Series: Marked Men,
Also in this series: Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Asa
Published by William Morrow on 21 October 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
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Also by this author: Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Better When He's Bad, Asa, Leveled, Built, Charged
Place(s) Traveled To: Denver, Colorado // Boulder, Colorado // Loveless, Texas
First Line(s): I don’t have a lot of great memories from my childhood.
Rowdy by Jay Crownover is the latest installment in her Marked Men Series and involves Rowdy, a man with a mysterious past, and Salem a girl from that past. Rowdy was hurt badly in the past and as a result he’s never really had a serious relationship and one of the girls that hurt him was Salem’s younger sister, Poppy. Salem and Poppy were Rowdy’s neighbors when he lived in Texas and the daughters of the local preacher. Let’s pause for a moment and think about those names, Salem and Poppy…2 more strange names and ones that we’re supposed to believe belong to the daughters of a very religious family. I just don’t buy it. Add in the Sayer character that is introduced later on in this book and my eyes almost rolled out of my head. It just really takes me out of the story having all these crazy names as it just doesn’t seem plausible that not a single person in the Denver area would be named Jennifer or Ryan or something more common. Anywho back to the story.
Rowdy is jaded and aloof and Salem is determined to work her way back into his life. She feels that with just a couple weeks at a job in Denver that she’s proven that she has staying power. Even though she spent years as Rowdy’s neighbor before she left without a word. She’s a bit brash and demanding and I do get Rowdy wanting to have a little emotional distance between them. I also think that Rowdy’s walls come down a little too quickly to be real and I just didn’t believe in this story as much as I have others in the series. There was the influx of new characters that was a bit distracting as well as all these little subplots going on that offer hints of new stories but ones that won’t come as the next book, Asa, is currently scheduled to be the last of the Marked Men books. So why add in all the drama of a long lost best friend, a long lost love, and a long lost relation to the mix? It just gets a bit muddled.
For the most part I did enjoy Rowdy and Salem’s story but felt that we were told more than we were shown. Rowdy didn’t have the same emotional impact as others in the series as it didn’t seem to dive as deep. Rowdy was standoffish and wary of Salem and then in a blink he was head over heels in love. The subplots were also more of a distraction than an asset. It just stretch plausibility too much at times. Rowdy and Salem both annoyed me at times but I did enjoy all the cameos from the characters in the previous books. Rowdy is a quick read and I managed to read it in just a few hours once I really sat down with it. It was a good addition to the series but not one that will ever be a favorite of mine. It also made me look forward to Asa’s story more than I had been initially and I know that I will be sad to say goodbye to these characters. Crazy, unrealistic names and all.