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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,926 ratings  ·  546 reviews
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 t
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published November 2nd 2015
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Irisheyz77 No. There are cameos from some of the Marked Men characters, especailly Royal who is Dom's friend and partner on police force (her story is told in…moreNo. There are cameos from some of the Marked Men characters, especailly Royal who is Dom's friend and partner on police force (her story is told in Asa). Lando also appears in Rule but its a minor role so I think it can be read as a standalone but you just know a little more about everyone if you do know the Marked Men series(less)

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Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!


“Leveled” is the first installment in Jay Crownover’s newest series entitled “Saints of Denver” and tells the story of Orlando ‘Lando’ and Domenic ‘Dom’, two characters we previously met in “Marked Men” series. You don’t have to read that series to fully enjoy this one and like the next installments that will come, it can be read as a standalone. It seems this one was the author’s first m/m novel and IMO she did a great job. The story was sweet, emotional, sexy with just a little amount of angst and drama. Needl
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Huge Stars

Well check you out getting all m/m on us Jay Crownover!


And doing a damn fine job of it to boot!

I especially felt a kinship with Dominic. I have dislocated my shoulder six times and have had it surgically rebuilt not one, but twice; so needless to say, I felt his pain!

I was already excited about this new series of hers, but now?

Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“Bad stuff happens sometimes and it happens to people we care about. You can’t live life insulated because you are scared of getting too close.”

Leveled is the story of Dom and Lando. If you've read the Marked Men series you are familiar with these two men, Dom was Royal's cop partner who was injured on the job, and Lando was the man dating Rule's twin brother Remy before Remy died. Dom needs a physical therapist to get him back in shape to pass his test to go back to the force. Dom
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

Oh I loved this one so hard for one freaking reason: The Archers. I know I am nut when it comes to this family, but Rule Archer will always be one of my number one book boyfriends. I sometimes think I live under a rock, because I had no idea this story would feature Orlando.

Orlando, Lando, was Remy Archer's secret boyfriend. He is now a world class physical therapist and well known for his success and results. That's how he meets Dominic. If you recall Dominic is Royal's partner on the force and was recen
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is just a great book an what I needed for Orlando

I m so so so happy I got to read this an the JC wrote it I 've wondered what would happen to Orlando since Rule an Rome's book I really wanted him to have his HEA he so deserved it I luv him so much he as gone through so much since Remy an I really wanted him to meet a super hot sexy man an this is where the even sexier hotter Dominic comes into it God is this man super sexy an when u get
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Leveled gives us the story of Orlando Frederick who we met in Rule as being the boyfriend to Remy Archer that was kept a secret for many years. Lando never got over Remy's death and still blames himself for fighting with him right before he died. Years later he faces another chalclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Dnf at 65%.
Maybe it's because I read a lot of MM but this came off as awkward and cheesy.

If you're going to do it then do it right

If you're not a huge MM reader then you might like this one. I'll call it MM lite.

I didn't feel their connection so it was time to bail.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
I am a lover of all things m/m and when I realized I we were getting Dom and Lando's story, let just say I was stoked! Rule is one of my all time favorites books, and all the Marked Men have been a pleasure to get to know. I think I enjoyed Leveled in the same way, as an extension of the Marked Men, not so much as an m/m story. It had elements of what I love from a that genre, just not quite everything I've come to expect. I am excited for this new series and for Build, bring on that rugged
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This book right here is why I absolutely love M/M. I got the humour, the feels and the romance without any unnecessary drama.

It's been a while since I read a Jay Crownover book, and I've no idea why! Loved this one.

4.5 stars
Pam Nelson
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: _finished-2017, m-m
5 Leveled Stars

I have been a fan of the Marked Men Series since I first read Rule.

I have read the rest of the Saints of Denver Series but how I didn’t know about this Novella is a mystery. But I sure am glad I picked it up and read it.

It really does bring in elements from the M M Series and the S of D Series. It also gives me some measure of closer. I always had this doubt and wonder about what happened to Orlando, because he was such a big part of Rule’s book even if others might
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, m-m
4 stars!

Bad things happened, it was how we navigated the fallout afterward that really defined what our new normal would be. You could do it gracefully, generously, thoughtfully like this precious little girl, or you could do it sloppily, haphazardly, and blindly like I had done.

Leveled by Jay Crownover is my first book by her and wow it was good! It also can be read as a standalone even though the other characters from different stories make an appearance. From here on out, I feel like
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Great read and a nice Segway into the new series :)
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rating: 4.5/5

I finally got the chance to start this and devoured it in less than a day. I really believed Jay took the best story to merge the two series together; adding old and new characters into this.

I always wanted to know more about Dominic and I really hoped that we were going to have a story about him in the new series and I'm sure that I wasn't the only one so when Jay told us that this novella was coming out, I was ne
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
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Leveled has me questioning why I haven't read a Crownover series before now! I was enchanted, and she now has a new fan! Lando and Dom were both characters that made me feel, and their development through this story was truly well done.
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I read Leveled as part of my Can You Re
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed all of the books in the original series and this is a promising start to the new series. It was great to get more insight on Remy and Lando's relationship and I'm glad that he's finally going to be happy with Dom.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Most things that are easy aren't worth much. It's the things you have to work for that matter the most."
Holly Baker
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

When Jay Crownover announced the sneaky release of a series crossover novella from the Marked Men series to the Saints of Denver series, I about keeled over with excitement! I am a huge, huge, huge fan of Jay's books, and I couldn't wait to see how she would set up the story for Built, as well as give us another dose of some of my very favourite fictional guys.

