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.

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Jet, by Jay Crownover


Another guest post from the Paperback Purist, who has been ruined so completely, she’s just going to go ahead and review this whole series for us. #sorrynotsorry

Grade: B+

Doing it at: 36%

Catnip: Tattoos; Rock Stars; Deep Dark Secrets; Fun Piercings; Dual Narrative; Series; Lead Singer

Shame Scale: Medium. The cover is just a guy trying hard to give you a smoldering look and failing. And he’s not even that hot.

Fantasy Cast: Adam Levine and Nina Dobrev

Book Description:

The second book in the Marked Men series from Jay Crownover – a sizzling story of love, lust and longing
With his tight leather jeans and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes, but even his touch sets her on fire.
Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Alden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows first hand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.
Will the blaze burn into an enduring love… or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?
This the second in Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series. Her characters all overlap from book to book (there’s 6!!) and each focuses on a specific couple. We already met Ayden and Jet in the first book, Rule. Ayden is the cute Southern girl/roommate of Shaw, and Jet is friends with the tattoo shop guys. The story line overlaps at a show. Jet’s band’s show. And Ayden has been mooning over Jet for a while – long enough to make a move when Jet offers her a ride home after the show. Jet quickly shuts her down, not because he’s not feeling something as well, but because he recognizes that Ayden is special and deserves more than him. (This line of thinking seems to be a pattern with the Marked Men. I mean, if a formula works for you, ROLL with it. Whatever. But I may be wrong. I’ll let you know when I write the next review for Rome.)

Fast forward a year. Ayden, Jet and Cora (tattoo shop piercer and front desk girl) are ROOMMATES. Queue the awkward sexual tension. Cora and Ayden rate every girl who does the walk of shame from Jet’s bedroom, which seems to be a decent number. I’m not talking the manwhore status that Rule received in Book 1, but close. The year spent not making out has done nothing to put out the fire between them. The two of them are constantly eying each other up while walking around half-naked and acting insanely jealous about every love interest the other might have. Ayden’s boyfriend is a super kind, super boring college guy that Jet likes to call Argyle Sweater Vest. Ayden only sees security and a 401k in her future. I’m terrible, because I can’t even remember the character’s name. I’ll just call him Sweater Vest as well.

Jet’s life as a lead singer has been on the upswing. He owns a recording studio with an excellent ebb and flow of artists, and his band is content playing locally and never signing to a major label. But I’m going to be really honest here….Jet is boring. He’s SO NICE, YOU GUYS. He’s got this whole rocky childhood thing he could draw from, he could drink too much or get high or anything. He’s a rock star, for crying out loud! Other than the slow parade of one-night stands, he’s not really the out-of-control lead singer I had hoped for. He’s responsible and hard working and a business owner and blah.

The big turning point for both happens at one of Jet’s shows. Ayden arrives with Sweater Vest, despite the fact that she’d dumped the guy. And all of Jet’s feeling for her finally surface. Leaving Sweater Vest behind, Ayden follows Jet backstage, which is where the magic happens. It’s not the trashy sex scene in the dirty dressing room that you know you want, but probably the one you deserve. Just a little hot and steamy fooling around that gets slightly out of hand. And after, it’s clear the attraction is not something they can ignore. The connection between Ayden and Jet is fiery. The first time they get down to business, it’s all sparks and electricity and good, good stuff. But he’s just so nice. He sings old country songs under his breath to Ayden after sex because she doesn’t like metal. He loves his mom. I wanted more garbage and drama from the rock star than I got, but he does have that whole downstairs piercing thing going on. (THANK YOU, CORA!)

There are so many obstacles and so many secrets that get in the way once they agree to do something about their feelings. Jet is honest, and knows that he and Ayden are not on the same page with most things. Ayden’s past is catching up to her fast. Jet’s parents are tumultuous, and he is thrown in the middle while defending his mother. And just when things are getting good, Ayden pushes Jet out. In her mind, she’s saving him. Her past is not something she wants to collide with her present and, unfortunately, it’s staring right at her. Jet, although heartbroken, has his own demons to fight. Literally and figuratively.

I don’t want to post spoilers because I want everyone to read Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series. The characters are full of surprises, genuine, and likeable. And having each book roll into the next gives them all more depth and an opportunity for the reader to become attached. I’m halfway through the next book in the series, Rome, and all the crossover timelines are done well. (And man, those Archer boys are HOT!)

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