Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #4
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Will their past determine their future?
Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down… and now he’s trying to do it again.
Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.
When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?
From the start of this series I wondered who Nash was. He seemed so central to this group of characters and his thoughtful and relaxed demeanor intrigued me. Jay Crownover has written another fantastic addition to the Marked Men Series with Nash’s book, keeping me riveted from beginning to end. The emotional depth and introspection that comprised this story was stunning, leaving the reader with no choice but to feel connected to the characters and their battles. This book had a little bit of everything. We see Shaw and Rule move forward in their relationship and Rome and Cora follow close behind. Several new characters are also introduced that I can’t wait to learn about. Jay Crownover delivered a great dynamic with Nash and Saint, bringing together two people with huge hearts and broken souls. Their journey together and personal transformations left my heart feeling full. Jay Crownover had me all over the map with my emotions, laughing, crying, and heart aching every step of the way.
“Seriously, Saint, steer clear of Nash Donovan. I don’t think your heart ever mended from the first time he stomped on it.”
Nash was always the glue that seemed to hold the Marked Men together. His Uncle Phil was the one to bring the guys together and he taught them everything they know about tattooing. In a sense, he was the founder of this quirky, crazy family and Nash always seemed to be the calm, clear-headed one of the bunch. As Jay Crownover revealed Nash’s complexities to us, I was overwhelmed by this man’s incredible heart and kind soul. His insecurities and vulnerabilities were right there at the surface, giving him a genuine relatability that had me feeling everything about his journey deeply. The chemistry between Saint and Nash was a fascinating combination of the relentless pull of familiarity and the fiery draw of undiscovered lust. Jay Crownover gave these two a connection that was entirely unique and absolutely undeniable. I quickly found myself addicted to their push and pull, loving every minute of their journey.
“I don’t know that you would like me once you got to know me, and the Nash I thought I knew… I hated him, but you… this Nash… all I do is want him.”
The storyline that continues in Nash is heartbreaking in a way that is entirely different from the previous books in the series. Nash is facing an identity crisis, fueled by the potential loss of the man at the heart of the Marked Men. As he struggles to find peace with the revelations that sent his world into a tailspin, Saint comes along and echoes his struggles with her own self-doubt. Nash and Saint both face the people in their lives that have fed their insecurities and encouraged their lack of self-worth. Watching Nash and Saint fight for each other and themselves was incredibly breathtaking and I was thrilled to discover so much more about Nash. I think we can all relate to the feelings of inadequacy that both Nash and Saint struggle with in this story and Jay Crownover does an incredible job relaying this message with a strength and sense of hope that is both beautiful and empowering. I loved every second of Nash’s story. Jay Crownover continues to impress me with her talent for drafting meaningful stories and creating complicated and loveable characters. Bring on Rowdy’s story!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Marked Men series:
Rule (Marked Men #1)
Jet (Marked Men #2)
Rome (Marked Men #3)
Rowdy (Marked Men #5)
Asa (Marked Men #6)