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Friday, August 17, 2018

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Respect by Jay Crownover



Author: Jay Crownover
Date of publicationAugust 2018

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.

 My thoughts:
Respect is the final book in the series about The Point.  Finally, I got my Karsen and Booker story.  I have been waiting for this story from almost the beginning of the series.  I read in the afterword that Jay Crownover almost didn't write this book.  I think I would have cried had I never gotten their story. I will say that if you haven't read the entire series up to this point, go do that first.  Then come back to Respect.  You will appreciate it so much more.

I'm not going to give away any plot points. Let me just say this is everything I wanted in Karsen and Booker's story.  Their coming together was explosive and sigh worthy at the same time. Watching Booker realize he had more than just himself to rely on was wonderful.  He more than deserved it all. Respect was the perfect way to end the series.  I loved the epilogue.  I also actually let out a little squeal of delight when I saw the bonus epilogue.  Thank you, Jay, for that one!  I loved it!  I am so excited to see what comes next for one of my favorite authors.  I'm sure it's going to be great!



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 Enjoy this excerpt:


~Karsen~

I was stuck to the spot, trapped by all the jagged, sharp pieces of my broken fantasies. I wanted to bolt, to run as far away as I could, but I couldn’t move. I felt like the shards would rip me to shreds any direction I turned. Even when the naked woman continued making out with the man of my dreams right in front of me, I was stuck in the same spot. The noises they were making were loud and graphic and all-encompassing. I could hear them echoing in the empty places in my chest where my heart used to be.
Finally, the other woman in the skintight leather skirt and black bra walked over to where I was locked in place. Her hand was light on my arm and she touched me like I was made of glass, even though I wanted to claw her eyes out.
I blinked up at her numbly, letting her guide me around and tow me toward the open front door. “Don’t worry, sweetie. There are better guys out there for someone like you. Guys much nicer than the type of guy Booker is…he’s made for women like me. You are still too new, too pristine, honey, and all he’ll do is ruin you.”
Everyone said that. I was sick to death of everyone telling me that. I didn’t want someone better for me. I wanted Booker.
I finally gasped, pulling a burning breath into my starved lungs. “Today’s my birthday.” The words came out on a shuddering sob. I have no idea where that came from, why I’d share such an intimate detail with the woman who was next in line for Booker’s dick. I’d stop thinking rationally the second I heard the giggling through the door.
She made a sympathetic noise and patted my arm. “Happy birthday, honey. You deserve something special.”
“Roxy. Get back in here. We’re moving to the bedroom.” The other girl’s voice was excited, and I felt her words settle in my stomach like a lead weight.
“I thought he was special.” The words were barely a whisper.
The woman squeezed my arm and I was shocked when she leaned forward and touched her brightly painted lips to my cheek in a kiss that was more like a whisper. I should’ve pushed her away, called her a whore, smacked her across the face…something, anything. But all I could do was watch as her perfect, painted face blurred into a melted blog as tears obscured my vision.
“The fact that you think that proves you’re the special one. Get out of here and go live the kind of life that doesn’t have guys like Booker and girls like me and Rowan in it.” She backed up gently and firmly shut the door in my tear-streaked face.
I don’t know how long I stood outside the door crying and trying to pull myself together. It was long enough to hear laughing voices quiet and disappear as they made their way farther inside the apartment. Once the tears stopped, I used the hem of my t-shirt to wipe away my smeared eye makeup, rubbed away the traces of moisture on my cheeks, and marched back upstairs to Race’s apartment. I wasn’t even all the way through the door before I was telling Brysen I wanted to change colleges. I wanted to go out of state and get as far away from the Point—and from Booker—as possible.
Today was supposed to change everything…and it did. But not in the way anyone expected. Not in the way I’d dreamed about for years.
Right then and there I made the decision that once I left the Point, I had no plans to ever come back. The city simply wasn’t big enough for me and Noah Booker and all the pieces of the heart he broke on my birthday.

And don’t miss the first titles in The Breaking Point series, HONOR and DIGNITY! Grab your copy today!


HONOR
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1RPuEYT 


DIGNITY
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2klztkc



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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.




Jay Crownover’s RESPECT – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
August 8th
Between The Lines – Excerpt
Marta Likes to Read – Review & Excerpt
NallaReads – Review & Excerpt
Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt
SBB Reviews – Excerpt
Tara’s Book Blog – Excerpt
The Book Maven –Review & Excerpt
We Like Them Dark Book blog – Review & Excerpt
August 9th
Ali’s Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
BJ's Book Blog – Excerpt
Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt
I Heart Romance & YA – Excerpt
Kiss and Tell Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Love Book Triangle – Review & Excerpt
Readings & Sweets – Excerpt
Rochelle's Reviews – Excerpt
Travels N Reads – Excerpt
August 10th
AnniDiNuvole – Review & Excerpt
Becky on Books – Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Excerpt
Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt
Canadian Book Addict – Excerpt
Fanlovesbooks – Excerpt
Grownupfangirl – Review & Excerpt
Kick Back & Review – Review & Excerpt
Liz's Reading Life – Excerpt
Omgkaciereads – Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
The Reading Faery – Excerpt
August 11th
Blog of Books – Excerpt
Book Freak – Excerpt
Greyland Reviews – Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt
Onceupon_a_bookdream – Review & Excerpt
Quesarasera Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Spellbound Stories – Excerpt
Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review & Excerpt
August 12th
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Brittany's Book Blog – Excerpt
My Girlfriend's Couch – Excerpt
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt
Renee Entress's Blog – Review & Excerpt
Soly's books – Review & Excerpt
August 13th
A Woman & Her Books – Excerpt
Book Addict – Excerpt
Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt
LifeofSavy - Excerpt
My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt
Reading and funny – Review & Excerpt
The bookworms obsession – Review & Excerpt
Two Books in a Shelf – Review & Excerpt
August 14th
Book Starlets – Review & Excerpt
Books 4 Girls – Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
My Reading Obsession – Review & Excerpt
Mybookcraze – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt
Verna Loves Books – Excerpt
August 15th
A Fortress of Books – Excerpt
Book Haven Book Blog – Excerpt
Book Lovers Hangout – Excerpt
Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review & Excerpt
Love Notes Book Blog – Excerpt
Milky way of books – Review & Excerpt
Reading, Willing & Able – Review & Excerpt
TjLovesToRead – Excerpt
Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
Total Book Geek – Excerpt
August 16th
A crazy vermonters boom reviews – Review & Excerpt
Blushing babes are up all night – Review & Excerpt
Books 2 Blog – Excerpt
Curvy and Nerdy – Excerpt
Late Night Reading – Review & Excerpt
Ms. Me28 – Excerpt
Obsessive Book Nerd – Review & Excerpt
Relentless Romance – Excerpt
Two Girls with Books – Excerpt
August 17th
Bobo's Book Bank – Excerpt
Books and Things Blog – Excerpt
Bookgasms Book Blog –Review & Excerpt
ClaryNathanWill – Excerpt
From the TBR Pile – Excerpt
Millsy Loves Books – Excerpt
NC 2 DC – Review & Excerpt
NotasLiter√°rias – Excerpt
RentasticReads – Review & Excerpt
Resch Reads & Reviews – Review & Excerpt
The Book Avenue – Review & Excerpt
Totally Bex – Review & Excerpt


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