Rome (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover

Rome: A Marked Men Novel


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 . . .


I enjoyed Rome, but not as much as I remember enjoying Rule. In fact I think I am going to go re-read Rule to see if it is as good as I remembered. Rome was good, but I think Cora made me not love it as much as I could have. 

Rome is the story of Rome and Cora. I remembered both of them from the previous books so I was quite excited to read this one. I liked Rome and I liked that he has issues to deal with regarding his time served in the military. I don't read many books with military men and it was a nice difference. Really kind of sad when you think about all of these men and women coming back from the war with so many issues, both physical and mental. It just would be really hard I think. I was glad he started to get some help and had someone to help him through his dark times. 

Cora I liked from the prior books. She is the tough guard dog. She looks out for her boys. When Rome comes home and is just super grumpy all the time she is just like not going to take this. She is protective of her boys and doesn't want them to have to deal with Rome and all of his grumpiness. I thought this is going to be great. Cora is so strong and yes they will work well together. She had a boyfriend years ago who broke her heart, and she is now only looking for the perfect guy (who we all know doesn't really exist. You can only get perfect for you). So I was a little annoyed with her when she got together with Rome, after working out some issues, and was just like he needs to be all in. So he is, he tells her how much he loves her all the time and is there and is all in, and yet she herself is not. She got on my nerves being all he needs to be this that and the other thing, which he is doing, saying, showing her, and yet she won't be this that and the other thing like he needs. She goes on about how she knows she does love him, but she can't tell him because then if things don't work out it will kill her and whatever. It is just like if you love him and don't tell him and he leaves won't that still hurt just as bad? Maybe more since maybe if you were all in and open to him he wouldn't have left? I just didn't like how she was so strong yet so incredibly weak. She annoyed me with her insecurities. She wanted Rome to get help and was happy he was seeing someone, but I just felt like you need help too. You should see someone. I just didn't like her that much. 

I still enjoyed the story just because we has some Rule and Shaw in there and I did like Rome. He was so sweet to Cora and so devoted and worked so hard to not be sucked into the darkness. He saved the book for me. Without him I wouldn't have liked it that much. 

Rating: 3.5/5

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