Rowdy by Jay Crownover
Marked Men #5
October 21, 2014
William Morrow paperbacks
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance 18+
Contains: sex and mature language
Source: eARC for Honest review
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.
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 co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.
Salem Cruz grew up in 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.
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.
About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD. 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.