I Liked It
I had such high hopes for Rome after reading Rule and Jet, and I really enjoyed this story, but not as much as the first two books in the Marked Men series. At times Rome was very difficult to like as a character, but in the end you ended up loving him. If you’ve read Rule and Jet you’ve seen Rome and loved him and how protective and great of a guy he is. In Rome, he’s on a downward spiral and a complete douche to people most of the time, until Cora helps bring him from that.
On paper these two characters have nothing in common, Cora (Half-Pint, Tink, etc.) is a spitfire, hell on wheels, take no prisoner type of girl who had her heart completely broken by a jerk in her past and is looking for “Mr. Perfect.” Rome is just home from leaving the military, and is drowning his sorrows in Vodka and anger. Cora calls him “Captain No-Fun”, which is PERFECT for him in this book. These two characters are so hard headed you really don’t think that they can work together, but they do, they really really do.
Something that shouldn’t happens, happens between these two, and how they deal with their attraction and their sexcapades is frustrating, until the voices of reason (the guys at the shop) tell Cora maybe perfect doesn’t exist, and it’s the flaws in someone that make them perfect for you.
Their story had so many ups and downs I couldn’t keep track of it all. Just when you think things will go great, BAM something happens and one of them pulls away. It was also frustrating to see Cora, and you know as the reader she loves Rome, but how she can’t say it to him, and how she breaks his heart all over again when her ex shows up. Just when she realizes what she did was wrong and goes to apologize, something awful happens and you’re like WHY!?!!!?!?!?! I cried, literally cried when reading that part of the book!
Cora and Rome’s story is great, and I think if Rule and Jet hadn’t set such high expectations I would have given this one a five star. It was also hard to see how Rome was in those two books compared to how he was in his own book. I always thought he was the good guy, the one that would be the savior and everything for this group, so seeing him act like a complete jack ass was curve ball I wasn’t expecting.
I do absolutely love the men of the Marked Men series and encourage everyone to read these books, they are amazingly written and their stories are great, and you will fall in love with some flawed men 😉