April 15, 2015 by ceresbooksworld
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.
Rowdy St. James is working at The Marked with Rule and Nash, they are opening a new tattoo shop and they engage Salem as manager. The fact is that Rowdy know Salem since his young age, she’s the sister of the girl who broke his heart.
Salem is a strong girl who leaves her family because her father was too hard. One day she meets Phil and tells him her story. The old man was a smart man and he knows he has to help the destiny. That’s why he asks Nash to contact Salem for the new shop.
Rowdy is a big boy who finds a family for himself, he likes girls but never engage, his heart is broken. He’s smart but he’s afraid, he doesn’t want to be involved with someone who will let him down like his mother, Salem or Poppy.
Rowdy and Salem are a great couple together, they are fun, unpredictable and hard to follow sometimes. I like the “first and last” things, it’s so sweet and I think it’s really true. That’s my romantic part who talks right now. Rule, Rome, Cora, Jet, Ayden and Asa are here too and a lot of things happen in their life. They are a real family and it’s nice to see them interact.
One thing I like in the Marked Men books is that we keep in touch with the characters of the first book and we see them evolves. In the book Jay Crownover introduce us with the couple of the next book, we already know Asa but even if we’ve seen Royal in the other books, we didn’t know her.
Jay Crownover is a great author, she’s make my heart swoon with Rule and even if he’s my best Marked Men, Rowdy is the next, I like him and I like Salem. They are really good characters, Jay creates them very well and I like her choice of name. They are always nice. Her books are fast read and good. It is always a pleasure to discover characters with a ruddy complexion as hers. I am impatient to see her in France one day or maybe next year in Birmingham, who knows.
I have one more thing to say about this book : I love the cover, the US one and now I’m going to read Asa because I want to know more about him and more about Royal.
About Jay Crownover
I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
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