Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #4
Genre: NA Romance
Received for review from the publisher
Summary (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?
There are a few things you have to overlook in romance – the fact that the cast of characters are always impossibly beautiful, so kind and wonderful that they’ll be perfect lovers, yet flawed enough that they have all sorts of emotional turmoil before they can reach their happy ending. And they’re all amazing in bed. Even the ones who’ve not had much sex before.
All those things come into play here. This is romance for escapism in its purest form, and it is ridiculous. But it is enjoyable.
I liked this one better than Rome, the previous instalment. I think that had a lot to do with Saint as a character. She reminded me a lot of myself in some ways, with her social insecurities and awkwardness. It was a nice break within a cast of wild and unpredictable characters to have someone soft and gentle. It was a welcome change of pace.
Nash was a well rounded character too. His mother and step-father were a bit ‘cartoon villain’ (although, I do know people who are a lot like them, scarily) but his personality was totally believable as someone who had been through all the crap they’d put him through. I really liked the contrasting view that we got of Saint’s and Nash’s past – again, totally believable that they would see each other the way they did, and all the problems that occurred as a result of that.
There was plenty of good conflict going on, with Nash dealing with a close relative dying of lung cancer, and Saint’s mother going off the rails, to provide hurdles to the relationship. Which made it a bit ridiculous that the ‘darkest hour’ moment had to do with a sexy neighbour getting locked out of her apartment. It would have been much more emotionally affecting if Nash had really gone off in the deep end over his relative, pushing Saint away in his grief and pain. But I got the feeling that Crownover doesn’t want her boys to be the bad guys, no matter how much they are ‘loveable rogues’, and as a consequence, misunderstandings are relied upon to create romantic tension, rather than the juicy background stuff that could be brought into play.
As something to read in the garden on a gorgeous sunny day, this was about perfect. Absorbing enough that it was enjoyable company, but not so absorbing that I turned into a lobster while sat glued to the pages. If you like New Adult and romance books, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in this.