Rowdy by Jay Crownover ~ Review & Quote-tastic

Rowdy and Salem are a great couple and I was so glad to see these two get together! Rowdy is damn fiiiine ladies... as you can tell in today's quote!! 

Title: Rowdy
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #5
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: October 21st 2014
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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.

I love how each book in the Marked Men series is different in how each of the relationships develop. Rowdy and Salem started as friends growing up, but with her need to escape her controlling father, she left as soon as she turned 18 and left her 15 year old best friend and neighbour behind. Ten years later, their paths cross again as Salem moves to Denver to accept a new job.

I really liked Salem; she’s covered in tattoos, dresses to accentuate her curves and has confidence in abundance. She is business smart and has worked hard to get where she is now. She slots into the Denver family quite quickly and builds relationships with the girls, but finds it extremely hard to get Rowdy to talk to her.

Rowdy harbours a lot of bad feelings for Salem because she walked away and never looked back when he was a kid. He struggled to find someone to believe in him and to guide him on the path he wanted so desperately to choose. It was sad to see what he had been through and how he kept his feelings locked away so he never got hurt again. His past is something that he doesn’t want to rehash and he finds it hard not to when Salem is around.

I liked how Salem and Rowdy’s relationship began as friends, and when they got their act together, jumped into a passionate relationship. They are quite comfortable with each other, but tend to be a little insecure, worried one of them will bail at any time. There were a few interesting twists thrown in that strengthened their relationship as well as the overall story line. I really enjoyed this book and Rowdy can walk into my place shirtless wearing a straw cowboy hat anytime! 

She brushed past me and trailed her hand along my chest as she went. “I do have a request, though.”
I shut the door and watched her walk toward my bedroom like she had been doing it forever and it was the only place she wanted to be.
“What’s that?”
She looked at me over her shoulder and her smile was sex, surprise, and everything I ever wanted without knowing it. It also sent bolts of desire shooting hot and fast through my bloodstream.
“Put the cowboy hat back on.”
Well, hot damn. Time to saddle up.

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Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

Jay has been a bartender since she was in college, spending over forty hours a week watching interactions between men and women. This 9 to 5 job offered great insights into relationships - how they start and how they evolve in a social setting.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see's that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.

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  1. That's what I like about these books too. I never once feel like one story is an echo of another.

  2. I love Rowdy! And I'm so down with him walking ANYWHERE shirtless w/ said hat. Maybe if I hang out in downtown Denver, I'll see him! ;)

  3. Bwahaha sounds like fun. Totally with the heroine ;)

  4. Ohhhh *FANS SELF* Can I please just say I already have a huge crush on Rowdy?? (Awesome name btw) and that quote was awesome as well! Gotta have this book in my life!;)

  5. This is one of those series I have a couple books from already, and really want to get into. I just haven't found time. But I love your review! It's a good reminder to me to get my butt in gear :)

  6. Salem sounds like a cool girl who needs her independence, wonder why she settled down;) Great review hun!

  7. Fine indeed...! But Salem is her own brand of fine too :) Lovely review <3

  8. They are all individual reads, and each bring something to the world!

  9. Sigh... I loved that about Rowdy... Not afraid to flaunt the assets! lol
    I hope you do manage to find him! :D

  10. I know right! I want me some of that!

  11. I hope you get it Keionda... it was a lot of hotness!

  12. I hope you get a chance to get into it, it really was fun, and not too heavy!

  13. She has been independent for far too long, it is time, and why not with her best friend from childhood *wink*

  14. I love Rowdy and pictured him as a modern day James Dean! I love how Salem and him started out as friends a long time ago, and then developed a relationship! Great Swoon Naomi! I can picture Rowdy in his cowboy hat! Whew! Wonderful Review :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  15. I agree, their early friendship certainly helped in this romance!


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