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.
*was generously given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review
ROWDY by Jay Crownover is the 5th book in the Marked Men Series but is a standalone complete with a HEA. I like to think of them as companion novels because once you sink your teeth into Jay’s men, you will want to know everything about every one of her characters and never want any of her books to end. I am going to say right now that I LOVE EVEYTHING Jay has ever written and ROWDY is no exception. All the Marked Men, RULE, JET, ROME and NASH, are must have books and always on my list of highly recommended.
ROWDY is a story of first and lasts and how what may be your first, and at the time you think only chance to really love, is really just a beginning of a whole bunch of firsts in a lifetime. It is also a story about finding the one that you want all your lasts with, which is such a romantic concept that I just wanted to cry. I was so excited when I learned that Rowdy would get his own book. I always liked him. Rowland St. James, could he have a better name? I think not, plus he is from Texas. He is Jet’s best buddy and I loved all of his conversations with Cora in ROME. Rowdy is just such a likeable guy plus in my mind’s eye, was the blue-eyed, slicked- backed blonde hair hunk that looked like he stepped right out of a James Dean movie…swoon. He really is the boy next door but, just what I call JAYafied.
Salem Cruz knows who she is and what she wants and has her eyes and her heart set on Rowdy. I love Salem. She is beautiful, strong, and confident but she really rounds the group of girls, which we have all come to know, out. Salem fits and Rowdy has to wrap his head around that idea and get over so much loss in his life. Salem and Rowdy’s history has to all be sorted out in order for them to move forward.
Rowdy and Salem are just the couple that makes it all better. They, together, make the whole series come almost full circle. I found their story the one that brings all the unanswered questions, answers. I loved every moment of ROWDY.
ROWDY receives 5 (I wish I had a higher rating) Platypires!!!
Texas Hugs and Happy Reading!!!!