New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with the second title in her romantic suspense series, The Breaking Point, DIGNITY.
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Author: Jay Crownover
Publication Date: 17 October, 2017
Series: The Breaking Point, book 2
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
Looks can be deceiving.
I knew that most people took one look at the ink and the impossibly big and strong body it covered and decided I was a brawler…a bruiser…a beast. However, I was hardwired to be a thinker, not a fighter.
I should have chosen to use my brain and talents to be one of the good guys, a hero, a man with dignity and worth.
I turned my back on dignity and sold my soul to the highest bidder, deciding to dance with the devil, instead.
I couldn’t figure out how to help myself, so there was zero chance I knew how to save someone else.
That someone else was Noe Lee. She was the unkempt, unruly thief who was just as smart as I was and twice as street savvy. She was annoyingly adorable beneath the dirt and grime, and she was in trouble. In way over her head, I told myself it wasn’t my job to keep her from drowning. In the Point, it was sink or swim, and I wasn’t the designated lifeguard on duty.
I shut the door in her face, but now she’s gone…vanished…disappeared without a trace. It took less than a second for me to realize that I wanted her back.
When a woman comes along that melts all the frozen, hard things you’re made of; you’ll do anything you have to, to bring her home.
What you see is not always what you get…and with a man like me, what you get is more than anyone ever bargained for.
What to say except I love this big brained bad boy, Snowden Stark and the equally amazing and big brained heroine, Noe Lee. Stark is basically the perfect bad boy hero. He's beyond intelligent, he's loyal, he's determined, he's handsome, a tad more than broken, broody, caring, sexy, and the perfect man for Noe Lee. Everything I loved about Stark I loved about Noe Lee. She was in essence the female version of Stark, (or he's the male version of her) I loved that she isn't a heroine that needs saving, she is as strong as Stark and as determined. Her heart broken but still hoping to find a way to patch it back together. Both of these characters have become favorites of mine because they could easily stand alone and take care of themselves but together they do amazing things, for each other and for The Point.
The story line in this one was somehow more poignant for me. I have loved all of The Breaking Point stories, but this one has stuck with me more than Honor or Avenged. The underlying subject of this story is hard to forget and yet daily these children, these lost are forgotten. We block out the dirty that is all around us to keep our own souls clean but in doing so we leave so many abandoned to societies worst. There was something about Dignity that made The Point a real place for me. When I had read Honor and Avenged The Point was a very abstract idea of a broken dirty city full of bad men, both ones that try to do good even if they have to do bad to get there and those that just plain do bad, but in Dignity everything became real to me. I could finally think of The Point as a place that isn't some fantastical version of a broken city like Detroit. The fact is that when we are looking away things like what are taking place in Dignity are actually happening in our world. It's not a fictional theory it is reality and it hit me like a battering ram while reading this book.
I can safely say that this is one of my favorite of Jay Crownover's books. The couple gave me everything I could want in character development, romance, angst, it was all there. No jackass hero and no simpering heroine. I loved the connection between Dignity, Honor and Avenged and the connection to our original Point family, through Titus King. I loved seeing this group of people becoming a family, even when they don't completely like each other, but isn't that the way it is with family? Nassar is always entertaining and frightening but the father figure he is becoming has me cheering for this group more and more, each book has gotten better for me and I can't wait for the next one.
Dignity can be read as a standalone but I highly suggest reading the previous books, particularly Avenged first if you can. You won't be completely lost if you are unable to but having the entire picture will help. If you are a Jay Crownover fan make sure you don't miss this one, Stark and Noe are bound to make a place in your heart!
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Protective and possessive instincts coiled around my gut and rage felt like it was going to choke me. I was so used to being cold and numb, I didn’t know what to do with the fire that was licking at my insides.
“I saw him take her out of the trunk when they got to the docks. He moved like a cop. Not the kind who is there to actually protect and serve, but the kind who pulls you over for no reason and slaps cuffs on you to prove a point. I was locked up for a lot of years, boy genius. I know what a dirty cop looks like. He had a busted-up nose and stitches on the side of his face. Should be pretty easy for Titus to identify him.”
Titus King was Bax’s half-brother and the only law enforcement officer in the entire city any of us slightly trusted. He was one of the few men the Point hadn’t tainted. He was a good guy, trying to do right by the people in our city, and he wouldn’t hesitate to throw Goddard’s dirty cop under the bus. But I didn’t want anyone going after the Mayor. His sadistic ass was all mine.
“Do you think they made it out of the container after you hit it with the truck?” That had been my idea. Nassir was only sending in Booker and Benny to get Noe out, but I didn’t think it was enough fire power. Since he refused to let me go, even siccing Chuck on me as a babysitter until the job was done, I made Benny go over the plan with me no less than a hundred times until I came up with a better one. Knocking the container sideways with one of the big semi-trucks that littered the area would give Benny the time he needed to get Noe out and distract the outside security detail enough that Booker could do his thing. It was a risk because the people inside the container—including Noe and Benny—might have ended up injured when the thing flipped, but the odds of them making it out were much higher than if Benny tried to take on everyone on his own.
“If Benny made it out, we won’t hear from him again. That was the deal he made with Nassir. He would get your girl and then disappear, so he can go and live happily ever after with his. As for the rest of them,” he shrugged, “I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Your girl said someone had a gun, so if they were shooting at Benny, he would do whatever he could to make sure they stopped. He’s not about to catch a bullet for any of us. I know you want that asshole alive for your own reasons, but honestly, it’s better if Benny popped him.”
It was better, but it wasn’t what I wanted. A bullet between the eyes was way too easy for a guy like Goddard. People would bemoan how bad the Point had become, how Goddard had been a staunch supporter of crime prevention measures. He would die a martyr and a legend. I couldn’t stand the thought of that. I wanted who Goddard was, who he really was, out in the open. I wanted his mansion doors flung wide open and every skeleton inside the walls exposed and thrown out on the perfectly manicured lawn for the entire world to see. I hated people who hid behind the law. I hated when men in any position of power got off on using their elevated status to jerk the helpless and hopeless around. Death wasn’t the answer. Devastation was.
I closed my eyes and squeezed the cold, still hand that was clasped in mine. Failure weighed heavy on my shoulders and fury lit up my blood like popping and sizzling firecrackers.
“When do we ever end up with anything that’s better for us?” That wasn’t how the Point worked. That wasn’t how we worked.
Booker grunted and I felt him move behind me. “It happens. It doesn’t seem like better should be able to find a foothold in this place, but despite all odds, it does.”
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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, the Point Series, the 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.