Respect (The Breaking Point #3) by Jay Crownover
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who called a corrupt kingdom home sweet home.
Protected and sheltered from the worst the world had to offer, she fell in love with the crumbling city that burned and blazed around her. Every dirty corner, every scary shadow, found a place within her heart. So did a man who was violent and dangerous, just like the streets she claimed as her own.
He was all business and brutality, except when it came to her. With her, he was calm, caring, and heartbreakingly patient.
He warned her over and over that he wasn't the man for her, but she refused to listen. She never expected either the streets or their enforcer to hurt her, since she'd given her heart so completely to both.
She should have known the streets in the Point were always going to be savage, and so was the man committed to keeping control of them in the hands of criminals and bloody kingpins.
Blindsided by a betrayal which cut so deeply she was sure the wounds would never heal, the princess fled the home she loved and the man who broke her heart. Throwing away her rusted, twisted crown was supposed to help her forget. All it did was make her long for everything she left behind. She told herself she would never go back, but in this tormented kingdom, family is everything. Eventually, she has no choice but to return.
While she was gone, the people who loved her worked hard to make the city safe, and the man who destroyed her sank deeper into the darkness. Going back shouldn't feel like surrender... but it does. As this pretty princess hovers on the edge of the unknown, the past attacks with a vengeance. It's a good reminder that puppy love eventually grows up and turns into something with sharp teeth and one hell of a bite.
She never asked for the keys to t.he kingdom. She'd much rather go out and build her own.
I wanted to love this whole book, a whole lot. It’s got Booker in it. I adore Booker. How can anything with Booker disappoint, right? Okay, he pissed me off in the beginning, but I have a long and tumultuous relationship with him, because he should have been with me all along... I know he’s a fictional character. I don’t care.
Like I said, I went into this knowing I was going to love every single page.
Instead it left me conflicted.
Booker turned out to be just as wonderful as I thought he’d be. Of all the men in the Point, he’s my favorite. He even beats out Nassir and I didn’t think that could happen. He proves over and over that he was the best man for Karsen. And, what was done to him? The position he was placed in? Total bullshit.
But, I can’t completely exonerate Karsen from her role in the past four years. She knew Booker. She knew what kind of man he was and she still let people play her. I thought she was smarter than that.
What did surprise me? I ended this book not really liking Race and Brysen. I don’t care what reasons are given, there are just some things you don’t do to family. And Brysen….by the end, I didn’t even think she deserved Race let alone a happy ending.
But keep reading. The very best part of this book is the ending. When wrongs are finally righted and Booker finally gets the life he deserves and seriously worked and paid for. I could actually see a whole new series spinning off of this one, and I’m not sure if that’s Jay’s intention or not, but anything that offers up even a hope of more Booker, I’m in.