EXCERPT & REVIEW: Justified by Jay Crownover
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.
This is a terrible idea. I can’t stay here.” I wished there was more force behind my voice, more sound, but all I could get out was a squeak of protest.
Between arguing with David, answering a million questions about the shooting, and even more from the hospital staff to determine whether my head had been damaged further, what little voice I had was shot. It had been a long, arduous morning. The shock from being shot at was still buzzing underneath my skin, but it was now secondary to the utter disbelief that the place Case believed I would be safest was under his roof.
When he told me he was placing me in protective police custody and taking me to a safe house, never in a million years would I have guessed he meant his house. I was wondering if maybe he was the one who hurt his head when he took me to the ground.
“What about Hayes? Someone shot at me today. You took a bullet for me this morning. You can’t put your son in the line of fire. I won’t allow it.” All of the things I wanted to do to emphasize my point, I couldn’t. There was no crossing my arms over my chest thanks to my jacked-up elbow. There was no stomping my foot in aggravation thanks to the soft splint holding my ankle in one position. There would be no yelling, since my voice could barely be heard, so all I was left with was a glare. Unfortunately, Case ignored my dirty look and continued to usher me inside the house.
His morning had been even longer than mine, and he looked as haggard as I felt. After making sure I was secured inside the hospital with an armed guard, he’d had to deal with the crime scene and the slew of reporters who showed up on the scene. Since a shooting in a high traffic and very public place like the hospital was bound to make national news, Case mentioned it was more than likely the Texas Rangers were going to get called in to help investigate. He didn’t sound thrilled at the prospect, he also didn’t seem too concerned by the fact he was shot. He still had a red stain and a hole in his tan uniform shirt from where the bullet, which was meant for me, skimmed his shoulder. The wound required ten stitches and now was dressed in a stark white bandage much like the one wrapped around my injured hand.
We were quite a pair.
This book! Gah! Case Lawton has captured my heart with his rugged good looks, his devotion to his son and his rough personality and I hope he never gives it back!
Justified is the second book in the Loveless, Texas series and more of an introduction to the world and history of Loveless than its predecessor, Unbroken.
Back when Aspen was the new girl at her High School, Case Lawton was the only person to give her the time of day. The only person who was kind to her. Unfortunately things weren’t too kind to Case.
A few years later, Case Lawton and Aspen Barlow really can’t stand each other. When Case is going through one of the hardest things in his life, Aspen is standing on the other side supporting the woman breaking his heart.
All they both want, is someone on there side.
Then Aspen’s office is vandalised and Case is the one who turns up to help her. Thrown into a suspenseful situation, the passion between the Case and Aspen is tangible.
So many things happen and you're thrown through a loop with this one. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat, listing out suspects and pros and cons lists trying to work out what was coming.
Enemies to Lovers is my favourite sub genre. I love the tension, the banter and the passion. It makes my heart soar. Justified had so much tension, passion and a side of suspense that had me flipping the pages as fast as possible and sneaking in every minute of reading I could!
There were so many interesting side characters in Justified with so much history between all these different characters and I’m so excited to find out more about this town! I really loved reading the Author Note in the back where Jay explains where some of the characters come from and why so many names sound familiar!
I've been a huge fan of Jay Crownover since I first devoured Rule. She writes the best swoon worthy hero's and strong dependent heroines. Her storylines always keep you guessing and with every book she writes they just get better and better!
"She was the last woman I should have my hands on, but she was the only one who could make me lose all sense of reality."
About The Author: 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 dogs.