First of all, I freaking love the cover of this book! Thank you, Jay, for giving me the perfect image of Rome to have in my head while I read!
I’m going to have to give Cora top billing in this review. I loved her brief appearances in Jet and was looking forward to see what Jay brought to the table for her in Rome, and she didn’t disappoint. Cora is fun, funky and cool and has no problem telling people exactly how it is. And that’s exactly how she get’s Rome’s attention. Well that and by pouring beer all over his head! Cora is the cool, outgoing, outspoken girl you want to be, but are too afraid to be. Or the best friend you’d want, but are too scared to actually talk to her. Either way, she is pretty awesome.
Cora was looking for perfect man after being royally screwed over by her ex. She was insanely attracted to Rome, but he far from her picture of perfection. Until Rome showed her just how perfect he was for her.
She put her friendships on line with some risky decisions in order to bring Rome and his family back together again. She would do anything for him, to protect him and to heal him. She was strong when he couldn’t be and he never hesitated to return the favour. They helped each other find their way to happiness. And that’s what love is all about.
Rome… the hunky, hot, hero with a heart of gold that has that natural need to protect those around him. When he arrives back home after his final tour of duty in Afghanistan, he has a difficult time adjusting to his new life. Not only is he now retired from the military and unsure of what to do next, but he comes home to find everyone around him happy-in-love and seemingly not needing him anymore. He’s the big brother that had always protected his friends and family. He’s confused and angry at the world and at all of those that surround him.
And one cannot go without mentioning Brite. He is the owner of a dingy little bar Rome stumbles upon. He see’s the former lost soul he once was in Rome, Brite gives Rome a new coping mechanism to keep his mind and hands off the booze. He gives him purpose and a new job. And it was a pretty cool tradition that is handed from bar owner to bar owner and eventually Rome becomes that man in charge. It was a total awe moment for me, the way Brite did it.
This book really had it all. Chemistry, hot sex, AWE moments, and most of all the love and acceptance between Cora and Rome. It was also great to get glimses of Rule and Jet’s relationship progression with their girls, that’s another reason why I love series like this. You never really do have to fully let go of them all.
I am a huge fan of Rule (he’s still my number one of the series), but Rome certainly gave him a run for his money in the book boyfriend status order. Now if you haven’t read this series yet it’s about time you go and meet the Marked Men!
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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