As novellas go, Leveled was a pretty long one! I was expecting to finish it in a couple of hours but it actually
I'm always leery of MF authors crossing over. Often times than not, the writing style doesn't work for me, hence why I barely read het romances these days.

But...this author's writing I've enjoyed.

Consider me intrigued. :)

I hope to be proved wrong.

*fingers crossed*

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Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is not a single doubt with how much I adore anything written by Jay Crownover. She just has this unique flare in writing romance novels about badass tattooed men and such strong willed women that would never leave you. I was honesty surprised when she first announced details about Leveled, not only because it kicks off her new series, Saints of Denver, earlier than I expected, but because it's a story about two boys kissing. Well, you get what I mean. It is incredibly hot, fun and sexy, ye ...more
Carey Sabala
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Leveled by Jay Crownover is a kick off novella to her new spin-off series Saints of Denver based in the Marked Men world and boy does it pack a punch. Not only does Jay need to set up the new series but because it’s based in the world of her old series, she needs to do some backstory explaining as well as tell the M/M love story of Dominic Vos and Orlando Frederick who are characters in both series now and do it all in a novella. Yeah, you see where I’m going with this…….

So first let
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Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh, an M/M read from Jay Crownover? One that bridges my beloved Marked Men with the Saints of Denver? GIMME. NOW. <<-- Essentially all the words I was capable of when I found out about it. And now I'm done, my words are more like, ‘I want more. Now!’

Dominic Voss and Orlando Frederick both know what it is to suffer. Dom’s trying to get to back to full fitness and his job on the beat—a job that defines who he is—after a life-threatening injury, while Lando has closed himself off to the idea of lo
Red Cheeks Reads
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
'There was nothing Subtle or hidden about Dominic Voss and that forthrightness was irresistible and a balm to the hidden parts of me that were just as broken as his body was.'

Having been a long time fan of Jay Crownover I, like many others, became overly excited at the idea of a novella to bridge the Marked Men series with the Saints Of Denver series. Add to that the fact that she has for the first time ventured into the m/m genre and I could not start reading this story fast enough. While this can
Having never read a Crownover story before, and certainly none of the Marked Men books (obviously), maybe this wasn't the best one to start with. But when I found out it was a series opener, and an m/m with good ratings, I couldn't resist.

LEVELED started off pretty strong. I liked the meet-cute. I had none of the background story but the author revealed it slowly as it went along, making the events unfold naturally in the foreground even as a lot is hinted and spoken of in the background with the
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This is the best M/M story I've read so far.

Well, I haven't been reading many M/M romances, but this one definitely makes me want to read more of them now.

It's almost Christmas and I thank this book for giving me the gift of what I'd like to call "THE EPIC PUSH". It pushed me to try something new and not limit myself to what I usually read. I've mentioned once that I will read anything from JAY CROWONVER and I think this read more that proves that. :) I couldn't be more proud of myself.

Melissa | Slow Readers Blog

As a fan of all things Jay Crownover and M/M stories, I about died when I found out that the intro to the Saints of Denver series was going to be a M/M novella. I cannot wait for the SoD series to kick off with book 1 in January, and Leveled gave me that little taste to tied me over.

Leveled started off really strong. Jay does a great job of unfolding a story and the characters and supports that with faultless writing. I enjoyed getting to know both Dom and Lando a bit better and felt the buzz of
McGee Magoo
Just like the rest of the books in the Marked Men series, this novella is so, so, so good. It's a treat, a little present for the MM fans to get to read Lando and Dom's story. I'm so happy this story got told.

From the start of the series, Remy has been the ghostly glue. He and his memory are what brought Rule and Shaw together in the beginning and it's only right that we get to know about the other person in Denver whose life was irrevocably changed by his passing: Lando. We needed to know Lando. We need
Mel Shank
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
Leveled by Jay Crownover is the perfect bridge between the Marked Men and the upcoming series Saints of Denver. Being a Huge Crownover fan, I have waited for Orlando's story for a long time. I wanted to see where Lando ended up and with whom. Was he happy with his life or was he devastated by the loss of Remy?

Well, all the questions I had, have been answered and then some. Not only do we get tidbits of gold from the Marked Men series but readers will find some get nuggets from the Sa
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 disappointed stars

I was really looking forward to this books because I wanted Lando to get his happily ever after and after meeting Dom, I really liked him too! This book started off good and hooked me in. But that's when it went downhill.

Lando...WHAT HAPPENED!?!?! I really liked you through the Marked Men series and then WHAT!?!? He acted really selfish and his reasons weren't that great. He didn't want to chance it with Dom because he didn't want Dom to put his
Jan 02, 2016 marked it as dnf
DNF at 40%

Hmmm, I thought the writing wasn't as stellar as I thought it would be by the high rating. I felt there was too many telling than showing. All of the attraction that happened between Lando and Dom felt mostly in their 'monologues'; I was told there was attraction but I couldn't feel it. I read a lot of M/M over the years and this just didn't meet my standard, I guess.

And I am the only one feeling slightly uneasy with the fact that Lando was still Dom's PT when the fon
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.75 stars

I read this book for the first time last year, to be honest I didn't gave it a chance so I decided to re-read it.

I liked Lando and Dom and their story. it was heartbreaking to know Lando and get some hindsight into his relationship with Remy, that boy affected so many lives. It was nice to see him make peace with his past.

I'm happy with their relationship but I'm still not sure if I wanna keep reading this series, I'm not very interested in the characters, but
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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

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