Rome Review & Waiting on Wednesday & Top Ten Tuesday

Rome Review & Waiting on Wednesday & Top Ten Tuesday" class="ubb-image alignleft">Rome by Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-01-07
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook

Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed


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The Story

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 . . .

What I Thought

I have been so excited to dive into Rome.  After reading the first two books in the series, (check out my review of Rule here and my review of Jet here.) I jumped for joy when this one showed up in my mail box.  I have been so excited to read Rome’s story. I loved him and wanted to know more about him. I have to admit that Cora wasn’t my favorite of the girls, but I figured that I would grow to love her as much as I had loved the others.

Guess what? I was right!

See, Rome was even more complicated that the other two boys put together.  He was the glue that held the Archer family together, and when the family started falling apart, so did he.  He was in combat when his brother died and he didn’t take the news that his brother was gay very well.  He was the big bad protector, and not being able to protect, well, he had a lot of trouble with that.

And Cora, she was kind of an alpha too. So turning over her complete trust to another person, especially when someone had broken her hearts bad in the past was hard.  But these two are so perfect for each other in the long run.

Yep, I fell pretty hard for these two and I loved this book.  Jay did it again and it was an amazing read.

And according to Goodreads, we have three more to go, Nash, Rowdy, and Asa! I can’t wait!



waiting on wednesday

better off friends

name: better off friends


author: elizabeth eulberg


release date: 2/25/14


publisher: point



For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?


There is something about two people who start out as best friends.  Maybe because that is how I started out with my husband. This one just looks so sweet and romantic.  I am so excited for this one and can’t wait to read this one!


what are you waiting on?



Top Ten

Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

Yesterday’s top ten list was the top then things on my reading wish list, or if you could make authors write about these things you would. I was trying to get ready for the mega snow storm that hit our area, (read about 4 inches, give me a break I live in Virginia!) and didn’t get it posted, but I wanted to, so here goes!

Keep in mind that most of my focus is on YA, so that is where this is aimed.

1. Teenage travel.

I love reading about kids traveling.  I think it is amazing to read about kids going places and I think more should be written about that. I think it will inspire more kids to travel and go outside of their comfort zone.

2. Religious themed.

I have a strong religious background growing up. That has lead me to lead youth mission trips that last 7 of 8 years, which has had a huge impact on me as well as the youth that I have taken on these trips.  I have loved the few (I think I have read 2 or 3!) books that have tackled some of these issues.  I would love to see more of these types of books.

3. Christmas themed books.

I love the holiday season, but there just aren’t that many books with a holiday theme to them.  I don’t know why not, but I’d love to see more!

4. Sports themed books. 

there are a few out there, but mostly themed at boys. I love to read the ones that are out there, and have even read quite a few of the boys books because I love them so much! I have even read several of the biographies and autobiographies of the gymnasts because that is such a popular theme in our house. But I would LOVE more YA girly books about sports that are not football or baseball!

5. Non-American setting books.

I love reading about different cultures and even one of the challenges that I am doing this year is to read books set in different countries than America to get out of my American mindset! I think it would be great to see books set in India or China or other not a popular countries. (Especially the not so popular European countries that we hear so much about!)

6. Books set in states other than California or New York.

It seems to me that the same states usually get the credit over and over.  I noticed this when I participated in a book hop earlier this year and chose my home state of Virginia.  It was hard to find YA books set in Virginia! Branch out and find new exciting states.  Virginia has SO much going for it! It is such a cool state. That said, I am trying to write, a book set here, I just need to buckle down!

7. Friendships that don’t turn into romance.

just a good ole’ friendship story.  It doesn’t have to be the epic love story, just a good ole friendship would be okay with me.

8. Another series like Twilight, or Harry Potter, that has you eagerly awaiting the next book.  

Dying to know what is going to happen to the characters.  Anxious to know the fate of all the people involved. Discussing it with everyone around you.  Creating new words and worlds to go with it.

9. A romance that has you crying its so sweet and sad and wonderful.

What more can I say? I just want that perfect romance that just hits you.

10. A totally awesome, funny, romantic comedy that you just can’t wait until they make the movie so you can drag your girlfriends to the theater for a girls night out. 


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