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(Marked Men #6)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  15,147 ratings  ·  1,335 reviews
Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be int ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Harper Collins (first published April 14th 2015)
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C.K. There is going to be a spin off series called The Saints of Denver. That is the name of the new tattoo shop as well. However, Jay mentioned that the…moreThere is going to be a spin off series called The Saints of Denver. That is the name of the new tattoo shop as well. However, Jay mentioned that the book isn't going to just focus on the new tattoo shop. I don't think it will be so much about the tattoo shop. I don't think the Marked Men people are supposed to make a lot of appearances. They might pop up every once in a while though. The Marked Men Series is done after Asa/Royals book. Remys boyfriends Lando is supposed to get a story with a cop. I hope Zeb gets a story. She mentioned something about a lawyer too. (less)
Miao Salvador Marked Men not only pertains to the Tattoos that the boys/girls have but the physical/emotional scars as well. All of them became friends/family.

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5-4 Stars

Oh man, trying to decide how to review this book has actually left me bereft of words...


Oh wait, there you are Words!


Honestly, I find myself torn as there were parts of this book I truly adored...And parts I adored not so much.

In fact, I'm gonna just go out on a limb and say...actively disliked a smidgsay...
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!


I’ve been excited for some time to get to Asa’s book. I love reading books about reformed men. If you’ve read the Marked Men series, you know that Asa has a past. He’s not always been the best brother, the best friend or the best man. He’s had a wake up call and this southern charmer is trying to do the right thing, to stay on the straight and n
4 Final Stars.

Asa is an ex-con. Royal is a cop.
He’s a guy who had a second chance at life and doesn’t believe that deserves happiness, not after his sins. She believes that everybody’s can change and that he’s worth loving.
She wants him forever. He believes she deserves better.
In a battle of wills, with a strong a girl willing to fight for what she wants, and a guy who is now learning how to sacrifice what he wants in the name of love, who will win? And when it is time to finally stop figh
Mar 18, 2014 marked it as to-read
I'm calling it now: Asa + Royal (from Nash)
Penelope Douglas
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Girl chases boy, but boy oh boy, did the tables turn!!!! That man let the little cop know who was BOSS! Loved it!
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We were marked and had been marked in unforgettable and forever ways. We were all better men for it. Marked men. None of us would have it any other way.

I love this series with all my heart. Looking forward to The Saints of Denver series and so much more from this author. Jay you rock ! Love and ink ❤
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I still remember the day my bestie and coworker, Laurie, told me she started a book and it's fantastic. I immediately downloaded it and started it on break. As soon as I finished my break I told Laurie I had to go home and finish it. I put in leave and left to finish Rule.

Rule Fucking Archer will always be my favorite Marked Man, but this series is so near and dear to my heart. Have I loved them all like Rule, no, but I have enjoyed them all. Asa is definitely one of my favorites in the series and I
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jay Crownover Fans, romance
3.75 Closing One Door..Prying Open the Next
* * * 3/4 Spoiler Free
As I started this last installment for Jay Crownover's Marked Men series, a number of thoughts came to mind. When a series starts like this... so dynamic and fresh... it has to be a huge challenge to keep it that way throughout of all the projected books. I would think there was a concept of how we had these brothers and their tattoo business with the opportunity to grow from there...and it did, to the point of us, the readers, wantin
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY Jay has a cover that I don't have to talk shit about!!

This dude is YUMMMMM

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NiCoLeTa E.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***5 "the Criminal & the Cop" big stars from me***

At this point, you all know how much i love this series...

The stories were so lovely, so intense... They had me on edge and made my heart throb in a wild rhythm...
But Asa was the greatest of them all!!! It was the most emotional and the most heartbreaking book...

Literally, in "Jet" i couldn't hate that guy more... and i was wondering why the hell Jay decided in some point to write his story...
***5 "the Criminal & the Cop" big stars from me***

At this point, you all know how much i love this series...

