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Rowdy: A Marked Men Novel Paperback – October 21, 2014

4.6 out of 5 stars 442 customer reviews
Book 5 of 6 in the Marked Men Series

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Deliciously real, raw, and romantic. Jay Crownover is amazing! (Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author on Rome)

“A wildly addicting read. You’ll love Rule, the man and the book! ” (Cora Carmack, New York Times bestselling author of LOSING IT on Rule)

The characters of Crownover’s Marked Men series are all outlandishly colorful and irresistably passionate, while still being so genuine that their stories become unforgettable. This fifth installment, which reunites old friends and lovers, is no exception. (RT Book Reviews (top pick))

Full of intimate yet spicy scenes, this novel takes readers on an emotional ride. (Booklist)

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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 coworker arrives, a ghost from the past who's suddenly making him question every lesson he's ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in a 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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Marked Men (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062333054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062333056
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hate to be this person but....this series is progressively getting worse for me. I LOVED the first three books, couldn't put them down, read in one sitting, LOVED them. Rowdy and Nash though have been tough for me to get through. I feel like the books are not as interesting, which is sad because as a premise they sound great. I can't remember much about Nash, but in Rowdy, the characters kept having the same conversations over and over again about their issues, just with different people. That gets old for a reader real fast if there is not major leaps in growth for the character. Especially when the "issues" are made to be a big deal, but don't really impact how the characters interact with each other. You can tell me all day Rowdy and Salem had problems because she thought he loved her sister and he thought she'd leave, but it didn't ring true for me as a reader. Someone with abandonment issues is not going to let them in that easily or fall into a relationship without some awkwardness.

But honestly the biggest reason this is a 3 star for me (and I'm going to be a little analytical about writing style) is I feel the author's writing has changed since the earlier books. Before, the descriptions throughout were not an element that pulled me out of the story, but in this book (and Nash) it was so distracting I couldn't just be in the story! I ended up skimming through descriptive stuff because it had already been said before. It felt unnecessary to give a description of eyes, hair, (fill in the blank with a part of the body), every time said body part was mentioned. We know that Rowdy's eyes are blue and that Salem's are brown/black. You don't have to remind us every time another character looks into their eyes.
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I'm an avid reader, and have been buying Kindle books for years, reading 3-4 books a week. This is the first time I've ever wanted to hop right online to write a review. I loved the first 4 books in this series - Rule, Jet, Rome and Nash were great books and deserved their great reviews. I was SO looking forward to Rowdy and Salem's story - having pre ordered it months prior. What a let down. I honestly skimmed through pages of this book (something I never do). I felt like I was being told about Rowdy and Salem's deep, deep feelings for each other so much more than I was being showed. And Rowdy was a wuss! I felt like screaming to him 'MAN UP!' so many times. Yes, he has had a tough life but grow up - NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO LEAVE YOU ROWDY. And Salem, I wanted so much more attitude from her. She was such a pushover to love from the beginning of the book. And the sex was very average and not hot enough. I'll still be buying Asa's book and hoping that Jay get's back on track in making us feel rather than telling us how much her characters are in love and how much they feel for each other.
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I loved Rule and Jet in the Marked Men series. Rome was okay and Nash just didn't do it for me. Rowdy's story feel flat for me too. First off, everything seemed a little too forced and rushed. Instead of showing us how much the characters loved each other the author just told us through dialogue. I also got pretty tired of the repetitiveness. The fluffy poetic declarations of love were written by a well versed author and didn't seem genuine to the characters' personalities. I like a good romance but when it borders on,"I couldn't live with out you" it just gets a little to suffocating to me. I found myself more interested in what was going on with the other couples than the leading man and lady. I am hoping ASA will breathe some life back into the series for me. He is a smart ass, multidimensional character and I love the whole idea of a cop and criminal.
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To be honest I scanned half of this book. I think it had great potential, but I thought there was no connection to the characters. Things were rushed and for a better word simple. I LOVED all the other books in the Marked Men series and I hope Asa's book is better. I know this book had great reviews but it just did not hold my interest.
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I am in love with Rowdy and Salem's story. They are just so dog gone sweet! Yes, they're sexy. Yes, they're gorgeous. Yes, they've got stuff going on. But seriously, their history, their journey, their bond, their love... ugh, it was just so sweet! And I loved it!

Rowdy is fantastic. With his cowboy boots and his pompadour hair and his good nature, what's not to love about him? Nothing. His upbringing is sad and heartbreaking, but his journey is well fought and entirely necessary to get to the happy place he needs. He was intriguing in the previous books, but watching his journey is this book made me love him even more.

Salem is tough and beautiful, sexy and sensitive. She's the perfect match for Rowdy. Their history really touched me. The story about the tattoo on her back - one of my favorite scenes. Her childhood was equally difficult, but the blending of their lives was so sweet and incredibly touching, and then incredibly sad, and then incredibly sweet all over again.

Then you put Rowdy and Salem together, and Pow! I loved them! You can't help but root for them! They wade and maneuver through all the muck and mire from their pasts and their families, relish and rekindle the connection they've always had, and come out on top as the beautiful, destined couple they were always meant to be. Their story is giving Rome, my other favorite of this series, a run for its money.

But wait, there's more! In addition to Rowdy and Salem's love story, in addition to Rowdy and Salem's family issues, we get more of our Marked family. We get a little bit of everyone without it taking over Rowdy's story. While this can be read as a standalone, a true fan of the series will get the most of the special moments interspersed throughout the book. I loved getting everything I wanted in this book. It had it all, and I loved it.
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