Asa (Marked Men Series #6)

Asa (Marked Men Series #6)

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by Jay Crownover
     
 

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Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with the much anticipated story of southern charmer and certified criminal Asa Cross.

Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really

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Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with the much anticipated story of southern charmer and certified criminal Asa Cross.

Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/09/2015
Crownover wraps up her Marked Men series in safe mode, giving Asa Cross—maybe the baddest of her bad-boy heroes—a convenient redemption plot. After a terrifying near-death experience, Asa quits his life of crime and petty larceny, gets a job as a bartender, and determinedly makes monthly installment payments on his massive medical bills. What could best complete this picture of straight-and-narrowness? Falling for Royal Hastings, the cop who arrested him the last time he dabbled in crime. As luck would have it, this sexy officer yearns for nothing less than slapping cuffs on Asa once again—preferably so as to attach him to the headboard of a bed. What might have been an edgy plot with spiky sex is instead predicable and tame. Agent: Stacey Donaghy, Donaghy Literary. (Apr.)
Cora Carmack
“Wildly addicting!”
Jennifer L. Armentrout
“There’s something about her writing that always feels real and fresh. Each of her books is so incredibly different yet grounded in the same theme. Because of her, I want to move to Colorado.”
Christina Lauren
“Asa Cross . . . good Lord. The man is warm honey poured over these pages: he’s deliberate, he’s seductive, he’s knowing. Don’t start this book unless you have an entire day to finish it . . . and a night to start it all over again.”
A.L. Jackson
“Jay Crownover is a master at creating sexy bad boys who go straight to the heart, and Asa is no exception. With every Southern drawl and swoon-worthy smirk, I fell a little further. Prepare to have Asa steal your heart.”
Penelope Douglas
”The best of Jay Crownover. Gripping and real, I felt like it had a pulse of its own!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062333070
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/21/2015
Series:
Marked Men Series , #6
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
116,531
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and Welcome to the Point 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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Asa 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
scarginbelle More than 1 year ago
So disappointed in this series...I truly enjoyed the first two books in the series, Rule and Jet. but after that it went down hill.
CMM77 More than 1 year ago
This is the best series I have read. I'm sad that it's over but I did enjoy how it wrapped up and starts a whole new series with characters we have been introduced to in this series! Can't wait for those!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read and it made me cry. Loved the ending of the marked man series can't wait for the spin off series saint of Denver
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, betrayal, secrets, pain, and heartbreak.  If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Rule (Marked Men, #1) Jet (Marked Men, #2) Rome (Marked Men, #3) Nash (Marked Men, #4) Rowdy (Marked Men, #5) This is Royal and Asa’s story. Royal is on a bad path.  Can Asa help her through her troubles or will he bring her down to his oh so bad level?  Asa’s past is messy and full of bad decisions.  With Royal being a cop that is not a good thing.  What happens when you are in love but if a secret came out you know your woman would be destroyed.  Can you keep that secret forever?  Or do you have to tell her the secret and hope for the best?  Will you have to walk away from love to prevent your woman from choosing or will you still by her?  Would you give up everything for love? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story in this series.
Liza_Flor More than 1 year ago
Asa, the final Marked men, surely left a mark in my heart. "I wanted everything I had never had growing up and I wanted to show it all off and prove my worth."  Asa crossed a lot of people. From strangers, to friends, to family, he sure did his way bad in the past. It was so sad that up until the present, he lets his wrongdoings hunt him and prevent him from seeing his self- worth. My heart immediately went for him and I did understand why Jay made him one of the Marked Men. He's born to leave a mark.  Royal, on the other hand, had one mistake in her difficult job as cop and she made it a big deal as well and let it hinder her from believing in herself. However, I thought, during the course of the book, that she went out of the funk easier than Asa.  Both of them did mistakes. Both of them are being halted to believe in love and second chance. Every single time that they are together, I liked it that they say the nicest and most right things to build each other up. It showed that they complement each other well and that they are perfect for each other. "I'm never going to dislike you as much as you dislike yourself, Asa."  When the time came that Asa and Royal's world has crossed in a challenging way, Asa's sacrifice tugged my heart. But, Royal did not give up on him and I think that was a perfect scene. Hot as hell too! Although, it was bit unsettling to me that Asa's secret was kept a secret until the end. Hot, sexy, sweaty, sizzling scenes between Royal and Asa will make you be in the moment with them. Their bedroom encounters were the parts that no one will ever miss.  Maybe next to the Archer brothers, Asa is my next favorite Marked Men. His past and his present combined, it is very commendable of Jay Crownover to finish this remarkable series with a redemption of a seemingly unredeemable marked man in the past. "We were marked and had been marked in unforgettable and forever ways. We were all better men for it. Marked men. None of us would have it any other way."
Anonymous 8 months ago
Asa so reminded me of a man I once loved and lost because he couldn't let go of his past no matter how much we loved each other; which, of course killed it for an "us" to continue. I rather enjoyed experiencing the joy of letting it all go to heal completely. Bravo!!!
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
