“Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .
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 . . .”
Jay Crownover has done it again, and I truly believe this might actually be my favorite book.
Rome was so heartbreaking and feels giving that I thought I was going to cry at points. The look into PTSD was real and great and made Rome such a unique individual that gave me do many swoons.
PTSD isn’t discussed nearly enough in fiction, and this portrayal of a soldier coming home from war was so true to what soldiers who come home from war go through it broke my heart. I felt for Cora, having to deal with Rome having PTSD and not knowing what to even do to help. I can totally relate because I’ve been there. It’s terrifying but she handled it like a champ.
The relationship that develops rather quickly (but normally!!) between Rome and Cora was such a welcome relief from a lot of NA books that take at least half the book to get together. These 2 got together and went through all the emotions of being in a new relationship like everyone else who has ever dated has before. I can’t tell you how happy that made me because I’m seriously over the whole “we can only be friends nothing more” trend in NA.
And now for my favorite (well… Second favorite thing about this book. The first would be a slight spoiler so I won’t post about it, but I will say ‘realistic adults who deal with consequences fabulously!!’ For the win!!) Thing about this entire book was the lack of a ridiculous breakup at the almost end in which the characters have to figure out that they are meant to be together and get back together at the very end. This book had none of that!! Once they were together they fought but always came back together, like normal couples do!! Yay!!!
Seriously guys, if you enjoyed Rule (and I call BS if you didn’t!) And thought Jet was alright, this book is a fantastic “sequel of sorts” in the series. Rule and Shaw are a very big part of this book as was Ayden (minus Jet for the most part because, you know, rockstar) and you get to see so much more of their relationships that you fell in love with before. Rome made me happy, and it totally leads up fantastically to the next book, Nash.
Read it!! Do it now!!