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Rowdy: A Marked Men Novel Paperback – October 21, 2014
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“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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Omg another great addition to the marked men series. What else can I say. XxxPublished 11 days ago by Ikciv
another great one. I couldn't wait to start each book to see what would happen next with the charactersPublished 13 days ago by christine757
Idk maybe I'm not being fair, but there are too many couples and characters in this series. I tried to read Rule and just couldn't. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lisa
Another home run from Jay Crownover <3 Salem and Rowdy's road to finding each other again was simply beautiful and even though all the bumps in the road first love and true love... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kisko
A good second chance romance! It was a little predictable but still kept my interest. I love the Marked gang! On to Asa :)Published 1 month ago by Sarah P
Abandonment, abuse, and insecurities all wrapped up in one book. Having read the other marked men books you knew Rowdy had a mystery behind him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy Rehberg
Loved it. And I can't wait for Asa and Royal's story!! This series is so great!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Rowdy was not really a dominant character in the previous Marked Men’s books, in my eyes. He appeared here and there, but I never really had a good grasp on him and his whole... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog