Rome (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover is sinfully delicious.
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 . . .
I adored this story, mostly because of the unlikely pairing of these two characters. They were so opposite that they were imperfectly perfect for one another. The detailed characterization made me feel as if I knew them personally, something the author has done with each of her books in this series. Cora and Rome were cute at times, fun at times, frustrating at times but in the end, they were just right... right for each other.
This is book three in the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover. So far, she's given us bad boys with their own unique brand of deliciousness... the bad boy tattoo artist, the bad boy rock star, and now she changes things up with the good all-American soldier boy who falls for the bad girl tattooed body piercer. It's unique pairing is just the beginning of what makes this book so great.
Each scene was crafted to advance the story as I watched Rome heal. It wasn't an easy path and the writing showed the grit involved in healing. The additional characters added rich depth to the story because it really was about so much more than just two people falling in love. Though when the two got together, their chemistry was off the charts but it was the way leaned on one another that just felt right and had me cheering them on. I so loved their nicknames for each other.
**BONUS: Readers get to visit with past characters during this book. It was like a family reunion.**
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was provided to us through Edelweiss courtesy of the publisher.