Leveled by Jay Crownover | Novella Review

Let’s be real, I am forever and always a fangirl of Jay Crownover. I remember experiencing a bit of skepticism when I first cracked open Rule but quickly fell in love and then devoured what was available in her Marked Men series. Crownover closes out the Marked Men books and bridges into a spin off series called Saints of Denver with her novella, Leveled featuring a mix of characters from Saints of Denver and Marked Men.

Leveled is Crownover’s novella about Remy’s boyfriend, Orlando. FYI, Remy is dead, and no this isn’t a spoiler, given that it’s in like the first chapter of Rule. It is also a novella about Royal’s police officer partner, Dominic. This novella is about how the two meet and eventually get their happy endings. You see, Dom has been injured on the job, he fell from a building and was shot. So, he goes to Orlando on a  referral for physical therapy so he can get back to work. Dom and Orlando are attracted to each other, and sparks fly.

Lando is tall and elegant and a ginger. He has a nice sense of style, drives a Jag and lives in a super nice house. He also lives a life that is really ruled by fear. He’s never truly gotten over Remy and dealt with his grief. This is something that really affects his relationship with Dom. Lando is someone you’ll find yourself rooting for.

Dom is quite sturdy, unlike Lando. He’s a solid force. He also works a job that consistently puts his life in danger. Unfortunately, that means that Lando is super hesitant to give him his whole heart. Will they work through it? Obviously if you’ve read Crownover, you know that she does happy endings, so I think you can guess.

As expected, Leveled is quite the steamy read. I was happy to see one of the characters from Marked Men get a happy ending. I was also thrilled to encounter previous favorite characters as well and see what they are up to. In all, this novella is a must have if you’re a Marked Men fan.

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He reached out and shut the medical file in front of him and leaned back in his chair. His eyebrows arched up, and he laced his fingers together and put his index fingers under his chin.

“What exactly are you after, Mr. Voss?” His voice was smooth and modulated. I was a disaster, a bundle of nerves and anxiety, and this dude was acting like we were talking about the weather, not my entire life and everything I had ever worked my ass off for.

Defiantly I spread my legs apart and slumped back in the chair across from him, making it a point to affect a posture that was as casual as his was professional. I had on a faded DPD T-shirt and a pair of jeans with a hole in the knee, and both were a little baggy since I’d lost some of my bulk being laid up in the hospital after the accident. If the guy across from me was a cherry-red Ferrari, then I was a rusted-out and battered John Deere tractor in comparison.

“I want my life back, Mr. Frederick. I want to be able to move the way I used to. I want to pass the department physical so I can go back on patrol. I want to be able to walk without needing a crutch or a cane. I want to be the way I was before I got hurt.” I was asking for the impossible and I knew it. “And please call me Dom.”

He dipped his chin down a little, and the edge of his mouth tilted up in a slight grin. Damn the man was good-looking. I blew out a breath and lifted up my hands to run them over the top of my shorn hair. I was hanging on to my sanity by a thread and my unexpected reaction to the guy that I was hanging every hope I had left on wasn’t helping matters.

“All right, Dom. You can call me Lando. That’s what my friends call me.”

I felt one of my eyebrows shoot up. “Are we going to be friends?”


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We all need a hero…let the Saints of Denver begin.

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 if 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 towards 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.


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Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point 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.






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  1. Excellent review! I love that word “Ginger” hehe. My fave NFL quarterback is a ginger. This book sounds hot and emotional.
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