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(Loveless, Texas #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,087 ratings  ·  431 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy...

Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he's determined to do everything by the book--until he's called to Aspen Barlow's office after a so-called break-in. The l
Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Forever
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
She was the last woman I should have my hands on, but she was the only one who could make me lose all sense of reality.

I love a good enemies to lovers romance, and boy did this book bring it. I will admit, it's been a hot minute since I've read a Jay Crownover book and I'm not even sure why. I forgot just how much I missed her writing until I dove into this one. Having said that, while there's some carryover from her other series, I had no problems diving right in.

This starts
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*

Ooops, this one is all on me: romantic suspense does not equal happy Melanie

I KNOW this and I usually do my due diligence before starting a book . . . but so many of my friends loved this one . . . and since Jay Crownover has joined the big publishing world, it was available at my library . . . plus, an enemies-to-lovers premise?

Resistance was futile, I swear.

Anyway, it started out so well. I was totally digging the first half. There were big smiles all around.
I knew how to fe
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Justified by Jay Crownover is the first full length novel in the contemporary romance Loveless, Texas series. The series opened with Unbroken, a prequel novella, which featured different characters so each could be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so although there will be mentions of previous characters. Justified is also being published with a bonus short story, It’s All About That Cowboy by Carly Bloom however my review/rating is strictly for Justified as the review copy ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jay Crownover Fans, Western, Romance
4.5 The Power of Words and Actions Stars
* * * *1/2 Spoiler Free
How to address this book and themes...Jay Crownover has taken the pain of a "Son Bearing the Sins of the Father and Righting These Wrongs and mixes it with the "One Who Worked to Protect Him" be the one he thinks hurt him the most. And that is just the tip of the iceberg of this tale.

In Loveless Texas, there were a couple of things to know. Years ago, you never crossed the Sheriff if you knew what was good for you. Especially if you

I love a good "enemies to lovers" story and this one definitely hit the right spot. It has been a long time since I have read anything by this author, I believe "Charged" was the last book. I don't have a specific reason as to why, but I do know that I will be checking out every book in this series ;)

I also really liked the side-characters in this book, and since some play a part in a previous series, I will have to check those out as well. So looks like I'm gonna be busy.

gonna be busy gif - Google zoeken

Aspen and Case have kn
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
A small quiet town, devastated by gunshots, vandalism, high speed chases, and fire. Aspen is the target and the killer doesn't care about collateral damage. Who's out to get her? Why do they so desperately want her dead? And why is it the only person she can turn to, the only one she can trust, is the man who hates her guts?

At one point, Aspen was the new girl in town. She was from the city and she was different and ended up being an outcase. Case was the only person who saw her and went out of

Case and Aspen are enemies in the town of Loveless. Case swears he'll never forgive Aspen for her part in him losing custody of his son, and Aspen won't forget the way Case treated her when she became his ex-wife's lawyer. But when an unknown enemy sets out to hurt Aspen, these two have to learn to tolerate each other long enough to keep Aspen out of danger.

This book starts out with the suspense right away and from there the intrigu
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4 stars

I am a huge Jay Crownover fan ,whatever she writes I'm going to read it.Even though I don't read often romance with cowboys. I was so into the story from the first pages, I felt connected and I couldn't put it down.

I have read almost all Jay's books and I can tell you that this one is a little bit different I find it refreshing and I liked the set up of the small town.Aspen was a little bit complex and I didn't like her immediately.She has some good in her she was strong but sometimes she
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jay Crownover writes the best heroes, especially the ones that start off as kind of a jerk, rough around the edges, but have a big heart. Case Lawton, the Sheriff of Loveless is exactly that type of guy. When we’re introduced to Aspen and Case, he’s a full-on jerk to her, he thinks she’s a heartless lawyer after she represented his ex-wife in their divorce and custody battle. There’s a whole backstory as to why Aspen cooperated, it’s a good reason, but Case doesn’t know the details. There’s a wh ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh how i miss Jay Crownover books. I love Rule. Her other books are hit and miss with me. Now I get my hands on Justified. A handsome brooding cowboy. I am not particulary enjoy cowboy hero for my romance books. But i give this book an exception.

