Rome (Marked Men Series #3)

Rome (Marked Men Series #3)

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by Jay Crownover
     
 

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Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment.

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Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

Editorial Reviews

Monica Murphy
“Deliciously real, raw, and romantic. Jay Crownover is amazing!”
Cora Carmack
“A wildly addicting read. You’ll love Rule, the man and the book! ”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062302397
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Marked Men Series , #3
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
8,825
File size:
649 KB

Meet the Author

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and Welcome to the Point series. 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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Rome 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 162 reviews.
Foxy_Roxy_Bookfriends More than 1 year ago
To say I was excited to read Rome, Book #3 in the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover, is a vast understatement. I was ECSTATIC to get my hands on this book! My love for this series started when Rule (Book #1) was recommended to me by a fellow book lover who told me I had to “READ THIS BOOK NOW!” Taking my friend’s advice I picked up the book and quickly found I could not put it down. I wouldn’t say I savored the book, I devoured it. Rome, Rule’s older brother, was badly injured while fighting overseas. In the military, he was a respected leader and a natural born protector. He returns home from fighting a real war, only to begin fighting a war that is raging inside him. During a war, knowing who the enemy is can be defined in black and white, but when you are your own worst enemy, there is a whole lot of gray. Rome struggles in accepting his new mission of figuring out his new purpose in life. The basis of this story is still about finding that one “perfect” love. Rome and Cora both have emotional baggage that they bring with them to the relationship. Both wanting the same thing, they both have to let go of their pasts and be brave enough to move forward to something better, something… perfect. The feelings I had when I read the first two books grew stronger after reading Rome. The characters’ storylines continue throughout all three books. They enhance but do not overshadow the main character’s storyline. Rule and Jett were tattooed with certain body modifications. I will admit I had to use Wikipedia to understand what made them “special”. Boy, did I get an education (Wink, wink). So when I was reading Rome, I was expecting to find out what made him “special”. I determined that his “specialty” was nothing like the other two. He wasn’t a cliché character. He was uniquely Rome. The intimacy was so intense that at times I could feel my pulse racing. The love scenes were so descriptive I could almost see the vibrancy of the colors in Cora’s tattoos under his touch. The storyline is unpredictable which kept me engaged until the last page. I was shown a glimpse of what it must be like to live with PTSD. The internal struggle of being brave enough to show your vulnerability after being defined by your strength is truly inspirational. I highly recommend this book as one of my favorites not only for the main characters but for the life lessons it teaches the reader. The Marked Man series has not only left its mark but has tattooed itself on my heart. The only word I have to describe this book is, perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt wait to read this book. Loved the first two in the series. That being said, this book didnt do it for me. The story didnt really start to get good until at least half way through. And even then it wasnt all that great. Couldnt stand Cora calling Rome big guy ALL the time. Just got on my nerves. I sure hope the next book in this series is like the first two and not this one. Sorry:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I thought Rule & Jet were both 5 star material and was anxiously awaiting the release of Rome, after reading it I was disappointed. Call me crazy, but part of what sucks me into a book in the angst between the H/h. The more angst, the better. Rule & Jet both delivered in spades, but Rome fell a little flat. In my estimation, a great book needs high high and low lows. Rome carried on at a pretty steady pace and there weren't many peaks & valleys in this story. I want to ride a roller coaster with the characters in the book and this was a kiddie ride. The conflict that both Rome & Cora had to overcome was easily done, too easily done. Now, all that being said...this is a matter of personal preference, so others may not find that the issues I had with the book are an issue to them. I still think Jay Crownover is a great author, but this book just didn't do it for me. I am eager to pick up Nash's book when its released and am hoping that it will contain the magic I found in Rule & Jet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first two books in this series and was very excited for this one but I was pretty disappointed.  While Cora was developed in the first books as a really interesting, string character I felt like the conflict in this book was too easily resolved.  By the end of the book I was honestly skimming the parts where they just repeat over and over how much they love each other because it felt like the same thing over and over again.  Once the main action of the story was resolved it became a little repetitive.  Also it really, really bothered me that SPoILER: Cora got a tattoo while pregnant!  That is a big no no and any experienced tattoo artist would never tattoo a pregnant client.  Whole it seemed like the rest of the technical stuff about the tattoo industry was well researched this was a glaring mistake!