The stories were so lovely, so intense... They had me on edge and made my heart throb in a wild rhythm...
But Asa was the greatest of them all!!! It was the most emotional and the most heartbreaking book...

Literally, in "Jet" i couldn't hate that guy more... and i was wondering why the hell Jay decided in some point to write his story...

But as the books were passing, i started to sympathize him more and more and when i finally landed in his story... i couldn't believe how wrong i was!!!!

I adore this guy!!! Yeah, he used to be a very bad person... He wasn't care for everyone but himself... He used people, even his own sister, but still...

After that experience in the second book that nearly kill him, he tried so hard to change.
He is still fighting with himself every single day, but for now, he keeps winning that battle...
Oh, God!!! That story really made me sad for both Asa and Royal...

My eyes was watery all the time and my heart was aching for them...
And it was pity, because all the others was moving forward and they were completing their lives, but those two were struggling to earn a piece of happiness...

And when they finally manage to earn it, new obstacles got in their way!!!

Well, Royal was a cop and after a patrol that near kill her partner and best friend, she wasn't the same...
The guilt was eating her and for a while she got a little bit wild.
She was drinking, she was looking for troubles but most of all, she was provoking Asa to finally give in to her charm.
But Asa tried so hard to stay away from her, and the rejection even that was hurting Royal didn't stop her.
She liked him and she wanted to make him hers even for one night. She knew that Asa ment troubles, but she didn't care...

"He might have been a criminal in the past, but now I was the one that wanted to steal something from him and keep it for my own … he was going to put up a fight once he realized I was after his heart. After all, it was my job to capture the bad guy … only this one I wasn’t planning on letting go of."

Asa was a beautiful, charming Southern man. His charm together with his Southern drawl could make a woman throw her pants without second thought.

Asa had his own guilts for all the bad things that he did in the past and that guilt keeps him prisoner.
Because of his ugly past, he can't think of a good future, so he is living his present with no much expectations.

From the first moment, he was attracted to Royal, but he couldn't aloud to come very near to him.

Beyond the fact that she is a cop and he used to be a criminal, he doesn't want to involve her in his life because he is a trouble magnet.
Even though he doesn't chase them anymore, they found him.
He knows that eventually he could not resist to Royal's insistance, but he is fighting it.
Until one day, he can't fight it anymore and their magical connection is about to reveal.

But Asa didn't stop to warn Royal that she had to stay away from him, and not once he lied about his previous life, but Royal stay there beside him and she was fighting all the swings of his moods.

But Asa's life was ruled by his guilts and in some glimpses of clarity he aloud to himself to enjoy being with Royal.
She was the light in his darkness...

But can she win the darkness once for all???
Will he manage to stop feeling guilty for the past and to embrace the future??? A future with her???
Or the darkness will swallow him once and forever???

It was so sad reading this book...

I was feeling sad and a little bit angry while i was reading for all this guild that consumed Asa.
It was so pity, because he did have change but he couldn't believe it.
He was afraid that something will get in the way and everything that he try to have will shatter, so he was sambotazing himself.
He was struggling all the time with his feelings and he was trying all the time to make Royal run away from him...

But i liked Royal. I liked the fact that she did know what she was doing.
She was trying to help him and she was really loving him. She was trying to show him that there was life better than the past for him...

She was fighting so hard to make him see clear and the sad part is that when she succeeded it something happened that forced Asa to leave her alone and that for her own happiness...

Okay. I have to reffer to Royal's mother...
She wasn't bad and i'm sure that she was loving her daughter, but i think that she was loving herself more...
If she loved Royal, she would have speak. But she prefered to let her daughter suffer than to lose her convenience...

I didn't liked your actions at all, Ms....

God, for once again, i have to tell how much i love all the Marked men and their women.
I liked that in every book we were learning how they continue their lives and i liked that they were so bond and they really loved each other.
They never judge anyone, not even Asa with all his bad history...
You guys are amazing...

