Justified (Loveless, Texas #1) by Jay Crownover

Justified by Jay Crownover
Series: Loveless Texas #1
on June 25, 2019

The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a 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.

Also in this series: Unforgiven
Also by this author: Rule, Recovered, Unforgiven

My poor heart ⭐️

The previous book I read was expected to be an emotional rollercoaster that should have made me go through a boxes of Kleenex. Never in a million years, would I expected to cry my eyes out at this one.
Actually, I have a confession to make: due to its horrible cover, I didn’t expect to like it. At all. I requested the ARC on Netgalley by default, just because it was Jay Crownover we were talking about. I should have known she was going to break my heart.

Here’s the thing. There was this weird girl, moved fresh from Chicago to a small town in Texas during her high school freshman year. The only person who was nice to her and tried to feel her welcome, was the town’s Golden Boy, future NFL player and the Sheriff’s son. Of course, she developed a major crush on him, but fate had other ideas. Instead of going away on a football scholarship, his mother died and he broke his leg, plus his girlfriend wanted to tie him down by getting pregnant. Our heroine, on the other hand went to study Law school and returned town and married the richest boy Loveless, Texas had to offer.

Fast forward almost a decade and let the drama begin. They meet in the worst moment possible, when he was served with divorce papers and she was forced to be his future ex-wife’s lawyer. Since the judge gave the custody of his son solely to the mother, imagine the hate our hero had for our girl.
There’s more to this story, but I’ll let you discover it for yourself.
unFortunately, some attempts on the heroine’s life, put her right under the hero’s protective care. There weren’t just sparks flying with all that hate and chemistry, fear and frustrations. There were 4th of July fireworks between them!

Jay Crownover made me cry and broke my heart, by making our hero a huge asshole (at least until he pulled his head out of his ass). The things he said were pretty cruel and I couldn’t help crying. Plus, the whole drama surrounding the heroine, her own divorce to go through, her house being set on fire, bullets flying everywhere and much more, of course I got the emotional whiplash i didn’t expect.

In case I wasn’t clear, YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! Especially if you’re in the mood for some romantic suspense, a happy ending, action, drama and strong characters.
Oh, and please don’t judge this book by its cover, like I did. 😉

”ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”