Respect by Jay Crownover_ Book Review

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 tour 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

~Booker~
I didn’t lie.
I had waited for her long enough.
She crossed her arms over her chest and I noticed how much she had changed in the four years she’d been gone.
She still had the long-legged, lean look that always brought to mind Taylor Swift. Something I’d overheard others say, so assumed was accurate. She was taller than when I last stood face to face with her, and her hair was longer now. It fell in long, platinum waves to her mid-back. And her face had narrowed, losing some of the youthful roundness that always made her appear so soft and innocent. Her multi-hued eyes were still alight with life and defiance. They were the only feature setting her apart from any other coed on campus. Anyone paying attention to those eyes would see this girl was so much older and wiser than her paltry twenty-two years.
At the moment, those amazing eyes were practically glowing with inner fire as she glared at me, clearly not as interested in this reunion as I was. It was on the tip of my tongue to tell her everything, but I couldn’t—I wouldn’t do that to her. Girls like Karsen believed in heroes and happily ever afters. I refused to be the one to take her optimism away from her. She didn’t need to know that people who shined so brightly in her world weren’t stars that lit up the night sky, but rather falling stars on their way to burning out before they crashed into Earth, just like the rest of us.
“You’ve been waiting for me?” Her voice was sharp as she bit out a laugh so bitter and broken I could feel the edges of it against my skin. “Waited for me to do what, Booker? Grow up? Wake up? Waited for me to forget?” She sucked in a breath and put a shaking hand to the center of her chest. “Because hell will freeze over before that happens. I never wanted to see you again. I never went back because I never, ever wanted to see you again. Surely you had to realize that. You need to leave. I don’t want you anywhere near me.” Her hands moved in front of her as if she was subconsciously trying to ward me off.
I was a bad guy. But I’d never hurt her…at least, not physically. I wasn’t any kind of threat to her, regardless of the way I approached her unannounced.
I knew if I had simply knocked on her door she wouldn’t have answered.
Her words sliced through me and her defensive actions nearly brought me to my knees. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy, but I couldn’t stay away anymore. I had to see her, even if it was the last time. I didn’t care if coming after her was signing my death warrant. I didn’t care that she was still too good for me, too innocent and sweet. I wasn’t worried I made her hate me. I was used to people feeling that way about me. She was the only one who had ever loved me. Which was why watching her walk away had almost killed me.

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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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 [I received an arc for an honest review]

Respect is the final book in the Point series by Jay Crownover and you should read the others before this or you won’t fully understand the why of how this world works. It’s one big bad messed up world that I love so much! Respect was the perfect ending for all the characters I have become attached to.

It was ugly, mean, hard, and unforgiving, but these streets were home and I couldn’t imagine being happy anywhere else. “

I used to say no one could possible ever top Race for me and Better When He’s Bold was my favorite of the series until I read this beauty. Booker is EVERYTHING 😍 his pain broke my heart and his protectiveness made me swoon. He’s scarred on the surface and beneath it and there’s only one person in the world who sees him as more. That person is Karson and no matter what everyone thinks she should do and who she should love she knows there will never be anyone who captures her heart like Booker does. When they finally find themselves intimate in ways they have always wanted its explosive.

They wanted me on my knees, demanded my submission and my surrender. Karsen Carter owned both with nothing more than the flick of her tongue and the slide of her lush lips against mine.”

Respect gives readers Booker and Karsen’s passionate and intense story. It also had the most amazing epilogue that made me smile and teary eyed with happiness. Jay Crownover is such a talented writer [I seriously highlighted 75% of the book] and I feel like she shines with the Point series. If you love stories about bad men who do bad things and the woman strong enough to love them than this series is for you!

She was too good, too flawless, and too lovely to be made just for me. But we fit together like she was designed to fill up all the empty spaces inside of me.”

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 “The Point is beautiful if you look at it from where I’m standing, Booker.” 

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5/5🌟

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