Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rowdy Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Rowdy book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a signed set of the Marked Men books. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Rowdy (Marked Men, #5)
Release date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Marked Men #5

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.

And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series!

My Rating: 5 Roses

I've enjoyed all the books in the Marked Men series and this one is certainly no exception. Rowdy was a fantastic New Adult read that I really enjoyed. Sweet, steamy, and with a few surprises along the way, this book was wonderful and I really liked it.

Salem was a great heroine. She broke free of her father's control and managed to find a way to succeed on her own. She was definitely a fighter and refused to allow anything to keep her down. She was also kind-hearted, fiercely protective of her loved ones, and likable in general. I thought she was great.

Rowdy was a sweetheart. Despite having had his heart broken multiple times by people who should have cared for him, he was still and kind and genuinely good guy. He loved with everything in him, even though he was afraid of getting hurt, and he was simply amazing. I adored him.

The romance was lovely. Salem and Rowdy were great together. They were very close when they were young, until Salem left to get away from her controlling father. But, in that time, their close friendship and their deeper feelings never went away. And, of course, there was plenty of scorching chemistry to heat things up.

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. There were a few surprises in store, particularly with Salem's sister, Poppy. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was wonderful. I can't wait to read the next book for Asa and Royal's story!

Rowdy was a fantastic New Adult romance. It was a lovely addition to a stellar series and I really liked it. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

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

I was winding down for bed, watching TV and working on a few sketches for work the next day when there was a knock on my door. I was surprised at the sound but not at all surprised to see the raven haired beauty on the other side when I pulled it open. I propped a shoulder on the door jamb and lifted an eyebrow at her as Jimbo shot past me and headed right for his favorite spot on the couch.

“Thought you were gonna call.” I had told her to call me later.

She tilted her head back to look at me and slowly blinked those midnight eyes. “I didn’t really know what to say.”

“Why are you here then?” Eventually we were going to have to have it out-down and dirty over this whole Poppy situation but I knew it was still too raw and still too fresh to do it tonight. She had been just as surprised to see her sister as I was and I was sure she was worried out of her mind at the condition Poppy had shown up in.

She flipped some of her hair back like she liked to do and blinked up at me. It went right to my gut when she batted those long, feathery lashes at me. She told me in a quiet tone, “I don’t want to go to bed without you.”

Talk about a first that really held some water. She was the first and only girl I didn’t want to go to bed without as well.

She brushed past me and trailed her hand along my chest as she went. “I do have a request though.”

I shut the door and watched her walk towards my bedroom like she had been doing it forever and it was the only place she wanted to be.

“What’s that?”

She looked at me over her shoulder and her smile was sex, surprise, and everything I ever wanted without knowing it. It also sent bolts of desire shooting hot and fast through my bloodstream.

“Put the cowboy hat back on.”

Well hot damn. Time to saddle up.
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About the Author:
Jay Crownover
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

1 comment:

  1. I don't have any tattoos, but I would love to get one on my foot someday :)