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Rowdy: A Marked Men Novel Paperback – October 21, 2014
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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. There was also a lot of weird descriptive stuff coming out of the characters mouths that I don't think would realistically be said in most conversations. Ex: "looks like he can move the entire mountain range with his bare hands toting around this little pink bundle all wrapped up in bows and sweetness" was something Rowdy said about Rome talking to Asa, when all they did was go on a hike! And this just the one I happened to bookmark because it had started to get annoying and I was over halfway through the book. It just felt like overkill.
Hopping off my soapbox now and I hope I'm not the only one out there that felt this way! I will still probably read Asa's story, but it is not an automatic pre-order for me anymore.
Each book gets better and better. All these boys have such a strong history separately and the brotherhood they've forged together is amazing.
Rowdy St. James has ghosts in his past that he would rather stay there. He loved and lost in an epic way and has no desire to ever feel the hurt from it again so he is a one-night-stand kind of guy. He has his self-proclaimed family and he doesn't need anything else. Until Salem Cruz comes to town specifically for him.
Salem Cruz is a bit of a gypsy. She grew up with a strict father who was the leader of a church in a small town in Texas and could not wait to get away from him even if it meant leaving behind a lost boy and her only sister. For the past ten years she's been bouncing around with no desire to create roots anywhere until she meets Phil Donovan who points her in the direction of the boy who has her heart.
Rowdy and Salem have a strong connection. They always have. But there are so many variables from the past that threaten to keep them from ever seeing a happily ever after together.
This book was great. It was timed out just right, I think. Nothing was rushed, each of them were given time to work through their own s***. I like that.
The Marked Men books *could* be read as standalone because Jay is good to recap each of them in the books pretty well, but I recommend reading them in order.
Rowdy had been on his own a lot. His mom was murdered when he was so young. He bounced between foster families and then he met Salem. But she left him too. Phil's last act to grow his Marked family was to bring Salem and Rowdy back together. They both have a lot of fears to get over and if they can something great is waiting for them.
- “There’s always a first girl, Rowdy, but there is also the girl that is going to come after her until you get to the last girl. The last girl is the one that really matters.”
- “You started this game of chase, so when you figure your sh*t out let me know because I’m already caught.”
- “Maybe, but being the best at something you don’t love makes it a chore and no fun.”
- He would always be my lighthouse, guiding me home through any kind of storm, just like that sprawling tattoo on his chest said.
- “Gypsies can see the future in their crystal ball, Rowdy. Do you wanna guess what I see in mine?”
- We were made up of the fragmented and damaged and it was only together that we learned the value of ourselves and what unconditional love and acceptance looked like.
- The journey to get here had been long, often filled with wrong turns and missteps, but at the end of it, all that really mattered was the destination no matter how long it took to get there.
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It's been ten years since Salem ran out on her tiny Texas town and the boy next door who was her best friend.Read more