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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 . . .
CAUTION THIS ROME REVIEW SPOILS A MAJOR PLOT POINT. READ AHEAD AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Confession, Rome is the first book I've read in the Marked Men series, but I don't think it will be the last. I admit to deducting a few points in my head because some crucial facts were taken for granted by the characters and it took me a while to piece together a couple of things. However, I do realize that's one peril of reading the third book in a series first.
Despite the out-of-order-book-reading, I very much enjoyed Rome and all the characters in it. Cora stands out as an awesome spitfire, strong as all get out with a few emotional issues to work through. (She reminds me a bunch of Indigo from Branded as Trouble by Lorlei James.) Rome was a stubborn alpha male, as most former military characters are, but he was also endearing in how much he was willing to put on the line for Cora once he learned of their... new addition. My three favorite "side characters" were Rule, Rowdy (sorry for the earlier typo!) and Nash. I'm looking forward to going back and reading Rule's book and certainly hoping for ones about Rocky and Nash!
Basically the only "problem" I had was that Rome's PTSD was never mentioned again after a certain point. I applaud Crownover for tackling PTSD, not skipping over it and making sure to spell out that it was something which couldn't be fixed over night. Still, I would have liked to see a little more of Rome working on putting his PTSD behind him instead of simply mentioning some counseling sessions and including Cora helping him through an episode.
In general, I am not a fan of pregnancy in books. Even less so when it's a major plot point. I don't know why I have this book prejudice. I've never been a fan of relationship drama and babies, if nothing else, cause relationship drama in books. Despite my reservations with the pregnancy plot, I was really happy with how Rome handled it. The characters were pretty laid back about their situation. Yet they were never so flippant I couldn't believe them. I feel it was a good and accurate description of an unexpected pregnancy and the relationships the parents can form afterwards.
Rome is a great book full of raw and real characters making the best of their lives. If you enjoy some steamy romance and great characters, this is the book or book series for you. Make sure to pick it up as soon as you can and tell me what you think of it. Maybe we can bond over a matching tattoo inking session. (Kidding, I swear!)
About the AuthorI’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.