As for Asa??? He manage to stole my heart...

I think it's the southern drawl... Hahahaha....
No, it was everything about him!!! His heart was amazingly good, even though in some point he lost his way!!!
I loved all those guys and all the girls, but i think i love Asa a little bit more...

And now, that the series is over, how i'm gonna feed my addiction???

How i will leave without them???
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfect in EVERY way. So sad it's over!!!!!

And Asa too?!?!?!?! My dear fucking lord Jay. I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picking up Asa, I was a little unsure that I’d fall for him, because he was a serious jerk in the past. He was out for himself and didn’t care who he conned or took advantage of to get what he wanted. I should’ve never doubted because I fell hard for Asa! He was a different guy, sorry for the past and sweet with a little wicked thrown in!

Asa learned his lesson, almost dying in the process, and now he beats himself up over all the sins he committed. Asa loathes what he once was, and carri
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Asa was difficult for me because his self-loathing was so strong that I felt he held himself back and didn't get much of an opportunity to flourish as part of a couple with Royal. The push and pull felt overdone and was frankly frustrating to follow. The secret he wants to keep seems like it could be very harmful to the relationship in the long run and doesn't set a good tone for the structure. When talking about moving forward, he is letting Royal be the driver which seems more complacency than ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"A Standing Ovation to Jay Crownover..."

What made the experience of listening to Asa the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed this one and had been looking forward to it for a long time. It was the perfect ending to the series and loved hearing about the rest of the cast so much that I'm itching to go back and listen to the other five books again...

Who was your favorite character and why?

This entire series is full of characters that I just love, and I'm sad it's over.

Which character – as performed by Christian Fox and Harper Kendall – was your favorite?

They did an exceover.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
“When we love someone there’s an endless amount of times we forgive them when they screw up."


Asa is the final book in the Marked Men Series. I have been a fan of Jay Crownover ever since the day she introduced me to RULE! The way that Ms.Crownover crafts her characters with such ease draws you in. You feel relaxed and ready for the ride. Although Rule is still my favorite in the series, each book has been unique and unforgettable.


We met Asa in Book 2 of the Marked Men Series. Asa is Ayden's wayw
Give yourself a break Asa I will take care of ya ; )

Asa as been on the wrong side of the law so much he as put his sister in danger so many times an he nearly got himself killed for just bein a total ass this is what made him really think that he had to turn his life around even after treating his sister Ayden so bad she was there when he really needed her an this is why he had 2 make his life better he thinks he can't make a good life for himself but after Rome helped him with a job in The B
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
April 21, 2015! Nope. Not good enough. I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG!!!!

I can't wait to read Asa's story. He did so much to come around in Rome. I've developed a soft spot for him.

I'm thinking there is going to be something with him and Brite's daughter (who we haven't actually met)...but then who will Royal end up with...can Zeb get a book and end up with her???

Update: It's Asa and Royal! Jay posted a teaser on her FB page! The cop and the criminal...I can't wait for read this
Asa came to Denver to get a fresh start. After he died in the hospital and was brought back to life he knew he needed to turn his life around to protect his sister. Never wanting to see her hurt because of him again he vows to stay on the straight and narrow.

Royal watcher her best friend and partner get shot it the line of duty and blames herself. She starts hanging around the bar where Asa works and tries to get him to take her home. But Asa can't let go of all of the horrible things he did in
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***4.5/5 Stars***

That was the perfect ending to such a pleasurable series.  Not only did we get to watch Asa's incredible story unfold, but we also got snippets of all of the other characters that we love.  As if that wasn’t enough, we were left with an amazing epilogue!  Happy tears were falling down my face, and I honestly could not be more satisfied with the way this series ended!

To say that Asa had lived a hard life would be an understatement.  Asa went to jail, played people, and did beyond horrific things that earned him that spot Asa 
That ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The preview was so good! Asa was actually trying to be a gentleman so that was nice to see. I can't wait to read the whole book.

