Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Rome

Title: Rome (Marked Men #3) 
Author: Jay Crownover 
Synopsis: Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . . Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer. Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

My Review:
Rome is the third book in the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover. It was definitively one of the most anticipated books in my 2014 TBR list. I loved Rule and I liked Jet so when I had in my hands Rome I didn´t know what to expect because each character is so different: Rule is the bad boy, Jet is the rock star and Rome is a badass. Archer brothers rule!!

Rome follows the same narrative dynamic of alternating point of views. Rome narrates the uneven chapters while Cora narrates the pair ones, even though some scenes overlap each other they don´t feel repetitive because by getting inside each character´s mind we get a completely different feeling while reading the same scene, it is like you are reading a whole new scene. Rome is the most real book, it feels believable, there are issues that need time to resolve, there is drama and the relationships between the characters builds slowly. In Crownover´s fashion, the characters have to fight till the end of the story in order to achieve the happiness they are looking for.

I loved both Cora and Rome, they seemed like an unlikely couple at the beginning but in fact they are perfect for each other. Cora´s feisty attitude crashes with Rome´s fierceness and their loyalty and sense of rightness made them perfect. I also liked that we still get to know more about the previous couples and the characters that are still single. The author makes you enjoy the story that is currently taking place while at the same time she makes you remember why you loved the series in the first place while making you need the next books in the series. Jay Crownover is a master teaser!

Rome is full of angst, romance, tears and hope. It is the most heartbreaking book of the Marked Men series till the moment and I cannot wait to read the rest about the lives of these hotties and tattooed men.

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