Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #0.5
Release Date: November 2, 2015
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.
With each new story, Jay Crownover takes her readers on an unparalleled adventure that stays with you. Brands you. Irrevocably marks you. And Leveled is certainly no exception. It’s been a long time since I was so anxious to get my hands on a character’s story, but Lando’s story could not come soon enough. Even though I barely knew him, his existence impacted the Marked Men series in unimaginable ways that left me wanting for him. If ever anyone deserved a happily ever after, it was Lando. Leveled was the perfect way to bridge the Marked Men series with the Saints of Denver series, effortlessly connecting the lives and loves of Jay Crownover’s incredible characters. Dom and Lando’s journey was perfection, an enchanting symphony of friendship, lust, heartbreak, and forgiveness that is guaranteed to make you feel. Jay Crownover’s writing is flawless, mesmerizing in its emotional weight and fresh outlook on love and family. Leveled is fierce and fearless, charging the way into what is sure to be another incredible series from this talented author.
“You lost so much of yourself when you lost that boy, and maybe I’ve been scared to see you go back there, but that’s not who you are and that’s not who we are. You’ve never been afraid to love anyone. Don’t start now.”
Dominic had already won me over with his devotion to Royal in Asa, but the extent of this man was still very much a mystery to me. Jay Crownover took Dom and systematically unraveled him for readers, developing a character with surprising emotional depth that was intense, determined, and delightfully loveable. Dom pushed Lando emotionally, challenging him to let go and embrace the love he deserved, making Dom even more swoon-worthy in my book. Lando, on the other hand, challenged Dom, daring him to see the sides of himself that weren’t tied to being a cop. Jay Crownover did an absolutely exquisite job with Lando. The development of this character took my breath away, reveling a man who was raw, wounded, and deeply afraid to love again. Lando’s emotional conflict played out on the pages of Leveled, allowing readers to connect effortlessly with this beautifully broken man. Together, these two complicated characters kept me riveted to their story as they grew in unforgettable and unexpected ways.
“Fear and love were two powerhouse combatants and it was questionable which one was going to win.”
Leveled held many messages, all of which resonated deeply with me as I devoured this book. Lando and Dom’s journey celebrated endings and beginnings; giving both the characters and readers some much needed closure and the promise of new, exciting things around the corner. In getting to know Lando, so many pieces of Remy also came through. I loved seeing the echoes of Remy in the lives of those who loved him and the extent to which his loss had re-directed their lives. Jay Crownover even made sure to have me in tears with a few heart wrenching moments of letting go. Having all of the Marked Men and their women back together felt like coming home, speaking volumes as to the sense of wholeness and easy familiarity Jay has cultivated with these inimitable characters. I was thrilled to see bits and pieces of Sayer in this story as well, leading the way into the rest of the Saints of Denver series and promising more stunning stories to come from Jay Crownover. For fans of the Marked Men series and new Saints of Denver readers, Leveled is one you won’t be able to put down!
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Check out the rest of the Saints of Denver series:
Built (Saints of Denver #1)
Charged (Saints of Denver #2)
Riveted (Saints of Denver #3)
Salvaged (Saints of Denver #4)