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Inside the Author with 20 Questions: Jay Crownover

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☆ ☆ ☆INSIDE THE AUTHOR WITH 20 QUESTIONS: JAY CROWNOVER☆ ☆ ☆
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1. What is one thing about you that would surprise us?
Hmmm…that I secretly love all dance movies. Like LOVE them…Dirty Dancing, Step Up, Save the Last Dance, You Got served…if a dance movie is on I will watch the shit out of it…however I don’t dance myself at all…not even after 57 beers

2. What would an ideal day be for you?
There are different ones. Some days I like to stay busy and have a lot going on so I feel productive and accomplished…other days I want to watch an entire season of Jessica Jones and eat candy all day. Pretty much any day I’m not stuck in an airport because I’m delayed for a thousand hours is an okay day by me.
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New Release (Excerpt & Giveaway): Rowdy by Jay Crownover

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Synopsis

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

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RULE

JET

ROME

NASH

Excerpt

WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark.

I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles.

Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out.

Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth.

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About

Jay C

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE’s BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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Audio Review: Rome by Jay Crownover

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Title: Rome (Marked Men #3)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours and 55 mins

Synopsis
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 . . .

Grace Review
Story: 4 stars
In this third installment of the Marked Men series, we finally get to hear about Rome and Cora. They are the most unlikely of couples, and totally unexpected given that there wasn’t a hint of a story between them prior to this book, or my memory is short and I’ve forgotten about any reference.  Anywho, this coupling, while strange at first, was really a rather sweet beautiful one.

From Rule’s story, I didn’t expect Rome to have developed so many demons along the way. Getting inside his head was a bit sad and tragic. I loved his chance meeting with the bar owner Bright (sp?), who set him on a new path. A path that eventually led him to the little Tinkerbell of the group, Cora.

The dynamics of the relationship between Rome and Cora confused me. First, they couldn’t stand to be around each other and there seemed to be zero attraction. One phone call and one night seems to change it all. Then they can’t keep their hands off each other.

While I wasn’t totally convinced of the dramatic change in their relationship, I was totally on board with how they handled their little surprise. There was not one moment of anger or regret. They handled it with class proving that they could put the priorities of another ahead of their own.

I also liked how Cora was a catalyst in Rule and Rome finally getting some closure over their brother’s death. That whole scene was very touching.

The only thing that really annoyed me was Cora’s insistence on finding the “perfect guy”. No one is perfect. Everyone around her tried to tell her this. But after getting burned by her former fiancee, I understand she wanted to protect her heart from further heartache. But she was a bit deluded to think that there would be someone out there with zero faults.

In the end, a sudden visit from her past and a traumatic incident finally woke her up. Personally, I’d like for once if characters didn’t have a tragic accident to force them to open their eyes and heart, but I guess that’s normal.

Performance: 4.5 stars
I’m not sure how involved with the audio book this author is, but I have to say, whoever selected these two narrators, Alicia Neil and William Sharpe, NAILED IT!  Strangely, I have “read” this whole series via audio and this is the one where I felt the performance was the strongest.

The female narrator has the perfect New York accent.  Her voice comes across as the spit-fire personality of the character, Cora, she is portraying.

And the male narrator – holy deep masculine voice Batman!  Perfect for this wounded solider.  I’m generally not a fan of when a male character tries to do the female voice, it usually sounds very awkward.  But he managed to do a fairly good job with Cora’s voice, accent and all.

Both also did a great job with capturing the range of emotions of their characters.

Overall: 4.5 stars
This was my favorite book of the series so far.  While Rome and Cora weren’t who they expected to be their perfect match, the relationship and love between them grew into something perfect.

This book also gives us a glimpse into Nash’s story, and a hint into Rowdy’s, with a brief mention of his past.  And while I am looking forward to those stories, I am most excited about Asa’s story.  Hated him in Jet, but his character does a 180 in this book and I can’t wait to learn more.

– Grace

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