Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover
Rowdy: A Marked Men Novel
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.
Oh Rowdy, how I loved you. I love Jay Corwnover and her marked men, but Rule has always held my heart. He has always been my favorite of them, but now he has to share that favorite spot with Rowdy. I was surprised by how much I loved him. I just...he is amazing, like all the others.
I started reading Rowdy on the train home from classes. It is a short ride so I only got through a few pages, but even still I was already in love with Salem. I knew I needed to clear my schedule for the rest of the day because I wouldn't be able to put this book down. And I wasn't, not until I finished it. I often times have problems connecting with the female leads in books. If you were to ask me to name some favorite female characters I would have a really hard time. I have like 2 that I can think of right now. Why? I am not sure. I just remember the guys more so than the girls. Really if the guys are amazing enough I can hate the girls and still love the book. Doesn't really works as well the other way for me. Well Salem, Salem I loved. I think she will stick with me for a while. I got her. While I didn't have a bad home life (my parents are amazing), I still know that not fitting in, have to get as far away from my hometown as possible. That wanderlust, the not being able to stay in one place for too long. I hated my hometown and since then I get antsy in one place for too long. So I understood her. I identified with her. I loved her.
Rowdy is so incredible. He has had a lot of loss in his life. Pretty much everyone he loved left him growing up and so he has cut himself off from having a serious relationship. His mom died when he was young, his only family he knew, so he went into the system. He was places in a home next door to Salem and they quickly became friends, Rowdy, Salem and Poppy, Salem's sister. Rowdy and Salem were really close, they were themselves with each other and always encouraged each other to do what they loved. Salem was the only person Rowdy had in his life that wanted him to do what made him happy, not necessarily what he was the best at. But then he loses her and it is really hard on him. When she shows back up in his life he tries to stay away. He can't deal with losing her again.
Salem did run away when she was eighteen, but she was young and needed out. She didn't mean to hurt Rowdy so much, but she was doing what she felt like she needed to do. She came back for him now, but she keeps saying how he is living in the past and she is living in the future and they need to get on the same page. While she is living in the future, she is also stuck on the past with him and Poppy. She can't get over somethings even though it doesn't matter anymore. It was years ago and obviously Rowdy is way into Salem once he lets her in. They have a lot of ups and downs because they share so much history together. They were so perfect together, but they both need to learn to let go and just be together. There is a lot of stuff that goes on in this story, lots of new characters you meet, and through it all Salem and Rowdy just try and figure everything out together. Rowdy was amazing, Salem was amazing, this story was amazing. I loved it. Loved them to pieces and it was just an amazing read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2