Series: Marked Men,
Also in this series: Rule, Jet, Rome, Rowdy, Asa
Published by William Morrow on 29 April 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult
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Also by this author: Rule, Jet, Rome, Better When He's Bad, Rowdy, Asa, Leveled, Built, Charged
Place(s) Traveled To: Denver, Colorado
First Line(s): High School…Not the best years of my life.
The moment I finished Rome by Jay Crownover I knew that I had to dive right into the next book Nash. As with the previous books in the series I devoured this one and once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I loved Nash and his backstory was so heartbreaking and just has you cheering him on to find his happily ever after. Saint on the other hand annoyed me at times at the assumptions she made and how she let one experience a dozen or so years ago define her whole life. Yes, people in high school can be cruel but what she thought she heard wasn’t the total earth shattering “I’ll never trust a boy ever again” sort of thing. But once I got past that aspect of her I did begin to like Saint and like her with Nash. In the end, they ended up being a good complement for each other.
In some ways, Nash is your typical New Adult story with broken and flawed characters who are looking to find some completion. Though in this case the one most broken isn’t the one that you might think. And that is where the similarities of your typical NA story end because the writing and the plot of the Marked Men novels is better than other NA stories that I’ve read. Nash has his entire world turned upside down in a single night and its then that he also becomes reaquainted with a girl from his past. In a world where girls on every other page are fawning and falling all over these boys Saint isn’t one. This makes for some interesting scenes between the two and the chemistry just sizzles off the page.
I loved Nash and how vulnerable he was compared to those around him. Oh the other Marked Men boy have their issues but there was always something that set Nash apart from them in the previous books. I loved getting into his head and seeing what made him tick. It broke my heart on numerous occasions when Saint would say and do something to hurt him. She wasn’t always the most likeable of characters in that way but she did make up for her hurts as the book went on. Their ending did seem a bit rushed but even with that Nash has been my favorite in this series so far.
The thing that bothered me most as I got to Nash was all the crazy out there names. If I were to go on this series alone I wouldn’t think that there was a single Bob or Mary in all of Colorado. I have nothing against creative names but its all just getting a bit ridiculous in these books. Even when preacher kids are mentioned they were named Poppy and Salem. There is even a Sunshine running around this town as well. Its just gotten to the point where I roll my eyes whenever a new character is mentioned as I know they’ll be called something outlandish and over the top. I’ve also started to rename some of the characters in my head to add a little bit of reality to this world.
Crazy names aside I am now going through some series Marked Men withdrawal and can not wait until the next book in the series which will feature Rowdy. Rowdy is a bit of an unknown in the series but I look forward to learning more about him and seeing the old gang again. The Marked Men books are ones that I highly recommend to those thinking about reading New Adult. They are total book crack for me and Jay Crownover is totally on my autoread list as a result.