Avenged  ~~  Jay Crownover


My Rating:  5

Published:  March 21, 2017

Read:  March 24, 2017

Genres:  Romance, Erotica, Novella

Kindle:  110 pages

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

Standalone ~ crossover novella between Jay Crownover and Liliana Hart’s series’



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.


My Review:

Avenged: A MacKenzie Family NovellaAvenged: A MacKenzie Family Novella by Jay Crownover

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before I go on with my review I should explain something. The MacKenzie World novels were written by author Liliana Hart. Avenged is a crossover novella by Jay Crownover, who is the author that has given us the Marked Men, The Saints of Denver, and The Point series’ which are all set in Colorado. This novella simply connects the two author’s worlds. Although I have read Jay’s series,” I have not read any of the MacKenzie novels. That said, I had absolutely no trouble following the incidents in Avenged.

Benny and Echo…….

Benny is from The Point series and Echo is from The Saints of Denver series. The majority of this novella’s setting is in Montana, the MacKenzie’s home turf.

Benny is in witness protection. He has been relocated to a secluded mountainous region near Surrender, Montana. He lives alone in a small, rustic cabin with only the basics. Benny was not a good man. But circumstances gave him a second chance. He realizes how lucky he is to even be alive. He also realizes that he can’t live his life the way he used to. But Benny wasn’t sure how he could change.

One fateful night during a snowstorm, Benny literally found the incentive he needed to be a different person. Maybe not a good person, but definitely a better one.

Echo was used to tragic circumstances following her. Unfortunately, Echo grew up making one poor choice after another. One day she decided to clean up her life. Still, bad things continued to follow her. I admired how emotionally strong she is considering how many times she was ‘knocked’ down. Echo kept getting up, though. What she didn’t know though was that Fate decided it was time for Echo to find her happily ever after.

Because this book is a little over 100 pages, I won’t give away any details. I will say, however, that I was engaged in this book from page one. I mean that literally. The pace of the writing was steady. I loved the interactions and dialogue between Benny and Echo. Their conversations were realistic and believable. Also, the inner monologue gave me a good perspective to what they were thinking. Jay Crownover also did a fantastic job of connecting me to Benny and Echo.

Two people with dark pasts and poorly made choices in their lives were given a second chance at life. They were also given a chance at unconditional love. Something neither thought they would ever have. This was a great book!

*Reviewed by ~ Christine ~ justlovemybooks.com Romance book blog*

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Author Bio:


Jay Crownover

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, and The Point and Breaking Point 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.

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