04 January 2014

{Blog Tour} Review+Giveaway: Rome (Marked Men #3) 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 Review

 Jay Crownover at her best!

I've read the previous three books in this series. And despite my initial issues with the editing (especially in Rule), I still recognized Ms. Crownover's masterful storytelling.

In Rome, she has proven once again that she can create flawed yet relatable characters. Couples that make you want to root for. Rome and Cora are no exception.

We met Rome during Rule's book and he's shown to be the good son, the all-American elder brother who keeps everyone in line. We were left with the knowledge that Rome was deployed to war and suffered a great loss while serving there.

Here, we see Rome floundering in his role or his identity. He's not quite the big brother/protector that he once was. His experience during the war cast a dark shadow over his disposition. Basically, he was a changed man. Cora, on the other hand, was a free spirit. She had her heart broken once and she doesn't want to be in that position again. And then she meets Rome.

When they met, Rome was in a bad place; physically and emotionally. And while other people were tiptoeing around him and handling him with care because of what happened to him, Cora was having none of it. She called him out more than once and Rome was hooked.

Their story wasn't as tumultuous or angsty as Rule and Shaw, but they have their own issues too especially with Cora's fear of loving and getting hurt again. Rome also needed to deal with his grief and guilt for not doing what he thinks he was supposed to do. When the two of them finally came together, it was just beautiful.

Another thing I loved about this book is we get to catch up with the previous couples from the previous books. Rule and Shaw are as strong as ever, and Jet and Ayden as well. Plus, we get a glimpse of what Nash's story might look like. It's something that the author did really well without being contrived.

Overall, Rome is another great addition to this remarkable series. On that note, on to Nash's story. I can't wait.

Rating: 4 Stars!

About the Author
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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