Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Rome by Jay Crownover Review and Giveaway

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 . . .
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 What I thought about Rome (Marked Men #3)

Rome is home from his military service and he’s not doing so well. He’s ticking everyone off with his bad mood. But his life takes a turn when Cora dumps a beer on him, and he ends up at the bar. So begins a new friendship, a sorta-job, and a maybe relationship with Cora who bails him out of a drunken night on the town.

I liked how these two started their relationship unsure, rooted in physical attraction, but thinking there was more there between them. Cora’s directness meshes well with Rome’s sense of integrity and they decide to see if there is more to their relationship than just physical attraction. I liked that Cora had to really make things happen here, and I loved how they accepted their circumstances.

Cora is really awesome with how she helps Rome mend, especially when it comes to his family. She's not afraid to take chances, until it comes to telling Rome she loves him. She’s still dealing with the pain of a past break up and when her angry words break Rome’s heart, everything goes to hell. I love the realism of these scenes. Jay Crownover gets a good emotional head of steam at this point and just keeps building on it.

There’s a great storyline around the bar and its owner, Brite, bringing things together to a very dramatic and heart wrenching conclusion. Rule and Shaw also play a role in this and I loved having the gang all together, because that’s really the draw for me in this series -- the dedicated friendships between the characters. .

Overall, a very nice read for me. Loved that some of the conflicts from earlier in the series were resolved. I really like this series. I couldn’t put Rome down until I got to the end.

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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.

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