was admirable (at least in my eyes). Also all the things he is doing know to put his life right is amazing. He is filled with passion and is so caring. He had me swoonying every time he talked about second chances.

I love how although this is a story focused on Zeb and Sayer, you still get to see the other characters and how their lives are going. The secondary characters in this book were amazing and even with all their problems they added great complexity and issues to the story. I did find a lot of the story to be repetitive and it dragged. There were some issues that got brought up multiple times and I just did not think it was necessary because we already were told what was happening.

Overall I found this to be a heart warming, swoony and steamy novel. Crownover does a great job writing characters that contain all different problems and personalities. Her stories are filled with emotions and definitely sexy bad boys! I couldn’t help but fall for the boys in this book. I loved seeing the development of Sayer. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys bad boys and great new adult novels!

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Make sure to also check out Samantha’s review of Built by Jay Crownover!

Leveled by Jay Crownover | Novella Review

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BY JAY CROWNOVER 

Genre: New Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA

“Most things that are easy aren’t worth much. It’s the things you have to work for that matter the most.”
― Jay Crownover, Leveled

Series: Saints of Denver
Built (#1 Saints of Denver)

Synopsis:
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.

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WOW! I absolutely adored this novella and I am not sure I will be able to review it without gushing completely. I was a little nervous about picking this up because I haven’t finished the Marked Men series and did not want to ruin anything. Besides the characters appearing in this and finding out who ends up with who nothing is really mentioned. I also thought it was wonderful that this was a M/M story. I think the book community needs more LGBTQIA!

Dom and Lando are such amazing and complex characters! I absolutely loved the relationship between Dom and Royal. It reminds me of my own friendships. And the family ties and relationship that Lando had was so nice to see. The boys each had amazing qualities that you couldn’t but to swoon over. Dom is so protective and has some wild stubbornness, whereas Lando is so compassionate and a little wounded. The chemistry between the two was full of lust and was super steamy! I enjoyed that they were each dealing with fear and overcoming lose in order to deal with fighting for their love of each other.

They had to work on their relationship and we were able to see that development form. We see them trying to figure out how to fit into each other’s life while still remaining true to themselves. Beyond the blooming relationship we get to see other amazing characters. I absolutely lover the Archer’s and think the relationship they have with Lando is beautiful. I also enjoyed hearing more about Remy and how much he has affected all of those around him.

Overall I thought this was a beautiful, steamy and heart warming story. The relationships were intense and complex, but so worth fighting for. The main characters were struggling and finding the help from each other lead to a great romance. Their banter really had me and made me fall in love with each of them. The family and friendship support was absolutely fantastic! It is always nice to see things like that happen when people are going through such struggles in life. My only problem with this novella is that I wanted more. I wanted more of the playfulness the boys had and the love and compassion that exuded from this story!

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Rambling Down The Book Hole Book Club Recommendations | New Adult

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This month Samantha @The Rambling Book Junkie and I are reading Built by Jay Crownover for our book club pick of the month! In honor of this month being themed Bad Boy Romance we thought it would be fitting to recommend other new adult novels! I am new to this genre, but absolutely love it and the books I have read from it so far!



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What are some good new adult books you would recommend?

Also check out Samantha’s New Adult Recommendations

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Friday Reads 1.8.16

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24744200All I have been wanting to do is read lately, but in such a weird reading mood that I am in between like four different books. I am still listening to the second book in the Broken trilogy by Kimberly Lauren, Beautiful Broken Mess on audiobook! This is a new adult trilogy focused on a character from the first book! I am almost done with it and can’t wait to get to the last book in the trilogy! I am currently half way through The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I am 6547258reading this along with a group of people on twitter. I have really been wanting to get back into epic fantasy books, but they are intimidating so it is nice to be able to read it with other for encouragement and support! I am enjoying it so far, but I am still a little hesitant about it. For my blogger book club- Rambling Down The Book Hole I am reading the first book in Jay Crownover’s new series Saints of Denver, BuiltFor the 25197119last one I am in the middle of it is a graphic novel, The Wicked + The Divine. This is my first graphic novel that my best friend got me because she is trying to get me into them. It is something really new to me and I am not sure how I feel about them. I feel like it is one I will have to reread to make sure I fully understand it.

