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Rome: A Marked Men Novel | [Jay Crownover]

Rome: A Marked Men Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jordy 01-08-14
    Jordy 01-08-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "yum"

    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!

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 01-08-14
    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2007

    I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.

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    "Rome Rome Rome"

    I pre-ordered this book as soon as it was available and waited on pins and needles anticipating the 3rd book in the series. I enjoyed Rule & Jet's stories so I was excited to hear about Rome and Cora's story. This book did not let me down. I loved the interactions between Rome & Cora; I laughed and smiled often and I was wrapped up in their story from beginning to end. I felt like there was less angst in this book than the prior 2 books but I definitely didn't get the 3rd book letdown like I have in other series. Well worth the wait and the credit. I can't wait to hear Nash's story next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marleen Dilbeek, Belgium 05-30-14
    Marleen Dilbeek, Belgium 05-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Going from bad to worse"
    What would have made Rome better?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing with Alicia Neil as narrator - that's for sure.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Pick a more credible female narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikita Savoy 04-07-14 Member Since 2013

    Love never dies, just changes form~Nikita

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    "Don't waste a credit."

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 01-10-14
    Alison 01-10-14
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    "Loving This Series"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany BIG RUN, PA, United States 01-09-14
    Tiffany BIG RUN, PA, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as awesome as the 2 before it"
    Would you listen to Rome again? Why?

    Yes. I was a good story, but after listening to Rule and Jet I wasn't into the romance as much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rome makes it through and back to the loving man he has been in previous books.


    What does William Sharpe and Alicia Neil bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did get teary eyed a couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Butterfly MA, USA 05-29-14
    Butterfly MA, USA 05-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it!!!! Rome, you Rule!"
    Where does Rome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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?


    What does William Sharpe and Alicia Neil bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 05-07-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "CAPTAIN NO FUN + TINKERBELL= PERFECTION"

    "Rome" stands out and absolutely shines! I loved this book as it hit on so many of my heart strings. First of all, thank you J. Crownover for creating such an amazing group of characters that are so alive and interesting that you can't help but envision everyone one of them and feel lured into their stories and group dynamics.

    Rome is Rule's older brother and he has returned from his last tour of duty, after 10 years of military service. I was glad that readers experienced a more put-together Rome in book 1 to have a good comparison and understand that he came back different. Rome is suffering from PTSD, has rifted away from his parents, friends and family, alike. Now, Cora (that little fire ball) sweeps into his life like a flood with her colorful tattoos, pixie blonde hair, piercings, and larger than life personality. Rome and Cora's story is sweet, naughty, sexy, and full of life lessons that can only be mastered through love, friends, and family. I loved their nick names for one another….she was his punk rock "Tinkerbell" and she called him her "big guy" and "Captain No fun," at times.

    This book was beautifully written and Crownover has a magnificent understanding of relationships that really touched me. There are moments between brothers, a father & son, friends, and mentors who step in to help Rome whose simply lost his way and is trying to gain his footing in life again. I teared up in the scene between Rome and his father in the bar. And, I loved how Brite reached out to Rome as a former military man who understood his struggles. Overall, I really love how everyone is connected. Those who works in the tattoo shop (Rowdy, Nash, Rule, and Cora) have this special relationship that extends to other great friends and sweethearts (Jet, Ayden, Asa, Shaw). When you put everyone together you have a fierce group of friends who aren't afraid to call each other out when someone is wrong, and who protect one another against any storm that comes their way.

    Yet, the best relationship of all, in this book, was of course Rome and Cora. Wow, what a beautiful, heart-wrenching, sexy and unexpected kind of love. I felt that a predominant theme was how people change in life, and are constantly shifting in some way, but you have to learn to love them at each stage, even when they're difficult to love. This was the way Cora loved Rome. Rome needed someone to love him, and Cora just fit the ticket with her boldness, compassion and yes, sassiness. She was strong enough to help him carry his emotional burdens. And for Cora, Rome demonstrated such an unselfish love and gave her everything of himself, unfettered, raw and beautiful. Although Cora was searching of a "perfect" man, she came to realize that although imperfect, Rome was better than her dreams. Again, their romance was just WOW! (by the way, I never knew about naughty girl piercings….OMG, what a surprise…haha).

    So, yes, this book was definitely my kind of "take no prisoners" and "pull no punches" kind of romance.

    Narrators: OMG, William Sharpe's voice was deep and sexy as heck! He represented Rome so well as his voice was very swoon worthy. Alicia Neil did a great job portraying Cora, her sassiness and Brooklyn accent. Overall, fabulous performance by both narrators!

    NOW ON TO NASH AND SAINT'S STORY! CAN'T WAIT!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toya 04-26-14
    Toya 04-26-14
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    "Exceptional Story"

    I cannot complain. I was bowled over completely by this story. It was a great mixture of romance, adventure, and everything between. I really can't wait for "Nash" to be released so I can finally know how all the stories are intertwined and end up. Very very nice one Jay Crownover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lazynoodles 04-11-14
    lazynoodles 04-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this series, but I LOVE ROME MORE"
    What made the experience of listening to Rome the most enjoyable?

    William Sharpe delivers and amazing performance of his narration of Rome's portion of the story. He simply captured the man's essence when he spoke not with just delivery but in the pauses as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I want to say both Cora and Rome were my favorite but the question did say only one, so I would have to say Rome. Don't get me wrong I too loved Cora, but Rome just captured my attention since chapter 2, never once letting it go. Rome was a charming, good-looking, and seemingly self-assured man; though just beneath the surface he was broken. He neither denies it or excuses it but instead owns up to it to the point it gets twisted up in his head. His love for Cora and how he just seems to understand that with her life seems to "make sense" with her around. I melted when he tells her, "I'm going to do what you need me to do half pint."


    Have you listened to any of William Sharpe and Alicia Neil ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I never heard Alicia Neal until this audiobook. I have on the other hand have heard another audiobook called "The Dominant" solely because I heard William Sharpe's Performance on this one. I would like to say his performance was good but it seemed stiff like he was confused on how to his delivery like he couldn't get a proper handle on the character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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