Review and Excerpt: Honor by Jay Crownover

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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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Review:

Keelyn has left everything she knew to start over.  She knew that if she was around him she wouldn’t be able to just be her anymore.  She would only be his.  Being his meant he had all the control and she couldn’t give up all her hard earned freedom.  Her new freedom doesn’t feel like home though.  It isn’t until she decides to go back that she truly owns who she is and who she wants.  But, can she manage to keep her heart safe around someone who is determined to make her his and never let her go.

With this book it truly sealed my love for all of Jay Crownover’s work.  I adored Nassir and Keelyn.  Their similar but different personalities really draws in the reader.  You can relate to them even if Nassir is a crime lord and Keelyn is a former stripper.  Their love affair is deep and strong. Clearly, the wait that they have gone through allowed for things to grow.  Not to mention the steamy sex scenes that will have your e-reader steaming up as you read.  Having read as many of Jay Crownover’s books as I have these two are probably one of my favorite pairs.  I can’t wait to see where this series will go.  There are a lot of awesome characters and with Jay Crownover’s awesome writing talent I know the next book will be just as good if not better.  If you haven’t picked up one of her books before I’d say pick one up now.  Why not start with this one?  You will fall for the gangster and the stripper just like I did.

Excerpt:

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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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Coffee and a Review with A Second Chance at Forever by J.M Stewart

untitledHappy Monday Everyone!  I know everyone is looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, but we all have a few days till then.  So, I am bringing to you a great quick romance by J.M Stewart, A Second Chance at Forever.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great start to your week and are resting up for the upcoming holiday.

18682587Book Blurb:

Recently divorced and working two jobs, Angela Lewis has no room in her life for love. Yet when her childhood crush finds her at the nightclub where she works as the sexy stripper, Candy Cane, and expresses his interest, Angela can’t resist. She only wants one night to live the fantasy her alter ego provides.

Alex McKinley is still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, and one night with Candy is exactly what he needs. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when he discovers she’s the little sister of his best friend.  Suddenly little Angie’s all grown up and driving him crazy.

When Angela discovers she’s pregnant, Alex doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing. The more time he spends with Angela, the more Alex finds himself falling for the woman she’s become. She makes him want to live again. But can he convince her to take a chance on him

Review:

By day Angela is an average person with a normal job but weekends she is known as Candy Cane.  She is a stripper.  She took the job after her divorce to help her express herself and earn money to help pay for her mothers medical bills.  Up until now, Angela hasn’t run across anyone she knows until her brother’s best friend and childhood crush is seated in the audience.  Alex has come back to his hometown of Las Vegas to celebrate his friends impending marriage.  The last thing he expects is to want to spend time will a sexy stripper that has a familiar feel.  When in the heat of passion Angela calls out Alex’s childhood name her cover is blown and he finally knows why she feels familiar.  Though Alex initially feels like he should stop everything with his best friend’s sister he can’t get past how she feels.  Plus, he’s only planning to be in town for the weekend.  That is until Angela finds herself pregnant.  Alex insists on doing the right thing, but after suffering the loss he has only a year ago he’s not sure he will every be able to give Angela what she needs or deserves.  Can two wounded people fall in love with the gully of grief that lies between them or will they just be co-parents?

This was a great little read.  I enjoyed the story and the characters.  I thought that the idea of Angela being a stripper was definitely something I hadn’t read lately.  Angela and Alex’s budding relationship was really well written even if it was a bit fast.  I personally would have enjoyed a bit more back story of their childhood around each other.  I think that would have given everything a bit more depth.  For a quick read and a sexy love story it was a good one.  It is definitely worth a read if you are in the mood for strippers, sex, pregnancy and love.

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