Jay Crownover’s AVENGED (A MacKenzie Family Novella)
New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover brings heat and heart to Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with AVENGED…
Girl meets boy…
On the worst night of her life when she’s decided to take a drastic step that there is no going back from.
Girl is used to sitting by, letting fate deal cruel hand after cruel hand to good people with soft hearts and she’s had enough.
Girl thinks it’s time to fight back against fate and against men who aren’t careful with all the precious things a woman in love has to give him.
Fate shows girl who’s boss and turns her world and plans upside down without breaking a sweat.
Boy meets girl…
On the best night of his life when he’s decided that he’s going to make moves to be the man he was always meant to be instead of the man he was trained and conditioned to be.
Boy is used to a solitary life, quiet in the woods and knowing the only thing that might be looking for him is trouble and trouble is no longer his stock in trade.
Boy thinks it’s time to show trouble who’s boss, even if this trouble has big blue eyes and a body made to make men stupid. Trouble only gets the upper hand if the boy falls prey to its temptation.
Trouble turns the boy’s quiet, serene life sideways without any effort.
Trouble is fun and fate has a wicked sense of humor when it comes to this boy meeting this girl.
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Jay Crownover did it again! She created a masterful crossover of The Saints of Denver, Welcome to the Point and The Breaking Point in Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie Family.
The little excerpt that describes the books says a lot about what to expect, even if you don’t have a clue about what it could mean. So after reading it my first though was, “So, how is this going to roll?”
Then you get to meet the characters.
This time around the heroine is Echo, a girl that we all got to meet in The Saints of Denver. She’s the one who contacted Zeb when, because of all the bad choices she made in the past, she’s unable to adopt Hide. In Avenged Echo is deep in pain after her sister dies, looking for the person that she belives is responsible for the obsession that caused her death, one of the MacKenzies. Life has other plans for her when due to her deseration she end up in a terrible car accidents that places her in Ben’s path.
“I’d always been a girl that liked herself a bad kind of boy. Part of it was because those were the kind of guys that gravitated to my lifestyle choises.”
Ben, or Benny, is the hero (or antihero) of this great story. He is the right hand man of Novk in Welcome to the Point. Let me tell you he isn’t a nice guy at all. Just as Echo he is a product of the people and places around him. Unlike her it isn’t only vices that taint his past, but violence and crime. Surprisingly, in this book he redeems himself in this book and Jay managed to make me feel empathy for a character that I once loathed. Ben is now living in a cabin in Surrender, in the middle of nowhere, under the witness protection program. There he’s found the time to think how he can change his life over, specially when he meets Echo in the middle of snow storm after she had the accident.
“Whatever you’ve had, whatever you’ve tried…none of that compares to how instantly and wholly addictive power is. All you need is a little taste, just a hint of it on your tongue, and you’re a goner.”
This is true and true a second chance story, one that I loved. The attraction between Echo and Ben is sizzling hot. Together they find a way to be perfect, not for the rest of the world, but for each other.
“I wanted to be the only wrong man she found herself in bed with, but that didn’t stop me from pulling back the covers ad sliding next to her. I told myself I would keep my hands to myself and remain on my best behavior. But like I mentioned… I was a damn good lier.”
I personally loved the different appearances of characters from Jay’s many series. Specially when the devil himself provides Ben a way to go back to Echo when they part their ways and there seems impossible for them to get back together. I was glad it had a happy ending of sorts and they foud a way to find a future togheter.
“Neither one o us would ever be the kind of people that could be described as good (I was obviously a lot closer to redemption than he was but only because he showed me the way to get there) but there was no arguing that we were great together.”
I highly recommend this book.
I recieved a complementary copy of the book in exchanged for an honest review.