Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . ." (Description from Goodreads.com)
At lot of stories author's write are the same formula over and over and over again. Bad boy meets good girl, deflowers her, decides he wants to be a better person only after royally messing up. I read so many of these stories my eyes tend to bleed when I read another. What I love about Crownover is that she doesn't use the same formula over and over again. Each story she writes is fresh and new to the character and world she has created.
Rome (AKA Caption No Fun) was never a bad boy. Maybe in the Army he could be considered one bad a*# leader but he was never a bad boy per say. In reality, he's a broken man and lost. He was the protector of his family and unit and when he comes back home he's left wondering who he is and what he wants out of life. Tie that in with PTSD, life gets very interesting for Rome.
Cora is the same as Rome, she's a protector of her friends, who really are like family to her. She's the problem solver and the go-to person in the group when someone needs help. Mesh these two together and how do you not have fireworks? Together they learn about themselves as individuals and as a couple. Rome is looking for a purpose in life and Cora helps him see that life is amazing and gives him that purpose he's looking for.
For fans of Crownover who have read Rule and Jet, there are great tie-ins from the other books. We get to see more of the character development from the other two couples. We also get to learn more about Remy. I really loved that part. Learning about Remy was sad and joyful all at the same time. He's the one character I wish we could have a prequel to. However, knowing how it ends for Remy, I would think that a prequel would break my heart and force me in a very ugly crying situation.
Finally, the epilogue was epic. One 100% epic and it leads right in to the next book, Nash, which comes out in April 2014. If this series is new to you, I would highly recommend starting with Rule, the first book in the series. I was lucky enough to read a copy from our local library. Happy reading!