“You wanna spend some time with me when we aren’t naked and in bed, Red?”
She shifted under my weight a little and her hands stilled on my shoulders. I knew she liked fucking me. I needed to know if she wanted any part of me outside of the bedroom.
“Like on a date?” She asked the question quietly and it made my back teeth click together.
“It can be wha
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Still such a fan of Asa. So much change in him. He continued to feel such guilt over his past and it was so good to him slowly let go and focus of the man he had become instead of the man he had been. I could keep on reading about these characters book after book.

3.75 STARS

When Asa was first introduced/>3.75
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Crownover shows such artistic growth and maturity in Asa, the final installment in her Marked Men series. The writing style, the character development and the way the problems are dealt with, were all head and shoulders above where she started with Rule. She's hitting her stride and Asa is proof of that.

Those who have been reading my reviews for some time know that my favorite characters are the broken ones. The more messed up they are, the more I want to read their story. Asa is bea
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, april
3.5 stars. Hot and sexy bad boy meets a beautiful policewoman. Sounds like fireworks to me!

Royal and Asa's story was definitely a nice way to finish this series. I enjoyed their journey to find their HEA but I felt it stalled out a few times by Asa's never ending self doubts and lack of self worth. Skimming started happening by the millionth time Asa blathered about what a bad guy he was. Enough already!
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The whole secret drama was silly and not necessary.

Royal was awesome! She was strong and

I'm not totally opposed to heroines doing the chasing every once in a while but this was pathetic. How many times was Royal gonna throw herself at Asa before she admitted defeat and moved onto greener pastures? And I am so over heros like Asa with their "I'm no good for you" mentality and hot and cold attitude. I like reading about heros who know what they want and go after it.

For my safety gang members who don't like reading about detailed descriptions about the heros sexual pas
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Let me start by saying that I was so excited to get to Asa's story. I enjoyed him from the moment he was introduced even though I knew he was a criminal and didn't care who he hurt to get what he wanted. Although the story starts with him staying away from Royal because he's just no good for her is always annoying to me, I'm glad that it didn't take to long for him to start something with her. Royal was awesome. She was in a bad place in the beginning but I loved how she wanted Asa and set out t ...more
Ah this was just ok for me. Asa kind of depressed me a bit. The whole woe is me routine was annoying. There was also something in the book that was a little predictable. I kind of wish they cleared that up. I am looking forward to the next series that Jay is coming up with. :)
Three Chicks
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Review by Lisa Kane

I have been anticipating Asa's story for a while. Which female would be able to tame this restless soul? Well he is about to be Royal flushed! Royal is a cop. (she lives in the apartment next to Nash and Saint) She's the one who arrested Asa the last time he got mixed up in some trouble. He was innocent, but the facts needed to be played out before he could be released. Ayden, Asa's sister was none to pleased with Royal for arresting her brother.

Mel Shank
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Meet ASA: Broken but trying to heal, trusting in a truly untrustworthy situations, becoming selfless and honorable when you only know selfishness and unworthiness. ASA is all these things and Royal loves him anyway. Once again, Jay Crownover hits the ball out of the park bringing us the last book in the 6 book series of her MARKED MEN.

Asa and Royal's handle on life and all its ugliness demonstrates how Jay has developed through her two years of writing this series. I am a fan, no if
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Asa and Royal please........
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Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, and The Point and Breaking Point Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where sh ...more

Other books in the series

Marked Men (6 books)
  • Rule (Marked Men, #1)
  • Jet (Marked Men, #2)
  • Rome (Marked Men, #3)
  • Nash (Marked Men, #4)
  • Rowdy (Marked Men, #5)
“We were marked and had been marked in unforgettable and forever ways. We were all better men for it. Marked men. None of us would have it any other way.” 28 likes
“Karma has a way of catching up with you, especially when you laughed in her face one too many times.” 15 likes
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