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I'm Rowena and I blog at Book Binge. I read lots of romance, YA and lately, NA. You'll find a lot of those on my shelves.

Review: Rome by Jay Crownover

Rome  - Jay Crownover

Holly brought these books to my attention because she thought I would enjoy them.  I had both Rule and Jet forever but I never read them.  But then I saw this book come up for review and I wanted to give it a try so I read this one without having read the other two books and I enjoyed it.  Crownover does a great job of writing this book as a standalone and I wasn’t confused or felt lost so it was all good in my hood.


Rome has just returned home from overseas and he’s suffering from grief over losing his brother and survivor’s guilt from his time at war.  He’s not sure what his role is now that he’s home since everything is so different.  He used to be the big brother that took care of everything and everyone around him but Rule doesn’t need him as much anymore, having started a life with his childhood friend Shaw and his other brother Remy, well Remy’s just gone.  He’s constantly in a bad mood and the bad mood is starting to make everyone around him suffer until Cora Lewis puts him in his place.


Cora is loyal and she’s fearless.  She takes care of those in her inner circle, even when it pisses them off and she doesn’t like anyone coming in and messing with her friends happiness.  Even if they’re related to people in her circle and love her friends just as much as she does.  So when she dumps her beer all over Rome Archer, she’s not sorry.  Rule may be pissed at her but she’s not sorry she did it because Rome needs to get that giant stick out of his ass and deal with his issues without taking everyone down with him.


Rome and Cora are complete opposites.  He’s clean cut and big all over while she’s a half pint with tattoos and jewels all over her body.  They shouldn’t work together, yet they do.


This story isn’t big on plot and twists and what not, it’s more character driven and I was okay with that.  I liked getting into both Cora and Rome’s heads.  There was enough conflict between the two of them to fill this book with a lot of things that kept me invested.  There were times when I thought the two of these guys needed a swift kick in the ass but in the end, I was glad that I read this one.  It’s made me want to read the other books in this series and I’m looking forward to doing that.


Rome and Cora were a nice mix, they complimented each other where it counted and I liked that they fought to be together.  I thought that Crownover was going to throw us all over the place with the return of Jimmy and all of the issues that both Rome and Cora still had to conquer but Crownover did a great job of bringing these two together and I was happy with the outcome of the book.  I would definitely recommend.

Source: http://bookbinge.com/2014/01/review-rome-by-jay-crownover