Friday, January 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Rome by Jay Crownover - Review & 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 . . .

My Review

***For your overall enjoyment of the series, I highly recommend reading Rule and Jet prior to reading Rome.  While it is not required, the characters in this story first make an appearance in the first two books in this series***

A couple of months ago I found this great series it was called the Marked Men Series and I have been eagerly anticipating the third book in this series, Rome.

As the oldest Archer sibling, Rome has always felt the need to protect his family.  He was the war hero, the older brother, protector of Shaw, and loving son.  But after his last tour he finds himself retired and unsure of his place in the world.  During his last tour, his brother Remy died in a car accident leaving him feeling lost, estranged from his brother and his parents, and unable to forget the pain and death that occurred after he left Afghanistan.  Unable to cope with finding his place in the world, Rome lives his life buried in a bottle of vodka and lashing out at those closest to him, which usually ends up being Shaw, Rule, or Nash.  His latest bout had him face to face with the little pixie-like Cora.  Unable to cope, he lands himself on Fourth of July at a joint known as The Bar where he meets Brite a former soldier who will take him under his wing and help fix his bar.

Cora always is so bright, positive, and uplifting, but what most don't see is the hurt of her past.  Still left broken after her fiance Jimmy was cheating on her at her old tattoo shop, Cora is guarded with her heart and won't settle for anything less than Mr. Perfect.  Unfortunately for her, Mr. Perfect well he doesn't exist since no one is perfect.  Cora doesn't want to admit that she's attracted to the oldest Archer brother being friends with not only all the men in this series but close to Rule, Rome's younger brother.  She fights her attraction to him, but when there's a call for help that she answers she must go and save Rome from his drunken self.

The attraction between Rome and Cora is undeniable, but Cora is looking for perfect, Rome is far from it.  Stricken with nightmares and a past that he can't move on from, can Cora help Rome heal from his past or are some wounds too deep to ever heal from?  Cora has a past full of heartbreak and she only longs to find a man that will be there for her all the way.  Can Rome ever become that man when they are forced into a situation where they must work together?

I have long anticipated this story.  The Archer family has had so much pain over the last couple of years, and the person who was hit the hardest by the family tragedy was Rome.  Rome has always felt like he had to be the hero and the protector of his family.  When he feels he's failed at both things, he becomes lost and drowns himself in a bottle of alcohol.  Cora and Rome are complete opposites, but they are so perfect for one another.  Rome is by far I would say the hottest of the men so far in this series, but I love all the men in the Marked Series.  All the characters in this series are so well developed and full of compassion towards ones another that is only leaves you wanting more.  (Doesn't hurt that the attraction between these characters is always explosive.)  I look forward to the next book in the series and will anxiously sit back and wait until it's time for Nash's story.  I know all the rest of the books in this series will be great because all the men in these stories are broken in one way or another and all they need is the right woman to save them.  5 stars!

***ARC provided by publisher in exchange for a honest review*** 

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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