Rome (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover

I seriously love this series. What can I say? These Marked Men have marked me.

Rome Archer, the brother who we’ve learned so much about in the last two books finally gets his own. Home after being injured while overseas, Rome is back and not happy with this circumstance. Suffering from PTSD, he is learning how to navigate his new life, a life he never planned for, and an inner struggle that he doesn’t have the tools to cope with. Throughout Rome the reader gets an inside look into the struggles of PTSD. It’s a sad and often a harsh thing to endure when he lashes out at those he loves most.

Now, enter in our little shop receptionist and body piercer Tink (AKA Cora Lewis). She is a fiery spitball and she loves her Marked Men. She sees Rome coming into this family and she doesn’t like the way he treats his brother and everyone else around him. With a splash of beer to the face, she has done what no other has done until now. Cora has given him a spark that will bring him back from the brink.

Cora also is dealing with her own relationship issues. Her heart and trust was broken by an ex. Cora has to learn to let go and give herself another chance to love. Circumstances change and Cora is forced to recognize that sometimes perfect can come in an imperfect package.

In true Crownover style, I became immersed in their world. Though what I have said is only a tease of what happens along the road to finally being free of the past that haunts Rome. Rome is well written and well thought out. It’s one of the best PTSD stories I have read.

Love and understanding can change a person. What is imperfect can ultimately be perfection in its own right.


*Given via Edelweiss/William Morrow Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review

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 . . 

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