Sunday, October 26, 2014

3.5 Star Review---Rowdy by Jay Crownover

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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

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 was lost in a lot of things that he did. He always went back to the one person who got away but it wasn't the right person.  He soon realized that Poppy wasn't his dream, she was his here and now. Poppy was his way to keep a hold of Salem.  When Rowdy was put in the worst situation he could ever imagine, Salem was the person who saved him from everything that could be wrong.  She was the one thing that he could depend on and knew she was his "always" but things changed.  Once his life took another turn, he never looked back to all of the bad things that he walked away from.  He tried to be the best person he could but he always came back to his life missing something. He was not happy and just did what he had to so he could be happy in the moment.  When Salem returned, his life began change for the better.

Salem was someone who did what she wanted to do. She was defiant in everything that she did and she did what she wanted to do. Her life as a child was not rough but it wasn't fun. Her father was deeply in the church and believed in certain things. She defied him every chance she got and she loved it.  Salem was her own person and she needed to prove to Rowdy that she is in this for the long haul but first, she has to believe it.

I enjoyed reading the story and all of the bumps that they came across.  Salem and Rowdy had a lot to work on and apart of that was believing that each other wanted the best for the other and would not intentionally hurt the other.  It was a long, hard road that had so many curves in the road you really didn't know if it would last.  Although I want to tell you if an HEA came in this book, you'll defiantly have to read and find out and you will not be disappointed. 

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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