January 2, 2014

Book Review: Rome 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 . . .

FIVE STARS -----   God, I loved this book. In fact, I love this entire series - SO MUCH! I was incredibly lucky to stumble upon books one and two on Edelweiss, and then ecstatic that I was lucky enough to get on this blog tour and read Rome. I have devoured and enjoyed all three of the books in this series so far, but something about Rome just took it a step farther.

Rule and Jet each had the bad boy appeal going on. Rule is a tattoo artist with a bad boy streak a mile wide, and Jet is a womanizing rock star. They are both out of control until the right woman comes along and settles them down. And it was heartbreaking and a little awe inspiring to watch it happen. Rome is a different story completely. He never was the bad boy. In fact, he's pretty much always been the epitome of Captain Freakin' America. Ever since he was a kid he has been someone's hero, been taking care of his younger brothers Remy and Rule, and been the loyal, steadfast guy you looked up to that always had your back. When he was old enough, he joined the Army, and then he was saving the world for real. Along the way, he lost his younger brother Remy, and had to deal with some messed up secrets and complications with his family. Now that he is out of the Army, he is also having to deal with pretty traumatic PTSD, survivor's guilt, and a good healthy dose of "not belonging." It tore me up how much I empathized with what Rome was going through. He's one of the good guys, one of the men who would die for the people he loves, and he is having such a hard time fitting back into his life now that he's no longer in the army. He's mad and scared, and feels guilty about stuff that he can't control, and he's just a big mess. Then, along comes Cora, the firecracker pixie girl that I loved from books one and two. She don't take crap from nobody, and she's not just going to stand by and let Rome and his toxic attitude affect the group of friends that she loves. So, she dumps a beer over his head and tells him to quit being such a jerk. All of sudden the world that Rome has been trying to find his place in is turned upside down all over again.
"Being with you is the one thing that feels solid and real...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 and Cora's relationship progresses the only way that it possibly can - at breakneck speed, roaring around the corners on two wheels. They are two people who are brutally honest and loyal to a fault, and they both live life to the fullest. Each one of them has their own serious baggage to deal with, but those are usually the people who are the ones worth fighting for. And I can honestly say that Rome and Cora are perfect for each other in every way. I LOVED them together.
"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."
And I tell you what, Rome is just about as perfect as a book boyfriend, alpha male, whatever you want to call it, as there is. When faced with the possibility of the one situation that sends most guys running for the hills, he handled it perfectly. In fact, he handled everything perfectly. Even when he was screwing up, he owned up to it and apologized and did whatever he could to make things right. I might have thought I loved Rule and Jet, but Rome put them both to shame in my eyes. And I couldn't have been happier when Cora finally stopped looking for Mr. Perfect and realized that sometimes the most imperfect person that is standing right in front of you is the one that will make you whole.
"I see all of it, Rome, and whatever it ends up looking like is already perfect. This...is as perfect as it gets. You're my guy, no one else does to me or for me what you do, and that's all there is to it. I didn't know what perfect meant until you."
Seriously, I love this series, and this book in particular. If you haven't read Rule, Jet, or Rome, I can tell you that you are definitely missing out. These books have killer lead male and female characters, story lines that are amazing, and a secondary cast of people that are just as interesting and complex as the leads. Speaking of which, I can't wait for the next book in this series. I am counting the days until I get to find out what is going on with Nash and Saint.

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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