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?

Titles in the Loveless, Texas series include – Unbroken (prequel #0.5) – Justified –

Title:  Unbroken
Series:  Loveless, Texas #0.5
Author:  Jay Crownover
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 14, 2019
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating: 4.5 stars

UNBROKEN launches the Loveless, Texas series with a quick novella that packs a very powerful reading punch with characters I wanted more of from the very start.  I’m frankly hoping that we get more of Crew and Della throughout the series because this couple deserves more time in the spotlight.

Crew and Della are just about as opposites as you can possibly get, yet each has a drive, goals, and determination to be the best at their chosen professions.  Now Crew has recently experienced a fall from grace, his gambling addiction has gotten him in some boiling hot water and now he’s doing anything he can to raise the money he owes to keep his family out of the crosshairs of a dangerous man.  He’s so desperate he’ll become “the face” of a new men’s products line, something this cowboy could never have imagined he would agree to do, but desperate situations call for even more desperate actions – especially if those actions bring in a large paycheck.  Della has the talent, the smarts, the touch to make her new men’s line successful but she didn’t count on the man her father would produce as “the face” for that new line.  One handsome cowboy is about to turn her world upside down in so many ways.  She’s determined to prove to her father that she can handle the job, the stress and the work – now she has to prove to herself that she can and will handle Crew in her life, hopefully for a very, very long time.

Sometimes characters will grab hold of me from their introduction and never let go – that was the case with Crew and Della.  I loved their banter, the chemistry that sizzled between them and the way they interacted with each other.  I frankly would have loved a longer story with them at the center, but I’m very glad I got to know them in UNBROKEN.  Hopefully, they’ll make appearances in the Loveless, Texas series as well.  This is a fast, action-packed novella that will have you begging for more, or at the very least impatient for the series to begin.  I had a blast with this introduction to the new series and I can’t wait to get started with the rest of the Lawton family.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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