Book Review: Rome

Rome (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover: 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 . . .

TeriLyn's thoughts: 5 HUGE stars for Rome. I love the Marked Men series. Jay Crownover writes captivating stories with engaging characters. The writing flows so easily and the dual POV we get is awesome. I love seeing the development of the plot through both characters eyes. Crownover writes from the male and female perspective flawlessly. The family of Marked Men and their ladies that she has created will draw you in and make you want to stay and hang out for a long time. Her sense of family is something that is intrinsic to each of these characters whether it started out as friendships or not. The Marked family is a loyal, charismatic, funny, stubborn, colorful cast of characters that you can’t help but enjoy their stories of redemption and triumph even with the scary bumps along the way.

Cora is a great heroine. She’s broken hearted and guarded to a fault. But, she’s feisty, spunky, loyal, and a kind soul. Cora worships her friends and would do anything for them. I loved her character and the development of her throughout the entire book. She sees something in Rome that she can’t deny and as their feelings grow she begins to change before she even realizes its happening. Cora recognizes that Rome is fearful and fiercely works to protect him and heal him. In doing so, she fails to recognize the fear that is inside of her. Rome is a broken soul. He’s trapped in his own mind and confused about where he fits into the dynamic of their group and his family group. Cora brings color, beauty, and patience to his life. I absolutely loved reading from Rome’s POV. His progression through the book is so satisfying and heartwarming. Rome is a ‘gentle giant’ and all his actions toward Cora prove this in more ways than one. I loved reading about him. Through some emotional scenes and heated tension their story is really one of redemption. The reverence they hold for each other is vital to each of them. The colorful and detailed descriptions the author provides for both of them make you feel like they’ve really found something ethereal in each other. Neither is who the other ever dreamed of and it’s their story so much brighter and uplifting.

In Rome, we’re introduced to the character of Brite. Without giving anything away, he and Rome become very close and Brite mentors Rome in a silent, mysterious way. I adored this character and though he was great for Rome’s character development. We also get a heavy dose of Rome and Rule’s relationship, which I loved. It can be volatile and misinterpreted but at the heart of it these are two brothers who need and respect each other. Another interesting aspect of this book is the kinship between Rome and Asa. All the other secondary characters are back and do not disappoint. We see Rule and Shaw, Jet and Ayden, Nash, and Rowdy. I cannot wait to get my hands on Nash’s book. He’s an enigmatic character whose life gets more mysterious and flips on its axis at the end of Rome and I cannot wait to see where Crownover takes these characters next.

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Lori L. Clark

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