Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Every Other Freckle - My Review of ROWDY by Jay Crownover

Title: Rowdy
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 10/21/2014
Source: Edelweiss & Inkslinger PR


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About ROWDY: 
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.  

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Jay Crownover  About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last 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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With every book I read by Jay Crownover, I am more and more impressed with her talent.  Her ability to create amazing, rare characters is rivaled only by her capacity to build stunningly unique "family" relationships.  

If you have read any of the Marked Men series, you have seen Rowdy in the background, always ready with an easy smile and a helping hand.  He really remains mostly a mystery until this incredible book.

Long ago, Rowdy lived in a foster home and spent his time trying to fit in and make sure that he keeps his foster family happy.  When the Cruz sisters invite Rowdy to play with them, he is done for.  In the younger sister, Poppy, Rowdy sees someone who is stable and can help him achieve his goals of never being left behind again.  In Salem, the wild, older Cruz, Rowdy has found someone with whom he doesn't have to hide; someone he can relax with and just be himself.

When Salem left behind her family and her small Texas town, she never thought about how her absence would affect her friend and his views on life.  She also never had plans to find him again, even though she often wondered what had become of him.  When Phil's son, Nash contacted her about a possible management position with a new tattoo shop, she wasn't really interested until she sees a familiar face from her past on the staff page.

Rowdy does his best to avoid the new shop manager, but Salem is making it extremely difficult.  With Salem in hot pursuit, and memories of their wonderful friendship, Rowdy soon not only gives in, but completely flips the tables and begins chasing Salem.

I love that once this couple decides to be together, they do not let jealousy or misunderstandings get in their way.  Jay doesn't follow the typical pattern of they get together, they separate, they see the light and get back together.  No.  With this pair, once the decision is made, it's made forever.

As always, you can expect lots of steamy scenes, a cast of colorful characters, and plenty of attitude.  This is a must read for anyone and everyone.

5 out of 5 Stars.

Alt-J - Every Other Freckle

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