and then blogged about it…
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.
“It was one of the lowest points in my life and one of the most terrifying journeys I have ever traveled, but coming out of it on the other side stronger, totally independent, and absolutely creatively fulfilled, all I can do is tell the universe thank you for shaking things up.”
I have been waiting quite sometime for this book, and it was worth the wait. I really enjoyed reading Rowdy’s story, it wasn’t my favorite marked men story but it was still a solid edition to the series. So all Crownover books have the crappy covers in common, but I have to say this was the least crappy so far. The guy is at least cute, and the photoshop is horribly done but better than all the others so far so there’s that.
Rowdy thought that he was in love once, and for him there could only ever be his one first love. She broke his heart years ago and now he lives girl to girl never committing because for him nothing will ever compare to his first original love. Then Salem walks in the sister to his first love and just being around her is almost too much for Rowdy to handle.
“You’re a dumb shit. There’s a million first girls for a million different first things.
There’s the first girl you slow-dance with, and the first girl you go to bed with. There’s the first girl to give you a kiss, and then the first one you take home to mama.” His amber eyes lit up with humor.
“There’s the first girl you fight with and the first girl you fight for. There’s also the first girl you have to let go of. There’s the first girl you love, obviously, and the first girl to break your heart.
There’s always a first girl, Rowdy, but there is also the girl that is going to come after her until you get to the last girl.
The last girl is the one that really matters.”
Salem has come to work with the marked family for one reason only – to win back the heart of the boy she once left behind. She had awful parent and treated her like she never belonged. The moment she found a way out she ran leaving everyone including Rowdy and her sister behind. She kept in contact with her sister over the years but was kept in the dark about what was going on. When she returns she chases Rowdy while he tried to avoid her until he can’t take it anymore and things start to exploded. He tells Salem what happened between he and her sister after she left, and she doesn’t know how to deal.
“You started all of this, Salem. You don’t get to back away just because you don’t like what’s hiding in the dark once the light you’re shining hits it.”
This is the story of them coming to terms with what once was and deciding if they can move forward with the now. In the beginning they are always in different places until they’re not and then they are have one disaster after another. People from the past start showing up, and people they didn’t even know existed come into play. The end is just one big roller coaster ride, and to be honest I didn’t love it. It started to not be about the couple as much as it was about all the other people, I didn’t feel like they were give a far section of the book.
Those two fight fire with gasoline and I think they both get off on watching it burn.
You could tell that the backstory was being put in place for new books and new stories. I’m happy about that because Crownover always writes a solid story but I wish it would have focused more on the story at hand.
Just get out there and do you. The universe loves that shit!
I wish there was more cars in this book. Maybe it’s just my experience but all my pompadour boys drive classic cars – that is part of the lifestyle. I had a hard-time with that not being included in this book, it made it less believable for me.
Even with all my griping I still really enjoyed this book. As always the writing was still well done, and I wanted to love the boys and root for the couple… Which really is the point of these types of books