I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
OMG! Jay Crownover really hit the ball out of the proverbial ballpark! This installment was excellent! To date, it's my favorite Marked Man couple. Rowdy St. Claire's sweet southern, yet quiet charm was always appealing to me, and I'm so glad we got to explore his story--And, what a story it was!
Initially, I was worried that Crownover was going to exploit and try to remediate a taboo triangle between Rowdy and the two Cruz sisters, Poppy and her older sister Salem. I mean, Rowdy's claimed Poppy was "the one" who rejected him and broke his heart. Yet, Salem was the friend, of his heart, who left him behind when she fled her hometown, in an attempt to distance herself from her father's tyrannical rule over her. Immediately, there are questions that came up for me, such as, "why did Salem come to Colorado in pursuit of Rowdy if he had a previous history with her younger sister?" "What was the extent of Rowdy's involvement with Poppy and Salem, alike?" etc. Well, just know that those questions are applicable and they get answered in the best way possible, and that's just part of this fabulous ride with Rowdy and his exotic Latina-betty page, Salem.
Crownover delivers on all levels! The backstory between the leads is compelling and greatly moving. When Rowdy and Salem finally give themselves to each other, it's powerful and emotionally grounded. These two are perfect for each other. And, the love scenes are sensational with tat on tat-covered bodies with interesting, eh-hem…intimate hardware. OMG, yes!!--Sensational for sure!!!
One thing that I loved was the beautiful theme of family that the Marked Men and their women formed. I loved seeing the new "family members" who integrated into this loving group of people. This book shouldn't be read out of sequence because you need to fall in love and become vested in the previous couples, as they are just as pertinent and the current couple. I also thought it was so moving how Rowdy talked about "good luck" and "good fortune" in what seemed like a fluid, mythical quality. So, I loved it when this theme of fate finally ended up delivering a beautiful story to Rowdy, as he so deserved his HEA with Salem.
This is my favorite kind of story, one in which the leads don't engage in "STUPID." During times of conflict they take time to process their feelings, but are always invested in the potent connection to one another. And, I loved how Rowdy and Salem just clicked together….Dam, they were so good together!! Salem drove Rowdy nuts with her blood-red lips, voluptuous curves, ebony hair (with a red streak), and beautifully-marked skin. Rowdy, was just wonderful himself, with his charm, golden looks, broad hard-body, with his own unique body art! The style and individuality was off the charts! I loved every minute of their heart-felt story!---Can't wait to continue with the rest of the series, and the budding romances!!!
Narrators: Alexandra Marcuse was perfect! She presented with an authentic, Latina voice. And, well, Cody Hammersmith….when I heard his voice as he narrated Rowdy's POV, I just about dropped my iPhone (which I was using to listen to this audiobook) because his voice was smooth, masculine, and swoon-worthy perfection! WOW! Excellent audiobook!
AMAZING JOB JAY CROWNOVER!!!--MORE MARKED MEN AND THEIR LUSCIOUS LADIES PLEASE!!!
Let me say that this book is the reason I read romance novels. Book 1, "Fallen Too Far" left us reeling with developments and bombs of new information that felt like an emotional explosion. I was left feeling deeply for Blair and her sorrow was quite palpable as the family secrets disclosed were simply devastating. Yet, in the eye of the storm, Rush is relentless and pursues her all the way to her home town, Summit, Alabama. The beginning of this books starts out with all of the impossibilities; that is, the struggles that plague this couple seem insurmountable. Yet, right when you think, it can't work out, well, it just does. Rush and Blair come together in an evenly paced manner where the steam, chemistry, and yes, love is thick, almost suffocating due to it's intensity, but oh so good!!!!
Even though there are sorrowful moments that feel crushing, Glines does not leave readers suffering along with the leads very long because the beautiful, fun, and sexy as hell moments are plentiful as well. I loved seeing Rush and Blair come together. It felt natural, magnetic and insatiable. I enjoyed the interaction between all characters such as Rush's sister (Nan), his brother (Grant), competitor (Woods), Blair's ex-boyfriend (Cain) and her faithful friend (Bethy). There are also very emotional and revealing moments regarding Blair's father, Abe, and background information impacting these two damaged families. Yet, my favorite part was the triumphant ending. We are left with a very precious moment between Rush and Blair, taking us into the 3rd book on an emotional high.
Narrator: Jennifer B. continues to deliver in her sweet southern accent and overall performance. There was still some of the lack of distinction between males and female voices, but not too bad.
NOW ON TO BOOK #3!!! SO EXCITED!!!