 

What books are you currently reading or planning on reading this weekend?

 

7 Qualities We Love About Book Bad Boys

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This month Samantha @The Rambling Book Junkie and I are reading Built by Jay Crownover.  If you have read any of Crownover’s books you know she writes  amazing bad boy characters! At least for me, I always fall in love with the bad boys in books. So what is it that makes us fall head over heels for these dreamy bad boys when we know better.

♦ CONFIDENCE
There is nothing sexier than confidence. It makes the character authentic and so very real. Who doesn’t love a bad boy with a rebellious streak and the strong confidence, not feeling the need to “fit in”.

♦ TEASING/CHARMING/SNARKY
It all goes hand in hand. Bad boys are usually on top of their wit game. Throwing around the sass and sarcasm like nobody’s business. Layered on top of the teasing and snarky nature they all full of charm that just oozes out of their being. It is hard not to fall hard and fast for a boy that can intelligently charm the pants off of you.

♦ BLUNT HONESTY
On top of being honest down to their core, no matter how much it might hurt they also don’t try to be someone they aren’t. They tell it like it is and that is part of the reason we are so drawn to them. It is refreshing and invigorating to have such honesty thrown at you.

♦ MASCULINE 
Rugged, a man’s man, strong and protective. Although I am a feminist there is always something about a man who is protective, dominant, and aggressive to a point. It usually means he will go after what he wants with a strong unwavering passion. There will be no mistaking how he feels about you and what he is willing to do to have and protect you.

INDEPENDENT 
Independence also transfers over to being rebellious and a bit unattainable. He likes to do his own thing and is completely his own person. This causes him to be unique and one of a kind with a little fun flare that is sure to spice up life.

♦ RECKLESS/UNPREDICTABLE
Spontaneity is not in short supply when it comes to a bad boy. He does what he wants and you never know what to expect. It makes it fun and exciting and filled with danger and adventure. He will push you out of your comfort zone and make you grab life by the balls!

♦ PASSIONATE
Bad boys are always driven by something. Whatever that may be fills them with drive and passion beyond compare. It also usually shows their soft side and their deep loyalty. It just takes a little work to get to it, but is not a task you will regret!

What are some qualities that make you  weak in the knees, lightheaded and completely love struck over book bad boys? 

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Friday Reads 1.1.16

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27240468Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great end of 2015 and prepared for an awesome 2016! I am starting the new year off by picking up Leveled by Jay Crownover the novella to the new Saints of Denver series! I am also picking up the second book in the Broken trilogy by Kimberly Lauren, Beautiful Broken Mess on audiobook! This is a new adult trilogy focused on a character from the first book! So much New Adult! I am excited for all the new books coming out 24744200this year and ready to get lost in some great books!

 

What books are you currently reading or planning on reading this weekend?

 

Rambling Down The Book Hole Blogger Book Club | January Pick

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Samantha @ The Rambling Book Junkie and I have decided to start a blogger book club. Are theme for January is Bookish Bad Boys. We have some posts that we will be doing throughout the month as well as end reviews of the books. We would love for others to join us. We plan on doing the posts in a blog hop fashion. Our book for this month will be….

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For the posting this will be the tentative plan for both mine and Samantha’s blog.

♠ 1/3 Bad Boy Qualities (Down The Book Hole) Book Playlist (Rambling Book Junkie)
♠ 1/10 New Adult Recommendations ( Down The Book Hole & Rambling Book Junkie)
♠ 1/17 Book Review( Down The Book Hole & Rambling Book Junkie)
♠ 1/24 Feb. Book Pick( Down The Book Hole & Rambling Book Junkie)

In Case You Missed our posts from Decembers pick: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, check them out here. 

Swag Inspired by the Book (Down The Book Hole) Retelling Recommendations (Rambling Book Junkie)
Comparison to the Original Fairy Tale ( Down The Book Hole) Book Playlist (Rambling Book Junkie)
♠ Book Review ( Down The Book Hole & Rambling Book Junkie)

If you would like to join us contact me and make sure to follow along with us on twitter #RDBHBookClub