REVIEW: Unbroken (Loveless, Texas #.5) by Jay Crownover

41712534Title: Unbroken
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 14, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes a captivating novella about a rugged rodeo star who will do anything to protect the people he loves.

When rodeo star Crew Lawton loses everything in a bad bet, he has no choice but to take a new job to pay off his debts – even if it means becoming the face of an expensive male skincare line. Crew is used to getting sweaty and rustling in the dirt, not posing for photo shoots. And he’s certainly not used to being bossed around by a woman who doesn’t even know the difference between bulls and broncs. But Crew owes money to dangerous criminals, and he’ll do anything Della says in order to pay them back and keep them far away from his family in Loveless, Texas…

The launch of her new men’s line for her family’s company means everything to Della Deveaux, and she’s not willing to let some rugged, arrogant cowboy ruin her campaign. Crew Lawton is the last man she would have chosen to represent her chic, sophisticated brand. Unfortunately, her father already invested millions in Crew’s stupidly handsome face. Yet the more time they spend together, Della and Crew realize that opposites do attract. But when the time comes for Crew to face his past mistakes, will he be able to protect his family…and the woman he’s come to love?


I’ll be honest.  Jay Crownover is an author that I’d love to say I’ve read everything she’s ever written, but I’m nowhere near close to completing her back list, and at the rate she’s releasing new books, I feel like it’s a losing battle.  That being said though, everything I HAVE read, I’ve loved and enjoyed, so it’s a battle I’m willing to try to win.

Unbroken is the introductory novel to Jay’s new Loveless, Texas series that centers around the Lawton family.  Crew Lawton is the black sheep of the three Lawton siblings.  A big time rodeo star, he’s gotten himself into a bit of a jam with his gambling issues, and in order to get out of them and protect his family he enters into a contract to be the new face of an upscale, men’s skincare line, even though it’s completely not his thing, and his contact Della Deveaux positively hates him on sight.

I started this one and finished it in one sitting.  It’s a novella, so it’s a quick read, but I was completely swept up in the story and these characters.  This book was sweet, steamy, and full of suspense.  I loved seeing Crew’s growth as a character and his turn away from the “dark side” of life, and how Della truly brought out the best in him.  And Della become so much more of a person, rather than a lonely individual who only cared about one thing in life, which was work.  Together these two were absolutely a solid, united front and I’m excited and hopeful that we’ll get little glimpses of the two of them in the other books in the series.

This is definitely a series that I will be continuing with, and I’m looking forward to reading both Crew’s siblings stories.

4 Stars

About the Author

jaycrownover_smallsize.jpgJay 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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