Title: Nash (Marked Men #4)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult/ Coming of Age
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Will their past determine their future?Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.
Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.
When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?
For those of you that have been following the Marked Men series, you will love this book just as much if not more than the previous ones. While it is not required, I highly recommend reading this book in order since as with all the books in the series the epilogue leads right into the next book.
When we last left the Marked Men family, Nash was left reeling from the news that Phil is not his uncle but in fact his dad, a secret that not only his parents kept from him but his step dad as well. Nash didn’t have an easy life growing up. Under the assumption that his father was long gone, Nash was left to be raised by Grant and his mother, people who never wanted him and Grant made sure to give him the hardest time possible growing up. Nash was difficult in high school, always with his friends drinking and screwing anything that walked but that didn’t stop Saint from loving Nash any less even if it was only from a distance.
Nash was Saint’s first love in high school, the man she would do anything for, but Saint was always insecure about her weight and when she hears Nash saying nasty things about a girl he can only assume that he is talking about her. It has left Saint insecure and unsure of herself. Top that off with her view in women when her dad ran off leaving her mother alone with her and her sister, Faith and a boyfriend in college that broke her heart, Saint is unable to allow a man near her heart.
Now a nurse in Denver, you can imagine her surprise when she runs into Nash again at the hospital. When she finds out his dad has cancer, Saint wants to be there for him despite the fact that she still hates him for the way he treated her in high school. Saint quickly becomes a comfort to Nash always being there for him when he needs her and supporting him since as a nurse she can see that he needs a friend right now. But Nash doesn’t want a friend, he cares about Saint and wants a shot at actually being with her.
Saint doesn’t fully trust him, Nash has too many things he has to deal with right now, and as their passion grows, Saint does everything she can to keep him at arm’s length. Nash will have to fight to keep a grasp on her and deal with his dad dying and opening a new tattoo shop that his dad wants him to open. Can Saint ever get passed what happened in high school and learn to love Nash before it’s too late?
If there is one thing I always look forward to it’s the announcement of the next Marked Men book. All the characters are unique and unforgettable and with each book you not only get to know better a new couple but also get to follow the characters from the previous book. All of them have had difficult pasts and Nash and Saint are not different than the first in the fact that they have experienced both heartbreak and hardships in their lives. Ms. Crownover writes complex characters that you cannot but help but fall in love with over and over as the time goes on. I look forward to seeing more of the past members of the Marked family and see what is in store for the future. Rowdy’s story sounds amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on that book, I am also secretly hoping for more of Royal. (Fingers crossed). 5 amazing stars for another hit out of the park!
***Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for a honest review***
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