Rome (Marked Men #3)
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 . . .
I really enjoyed how Rome was portrayed. He's recently returned from a tour of duty overseas and is trying to find his place back at home with his family and in his community. I can only imagine the personal demons he would be fighting every day. He struggles with issues from his family and his profession and readers really get to see those day to day moments that affect him.
One supporting character that I came to really love was Brite, the bar owner that befriends Rome and gives him a new purpose now that he is home. I loved his tough love attitude and I'm sure there could be a whole book about Brite and we may never figure him completely out. I think Brite just as much as Cora is responsible for helping Rome find his way.
What Left Me Wanting More: Something with the pacing in this book bothered me. I didn't like how everything seemed to happen so fast all of the time. There wasn't a lot of build up to anything. At times it felt overwhelming and maybe like there was too much trying happen in one book.
Final Verdict: If you've read the other Marked Men novels, then I would add this to your list. If you haven't started the series, I would go back and read the other books first. I plan on going back to the beginning to see how this series all started.