Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher by: William-Morrow Publishing
Published on: January 7, 2014
Genres: New Adult Romance
Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.
Perfect isn't in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .
I was not the original person set to review this book but I am so glad I was able to. I had read Rule when Ms. Crownover was just a new indie writer. I knew after finishing she was going to be a hit. I truly enjoyed Rule and Shaw’s story and all the characters she created. I did not get to read Jet but when I saw that Rome’s book was coming out I knew I had to sign up. He stayed with me from Rule’s book and I was excited to see where his story was set to go. Ms. Crownover did not disappoint 🙂
Rome was sexy, sweet and going through a lot after returning home from war. I knew he was injured from Rule but his injuries have forced him to come home indefinitely. This is not easy from him at all. Not only did he bring home demons from the sandbox but he has bunch of crap he still dealing with since his brother, Remy, died. Relationships are strained with everyone in Rome’s world including his relationship with himself. Struggling to find his new place in the world and his family, Rome is not always the greatest person to be around or the most sober.
Cora was the fiery, no holds bare pixie from the Marked tattoo parlor. She loyal to a umpteenth degree and loves all her inner circle of friends fiercely. She is the glue that holds them together plus the conscience the crew needs but she is battling her own set of baggage after being cheated on by her ex-fiance and having a less than stellar relationship with her dad. She is looking for the “perfect” man and family because she refuses to allow herself to be hurt again in any way.
Rome and Cora are the most unlikely pair ever. Not only in size and look but in attitude. They are the last two anyone ever expected to get together especially since all their first meetings ending up in some type of fight but when Rome needs someone to save him from himself, good things sometimes do come in small tattooed packages…haha.
I absolutely loved Rome and Cora’s story. I loved the honesty and realness of their relationship. Cora and Rome’s relationship is far from easy and they are thrown a lot crap, some good and some bad but they make it through and somehow manage the find the light at the other side. They are the perfect imperfect couple.
“Because I’m freaked out that whatever I say might be the wrong thing. And right now, being with you is the one thing that feels solid and real…You’re so full of color, so vibrant you never get lost in all the grey in my head. I don’t want to lose that.” -Rome
I loved that Cora held him accountable for his actions and made him not only see himself but the world for what it really was. I loved that Rome broke her twisted version of “perfect” and put her sideways in the best way possible. She needed it. Best part for me…was the twist in the middle because to me it is the BEST. TWIST. EVER…lol. I am a sucker for them and they always make every book great to me.
Ms. Crownover….you made laugh, cry, swoon and definitely steamed up my Kindle a few times. Thank you…it was joy to read. The Epilogue will blow your mind and sets up Nash’s book for you. So effin’ excited for that I cannot express in words. A must read when it comes out on 1.7…you will not be disappointed.