Respect written by Jay Crownover
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Breaking Point #3
Published by Jay Crownover LLC
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
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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.
Jay's note to all of you awesome readers out there: This is the FINAL book to the entire Point series. Read as a stand-alone at your own risk 😉
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Finally, we get Booker and Karsen’s HEA! Respect is one of my most anticipated releases this year and it did not disappoint!
I have been so on-board with Karsen and Booker since I read them in Better When He’s Bold and I was so happy that they got their own book. I am a sucker for bad boys and forbidden romance and Respect checked all my boxes!
The first two chapters had me bawling because I totally understood that Booker’s hands were tied. I also empathized with Karsen and felt for her and knew what she had gone through.
Obviously, the chemistry wasn’t lacking here, and I enjoyed reading about them in the other books in the Welcome to the Point and The Breaking Point series. While Respect can be read as a standalone, it is better to read the other books in the series first to get more context on Booker and Karsen’s relationship.
Booker is really an antihero that deserves this redemption and love. His backstory was really horrifying, and my heart broke for him. When he finally fought for Karsen – perfection!
The villain in this book isn’t as scary as the other villains in the series and I wish the villain was on par with the others. Despite that, there was still enough thrills to keep me captivated.
BTW, I hope Ari gets her own book!
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Do you love reading a romance featuring a significantly older hero with a younger heroine?
I prefer a 10-12-year age difference and anything more than that just feels creepy.