Book Review: ROME by Jay Crownover

Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary

Released on: January 7th, 2014

Pages: 384


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Goodreads Summary:

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 . . .

My Review:

Sexy, stoic, and… uh, quiet?

Doesn’t sound so attractive laid out like that, but imagine laying underneath hefty muscles and a piercing gaze, and suddenly quiet isn’t so bad. That’s Rome Archer.

Rome is a precious little solider. And his story was an entertaining one to read. It’s hard to really nail down why I liked but also didn’t like this book, but I’ll try my best.

I love the character of Rome and all his complexity, and trust me, he has a lot. Coming home from war is never easy and trying to assimilate back into normal life is even harder. I also really love the character of Cora. She’s strong and loyal and protective of her friends, and she doesn’t take any of Rome’s shit. Which is awesome. 

I think I made the mistake of picking up Rome first though. Although each of the Marked Men books are seperate and can be read as separate, I recommend reading Rule FIRST. It takes more time to lay down who the Archer boys are, what shit the family is facing, and even deals with the ‘revelation’ that is briefly mentioned in Rome. So, to avoid a couple chapters of frustrating confusion, read Rule first. 

Rome and Cora’s relationship started off rocky to me. It was pure sexual attraction after Cora basically laid it out to Rome that he needs to get his shit together, but after that Rome says he can’t get her out of his head?? But I guess if a beautiful girl told you to get your shit together when everyone else just turned a blind eye, it would probably turn some dudes on. But they both work so well together to try and heal Rome’s scars. Even when Cora was the one holding herself back, Rome was finally able to take the place of someone telling her to get her shit together. Their relationship was my favorite thing in the book because they are so opposite yet they make each other better in the best sort of ways. 

Overall, it was a cute story about two people learning to battle their scars and heal from them. But I can’t say I felt a great sizzle or spark in this book. It was a bit anti-climactic, everything was too predicatable that it took the suspense out of any situation. 

MY RATING: 3.5/5


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