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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Justified by Jay Crownover




42283846Justified 
(Loveless, Texas #1)
by Jay Crownover
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Forever
ISBN 1538746336
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 last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn't the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge...

Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she'll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there's a thin line between love and hate... because there's nothing Case wouldn't do to keep her safe.


Excerpt:

This is a terrible idea. I can’t stay here.” I wished there was
more force behind my voice, more sound, but all I could get
out was a squeak of protest.

Between arguing with David, answering a million questions
about the shooting, and even more from the hospital
staff to determine whether my head had been damaged further,
what little voice I had was shot. It had been a long,
arduous morning. The shock from being shot at was still
buzzing underneath my skin, but it was now secondary to the
utter disbelief that the place Case believed I would be safest
was under his roof.

When he told me he was placing me in protective police
custody and taking me to a safe house, never in a million
years would I have guessed he meant his house. I was wondering
if maybe he was the one who hurt his head when he
took me to the ground.

“What about Hayes? Someone shot at me today. You took
a bullet for me this morning. You can’t put your son in the
line of fire. I won’t allow it.” All of the things I wanted to
do to emphasize my point, I couldn’t. There was no crossing
my arms over my chest thanks to my jacked-up elbow. There
was no stomping my foot in aggravation thanks to the soft
splint holding my ankle in one position. There would be no
yelling, since my voice could barely be heard, so all I was
left with was a glare. Unfortunately, Case ignored my dirty
look and continued to usher me inside the house.

His morning had been even longer than mine, and he
looked as haggard as I felt. After making sure I was secured
inside the hospital with an armed guard, he’d had to deal
with the crime scene and the slew of reporters who showed
up on the scene. Since a shooting in a high traffic and very
public place like the hospital was bound to make national
news, Case mentioned it was more than likely the Texas
Rangers were going to get called in to help investigate. He
didn’t sound thrilled at the prospect, he also didn’t seem too
concerned by the fact he was shot. He still had a red stain
and a hole in his tan uniform shirt from where the bullet,
which was meant for me, skimmed his shoulder. The wound
required ten stitches and now was dressed in a stark white
bandage much like the one wrapped around my injured hand.

We were quite a pair.



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About JAY CROWNOVER:
Jay Crownover
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, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway 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 she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. https://www.jaycrownover.com/



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