BLOG TOUR - Rome by Jay Crownover

Today I'm delighted to have my review of Rome, the third novel in the Marked Men series and an Q&A with the author Jay Crownover. This is another brilliant New Adult series that I have only just discovered and I'm looking forward to more in the future. Here is a little bit about the book...

Rome (Marked Men #3)
by Jay Crownover
Publisher - HarperCollins
Release Date - January 2nd 2014
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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 . . .
Is it hard to believe that this is the first book in the series that I've read!? I haven't read Rule or Jet but to be honest with you, it didn't make a difference to me it actually made me more intrigued by the idea of finding out who these people were without reading their own story for myself. I never got out of a series but for me I didn't matter. Its about the character's and the development of such an amazing premise behind it.

Marked Man, Rome Archer is a lot to be desired for. An ex-soldier fighting in the Afghanistan has a lot of scars both metaphorically and physically. He was easily engaged and liked before his release into the war, now he stands between his future and the reality to get there. As a man conflicted by war and death, he has a depth to him that is even more desirable, when it come to the main characters of a NA novel. Jay has a way with words, it didn't take me long to really love him, I mean if this is anything to go by then Rule and Jet must be...yummy for what of a better word I couldn't think of. When an unusually perky, tattooed and lovable character such as Cora swings by the counter of the family tattoo shop, he knew he is in a new lot of trouble.

Written from Cora's perspective, she has suffered a hard loss from a broken heart of being cheated on... constantly absent minded about others around, all she wants is to forget her past and move on with someone else. When you plan you life with a person  who doesn't love just as much it become hard for Cora to really be invested in a relationship. She has been surrounded by a family of brothers for all her life, brought up and raised so they will protect her from anything. What touched me a lot was the love, care and support from such a tight knit family that aren't blood related but are just as close. Rule is a personal favourite of mine and I really looking forward to getting know him a lot more intimately in his own novel.

I think that's how I think of these NA novels of the Marked Men, they are individual because they focus so much on the main character. But the background of their relations form such a loveable family that there is where the series lies within. If you want a Marked Man or a whole family of gorgeous Marked Men then check out Jay Crownover novels, I encourage you all too *winks at you maddly*

Rating - 4.5

A Q&A with Jay Crownover... 

1. The Marked Men series is about men with physical or metaphorical scars, what influenced you to take this theme into a series and how does this differ from other NA novels?

We as humans are all marked in one way or the other, but it's those marks that really define who we are as individuals. I loved the idea of having Rule and Remy...identical in so many ways but really marked in totally different ones. Rule is hyper-honest, blatantly says what’s on his mind and marked his body as a way to stand out and claim his skin as his own. Remy kept secrets, lied and used people, and it affected his life really tragically which we find out in Rome. Of the twins Remy is really the one carrying around ugly, painful marks even though on the outside he his perfect and polished. It was just an interesting concept that could be applied to all of the characters I was dealing with.

I think my NA is different than most other NA because it tends to be a little more on the sexy side and while the stuff I deal with is socially current and relevant I'm looking at it through a much narrower scope of this specific sub-culture of tattooed and rock and roll people. I really think my NA comes from inside the heart of the world rather than me just guessing about how people that move in that circle act. I really do write what I know, I just had way sexier guys, prettier girls and a whole bunch more drama!!

2. Do any of the Marked Men have similar or inspirational qualities from your personal life?

Sure. The Marked Men and their ladies represent MY kind of people. People that are interesting and modified, people that are artistic and interesting. I write all of them from a place where I think this group is a group of characters I would seamlessly fit into if they were real. I think each and every one of the characters thus far has a character trait I either admire in others or find attractive in the opposite sex, or do indeed posses myself. They are all very much a piece of me.

3. There was one question that left me wondering at the end of Rome was; did Cora have the baby, or does that spoil some of the background plot in the next book?

Of course she's going to have the baby. This always baffles me. She's pregnant and clearly can't stay pregnant forever so a baby has to be coming sooner or later. I write about a world that is moving, living and evolving with each book. I didn't feel like she need to go into labour at the end of her book just because. It would have rushed the timeline and it's silly to just wrap a story up with bow just because. Not every romance needs to end with a wedding or a baby or an engagement - and considering my books always move the world and the plot for the previous couples forward I have more space and more room to work with long-term happy endings. If readers really want to learn about the baby or really want to see what happens after Rule proposed to Shaw then they just have to read Nash!

4. Does this series have a moral or personal message you wanted to convey through your writing?
I feel like I always try and convey some major issues that matter to me. You are okay just the way you are, no matter how you look, what you are told, or what the world tries to make you believe.

There is always someone out there that will love the heart of you no matter what it might be buried under physically or emotionally. I like to think the idea that we can make our own family that goes beyond blood ties comes through in my books.

And of course I really try and show that sub-culture and things that are less mainstream are still relevant to the world and that just because someone has made some choices that set them apart from the norm it doesn't mean they love or live any differently than the average Joe.

Thank you to the lovely Jay for being on my blog and interviewing her. So PLEASE read her books... they are brilliant!


  1. Rule has been on my wishlist ever since I read this one glowing review, but I haven't heard anything about this series since. I'm glad you enjoyed Rome, maybe I'll start with that book :)

    Great interview! Interesting questions and answers. Thanks for sharing, Emma!

  2. I agree that there should have been no rushing with the labor and I'm glad it didn't have that. The epilogue was perfection, becuse Nash--I SO CANNOT WAIT FOR HIS BOOK, EMMA!!!! :) I love how Jay writes what she knows best and it really shows throughout the series. You know, I too haven't read Jet, but I did read Rule back when it just came out as a self-pubbed book and it was amazing even though it had some major editing to sort out. It happened with HC and it's so amazingly awesome to see that one of my favorite NA novels has turned into such a huge and great series. I'm glad you enjoyed Rome, sweets! :)

  3. I have seen this series around but haven't read any of the book. I'm so glad that you were able to read this one without reading the previous ones. That's always great with series. I love the sound of the writing I must say here but I'm not surprised. This tells me everything "We as humans are all marked in one way or the other, but it's those marks that really define who we are as individuals". So true. Great post, Emma :)

  4. I heard Rome was the best of the three. I really really want to read it. The author seems to know how to tell a story and make really great characters!
    I think I want to read them in order thought, cause they all seem great.

  5. Ooh, this sounds good! I'm glad you liked it and how you mentioned I don't have to read the others before I try this one. These books are new to me so I'm glad I found out about them!

  6. I'm glad that you were able to jump right into this series, without having read the previous two books Emma. I know Rachel is a big fan of this series, so I'm glad to see that you enjoyed this too. I will definitely have to give this series a try soon. Gorgeous review!

  7. I've heard a lot about this series - mixed reviews, really, with some readers loving these books and others not-so-much - but I'm curious enough to try them out. Especially since they seem to work so well as stand-alones. I'll definitely have to formulate an opinion of my own on these soon. Fantastic review! :)

  8. I've seen this series around a LOT recently so I'm mega excited you're enjoying it too :D Brilliant review, Emma! *adds to wish list*

  9. YAY EMMA! So glad you enjoyed Rome as much as I did! I loved Rule as well, I hope you get a chance to go back and read him. I still need to read Jet and I can't wait for Nash next! So much swoon-worthiness in one series:) Lovely review and interview!


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