milliegrace More than 1 year ago
I read rule last year and enjoyed it so had to read the rest of the series, Rome is the third book but I loved them all. Can't wait for rowdy to be released in October. These books are hot and full of sex and tattoos and piercings not for the week hearted white bread milquetoast kind of people. Full of romance and have a strong message at the end. Hot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great author! Loving this series, this one felt a little unfinished... excited to see how much closure we get with cora and rome in the book for nash. Great read !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book loved rome and cora can't wait for nash and saint's book.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
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
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MollyzReviewz 5 months ago
Another fabulous book by the superbly talented Ms. Crownover! Oh Lawdy, is it ever amazing. I loved Rule, I loved Jet, but Rome? I have nothing but mad, mad, mad love for this sexy big brother! Reading his story left me hurting, left me wanting more of Rome and Cora, left me in an emotional state that I love to be in when I read incredibly written novels. Rome Archer is a tortured soul, full of hurt, anger, desperation and hope. I wanted to wrap my arms around him and tell him to just let go and live. His pain of the past and all he went through quickly became mine. I saw his life through his life from the start of his story. Watching him develop through out the story was awesome. And Cora Lewis. Bless her little "half pint" soul. I really loved how Jay created her character. She was a cute little pixie for sure and I fell in love with her character just as quickly as I fell in love with Rome's. Her past and present were tortured, too, and when a twist is thrown into the story......well, let's just say I loved her even more with how she handled herself! This book is beyond 5 star worthy to me. Ms. Crownover once again created a novel filled with steamy passion, hot sex, and a story line sure to leave you tangled up in emotions and ready for the next Marked Man! Well done and hats off to you, Ms. Crownover! Looking forward to reading the next incredible man in the series! ~Review originated at Cafinated Reads review blog~
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend this book. It definently gors into details on the charectars feelings and their pasts. I have to admit there where a few moments when i got completley taken by suprise on both of their reactions to some situations. But other then that its a five star for me!:)
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DAY64 More than 1 year ago
Good read! As one of many books in this series you get a closer look into each Marked Man and how they all fit together!
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ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, betrayal, secrets, pain, and heartbreak.  If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Rule (Marked Men, #1) Jet (Marked Men, #2) This is Cora and Rome’s story. Cora is tired of Rome being no fun.  She is determined to stay away from him as she is too busy looking for the perfect man.   Rome is broken.  He can’t get the past out of his head.  He is sure that Cora is a little crazy.  She keeps trying to fix him.  But after spending time with her he is falling fast.  But after Cora’s ex comes to town he wonders if she will ever love him.  When Rome is attacked is Cora the only one that will bring him back?  Will love bring these two back together?   I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story in this series.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, betrayal, secrets, pain, and heartbreak.  If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Rule (Marked Men, #1) Jet (Marked Men, #2) This is Cora and Rome’s story. Cora is tired of Rome being no fun.  She is determined to stay away from him as she is too busy looking for the perfect man.   Rome is broken.  He can’t get the past out of his head.  He is sure that Cora is a little crazy.  She keeps trying to fix him.  But after spending time with her he is falling fast.  But after Cora’s ex comes to town he wonders if she will ever love him.  When Rome is attacked is Cora the only one that will bring him back?  Will love bring these two back together?   I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story in this series.
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aligator79 More than 1 year ago
Loved Rome! Another Great book in the series!
woohsaugh More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, but again time line does not match. Cora and Rome are at a Forth of July party, get into argument but don't become sexually involved right away. Cora gets pregnant but her due date is in March. Am I missing something? or missing the time line? Even if she became pregs in August.. for a normal pregnancy usually is 9 to 10 months, but in this and the next book her due date is in March. July 4 to March is not a realistic time line. Setting that aside, I did truly enjoyed this story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well developed characters & lots of steamy sex scenes -the only thing I noticed was it was a little preductable at times.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in one day. Grabs your attention and doesn't let it go.