Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Rome by Jay Crownover

Title: Rome (Marked Men #3)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line.
But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her
heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with
someone perfect.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.

Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .


My rating:  4 of 5 Stars

I have a slight confession that shouldn't be a surprise to anybody that knows me...I have a thing for tattoos and piercings.  I know, BIG SHOCK!  But I needed to put that out there so you'd understand why I was drawn to this series.  Because of Rule in book 1.

**glazes over**

Ahem, but yeah, this review is about book 3 and how much it surprised me in the best way.  See...Rome isn't pierced and he isn't tatted up.  But he is scarred and I think I fell in love with him a little bit.

As Rule and Remy's older brother, Rome took it upon himself to be the protector.  And he adhered to this role both as a sibling and in his life, serving multiple tours of duty in the Middle East.  Always strong, always brave, he survived tragedy in both his personal and professional lives...but while he survived, he carried scars that left him a shell of the man he used to be.

He lived in a world of black and white.  Of pain and suffering.  Of numbness.

Until a teeny tiny girl with a gigantic personality brought color slamming back into his life.

Cora takes care of her boys.  Period.  It is what she does to fill a void left in her heart.  She calls things like she sees them and isn't intimidated by anything.  So when Rome starts a little trouble shortly after getting back in town, she is quick to let him know that she isn't amused by pouring a beer over his head.

A little bit ironic then, when she answers a phone call from a local bar owner.

A phone call that changes everything.

Cora is a fixer and Rome needs fixing.  These are my favorite stories.  Especially when there is a history thrown in that while not direct and obvious, definitely connects the two characters before they even realize that there is a connection.  And oh my, what a connection these two have.  While I love a good slow burn, the chemistry between Rome and Cora was an inferno from the very beginning and nothing was going to stop it.

Not even their respective pasts.

The nightmares that haunt Rome at night, the nasty break-up that has Cora looking for perfection...nothing can douse the flames.  Btw, I'm totally cringing at my cheesiness with those last few words, but I couldn't think of another way to describe the way these two burn when they are together.

As Rome and Cora learn more about each other, they learn more about themselves and slowly begin to live.  To see life as it could be instead of what they have prepared themselves to expect.  A spunky girl sees that maybe perfect comes with a little imperfection and a broken man starts to see life with a bit more color.

And by the end of this book, I was a sobbing mess.  Because while I started this series looking strictly for a guilty pleasure read, by the end of this story, I had fallen in love with the characters.

And that is why I read.


I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we
go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.

I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that
make the reader feel something.

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