“She might not be my first love but she would always be my last love and I understood what that meant now.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
The great thing about the Marked Men series is falling in love with a new character each time. Throughout the other books, you think you know how certain characters are going to be, and then BAM out of nowhere they surprise you. I thought Rowdy was the quietest of the bunch and thought his story might not move me much. I was gladly proved wrong and Rowdy may just be my favourite of the series to date!
Rowdy was more than a story about second chance love, it was about Rowdy learning to overcome his past and not to fear a future he rightly deserved. Jay Crownover is fantastic at what she does, and that is bringing out the vulnerable, real side to this tatted up crew.
“I was drowning in the past an running away from the future. I was exhausted.”
I loved Salem. She was a girl with confidence and class. I adored the rockabilly look she had going on, I could picture her character so vividly in my head and it worked so well. I liked that Salem was older than Rowdy, she had a past she wasn’t proud of but she took responsibility for her actions and she was hell bent on making it up to Rowdy.
“Now I still wanted to tell him everything would be all right, but he wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to explain that I was here for him and now that we were both free we could flourish and grow into something amazing and unbreakable together. He just had to give me a chance.”
“Rowdy and I had ties that bound us together, it was just proving more difficult than I thought to unwind them and tie them back up into a pretty bow.”
As much as Salem was tough, on the inside she was just as vulnerable and she did worry that she had caused too much pain for Rowdy to enable him to forgive her. When Rowdy’s life was imploding around him, Salem proved she was once again his anchor and she encouraged him to take risks and embrace the family he deserved. At the same time, Salem didn’t compromise who she was and I loved that she believed in herself, there was history with her sister and Rowdy but Salem believed in her self-worth and that is a trait I love to see in heroines.
“Even if Poppy hadn’t returned his feelings, I didn’t like the idea that I was just a substitute for the sister that had gotten away from him. I had way too much to offer to settle for being anyone’s fill-in.”
Rowdy oozed sex appeal, and this surprised me about his character, I think as I knew him the least, I wasn’t expecting him to win me over and I gotta say, a cowboy hat can do wonders ;-)
“I’ve heard you say my name in a lot of ways, Salem. Gotta say hearing you say it in bed when I’m about to eat you up is probably my favourite to date.”
As always, I love the incorporation of the previous characters we know and love. The crowd is growing, moving on and moving up. I love the family they have created and each one of them protected Rowdy fiercely. I also can’t wait for Asa’s story, I have a feeling he’s going to knock it out of the park!
I was surprised that a few new characters popped up, I am always greedy for more, and I understand Asa’s book is supposedly the last in the series, but as each new character was mentioned, I was secretly hoping we could see more of them in the future.
I really enjoyed Rowdy’s story, I spent all day reading this in one sitting. It was engrossing and I really wanted Rowdy to find happiness. I loved his slicked back style and he and Salem make one stunning couple. There were so many elements that made up his story but at no point did it feel overcrowded or stretched thin. I thought Jay done a great job and I can’t wait for the next.
And my favourite part: if it weren’t for Phil, Rowdy wouldn’t have had a story ;-)
“Phil Donovan wanted his family safe and loved, and putting Salem squarely in my path was his last gift to me before he had passed on. Clever bastard.”
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.
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