Monday, November 2, 2015

Release Day Launch & Review: Leveled (Saints of Denver #0.5) by Jay Crownover

Saints of Denver 


Jay Crownover


William Morrow Impulse


Nov. 2, 2015



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Book Summary:

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 if 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 towards 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.

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My Thoughts:

Leveled was a sweet and fast-paced novella.  It is the story of Dominic "Dom" Voss (Loyal's best friend and police partner,) and Orlando "Lando" Frederick's story.  Dom was severely injured in the call of duty, and is determined to get back to the career he loves.  Royal is able to pull some strings and get Lando as his physical therapist.  Lando is highly sought after by sports stars, and is one of the best in his field.

When Lando and Dom first meet one another sparks fly. This is a shocker for Lando, because he is still mourning the death of his first and only love, Remy Archer.  Lando decides to keep things strictly professional.  For one he doesn't date his clients, and for another, he could never date a police officer, and risk losing someone else he loves.  Will fear rule Lando, or will Dom convince him to take another chance on love?

Leveled was a really good story.  I loved the fact that I got to be reunited with the amazing cast of characters in the Marked Men series.  Plus, Dom and Lando were both minor character that I liked, but didn't know a lot about.  I enjoyed getting to know both of them on a deeper level.  Leveled was an emotionally-charged story.  I love that Ms. Crownover gave us the dual perspectives of Lando and Dom.  My heart mourned for Lando's loss, and I understood his fear, and how hard it was to break free, and put his heart on the line again.

My Rating:

I give Leveled, by Jay Crownover, 4 Courageous, Healing from Heat Ache, and New Love Filled Stars!  I was happy that Orlando and Dom both got their own HEA.  Ms. Crownover's fans are going to be very pleased with this sweet and romantic novella! 

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Book Excerpt:

He reached out and shut the medical file in front of him and leaned back in his chair. His eyebrows arched up, and he laced his fingers together and put his index fingers under his chin. 

“What exactly are you after, Mr. Voss?” His voice was smooth and modulated. I was a disaster, a bundle of nerves and anxiety, and this dude was acting like we were talking about the weather, not my entire life and everything I had ever worked my ass off for. 

Defiantly I spread my legs apart and slumped back in the chair across from him, making it a point to affect a posture that was as casual as his was professional. I had on a faded DPD T-shirt and a pair of jeans with a hole in the knee, and both were a little baggy since I’d lost some of my bulk being laid up in the hospital after the accident. If the guy across from me was a cherry-red Ferrari, then I was a rusted-out and battered John Deere tractor in comparison.

“I want my life back, Mr. Frederick. I want to be able to move the way I used to. I want to pass the department physical so I can go back on patrol. I want to be able to walk without needing a crutch or a cane. I want to be the way I was before I got hurt.” I was asking for the impossible and I knew it. “And please call me Dom.” 

He dipped his chin down a little, and the edge of his mouth tilted up in a slight grin. Damn the man was good-looking. I blew out a breath and lifted up my hands to run them over the top of my shorn hair. I was hanging on to my sanity by a thread and my unexpected reaction to the guy that I was hanging every hope I had left on wasn’t helping matters. 

“All right, Dom. You can call me Lando. That’s what my friends call me.” 

I felt one of my eyebrows shoot up. “Are we going to be friends?”

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Don’t miss a Sneak Peek of BUILT, the first full-length novel in the Saints of Denver Series, in the back of LEVELED!

About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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  1. Yes my husband captured my heart and leveled me

    1. Like Lorie, my husband unexpectedly leveled me. We'd been the bestest of buddies for years and then one day....WHAM!....that was it!

  2. Lindy, this series sounds truly amazing! And I've been leveled by love, too - it's been that way for twenty-five years, so we must be doing something right ;)
    Your review made me want to one-click Leveled right now, both Dom and Lando sound like characters I'd love, and I need to get to know them better :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews


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