ARC Review: Nash: Jay Crownover

Nash (Marked Men #4)
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Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

This was my initial thought and rating…
Originally posted on 5/21/14

Below you will find my edited rating and review…

I would give Nash a million stars if I could, I loved him that much; but alas, I cannot. Unfortunately, I can only offer a 3 star overall rating, seeing as, I cannot really punish Nash and the gang for his chick's vexing characteristics. That has to be better than the DNF I was originally going with, right?

The more I thought about it the more I realized Nash had a wicked strong pull on me. I was already invested in his story emotionally (without even realizing it), and I decided to try to push through for the simple fact that I have always been intrigued by Nash’s character; there was no way I could just leave his story unfinished. If truth be told, I adored everything about the book EXCEPT for Saint.

There were many positive points upon finishing--Nash and Phil had my heart aching the whole time; the addition of Royal and Salem; spending time with Rule, Rome, and Cora again; Asa even piqued my interest and had me wanting to spend a little more time with him; and Nash was sexy as hell (as if I had any doubt). His book essentially had everything I would look for. My ONE AND ONLY issue was with the heroine. Saint was whiny and she grated on my last nerve; I felt for my friend as I PM’d her with many venting sessions. In her defense, she did tell me that Saint would not be “Tammy friendly”—she knows my quirks especially when it comes to the heroines so well. The thing was Saint’s insecurities lasted at least 80-85% of the book. I just kept thinking she cannot get any worse than this, and then she would prove me wrong. Each time I thought we would finally move forward, we would be right back to square one. I cannot stand when it takes over half of the book to see a character grow and develop past their flaws. 90% of the time, I wanted Nash with someone else, someone more worthy. I will say that after Saint’s final breakdown, she was a more likable heroine; however, it does not negate the fact that she was wicked annoying and overwhelmingly distracting. The last 15% or so wasn't enough to make me even come close to liking her, even if she did give Nash the strength he needed.

I hate that I am rating Nash with such a low rating, but I cannot go any higher. Sadly, his heroine’s exasperating behavior came close to overshadowing the entire story, causing me to originally chalk this off as a DNF. If Nash had not been calling me back, I would have walked away and never given it a second thought. 

Thank you, Edelwiess and William Morrow paperbacks, for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Nash in exchange for my honest opinion.
Rule (Marked Men #1)
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Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight--A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want--and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen. 

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother's girl. She lives by other people's rules; he makes his own. He doesn't have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she's the only one who can see the person he truly is. 

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other

Jet (Marked Men #2)
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With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire. 

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships. 

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

Rome (Marked Men #3)

Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.

Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .

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I'm supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I'm an natural redhead even though I haven't seen my real hair color in years, I'm a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I've been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I'm interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out...


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