In Justified, Miss Crownover packing up romance and thriller. The romance is hot hot hot steamy. The character introduction to Case and Aspen is just epic. We see how different they are, but yet they complete each other. I am so addictied to complicated
Jay Crownover returns to Loveless, Texas with “Justified,” a suspenseful and drama filled romance between Case Lawton, the sheriff of Loveless and his sworn enemy Aspen Barlow, the attorney who cost him custody of his son.

When Aspen moved from Chicago to Texas, she was the weird high school girl who didn’t fit in and the only person who made her feel like she belonged was golden boy Case Lawton. She had a crush on him, but his life was set on a different course. Years later when they crosse
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If there was anyone I didn't expect to lean on when my own house of cards went up in flames a few years later, it was the newly appointed sheriff of Loveless, Texas, Case Lawton.

When Aspen moved to the small town of Loveless, Texas, her pale skin and black clothes had kids calling her “weirdo girl”. The one bright spot was Case Lawton, a popular joc
4 Sheriff stars!

This was a suspenseful friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romance with lows and highs and everything in between. I really enjoyed the ride!

Case is the local Sheriff and trying to come out of the shadows of his crooked predecessor, who also happens to be his father. He’s spent so many years trying to make things right and proving that he’s nothing like his father. I loved his strong moral compass, his love for his son and his willingness to sacrifice himself to protect those that he lo
My Pink Fairytales
My poor heart ⭐️

The previous book I read was expected to be an emotional rollercoaster that should have made me go through a boxes of Kleenex. Never in a million years, would I expected to cry my eyes out at this one.
Actually, I have a confession to make: due to its horrible cover, I didn’t expect to like it. At all. I requested the ARC on Netgalley by default, just because it was Jay Crownover we were talking about. I should have known she was going to break my heart.

Here’s the thing. There
**Justified generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

5 "I just had to be as brave as she was." Stars

I just absolutely loved this. I devoured it and keep thinking about Sheriff Lawton and Counselor Barlow. Striking all my favorite romance chords, I engulfed Jay Crownover's newest series start in one sitting. Justified is an enemies-to-lovers, slow burn romance between a small town Texas Sheriff with a chip on his shoulder and a local attorney with a fi
book bruin
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forever
3.5-4 stars

This was a great weekend read! I was sucked in right from the start and didn't want to put it down. I was hesitant to pick it up because I don't often read cowboy romances, but this one felt more small town romance more than anything and I just appreciated the cover for the eye candy it was ;)

Justified is an enemies to lovers, forced proximity, suspense, and single parent romance rolled into one. I loved the sparks and sexual tension between Case and Aspen and how the gruff and grumpy
3.5 Stars!

One of my favorite tropes is enemies to lovers. I love a good fight scene and a good grovel. Throw in angst, and a good mystery, I'm giddy with excitement!

When Aspen Barlow moved from Chicago to small-town Loveless, Texas, Case Lawton was the first to befriend her. When other high school kids teased her about her appearance and called her weird, Case stood by her and protected her. They both had dreams about life after high school, he was going off to college on a football scholarship
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! A really good enemies-to-lovers romance packed with way more action and suspense than I thought it would have in it. I seriously enjoyed the book. This was the first Jay Crownover book I've ever read and I will definitely grab a few more to see what else there is. From looking at the cheesy cover photo I was expecting a boy-meets-girl second-chance cowboy story and what I got was much more. I ended up connecting with the characters within the first few pages. There was a twist toward the en ...more
Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Reviewer✦


We're back in Loveless, Texas and this time we have the pleasure of reading Case Lawton's book. When I first met him in Unbroken I knew he would be trouble, and trouble he was!

Justified is a full length novel in Jay Crownover's brand-new Loveless, Texas series. The Lawton siblings bring so much angst to their small little town that I cannot get enough of them!

