Saturday, December 14, 2013

Early Review: Rome by Jay Crownover

Title: Rome
Series: Marked Man #3
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Rating: 4.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No


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 . . .

Jay Crownover’s done it once again! She totally mesmerized me by her amazing storytelling – Rome is poignant, compelling, knocking your socks off romance, that made me swoon, laugh and simply just have fun.


I utterly love Crownover for pulling something like that! It’s like she always has a different trick up her sleeve. Her easy, cute and incredibly romantic style of writing is freaking awesome! An I can honestly write, that she’s one of these authors that can totally write another book in series without it being a boring copy of previous novel.

I was looking forward to meeting Rule’s big brother. He sounded like a perfect hunk of a man that could make my ovaries go crazy, and hell yeah did he make them dance. Rome is an ex-soldier, and at twenty eight he retired and has a very hard time to live civil life. His quiet, broody and definitely unhappy. He suffers from PTSD and the only way he can forget about the constant guilt and blame is by drinking a bottle of vodka.


Meeting Cora, feisty, tattooed and pierced woman and his exact opposite is like being struck by a lighting. But Cora isn’t looking for a man like Rome. She needs her Mr. Perfect – stable, loving man that will give her a chance at happily ever after and a family.


The two of them were adorable together. I loved seeing their constant banter, crazy antics and off the charts sexual chemistry. They were really hot together.

Every character Crownover’s written about is so different and just perfect in his or her imperfections – Cora and Rome are fantastic example of that. She wonderfully grasped and pictured them together.

Cora and Rome are so unique and fresh, that it was really awesome to read about them. There is literally nothing in them that reminded me of Rule/Shaw, Jet/Ayden personalities, which made reading Rome a phenomenal breath of fresh air.

Overall, Rome is steamy, hilarious and extremely fascinating read, that made me think I’ve died and gone to book heaven, or fell asleep and had the best dream ever. This is a wonderful story, that can melt hearts and is created by someone who really know how to do her job. Amusing, explosive and unpredictable, Cora’s story is a must read!

* ARC, provided by publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for honest review *

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