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 . . .
Review by Courtney
Okay I will start this review by saying, read the first two books before you read this. While it can be read as a standalone, which I did, these characters are SO much more involved and have a such a deep connection I really wish I would have read Rule and Jet first. Normally books that follow a set of characters will mention the previous set of characters and move on. The Marked Men series has all of them so intertwined with one another that the first two books should be read to really understand statements that are made or situations that are mentioned and to also really understand their connections.
Even without reading the previous books I loved this story. This book follows Rome and Cora. Rome is recently back from a tour in Afghanistan after an injury and Cora is working in the tattoo shop. Completely opposite from each other, but perfect for one another at the same time.
I loved Rome’s story, while I am not close to anyone who has gone to war it really opened my eyes to what our military men and women have to deal with when returning. The unknown and having to reintegrate into normal civilian life becomes a task rather than enjoyable. My heart broke for Rome and I felt that he and Cora were both remarkable and well written characters. This was a great read and I can’t wait for Nash’s story! I give Rome 4 out of 5 books!
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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.