REVIEW – Rome by Jay Crownover

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Title: Rome
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #3
Release Date: January 7, 2014

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Synopsis

Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed “bad boy” friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won’t let herself get burned again. She’s waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he’s returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome’s used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

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Review

With each book in the Marked Men series, Jay Crownover seems to up the emotional ante. Rome’s story tore at my heart as I followed him into the dark corners of his mind and shared in his nightmares. I’ve been curious about Cora since we first met her and I absolutely loved finally getting inside her head, especially with all the tattoos and testosterone that constantly surrounds her. Rome and Cora’s story was raw and powerful, teeming with emotion and touching upon the harsh realities of loss and sacrifice. As always, the dynamic between the characters is phenomenal, pulling me into their world and reminding me over and over why I fell in love with each and every one of them. Rome’s story was every bit as profound and breathtaking as I’d imagined. Jay Crownover could not have orchestrated a more perfect match than Rome and Cora.

“My perfect guy has got to come already together and be good enough, no assembly required by me. I learned that lesson the hard way.”

Rome was the giant teddy bear I fell for in Rule, but I knew there had to be more lurking behind the soldier’s smolder. Sure enough, Jay Crownover completely steamrolled me with the intensity and depth that this character embodied. Once unraveled, Rome proved to be full of pain and heartache from both the loss of his brother and his time in the military. I felt my heart break for him each and every time he realized there was no outrunning his demons. Cora on the other hand, brought her bright light to Rome’s darkness and the results were spectacular. Their combined stubbornness and abundance of attitude made sure their story was full of sarcasm and humor. Together these two lit up like fireworks, filling the pages of this book with a connection that sparked brilliantly and burned red hot.

“Because we’re trying to do something right, trying to do something that lasts, and when you take your shirt off I can’t think straight.” 

Jay Crownover’s talent for relaying genuine emotion is absolutely stunning. Her writing has an undeniable power, wielding the ability to bring me to my knees or make my fly with just a few flawlessly constructed words. Being able to see Rome’s experience with losing his brother and his retirement from the Army gave this story a sense of completeness. Jay Crownover filled in the pieces that were missing since we first met the Archer family and it made me fall even harder for Rome, Rule, and the rest of the crew. I love that with every addition to this series, we get to see the previous relationships progress and change. This crazy little family absolutely warms my heart and I can never get enough of them. Jay Crownover had me feeling everything deeply with Rome, ensuring that my love for the Marked Men remains unwavering. I can’t wait for Nash’s story!

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Rule (Marked Men #1)

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Jet (Marked Men #2)

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Nash (Marked Men #4)

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Rowdy (Marked Men #5)

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Asa (Marked Men #6)

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