Book Review: Nash by Jay Crownover

nashSynopsis from Goodreads:

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?

Nash is the fourth installment in the Marked Men series and oh man, did Ms. Crownover take this book (and likely, this series) to a whole new level. I loved the first three books even with their slightly unbelievable bits and awful editing, but reading Nash was literally like a breath of fresh air. I’m so glad I got hooked on this series.

Nash was introduced in the first book and I’ve been curious about him ever since. He seemed to be a bit of a mysterious character and it wasn’t until book three that we start catching glimpses of who he really is. In this book Nash’s character has become so well developed, and even though he isn’t perfect, I can’t help but love him. Saint, too is just a totally loveable character. She’s so real and down to earth and it’s impossible not to relate to her in one way or another.

Nash and Saint’s story truly sucked me in. Between their separate backstories, their high school history, and the redevelopment of their relationship as adults I could not stop reading this book – it literally kept me up until 5 in the morning. Every bit of this story was just done brilliantly.

I don’t know how many ways I can say it, but Nash was phenomenal. It is a character driven story, which is something that I love personally, and it is at the same time a very emotional story that just grabs you by the (lady)balls and doesn’t let go. The writing, the story, and the editing is all just at a whole new level and I can’t stop fangirling about it all once I start.

Bottom line, Nash is amazing! I absolutely adored this book and I have a feeling I’ll be rereading it many a time. The characters, the feels, the story – it’s got it all. 5/5 stars.

The Marked Men series:

1. Rule
2. Jet
3. Rome
4. Nash
5. Rowdy
6. Asa (Expected Release April 14, 2014)

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Book Review: Jet by Jay Crownover

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

Having been completely taken by Rule when I finally read it I jumped right into Jet when I finished. I loved Ayden in the first book, so I couldn’t wait to read her story in the second. Plus, Jet was a kind of mysterious sort and I was curious to see what Ms. Crownover would give us there.

Jet was awesome, straight up. I had already gotten to know Ayden a bit in book one, but in book two she becomes so much more. I have the highest respect for that character, I’m not even kidding. Learning about her and what she’s had to overcome, it’s awesome. That is a character of motivation in a lot of ways. Jet, too, was a great character to get to know. I wasn’t quite expecting what I got, but in the end, it all made sense. Crownover made his character so much more than a rockstar.

The story itself keeps you reading as well. I didn’t want to put down the book because I had to know what was going to happen next. These characters just constantly made things happen and there was that constant yearning for answers and the need to turn-pages.

This was another of the no instant gratification love stories which is actually one of the things I love about the book. There’s all this tension, and its even felt by their group of friends which makes it all the more believable to me. Plain and simple, it was a good read.

The only complaint I have with this book carries over from the first. Editing. I wish so hard that these books were edited better. I won’t stop reading them because of it, hell, I CANNOT wait to hit that Purchase button on my nook Tuesday even though I’m flat broke, but it’s still just too noticeable to ignore.

Bottom line, Jet was awesome. This series is awesome. The characters, the stories, the drama, all of it. Fantastic books and I can’t wait for more! 4/5 stars.

The Marked Men Series:

1. Rule
2. Jet
3. Rome
4. Nash (Release Date 4/29/2014 – so close I can taste it!!)
5. Rowdy (Expected Release 10/21/2014)
6. Asa (Release Date to be announced)

Book Review: Rule by Jay Crownover

ruleSynopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Rule is a book that would constantly be suggested to me when I was browsing the nook store, but I never really gave it more than a glance for whatever reason. Once I saw some of the response this book (and the series) was getting I decided it couldn’t hurt to check it out. I’m quite glad I did.

Rule Archer is an intriguing character. From chapter 1 he both interested and infuriated me. I had lots of impressions and assumptions about him – mostly along the lines of a lot of what he deals with is of his own making. That said, from the get-go we also learn about his guilt regarding his brother. It was certainly interesting to watch him grow and change throughout the book.

Shaw is very different from Rule in most ways, but I still love her character because she’s so true to herself and she’s a very strong female character. It takes cajones to deal with Rule’s shit, just sayin’. I also love the fact that regardless of her roots, she’s trying to give herself a more realistic life and college experience so to speak. It’s not something I see very often in books.

Having talked about Shaw and Rule, I must of course talk about their relationship. Difficult is probably the best word to use. For the most part they have to put in some serious work to make things succeed for them and its not an easy road. One of the most fulfilling things about this story is that they are so different, yet they compliment each other so well. It truly makes the book fly by.

I quickly want to mention some of the other characters in the book. Ayden, Rome, Nash, Jet, Cara – I love all the characters. Part of the reason I kept reading these books was because I just really fell in love with all of them. No matter what size part they had they still felt flushed out and real to me.

Despite all the goodness that Rule was, there were a couple of things that bothered me while reading. The first is that at times some of the dialogue felt really forced to me. It was almost like the author was trying too hard to use ‘cool’ terms and such. It didn’t take away from the story, but it did stand out a bit. Second, I hate to say it, but the editing. Oh my holy universe the editing. This series is everything I hate about poorly edited books. Simple misspellings and things that even spell-check would catch and it adds up and just bugs the hell out of me. I still read it, but it couldn’t be ignored and it has to be mentioned.

All in all, I very much enjoyed reading Rule. The relationship between Rule and Shaw was very fulfilling, all of the characters were great and the book really did fly by regardless of the bad things. I can’t wait to keep reading this series as it comes out! 4/5 stars.

The Marked Men Series:

1. Rule
2. Jet
3. Rome
4. Nash (Release Date 4/29/2014 – TEN DAYS WOOT!!)
5. Rowdy (Expected Release 10/21/2014)
6. Asa (Release Date to be announced)

Book Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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Fern Taylor is plain in every sense of the word. She’s from a small town and lives a fairly simple life. The most exciting thing about her is the romance novels she loves to read and her crush on the best looking guy in town. Ambrose Young, is the towns wrestling star and has what everyone believes to be a great future ahead for him. But there’s a problem, he wants more… he wants to do more. Ambrose and his four best friends join the service together, but after a tragic accident he’s the only one to come home.

I don’t even know where to begin with this story. This book just hits all the strings for me. It is sad and funny and tragic and optimistic all at the same time. It is simply amazeballs.

The Characters. Fern, while seemingly the plain girl next door is actually a huge force in this book. A lot of the choices she makes and the way she looks at life are why so many things happen, especially after Ambrose’s return. Bailey, I just can’t even. No matter what he faces in life he’s the one who’s always got a smile on his face and every time I think about this character I tear up a little. Rita’s character is another who teaches us a whole lot of lessons, much different than the other characters, but no less important. Her trials were no joke. Lastly there is Ambrose, the war hero who learns to cope with some major guilt, who learns what it is to no longer be the most beautiful looking guy in town, who has to truly learn about inner beauty, for himself.  All of these characters are just so well written and developed and they each play a very important part in this book. I can’t say enough how awesome they are.

The story itself, as I mentioned earlier, is just everything a great book needs. It’s well written and there’s so many things happening but they all tie in together. And the feels. The feels. This book just absolutely flies because the story sucks you in and doesn’t let go. It’s a story, but it’s a story with messages behind it. It’s realistic, not always in a pretty way, but then life isn’t always either. I’ll say it again, it’s an amazing book.

I had no clue what to expect when I picked up Amy Harmon’s Making Faces, particularly because New Adult isn’t quite my genre of choice, but I got so much more than I could have imagined. Bottom line, this is a book that is worth a shot. Pick it up, but tissues and comfort food will likely be required. 5/5 stars.