Friday, January 3, 2014

Rome Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Rome book tour! I have a review of this wonderful book coming up, as well as a giveaway for several prizes that include an ipod, copies of the Marked Men books, and swag. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Rome (Marked Men, #3)
Release date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Marked Men #3

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 Rating: 5 Roses

Another fantastic book in the Marked Men series! Rome was absolutely wonderful. It was super hot, sweet, and emotional. I absolutely loved this book!

Cora was a heroine who guarded her heart very carefully. She had it stomped on in the past, so she wasn't about to hand it over to just any guy. She wanted the perfect guy, even though such a thing doesn't exist. I liked her, for the most part. She was a tough girl-she had to be to keep all the guys in line. I had only a couple of complaints about her. 1) She was feisty, and I liked that about her, but sometimes she came off as just mean. It was only a couple of occasion where that happened, but they did annoy me. 2) Cora's inability to say "I love you" to Rome was frustrating. I understood why she was reluctant: she was worried that he would turn out to be like her ex. But, after he had proven himself many times over, she still held on to that fear and that just caused a lot of heartache. Both of these issues were very minor and they didn't affect my enjoyment of the book, but they did irritate me. Other than that, I really liked Cora.

Rome was wonderful. He was dealing with a lot at the beginning of the book, which made him rather snappish. He was still bothered by the fact that Remy had't told him his secret and that Shaw had kept it from him. Add to that the sights he saw in the war, and he had a lot of issues. But, if you've read the previous books in the series, you know that Rome is really a very nice guy, an absolutely sweetheart, and that guy slowly came back as Rome dealt with his issues. He was so sweet and strong and devoted to his loved ones. I thought he was perfect.

The  romance was great. It was definitely VERY hot. It was so hot, I'm surprised my Kindle didn't burst into flames. This author is brilliant at creating some super steamy, very hot chemistry. But, Cora and Rome were also sweet together. They were the type of couple that made each other stronger as they both dealt with their demons. I thought they were lovely together.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. There were some surprises along the way. Cora and Rome had to deal with something unexpected and Rule decided to take the next step in his relationship with Shaw. I'll let you puzzle over what I mean :) There were a few thrills along the way and one absolutely heart-pounding scene. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. I can't wait for the next book. We'll be getting Nash and Saint's story next. Definitely excited for that one!

Rome was an absolutely fantastic New Adult romance. For fans of the Marked Men series, this next book definitely doesn't disappoint. It was hot, sweet, romantic, emotional, and full of surprises and thrills. Lovers of New Adult romance, this is a book you have to read.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"I think you'll know it when your one comes along, because perfect or not, he's going to knock you sideways and maybe for once shut you up and you won't have time to be scared anymore."

"And right now, being with you is the one thing that feels solid and real...You're so full of color, so vibrant you never get lost in all the grey in my  hear. I don't want to lose that."-Rome

"If you are so inclined to f*ck me over, you might want to remember all the ways in which I know how to kill a man." -Rome to Asa
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About the Author:
Jay Crownover
I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.

I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

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