Wednesday, November 25, 2015

REVIEW: Leveled by Jay Crownover

We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own...if only the man will let him close enough to mend what's broken.

An Avon Romance

Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published November 2nd 2015
Source: Purchased
Purchase a copy: Goodreads | Amazon


Court: So, I am a little bit ashamed that it took me a bit to remember who Orlando was, but once he voiced the connection to our Marked Men that we love so much...I gasped! And was so excited that Dominic (a favorite) was getting to know THIS MAN...because they both really, really deserved it. Jay's note was much appreciated at the beginning; I am appreciating this novella for it's own special content, and also for being the connection for the upcoming Built (MY EXCITEMENT FOR THAT CANNOT BE CONTAINED!!!)Shel: YES to all of this but especially that Dom got his book and that Built is coming (insert me saying it in an Oprah voice--BUILT IS COMING!!!).

Court: Dominic is Royal's partner, and after his injury we saw her have a very hard time...but on the outside...Dom is looking out for her and we didn't really get a in depth look at how he really felt about being shot and falling off of a roof. Well, now in written form is that story, and his road to recovery was a long and hard one. Shel: Dom's healing was a lot less traumatic than I thought it might be and I was pleasantly surprised to see how well adjusted he was. Actually, he's just a strong character, period. He may have been leveled by Orlando, but he was so level headed and he exuded this calm strength the entire novel...I loved him. Orlando is completely the opposite in his emotional pain, and I liked that contrast between the two of them, and their journey to try to heal Dom physically, and Orlando's emotions. Their story is epic and hot, and was a great addition to my day! I am SO GLAD we read this! Shel: Dude. Orlando was a little more of mess, emotionally, than I was expecting..and maybe than what he was expecting too. I think it surprised him a little at how much and deeply Dom impacted him and how unprepared he was for it. I very much enjoyed watching him figure it all out. These two were just so much fun to read and *fans self* so hot.

Court: On a harder note, I think this is the FOURTH story in a row that has taught me a little something, something. That sounds great, right? It is truly, but the tears I have shed as I get a little bit of prospective on grief, and words that are healing for characters, and even if they're not meant to be a bit healing for me. That was a complete surprise, too, and makes me even more in love with this story. Every little bit helps, so thanks Jay, for Orlando and the Archers...and your stories that we fall in love with every single time. Shel: Great start to this new series! I can't wait to read all of the new stories and read about the new (and old) characters. 

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