Saturday 4 January 2014

Marked Men Series - #Reviews of books 1, 2 & 3

The Marked Men - Reviews...

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

Source : kindle
Genre: NA Contemporary

My review...

I am always a big fan of the tattooed misunderstood bad boy and Rule did fit the part.

Shaw and Rule seem as opposite as they can be but that doesn't stop love.

For Shaw she is always trying to be what everyone wants her to be but where Rule is concerned he is the exception as she loves him for him. She doesn't want to change him but the problem is that Rule doesn't see her.

For Rule he has always lived by his own rules which makes him miss things that are obvious to others like the love and adoration from Shaw.  For Rule he is bitter and angry because with his choices in life it left people not seeing him for him which caused him to devalue himself.

Once the blinders are off and Rule finally sees Shaw he lets her into his life.

The challenge is not necessary their relationship but believing in one self and be true to yourself. Once they can over come this happiness can finally be achieved.
"You have me Shaw, any way you need me, any way you want me, you have me."
There are many bumps in the road to their happiness with loads of assumptions and miscommunications but in the end they find their way.

It was a sweet book and had huge potential. I normally try to not judge a book by grammar, editing and spelling errors but this one had quite a few which made it harder to get fully enraptured by the story.

In the end I still like Rule and Shaw and will be reading more of the series.

The copy that I read was the version before it got published so I'm hope that the grammar errors have been dealt with in the new version.
3 Rough around the edges Thumbs up!
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Jet (Marked Men #2)

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?

Source: Kindle
Genre: Contemporary

My review...

We first meet Ayden when she become the kickass BFF to Shaw.   You know Ayden has a past but we aren't sure of her reality until later on in the book. In the meantime, she finally let's loose enough to let Jet in.

When Jet first met Ayden he knew she would change his world so he pushed her far away but eventually he gave up fighting and let it happen.

Together they worked but conditionally since Ayden won't let anyone all the way in.  Once Ayden's past catches up with her present she pushes her heart away in fear that her friends and lover won't truly accept her for who she once was.

The thing Ayden forgets is, that her new friends are really a group of misfits with so much love that have become family and have no place to judge anyone's past as they all have their own variation.

The gang knows Ayden needs Jet so they push him to give up his stubborn ways and get her back

After Ayden realizes true strength comes with asking for help and not pushing everyone away to do it herself she finally fully opens her heart to all that is Jet. *sigh*

I loved Jet and this series is getting better.  I'm hooked. 

4 Stubborn Thumbs up!
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Rome (Marked Men #3)

Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

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 . .

Source: eARC for Honest Review from Edelweiss
Genre: Contemporary

My Review...

Rome has always been the glue that holds everyone together but once he comes back from war he is the one who needs the glue this time.  Rome is not used to anyone helping him so he lashes out but the firecracker of a pixie also has a hankering for fixing things that are broken.  Cora fixes things because without that she too would be truly broken.

Cora is holding out for the unrealistic 'perfect man' . Everyone keeps telling her its not true but she wants her deserved HEA like Shaw and Rule & Jet and Ayden.

Rome is broken and unpredictable and the last person she should want but as Rome acts out Cora tries harder to reach out. With this they quickly fall into one another without real thought.  Once they realize what's at stake its too late emotions are at the forefront and an innocent surprise needs to be take care of.

Rome may not be the 'perfect man' but watching him struggle and be his new version of glue is beautiful.

In Rome and Cora's new reality after drama and more issues they finally realize what they are fighting for and together they are perfect for one another.

When I first started this series I liked it but as it is progressing each book keeps getting better and better.

5 Glued Together Thumbs up!
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