Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Released on: October 21st, 2014
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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.
After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.
Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.
Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.
If you’ve followed my reviews through the past month or so, then you know that the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover is a special one to me. It’s different, edgy, and hot guys in tattoos… what more do you honestly need?!
And Jay does not disappoint with this book. Rowdy was always my favorite from the series so when I heard his story was being written, I was jumping out of my skin. Plus, his history of loving someone who didn’t love him back was mentioned in previous book so I was more than intrigued. I counted the days until this precious baby could be in my hands.
Finally, having finished it like a day after it came out but lagging on reviewing it, I am ready to rain down my love for this book on all of you.
Rowdy’s character goes through so many twists and turns in this book just because we are seeing a side of Rowdy that we have never seen before. As many characters mention in the book, Rowdy just isn’t acting like himself. And that’s fantastic! It’s opening the doors to a new Rowdy that I’ve been craving to find out more about!
Salem is my main girl. Oh my god, I love Salem so so much. And the whole relationship/dynamic between her and Rowdy is so raw and passionate. Yet fragile and sensitive. It’s beautiful to see play out.
And that’s probably what sold it so much for me in this book (and all the other books before Rowdy). It’s a story of character development and also an acceptance of a person’s flaws. Jay always does a fantastic job of blending those two tropes together. It’s looking at someone and saying, “You’re flawed and I love you anyway,” but also a bit of “I want to be a better version of me for this person.” But there definitely a lot of “I love you just the way you are,” that really make the story hit home for me.
Fantastic book. Quite possibly my favorite in the series.
MY RATING: 5/5