Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right...
Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man - a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier - but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray. Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever...
©2014 Jennifer M. Voorhees (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Jay Crownover’s third installment of the Marked Men series was about Rule’s older brother, Rome (aka Captain no-fun) and his friend Cora (aka Tink or Half-pint). Rome had all the steam, fun loving moments and captivating characters that drew me in with Rule. We were introduced to Cora Lewis in the previous two books as this feisty little powerhouse who works as the body piercer/receptionist at the tattoo shop where Rule and the boys also work. Rome Archer is back from his final tour with the Army. He is home and he’s not been himself since he’s been back. He has issues with his family, and his time spent at war left it's mark. Rome is closed off to everyone, but there is something about Cora that can bring him out of his shell little by little. The two seem like opposites. However, both are loyal and protective of their friends and family, caring and they have things they are dealing with. Rome and Cora have a lot of obstacles to face. Rome has to deal with his guilt, PTSD, depression and nightmares and Cora needs to get over her fear of falling deep in love and having that person leave. When the two of them finally came together, it was just beautiful. I can’t tell you how much I loved watching Cora’s and Rome’s love story come to life. They were both two very broken individuals; however, right from the start they have this intense connection which only grows and becomes more amplified as the pair seek out and explore this bond they share. Cora was exactly who Rome needed to snap him out of his stupor and help him realize that he has so much to live for. She breathed life back into him and gave him a reason to fight his demons. Cora was so focused on finding Mr. Perfect that it took Rome barging into her life for the realization to come to the surface that sometimes it is our imperfections that make a relationship real and beautiful. All in all, Rome was absolute perfection and encompassed everything that I have come to love about this series. I'm definitely looking forward to Nash's story!
This third instalment of the Marked Men novels is really not worth your time or money.
For me the female narrator, Alicia Neil, is absolutely the worst narrator I've ever heard. I'm sorry that she has a speech impediment, but it doesn't help this story at all.
Content wise it's the weakest of all three "Marked Men" I've listened to so far.
Nothing with Alicia Neil as narrator - that's for sure.
Pick a more credible female narrator.
Yes. I was a good story, but after listening to Rule and Jet I wasn't into the romance as much.
Rome makes it through and back to the loving man he has been in previous books.
William's voice is so incredibly low! Sometimes I felt like my headphones would crack. :) They both did a good job bringing the characters to life.
I did get teary eyed a couple of times.
Overall it is a good book an well worth the credit but I was so spoiled with Rule and Jet's story that I felt a little robbed. I can't wait to hear Nashville's story!
Love never dies, just changes form~Nikita
Major let down! Cora and Rome spoke maybe three times in audio. They didn't have real chemistry. I've read some good writing with military men and this one wasn't so great.. Jay just went on and on and on it was kinda boring and that kind of story interests me so.....
This book just was all over the place, some really good story lines just no real development of any ONE!!
I am loving this Marked Men series. I love her writing style and her characters. I feel like I am friends with all of them. This is Rome and Cora's story. I loved Cora in Rule and Jet's books so I am glad she gets to find her happily ever after. I liked how Rome wasn't what she was picturing as her forever guy, but she knew herself well enough to let the cards fall where they may. Rome is going through PTSD from the war, and she is his reason to get better. It's just a great story! I can't wait until the next book comes out.
I love love love Cora. Her straight-shooting character is the perfect foil for Rome, and she is laugh-out-loud funny. Go, girl!
I love the flow of this storyline. I have a weakness for this lost and wounded souls. I guess that's the healer in me. I like the sound of the voices of the two narrators.
I listen to tons of romance novels but this has to be one of my favorite series. The author creates such great characters and manages to bring characters from other books in the series into each new book but without that forced update sense you sometimes get in other series. So far, I have not had one 'that-was-too-sappy-even-for-a-romance-novel' cringe/gag moment!
I have so many but I like to rank my audiobooks by the narrator's voice and enthusiasm. I give this one top 10 books
Cora Lewis. She is spunky, fun, colorful, wise, loving, loyal, motherly, a best friend. She is from the east coast and has the accent, she loves her boys and they love her back. She is loyal to the girls who in turn is loyal back. I just love her character.
No. It was really good
The emotions that Cora was going through when Rome was shot
I love Alicia Neil's voice. I really really enjoyed this book and listening to her talk was like I was there and she was really Cora.
Well, nothing can compare to the Harry Potter audiobooks, so I can't say Rome is *perfect*, but it comes pretty close. The storyline is great, with enough unexpected twists to keep it interesting. Some of the topics are serious (PTSD, etc.), and they are dealt with accordingly, but there are also some laugh-out-loud funny moments. Also, although it's realistic and believable, it's also lighthearted enough - overall - that I don't feel like I need to take a Valium to listen through to the HEA. Yes, it has a HEA, or at least a Happily Enough For Now, with hints that we may see the HEA in a sequel - perhaps in the Rowdy's book, due out later this year?
Both readers are excellent. The heroine is supposed to be from Brooklyn, and the readers portrayed the accent extremely well (to my ear anyway, and I grew up an hour north of NYC). At the same time, the accent wasn't exaggerated enough to be annoying (if you've never had to listen to someone from Brooklyn drone on for hours - trust me, you'll be begging for earplugs). Other characters (Brite, Asa) are portrayed as having accents from other regions of the country, and those also sound authentic to me. In addition, when a male reader portrays a female character you occasionally end up with a grating falsetto, but that's not the case here. Really, overall the whole performance is extremely well done.
Rule is still my favorite character, so I was happy to see him appear throughout the book, but I think Rome is probably my second favorite. In any event, if you are considering purchasing this audiobook and you haven't yet either read or listened to the first two books (Rule, and Jet), I strongly suggest you do so. This book can probably be enjoyed as a stand-alone, but I think reading (or listening to) them in order will definitely contribute to your overall enjoyment of this performance. Plus, trust me, you don't want to miss Rule!
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