It took me forever to read this because (well besides the fact that my library couldn't get it in long enough for me to check it out) I wasn't ready for this series to be over. I wanted to keep reading about those Marked Men forever. Most of the time everyone sees the worst in Asa. That is until Royal gets involved in the mix. She wants him to see the best in himself that she so desperately sees. But with all that he's been through, he doesn't want to endanger Royal and the amazing life that he thinks she has, But then something finally brings the two together and they both don't know how to feel about it. What I loved most about this was the way Asa was given a second chance. I loved seeing this side of him, the one on the straight and narrow. Gotta admit it was a couple times where I was a little iffy about him, but still. He made sure that there he had an explanation for everything and he was getting better and better at everything. As for Royal, I really loved that she was around to make sure Asa kept his self in line. It's been evident that he's needed someone like that since he was introduced, and I was happy to see that she hadn't run out on him like everyone else. I also loved the romance between the two. It was super hot and so much more than I expected from Asa, And let's just say their first encounter I had to rewind and listen to again because I was left with an open mouth after listening to it. Asa and Royal were too hot to handle and I wish I could get another book with the two of them. I also loved the little epilogue. I loved seeing all the big time decisions that everyone from the series had made loved seeing them all carried out. What I DIDN'T like was the entire thing with that one certain person. First of all, it completely caught me off guard. And I'm not sure what I wanted to happen between the three of them, but I really wanted things to end up differently. I was not impressed with how that person got off scott free with nothing happening. This was a solid conclusion to the end of one of my favorite series and now I can't wait to see what else Crownover has up her sleeves. I can't wait to meet the characters in the Saints of Denver series! Especially if there's glimpses of my favorite men and favorite girls from this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ending to an amazing series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read...loved it!....the whole series was great to read...glad there is going to be a spin off series with the other characters
Leah_Leanne More than 1 year ago
Great ending to a great series. I will miss my Marked Men. Jay did it again :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so sad when I heard this series was ending by Jay did an amazing job wrapping it up with Asa! This is one of my favorite books in the series! Royal was amazing and a perfect fit for Asa. I just loved the person Asa became, he grew up a lot since we first met him in Jet. Read this book, along with all the other books in the Marked Men series! You will not be disappointed!
Michelle5423 More than 1 year ago
Liked reading about Asa's story and how he has changed and just wants what the rest of the crew wants, which is love and a place to fit in. Great read!
jnnfrcm88 More than 1 year ago
I have loved loved loved every book in this series and I am so sad that its over. Asa is probably not my favorite in the series but it is still very much worth the time and the money. Read the book - read the series. You wont be sorry!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a total fan of the marked men series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Jay knows how to go out with a bang! It was only fitting that Asa ended this series.  Two people so different Royal a cop and Asa a ex-con talk about hot, dirty, and sexy sex. Asa brings out the  dirty ;) "Something to sacrifice. I never wanted anything or anyone as badly as I want you for my own, Royal . If I have to sacrifice you for your own good, then that what I'll do." " You were worth every second of heartbreak. I just want you to know that."
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Love these books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!
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christalvp More than 1 year ago
Asa was a wonderful book on which to complete this series, but I will miss the Marked Men books! I'm so glad Crownover's next series is a spinoff one that will hopefully return us to these great characters once in awhile. Asa has grown so much over this series, and turned into a great character! I really like Royal too, and I thought they were meant for one another. I loved the chemistry between them and the acceptance Royal had for Asa that he was even lacking himself. Seeing the other Marked Men characters once again was a bonus, and it was fun to find out what was going on in their lives. Asa has a past as a bad man, and although he is now trying hard to do the right thing, he believes it is only a matter of time until he sinks to his former depths again. Royal, a young police officer, is very attracted to Asa and has made her interest known. Asa doesn't think he is good enough for her, so has rejected his advances. When he is finally worn down, the two bond quickly and develop feelings for one another. Asa is so certain that he is a bad man that it is very difficult for him to move beyond that past. It takes heartbreak for him to realize that he really has changed. I loved the story of Asa and Royal! They were wonderful together, and I was very pleased with how quickly Royal accepted everything about Asa, and saw him for the man he had become. I liked the way she tried to get him to realize that he had more layers than he realized and that he was worth loving. There were parts of the book that broke my heart, but I was very satisfied with the way it all worked out. This was a great conclusion to a wonderful series!
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Marie_3882 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE JAY!!! I LOVE THIS SERIES! Being a fan, I knew this series was coming to an end, but after finishing Asa, my heart hurt! I looked forward to this series and the amazing characters Jay brought to life. One of the reasons, I loved Asa, was that he struggled with his past demons, and I think most of us do that in real life, at least I know I do. It definitely takes work to overcome you issues and realize you are not defined by your past. Plus a strong and accepting support system, which he finally had. If you haven't read the Marked Men series I STRONGLY recommend it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great way to end a serirs. I loved Royal and Asa. Can't wait for the next series.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Asa and Royal completed this series with a good story.  Asa thinks he is not redeemable and Royal tries to get him to see that he is a good man and his past actions are just that, past actions.  Royal is struggling to move on from her guilt after her best friend and partner is shot and she blames herself for the whole incident.  Asa sees Royal struggling and tries to get her to see that she is not at fault.  Royal finally gets Asa to try and give a relationship between them a try.  Asa is afraid that it will end in heartbreak and repeatedly warns her, but Royal is set on getting Asa's heart.  Their story had a lot of games played by Asa to test Royal and Royal calling him on it.  Royal's mom was just horrible throughout this book and would have deserved Royal to know just how bad she was.  Asa was so set on being a better person that he was willing to sacrifice Royal in order to do what he thought was the right thing.  I loved the epilogue but was sad to see the series end.  Would have like a little more of a look down the road at Royal and Asa's future but am hoping will see if in the new spin-off series.  Thank you Jay Crownover for this whole series.