Thank you so much to Jay Crownover and Netgalley for the advance e-copy of the first book in Jay’s new Loveless, Texas series, Justified.
Having the opportunity to review for Jay Crownover again sparks so much joy in my life. She was one of my first favourite NA authors and she always consistently puts out amazing stories every year.
Here is the Goodreads synopsis…
“The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy…
Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he’s determined to do everything by the book–until he’s called to Aspen Barlow’s office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn’t the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge…
Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she’ll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there’s a thin line between love and hate… because there’s nothing Case wouldn’t do to keep her safe.”
Here are my more detailed thoughts…
- Characters: Case and Aspen are the protagonists of Jay’s latest story. Aspen is a tough-willed, lawyer who went into the profession as a means to help families through fighting divorce and child custody cases. Case carries the baggage of his initial life plans being turned around, the star athlete in high school who was supposed to leave his small town instead settles down young and takes on his dad’s job as the town sheriff. Case struggles with the need to constantly do better, be better, be better than his corrupt father at the sheriff job and be a better father for his son.
- Setting: Loveless a small town in Texas is its own character in this story. The small town where a city girl like Aspen is chastised as the weird girl. The small town where gossip spreads like wildfire throughout this book.
- Pacing: What makes the pacing of this story exceptional is the pace in which the mystery element unfolds.
- Romance: Case and Aspen have a tumultuous past, from their beginning that saw Case being the only person in town who was nice to Aspen when she moved to Loveless to the events that see Aspen as the lawyer who separates Case from his son for many years. The events of Justified force them together in a way that makes them conqueror their feelings for each other head first. Both Case and Aspen had first relationships that failed miserably, and are both so deserving of the love they ultimately fight for.
Justified receives five out of five stars.
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