Justified by Jay Crownover

Posted June 24, 2019 in review Tags:

Justified by Jay CrownoverJustified by Jay Crownover
Pages: 368

Series: Loveless Texas #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Loveless, TX
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Unbroken, Unforgiven, Blacklisted
Also by this author: Asa, Built, Charged, Honor, Retreat, Riveted, Salvaged, Shelter, Unbroken, Unforgiven, Blacklisted, Fortunate Son, Prodigal Son, Son of a Gun
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers an "emotional, unforgettable" (Lori Wilde) 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.

Justified takes enemies to loves to a NEW level. Y’all, she was the divorce lawyer who represented his ex!!!! We met Case in the prequel novella so we know he is the sheriff of the town. We also know Lawton’s father is seriously crooked. And finally, this is small town Texas: drama and danger are a given, right.

Case’s disdain for Aspen is legit. He does not pull punches either. But, he is a good guy, so when there is a credible threat to her, he, as sheriff, steps in to help. So, this relationship is slow build in the sense that the trust takes time. There is sexual attraction, but Case can’t just ‘forget’ what Aspen cost him. He is kind of an ass. I was torn between understanding his position and thinking “Dude, Aspen isn’t your ex. Be mad at the ex!”. And kind of like “Dude, you married your ex. Be mad at yourself”.  But, being sheriff is one of Case’s ways of making amends. He feels horrible for the sins of his father. He becomes super straight laced in an attempt to show the town that all Lawtons aren’t bad.

Aspen is likable! You recognize she is good at what she does and that being a good lawyer means some people will hate you. She also has a crap-ton going on in her life. It was kind of exhausting just to read about it! Seriously, girl needs a break. But, she isn’t a shrinking violet. She sees the mistakes in her life and deals with them. But, she also isn’t afraid to get help.

Justified is a yummy blend of hate to love you, small town mystery. Crownover writes such wonderful stories. Her characters, including Case and Aspen are complex and dynamic as as their lives.



Angel by Janie Crouch, Broken by Cynthia Eden, Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti…then you will probably like Justified!



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About Jay Crownover

From Jay Crownover:

I'm supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I'm an natural redhead even though I haven't seen my real hair color in years, I'm a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I've been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I'm interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out....

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