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.
This is Cora's story. Cora is from Brooklyn.
The only thing worse than the voice of Cora's Brooklyn "accent" is the voice of Rome relating Cora's lines.
Fingernails on a blackboard.
Love listening to audio books.
This is a romantic, erotic, Hot Alpha Male attitude, love story and action.
Gotta love Jay Crownover, her books are getting better every time. I loved this one as well, I have been waiting to see what Cora was going to do with Rome. We meet Cora in the very beginning of the series, she is the receptionist at Marked Men Tats and Rome is the older brother of Rule, which we met in the beginning. We finally get to see the demons that haunt Rome and what goes on inside Cora's head.
Cora grew up in the military life, her father was her only family and like most service men he is all male, so Cora was not given an opportunity to grow up with a mother figure. Even though she grew up in a some what normal conditions she fell for the first man to give her more than a second glance, but had to learn the hard way that even some men are not worth trusting. Especially when his infidelity was slapped in her face, not only humiliating her, since everyone knew he was not faithful but her, but causing her to find solace in the Marked Men. She is there protector and she is all they have. Short, loud and petite Cora knows who she is and is not afraid to shine as bright as she can. She is the keeper of the Marked Men and she can hold her own, that is until Rome enters the picture.
Mr. Captain-No-Fun, also known as Rome, has issues and they are not the type to go away. He is just back from the service, officially retiring, when he find himself at a bar of other military men. After a night of hard drinking and bad luck not only is he now in trouble with the bar owner for damages, the relationship he has with his brother Rule is tenuous at best but is going to shatter if Rome doesn't get his shit together soon. Here enters Cora to save the day. She has no idea when she decided to take Rome under her wing like the other boys, but she has, saving him from another night of sinking his past into a bottle. Rome is tall, dark and huge, compare him to all the other Marked Men he is the largest of them all. Next to Cora he dwarfs her in size but she makes up for her petiteness with her heart and mouth. The banter of who gets the last word between them is hilarious. Rome finds himself falling for "Tink" or "half-pint" aka Cora, especially when they find out that one night together will last them longer. As Rome fights to keep Cora in his life at the same time he fight back his demons, Cora finds herself face to face with the man that taught her never to lover again, so now Cora has to fight her own demons before she loses Rome, or at the least show him he taught her to love gain but with Rome's life on the live will it be to late.
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