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.
Synopsis: 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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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.
Rome is Book 3 in the Marked Men series – Rome’s brothers, Rule and Jet (Books 1 and 2, respectively) have found love – and now it is Rome’s turn. He has just returned from the front lines (Army, Special Ops) and cannot easily acclimate to civilian life. Before he enlisted, he was the Man of the House, watching out for his brothers. He returns home to find them independent and committed relationships. With no soldiers or brothers in need of his leadership or help, Rome is out of his element – and has become a total grouch.
His negative attitude attracts the ire of Cora, a friend of the family. At a BBQ, she puts Rome in his place (in front of everyone) and BOOM: Opposites Attract. This is a great story of a happy, free spirit bringing joy to someone with a heavy heart. To heal old wounds and put new fears to rest, both Rome and Cora have to try and fail/ try again and learn – grow up individually and work together.
I really liked Rome. It was funny, romantic, and a wonderful addition to this series. If you have read the previous two books, you will like getting updates of other characters. It is possible, however, to read Rome first and understand everything. Chances are excellent, however, you will consider buying Rule and Jet because you want to know more about them… and because you enjoy Jay Crownover’s storytelling. That’s what happened to me. I got Rome free (to review for this blog tour), and liked it so well, I bought Books 1 & 2 and look forward to reading Book 4.
The characters are flawed, but who isn’t. These are not happy people meeting on the best day of their lives; this is a story based on real life – where people have bad days (or years) and it takes family, friends and time to move past what hurts us. While Rome is dealing with the effects of a foreign war and recent homecoming, Cora is living behind walls she erected after her last break up – the protection around her heart is deep and wide. It is a fun ride watching these two resist, then tolerate, then like, then love each other. You will find yourself rooting for them as people and as a couple. – kris
*ARC provided by William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.