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 . . .
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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Ah, Rome! I’ve been waiting for this to be written as soon as I met him in Rule. We witnessed his change and his downfall throughout the first two books.
Rome is the typical big brother, the one that wants to take care of his younger twin brothers and protect them against everything that is bad. He’s also their hero by going off to fight in wars, putting his life on the line for his country and loved ones. But we all know certain things happen and change in his family, what with one of the twins – the golden son – dying. He shoulders that burden, carrying it with him, letting it eat him alive.
Cora is a girl that grew up with only her dad but he was mostly absent from her life. All she ever wanted was stability. A home. A family to call hers. She thought she had that in Brooklyn but when it blew up in her face, she left and started over. She found a real family at the Marked tattoo shop, where she fit in perfectly. But she’s scarred and scared to let anyone too close.
This third book is the story of how you learn that you can’t live your life waiting for the other shoe to drop, to want something that does not exist. It’s the story of how you realize that it’s okay to lean on others, to trust the ones that love you to take care of you when you need them to. It’s how two completely opposite people find a way to love each other, even though it was never in their plans to, how they realize that imperfection is perfect.
I loved it. It was as good as I had expected it to be. We also get to see what happens with the other characters, how things are with the other couples and we get a glimpse of the next book in the series.
Five star read. Ten, even. What can I say, Rome Archer is the imperfectly perfect guy for me.
“You are so much better for me than a bottle of vodka every night. I can’t be perfect for you, but I can be someone you rely on, someone you want to keep around even though it isn’t always going to be easy.” ~ Rome
“Rome Archer was a force to be reckoned with, a storm brewing of broken thoughts and dangerous demons, of misplaced responsibility and unknown future.” ~ Cora
“(…) You’re so full of color, so vibrant you never get lost in all the gray in my head. I don’t want to lose that.” ~ Rome
“She tasted sweet. She tasted like redemption. She tasted like the future I didn’t need to figure out anymore.” ~ Rome
“Love doesn’t always need to be spoken out loud.”
***ARC given in exchange for an honest review***