Honor, by Jay Crownover


Grade: A

Doing it at: 49%

Catnip: He’s Basically a Criminal, Stripper with a Heart of Gold, Mafia, Tattoos, Strong Female Lead, Dual Narrative, Car Sex, Slow Burn, Sexual Healing, Regular Ol’Sex Club

Shame Scale: Low Shame, I’m pretty into the cover, and it really just takes way more to make us blush than it used to, we’re so jaded.

Fantasy Cast:  Zayn Malik-plus-ten-years (Don’t judge us) & Amber Heard

Book Description:

Don’t be fooled.

Don’t make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one standing front and center. 

Cleone: We are always pretty excited for a new Jay Crownover book, we have read essentially every book she’s written, and I blame the Marked Men books for really ruining me completely for non-romance (thanks Jay!).

Mary: I recommend these books to everyone who’s interested in romance. They’re delightful and easy with just the right amount of drama, and the absolute hottest heroes around.

C: Her men are all alphas, with tattoos, and hearts of gold, and a lot of them have pierced dicks.

M: No joke, these books have me wondering if there’s any way I could tempt my mild mannered insurance broker husband to consider a dick piercing.  They’ve expanded my vocabulary of what a hot guy looks like, and my porn searches have been revolutionized.

C: If you have never read a Crownover book, we strongly urge you to take the plunge. Her series are standalone novels, within an interconnected universe. And here is where I say something that is going to make Mary really happy: You should probably read the other Point books before you start Honor.

M: Yes pretty please read these books in order? It’s so much better that way! You technically don’t have to, but I really can’t with that attitude. Don’t half ass it.

C: It pains me to recommend reading in order, BUT so much of Nassir & Keeylyn’s story is sketched out in the three previous books that it might be confusing to jump in on number four. Its not like reading about Bax, Race, and Titus is going to be a hardship.

Nassir has risen to the top of the food chain, in Crownover’s fictional The Point -think Gotham in a Tim Burton Batman– and Keeylyn has left the city, the crime, and Nassir behind to start a new life in Denver. She’s died her hair boring brown, traded her stripper heels for non-slip flats, and started serving pancakes instead of giving lap dances. She’s bored, but she’s safe. And she’s trying to convince herself that she can live this way. Until Nassir shows up, tall, dark, dangerous, and with a proposition for Key.

M: He wants her back in The Point, by his side. They’ve been dancing around their attraction to each other for years, and he’s ready to take it to the next level, make her his queen, put the P in the V n’at.

C: Once Key has seen Nassir she can’t stop thinking about him, and everything about her safe new life just seems…lackluster. Soon she’s dying her hair cherry red, and pulling out her sexiest underwear. She even tries bringing a nice hipster home from the bar for a quick screw. The fastest way to get over someone is to get under someone else – Psalm 23. Nothing works though. The only thing she can do is give in to his wishes and head back to The Point.

M: Key and Nassir pretend for a hot minute that they’re just going to have a business relationship, luckily that nonsense all goes out the window pretty quickly, as these two pretty much burst into flames whenever they’re in the same room together.

C: Lets talk about Nassir, who is bad (not Javier bad though), and has worked his way to the top of the heap in The Point. Key is untouchable because she’s his- even though he, himself, has never touched her either. He’s willing to wait for her, though:

“If not you, then who, Keelyn? Who else has the fight and the strength to stand with me in the city? You own a part of it just like I do. You earned your place here while I took mine, and you might not want to be Honor but you have it in spades. You care about this place and the people in it. You care about me even though you know you shouldn’t. You’re the only one in my life who has ever been worth waiting for.”


C: There is a definite slow burn here as Nassir waits out Key’s own stubbornness, even going so far as promising not to touch her until she asks him to. A challenge she takes great delight in exploiting, pushing him to his limits, and teasing the reader as well.

He stretched and filled my grasp. He was even pretty and coppery where he stretched and grew to fill my palm. My hand looked so pale and delicate as it started to work him up and down. His body went rigid and his eyes burned at me. I wanted to get closer but he refused to move his hands off the arms of the chair and I couldn’t shift my weight without falling off his lap or letting go of his cock. His discipline was annoying if admittedly impressive, but I had a lot to lose if I didn’t get him to give in…like my heart and soul.

M: Crownover excels at the dirty stuff. Another reason why you should read all of her books, ahem, in order.

C: Nassir has loomed large in the other Point books,  but been a mystery wrapped in an enigma tied in a puzzle box- he’s foreign but no one knows from where. He just kind of showed up one day and started kicking ass and taking names. You get his dark, twisted history right off the bat in Honor, and it helps to give sympathy to this man who could otherwise be taken as kind of a monster.

It also made us wonder how Donald Trump would feel about this undocumented immigrant coming into our cities and just taking over our strip clubs.

M: I mean, he’s a criminal who likes to ruin people’s lives and break knee caps, but they all deserved it, right? He’s really a good guy at heart? My god, romance has ruined me.

C: Honor is full of violence, suspense, and great sex. I inhaled this book, and couldn’t get myself to slow down, even though I knew I would be depressed to hit the last page. How do we get Jay to give us more books, faster?

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