By Jay Crownover
Loveless, Texas Series – Book One
he 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 by Jay Crownover is the first book in the Loveless, Texas series. There is nothing sexier than a sexy sheriff coming to the aid of a sassy damsel in distress. Justified is more than the predictable cookie cutter romance. It’s more than an enemies to lovers romance because the characters are complicated and very flawed. The storyline itself is very emotional. The prologue ripped my heart into pieces. This angsty romance that keeps the readers turning the pages until the very end.
Aspen Barlow and Case Lawton have an odd history. In high school she was the kid everyone bullied and he was the football superstar that protected her from the bullies. They both wanted out of Loveless, Texas. She went on to become a successful divorce lawyer. He lost his football scholarship and ended up going into the military after he was trapped into an unwanted marriage because of pregnancy.
They meet again in court when Aspen represents his ex-wife in bitter divorce/custody battle. While Aspen regrets using her job skills against Case but that’s part of her job.
Years later she’s back in Loveless after going through her own divorce. Rather than settling in she finds her life is being threatened after she finds her office completely trashed. She has to turn to the very man she ruined, Sheriff Case Lawton. Case has put aside his personal feelings and protect Aspen. He needs to get to the bottom of this situation as soon as possible.
In true Jay Crownover fashion, the characters go through a lot of emotional angst before they can finally put aside the past and embrace the present. Justified was not only an enemies to lovers romance but also a romantic suspense.
I thoroughly enjoyed Justified and can’t wait to see what happens next in the Loveless,Texas series by Jay Crownover.
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, the Getaway series, and the Loveless, Texas 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.