Monday, 10 February 2014

[Blogtour] Rome (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover

Received for review via NetGalley 
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 874 KB
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper (2 Jan 2014)
Marked Men #3

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 . . .

Cover: While I don't hate this cover, it is definitely not my favourite.  It reminds me of the cover for Starters by Lissa Price.   I feel that the cover for Rule suited the series much better than this design.

This is the third installment in the Marked Men series.  I read the first book, Rule, a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it.  I haven't read book 2 yet, but each book is about a different couple and so stand alone.
Rome is Rule's older brother.  Always the responsible, protective soldier- but since coming home he's not only struggling with the brutal memories, but also trying to figure out where he fits now his injury means his army career is over, and now one of his brothers is dead and the other settles down, does his protective role still fit?
Cora was hurt badly by her last boyfriend- she thought they were forever, in it for the long haul, but she found out he was cheating on her...and everyone around her knew.  Now she's not settling for anything but perfection.
They make an unlikely pair, but they soon discover that their mismatch might actually be perfect for them.
I really felt for Rome, not knowing what to do with his life now.  And I loved how Cora totally changes him.
I'm a sucker for romance.  I love it, so the soppy, cheesy, sexy- I love it all.  I rooted for them all the way.  I did find the chemistry wasn't as hot or believable as Rule and Shaw's.
The glimpses we saw of Nash and Saint have made me extremely excited for their book next.
If you're a New Adult contemporary fan, this is a series that you have to get on.
4/5 stars.

Interview with Jay Crownover:

1)Readers have fallen in love with your Marked Men, is there one of them you have a particular soft spot for and why?
Nope. I love them all for different reasons and I spent a lot of time with all of them so they all own a piece of my heart. I’m really excited to write Asa’s story. I think he might surprise us.
 2) Do you have a writing routine or quirks when writing?
Nope. I just write. I literally just sit down at the computer, start at the beginning and write through to the end. Of course I have to go back and tweak here and there (a LOT), but I just sit and write straight through. I don’t outline, I don’t brainstorm, I don’t discuss with my inner circle… I just write.
      3) What authors inspire you to write?
 I don’t really draw inspiration from other authors. I mean I envy others careers and admire others work and voice, but I don’t read a really amazing book, get invested in someone else’s stories and characters and think “wow I should really write now.” I get an idea in my head and it’s stuck… like won’t move, no wiggle room… stuck - and that’s what I work from.  
  4) If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
JR WARD…I freaking love her and I love the Brotherhood!!! SO MUCH.


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