Rome by Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #3
Published by William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing on 2014-01-07
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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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, 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 . . .
Title: Rome (Marked Men #3)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Maybe this is could be considered a guilty pleasure read but for whatever reason, I’m loving the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover. Rome is the third installment of the Marked Men series and for me possibly my favorite. Obviously I have a soft spot for military guys. I have so much appreciation for what they do for their country.
I often complain about books that focus on the military. Mostly because you can tell that the author doesn’t have a military background, first hand or otherwise. Or they don’t do their homework and they make no apologies. I don’t like the generalizations that are often made nor the assumptions. I know this is my issue and it’s all because I grew up in a military household. I moved from post to post my entire childhood. I lived the life and it’s an integral part of who I am. So I’m particularly harsh on authors who chose this as their venue.
I say all of this because I after reading Jay’s Introduction, I was pleasantly surprised. She makes it absolutely clear why she wrote about Rome, what her thoughts are about telling his story. How she got some of her military information as well as other things regarding her interactions with our military. After reading her Introduction I knew that no matter what she wrote I wouldn’t be offended. I knew that she was doing her best to do this story justice and make it as believable as she could without comprising what our military is really about. I went into this knowing that she tried to do it right.
And she did!
I was so proud to read Rome’s story. He’s home after spending the last 10 years of his life in the Army. He’s seen and done things that you will never even dream about. He’s thrust back into society with nothing more than a few certificates, some money in the bank, a few physical scars and boat load of mental ones. This is all too real for our soldiers right here, right now in this country. The struggle is real my friends.
So Rome is home, with his demons. Unfortunately, he’s a bit lost, he’s not sleeping well and spends a lot of his time drinking.
Cora! I love this girl. She’s probably one of my favorite characters from the series. She is smart and smart mouthed. She’s tiny but has a huge personality. She is most definitely the nurturer of the group. She’s extremely protective of her friends and she makes it clear to Rome that she won’t put up with his bs nor will she allow him to mess with her friends.
When these to are together it’s like throwing oil on a flame. They are both stubborn and very attracted to one another.
It was really nice to read a story that wasn’t heavy on the angst. Yes Rome has some serious issues but they weren’t shoved down our throats. It was more like a glimpse of the day to day struggles of a solider suffering from PTSD. What we get to see is the affect a strong woman can have on person suffering with PTSD. She is there in a way no one else can be for Rome. She’s really the perfect person for him.
Interestingly enough that was the biggest problem Cora had. She was looking for Mr. Perfect. I will say I thought that part of the story was a bit weak. I didn’t think Cora needed any personal demons because dealing with Rome should have been and was enough. We didn’t need the added drama. Especially when it really wasn’t that big of a deal to begin with. I also thought her views on finding the ‘perfect’ man made her seem a bit shallow and Cora is anything but shallow.
Kudos to Jay Crownover for telling Rome’s story in a tasteful way and for touching on the real struggles of those who suffer from PTSD.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*