Leveled by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #0.5
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ
Publication date: November 2, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eARC, 224 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
I can’t even tell you how excited I am that Jay wrote this book. Since we learned Remy’s truth in Rule, I’ve wanted to know more about the man he was involved with. Well, wish granted… and it was everything I wanted it to be. Thank you, Jay.
Lando might not’ve been a huge part of the Marked Men books, but he was an important one and I can’t tell you how happy it made me to finally see him get another chance at love. The events of the night Remy died still haunt Lando years later. Understandably. His fear of losing someone he loves again has kept him from pursuing something real with another man. When he meets hot cop Dominic during his recovery after being injured in the line of duty, there’s a undeniable spark. Of course, there’s a lot of hesitation on Lando’s part because of the nature of Dominic’s job and his fear about losing someone again. And, I mean, how can you blame him?
While this was a novella, it still felt like a full story. The characters were well-developed and grew over the course of the story. They both had to face some truths and come to terms with them before they could be together. It was sexy, funny and sweet. There were plenty of feels. It was the perfect way to bridge the gap between the Marked Men and Saints of Denver series. I was over the moon to get some scenes with some of my beloved Marked Men characters while being introduced into this new series. I was already ridiculously excited about the Saints of Denver series, but after getting a peek into the new world during this book, I have to say I have a major case of grabby hands for Built. It can’t get here soon enough. I can’t wait for Sayer and Zeb’s story.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.