Don’t worry, Sprite, bad decisions always make for good stories…
I could hear my dad’s gruff voice, lightened with humor, in my ear as he told me those words every single time I got caught doing something I wasn’t supposed to do when I was growing up. I was always doing something I shouldn’t then and now, so I heard those words a lot from him. Unfortunately, as an adult, my bad decisions resulted in consequences far worse than a scraped knee or a broken wrist from falling out of the tree in the backyard he warned me repeatedly wasn’t sturdy enough to limb. And sadly, my dad reassuring me in his firm and gentle way, while calling me his little Sprite as he kissed my boo-boos, wasn’t going to help my current situation at all.
This boo-boo was big-time.
This boo-boo was life-changing.
This boo-boo was anything but a good story waiting to be told.
This boo-boo very well could be the end of me, the end of the rope where my patient parents had dangled precariously for years, and it very well could be the end of any kind of future I may have had. A future I was well on my way to letting a lifetime of bad decisions and even worse choices screw up. At barely twenty-two, bad decisions had sort of become my stock in trade and were as familiar to me as my own face. I was almost legendary, at this point, for putting all my trust in the absolutely wrong kind of people. If there was a wrong path to take, I was going to skip gleefully down that road and not look back until I ended up exactly in the kind of situation I found myself in at the moment. It wasn’t like this was even a new dead end; it was the same one I ran into over and over again. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get myself turned around, and the longer I was at this dead end, the darker and more wicked it became.
I knew better. I really did, even if there was a boatload of evidence contradicting that fact.
I wasn’t stupid, naïve, immature, or senseless. I might appear that way to anyone on the outside looking in, but I had my reasons for being a consummate failure and lifelong loser. All of those reasons had nothing to do with me not knowing better and everything to do with me knowing exactly what I deserved.
For a long time now I had been spiraling out of control, whirling, falling deep and deeper into a pit of really awful actions and consequences, each seemingly worse and more painful than the last. I also hadn’t made any kind of effort to try and pull myself out of it, so logically I knew the only place I was going to end up was right here, right at the lowest part of rock bottom. I never imagined the landing would be so jarring.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation…or her ruin.
Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.
When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.
Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.
As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.
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What can I say about Charged? Well I loved it, granted considering my background you can understand why.
Charged takes place after Asa, in the Mark Men Series. If you’ve read the Mark Men series you’ll remember meeting both Quaid and Avett, between Rome and Asa‘s stories. Quaid we meet as Asa’s attorney and then later in Built when Sayer and Quaid have a date. Avett is seen whenever we are at the Bar which Brite sold to Rome. So we get a lot of her angst in Marked Men Series. Its in them that we see her stealing from the till, Church and Asa talking to her about her boyfriend Jared and finally the attempted robbery in Asa in which Avett lands in trouble.
Charged actually begins right after the robbery. The story opens with Avett in jail waiting to meet her attorney. In walks Quaid, and the rest is history, well not really. Both are stubborn and in some ways both are destructive in there own way. Avett punishes herself for events that happened in her past, whereas because of his past Quaid tries to hide from it. Neither know how to make their lives whole but together they help the other out.
Avett learns that she can’t hold herself responsible for other peoples actions only the ones she actions on. And that doing nothing isn’t the best way to go about having a good live. Even if its not causing a problem its not helping and she really wants to be a better person.
Quaid on the other hand, has been living a half life. He has everything money can buy but he’s not truly happy. His live is sterile even with all these things and women throwing themselves at him. Learning to live again is what he needs to loosen up and see what’s important.
Avett and Quaid have chemistry right from the get go but they don’t want to acknowledge it. As the story moves along and Jay creates her magic these two come together and learn to love themselves and each other. They both stop thinking about how others see them and decide they want to be better people. Avett, learns to put the past behind her whereas Quaid realizes he needs to accept his past and embrace it.
The question is, now that they have seen a better way of life will they choose to accept it or will they take the easy pass. Find out when you read Charged.
“I’m surprised he asked the charmer and not the solider. You come armed with a smile, Rome comes armed-period.”
About Jay Crownover:
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver 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.