Sunday, 16 November 2014

Review of Rowdy (Marked Men #5) - Jay Crownover

The bit on the back…

After his first broken heart, Rowdy St. James decided he was going to do everything in his power to live up to his nickname; life was all about the good times. But when a ghost from the past appears, she makes him question everything he thought he knew about love.

Salem Cruz grew up in a house with too many rules – and no fun allowed. She left it all behind as soon as she could, but she never forgot the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been in love with her little sister. Now, Salem is determined to show Rowdy he picked the wrong sister all those years ago.

As their relationship heats up, Rowdy starts to let his heart go – until the one person who could drive them apart shows up again.


Rowdy is finally here! I have been waiting for this book for quite a while! We are now on book 5 of Jay Crownover’s Marked Men Series.

If you want to check out my reviews of the other books in the series follow the links below.

This story is all about old school player Rowdy who you will already know as one of the members of the Marked family if you’ve read any of the other books in the series.

When you read about Rowdy through the eyes of the other guys and girls in this series you get them impression that he is a massive player but in the fourth book, Nash, you start to get this feeling that there is more to his character, particularly towards the end when his late manager and mentor Phil gets involved.

Enter Salem. Blast from Rowdy’s Texas past and just another in the line of people who’ve left him. Salem fits into the fold nicely with attributes akin to those of the other girls in the series. I liked the relationship she had with the rest of the gang and I liked that even though she’s just a tiny bit older than the rest of them that her life experience adds to a sense of maturity and wisdom that she has.

Rowdy and Salem’s relationship is tricky and you don’t really get to see the full extent of the situation until partway into the novel. I was a bit disappointed with the relationship that Rowdy had with Poppy, Salem’s sister, as I thought that might have been a cause for some drama and possible a love triangle between the three.

About half way through I felt like Rowdy and Salem’s story had been told and after that it became a lot more about previewing other characters who might make a main character appearance in the story. Asa, who you will also know from earlier in the series is going to be the main character in book six and I felt like part of his story was focused on here even though we already know what his character’s colourful past has been like.


Although I did feel like the story of the main characters had petered out after the halfway point of the story I did enjoy the same style of writing that I’ve come to expect and look forward to from Jay. I will definitely be buying Asa when he’s ready!

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