Aspen Barlow has crushed on Case Lawton since her formidable teen years. He was the only one to show her any kindness and off
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Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
Justified features a great enemies to lovers romance with some nicely done suspense elements.

In a family of criminals, Case Lawton is determined to walk a different path. As the sheriff of Loveless, Texas he does everything by the book unlike his crooked father. When Aspen Barlow's office is broken into Case works the case to the best of his ability, but that doesn't mean he isn't enjoying the discomfort of the woman responsible for him losing custody of his son. But after Case learns the truth
He was her high school hero and friend until she got his son taken away from him while repping his ex-wife in a nasty divorce, but now she has to rely on a man who hates the sight of her for her very life. The blurb on Justified grabbed my attention as soon as I saw the situation and I just had to read this book that combined enemies to loves with smalltown cowboy protector romance. It also factored in that I've been wanting to try this author's books since the first blazing reviews came out on ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1// stars, this is great even better than book .05 I have fallen in love with Loveless Texas and all its residents(well not all of them lol) I loved this book and the storyline as well as the hero and heroine. This was a book I didn't want to put down. After reading this book I can't wait for book two. It seems like I have several books from Jay Crownover now that I am just waiting to release so I can read them. ...more
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4.5 Stars / 3 Steam Fans

I love a good romantic suspense story, and this story has all the right parts. Case and Aspen have a history. When Aspen starts to get harassed in their small town, it is up to Case to set aside their differences to protect her and their home.

I am sending a huge thank you to Forever Publishing for sending me a finished paperback copy.

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May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love romantic suspense. It’s one of my favorite subgenres of romance. Add in the “enemies to lovers” troupe with snark, wicked chemistry, and loads of danger and I am lost to the outside world.

The tale begins with a prologue explaining the animosity the hero feels towards our heroine and her thoughts on him.

Fast-forward nine-years and someone has broken into Aspen Barlow’s new law office. Case Lawton always upholds the hold and despite his feelings he investigates. Case has worked hard to prot
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hate-to-love romance about putting aside past mistakes and creating something special for the future.

Following a severe downturn in his life, Case Lawton has one focus for all of his hate - Aspen Barlow, the lawyer who represented his wife, Becca, in their divorce.
Was this hate misguided?
Yes, but given that he lost what was most important to him, his son, Hayes, I could understand the anger.

Years later, Case has proven to be the better parent and regains custody of his son. Yet the hate remai
Carmen Rae
So I think this is one of those times I need to confess that I only preordered this book so I could get Boy In Luv. And I have zero regrets. I read Crew's book and it really felt like it was more an intro to Loveless and the Lawton family. And I went in to Justified with pretty high expectations.

Honestly I think I read it wanting or expecting the story to play out a certain way and I was so far off the mark. And although I was a little disappointed I did enjoy the book I just would have loved
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jay Crownover returns to Loveless, Texas with “Justified,” a suspenseful and drama filled romance between Case Lawton, the sheriff of Loveless and his sworn enemy Aspen Barlow, the attorney who cost him custody of his son.

When Aspen moved from Chicago to Texas, she was the weird high school girl who didn’t fit in and the only person who made her feel like she belonged was golden boy Case Lawton. She had a crush on him, but his life was set on a different course. Years later when they crossed pa
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
I neeeeed the next one!!

Wow. So I’ve been in a HUGE book funk lately and nothing has caught my attention. Then I decided to go ahead and see what Justified was all about and ended up connecting with the characters within the very first page. Now I’m done and don’t know what to do with myself while I wait for Unforgiven to come out next month.

I guess it could be worse; I could have had to wait much longer if I read this when it first came out. Justified kind of has a enemies to lovers trope to i
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Enemies to lovers is one of my all-time favorite tropes and this one was fantastic. I devoured it! I loved the characters, their fiery barbs and underlying passion. There is a wonderful suspense element that was happening and I loved the build to it all.

The prologue had me so hooked with all the tension and emotion, I was all in. I loved Aspen and how tough she was, standing up for herself and what she wants, fighting to stay strong in the middle of a very hard situation. I freaking loved Case,
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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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