by Jay Crownover
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Source: Ebook - Own
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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 . . .
Rome & Cora's Story
Rome has come back home from a tour in Afghanistan. He was injured by a road side bomb and cannot continue with the shoulder injury he endured. He was the only survivor and has a lot of guilt and some PTSD from this past experience.
Coming home was harder than anticipated, mainly because Remy has passed away and now Remy's secret is out in the open. Shaw had to tell the brothers of Remy's love life and that he is/was gay and had a boyfriend (Lando) that he loved before he died. Rome has some resentment towards Shaw for this deception as well. I agree with Shaw's character that it was not her place to tell Remy's secret. I feel that Shaw was a good friend in life and death to Remy by keeping this to herself. She had no choice but to let the secret out if she was to have the one man she always wanted, Remy's twin brother Rule. With Remy's secret out it has put a rift even more so in the family dynamics. Rome does not want to speak to his parents, he feels guilty for not being there for Rule and Remy and has no idea what to do with himself now that he is a civilian.
Cora is Rule's best friend. Cora (Tink) helps all the guys at the tattoo shop, she is the shop manager. Cora is like a sister to all the guys at the shop. But Cora has had her heart ripped out of her chest and stumped on. Cora is afraid to love again, afraid to give her heart and soul fully to another man. Cora has a fantasy of the ideal man, Mr. Perfect. And he is just that a fantasy.
Cora dubs Rome as "Captain-No-Fun" at a family BBQ and spills a beer over his head for being an insensitive jerk. Rome heads out of the BBQ fired up and finds himself in The Bar.
Rome realizes what a jerk he was to not only Cora (a girl he barely knows) but also his friends and brothers. He tries to get himself back on track with the help of The Bar owner and starts towards a better future.
Bad days happen and with Rome they come with daily nightmares and flashbacks. So on a particularly bad day Rome finds himself in a drunken state and tries to call for help. Cora comes to the rescue when Rule is unavailable. Cora and Rome find themselves thrust together once again. From this encounter they became closer than either thought possible and they try to be friends. But it is to hard for either of them to forgot that morning and what transpired between them and they take a chance and try to do the dating thing.
With Cora's help Rome will start to put his life back together and with Rome's help Cora will learn that Mr. Perfect comes with imperfections.
This is another good story in the series. I love the relationship between Cora who is super colorful, strong willed, and take no prisoners attitude and Rome who is the hero, big brother and soldier. Together they are complete different but sometimes that is why it works so perfectly.
The things they share in common: Friends, Loyalty, Strength, Love, Family..... These are the things that are important and will guide them through to hopefully a great future together.
RATING: 4 STARS