Rome by Jay Crownover
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
~Rating: 5/5 stars~
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 . . .
Jay Crownover’s third installment of the Marked Men series was about Rule’s older brother, Rome aka Captain no-fun and his friend Cora aka Tink or Half-pint. Rome Archer is back from his final tour in the Army. He’s finally home and he’s not been himself since he’s been back. He has issues with his family, and his time spent at war left it’s mark. And lets be honest, he’s been quite an ass since he’s been back. Everyone in the group is trying to just let it slide for now, except Cora. She gives him a piece of her mind when he says something out of line about his brother, Rule, who happens to be one of her best friends. Rome is a big guy. He is strong, stoic and tough. Cora is physically much smaller, has lots of ink and piercings, and is a spitfire. Cora is something else; she’s spunky, feisty and a wonderful leading lady! She seems more put together than Rome, but she has her issues too. She’s been marked by her past just like Rome. She’s had her heart broken in on of the the worst ways possible, and now she is very cautious about giving it away. She’s not sure if she ever will. At least not until she finds ‘Mr. Perfect.’
Although, Rome and Cora seem like opposites, they have a ton in common. Both are loyal and protective of their friends and family, caring and they have things they are dealing with. In the beginning of their relationship they face a lot of obstacles. Rome has to deal with his guilt, PTSD, depression and nightmares and Cora needs to get over her fear of falling deep in love and having that person leave. They struggle a lot. They come together. They fall apart. Healing isn’t always easy, but when the two were finally able to get it together, it was so incredible.
I love the Marked Men series. Jay Crownover writes compelling characters that immediately sneak into your heart, and romances full of chemistry and heat! I can’t wait for the next one! I absolutely love these characters and the whole world the author has crated. I highly recommend it!
Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, and The Point and Breaking Point Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.