We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for ROWDY by Jay Crownover!! ROWDY is the fifth novel in her Marked Men Series published by William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollins and you do NOT want to miss it!
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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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.
I love Jay's writing style. It flows in a way that it makes you feel like you were there and were able to see things unfold in real life. The characters feel like they are real people that you wish you could be friends with.
Her heroes and heroines are always interesting. This couple is not any different.
“I always thought it was the firsts that matter, but now I know that it’s the lasts that stay with you.”
Rowland St. James has lost so much in life. Everyone seems to leave him and he's afraid of falling in love again. He lost his mother when he was just a kid and was placed in the system. His new home is next to the Cruz's girls and when Poppy approaches him he can't stop himself from loving her. She was the first girl to be nice to him, but Salem was his best friend growing up until the time she turned eighteen and left him behind without looking back. Poppy waited until college to break his heart leaving him alone once more.
“I feel like you and the past have been chasing me down ever since you walked into that shop, Salem.” She didn’t answer me but I noticed a little pink work its way into her dusky cheeks. “What are you going to do if I decide to let you catch me?”
Ten years later Salem is back in his life. She is part of the new store and he can't seem to avoid her. Salem brings with her good and bad memories. Rowdy knows she's here for him but he doesn't know if she will stay. Getting closer could mean getting hurt again if she doesn't stick around. When Poppy comes back too his life becomes even more complicated.
“Already been in your rearview once, Salem. I have no intention of ending up there again.”
I love Rowdy. Rowdy is a good guy. He's part of the Marked Men family and he'll do anything for his friends and the girls who loved them. Seeing Salem at the store throws him back for a loop but the more weeks passed the more he wants her and when he finally realizes that maybe the One is right in front of him he stops avoiding his feelings and moves full forward.
“I have plenty of friends, Salem. I don’t want get any of them naked or take any of them to bed. We don’t need to try and be friends again—we always were. That never went away—you did. You started this game of chase, so when you figure your shit out let me know because I’m already caught.”
Salem, what can I say, she is awesome. She is beautiful, intelligent, she's honest to a fault and fights for what she wants. I never felt like screaming at her for doing something wrong. A very strong heroine. I wish more writers would write the girls this way.
“Not a scar, not a wound . . . a mark. Something good. I want you to have good memories of me like I have of you.”
About secondary characters: the whole crowd is back and I love to see how much they still love each other and how their lives are moving along. Believe it or not I like Poppy and I hope she gets an HEA too. Jay starts to weave the love story between Asa and Royal and I can't wait to read it!
One character that needs to be mentioned is Sayer Cole. She was a plus to this book and I like who her guy is going to be.
“You’re a dumb shit. There a million first girls for a million different first things. There’s the first girl you slow-dance with, and the first girl you go to bed with. There’s the first girl to give you a kiss, and then the first one you take home to your mama.” His amber eyes lit up with humor. “There’s the first girl you fight with and the first girl you fight for. There’s also the first girl you have to let go of. There’s the first girl you love, obviously, and the first girl to break your heart. There’s always a first girl, Rowdy, but there is also the girl that is going to come after her until you get to the last girl. The last girl is the one that really matters.”
Cliffhanger : No
About the Author
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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