Book Review: Rome by Jay Crownover

February 19, 2014 New Adult Book Reviews 5 ★★★½

Book Review: Rome by Jay CrownoverTitle: Rome by Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #3
Published by: William Morrow on January 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: YABC
Format: ARC
Pages: 384
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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, super soldier—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 . . .

I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: Rule, Jet, Asa
Also by this author: Rule, Jet, Better When He's Bad, Asa

One Line: A great set of characters that made this a highly enjoyable read.

What I Loved: I really loved the characters, especially Cora. She’s definitely a tough little thing and I love how she doesn’t take crap from anyone and how she’s like “one of the guys”. It was cool to meet the other characters, and I have to admit, I read this series out of order. I also liked the direction that the author went with their relationship. It’s not often that it’s done right and I think she played everything out nicely. Rome was a bit rough around the edges, which isn’t my favorite kind of guy, but once things picked up with him and Cora, I really fell in love with him. I especially loved their dialogue, you know I’m big on that, and their chemistry was pretty hot!

Left Me Wanting More: There was a somewhat pivotal moment after Rome and Cora get it on, but before their relationship progresses that bugged me a bit. Usually, when one character has that “epiphany” moment where they decide they want to be with the other person, it’s more dramatic and believable and I just couldn’t see it when it came to Rome. We’re more or less just told that he wants to try things with Cora instead of seeing it all play out and I was disappointed with that. It definitely would’ve been more akin to emotional relationship and would’ve given me a bit more insight to his character if I could’ve seen him go through those moments. Also, The only thing that bugged me about Cora was her idea of wanting the “perfect guy”. I understand why she’s like that, given her past, but it was a bit unrealistic.

Final Verdict: There were definitely some minor points that didn’t make this stand out as much for me as some other books I’ve read with this same plot line, but I really enjoyed this one. The characters were the best part of the book and I’m excited to check out the other books in this series.

*This review was first published on YABC.*

About Jay Crownover

JAY CROWNOVER Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

Jay has been a bartender since she was in college, spending over forty hours a week watching interactions between men and women. This 9 to 5 job offered great insights into relationships – how they start and how they evolve in a social setting.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see’s that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.

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5 Responses to “Book Review: Rome by Jay Crownover”

  1. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I was so excited for this but I wasn’t a big fan of the *spoiler* pregnancy storyline. Also, I didn’t see the point of Cora’s ‘no sex until we figure this out’ rule. A little bit too late Cora. I liked Rome so I still ended up liking this, nowhere near as much as I loved Rule. Looking forward to the next books!
    Wish we didn’t have to wait so long for Rowdy’s book…
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    • Vi

      Aw, I actually enjoy that storyline from time to time, but I did totally see that coming when they had sex the 1st time, lol. Haha, a lot of the time, the characters try to do the “no sex” thing, so I thought that was pretty funny. Sigh, I gotta read Rule now because everyone is saying its their fave!

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