Thursday, April 24, 2014


Nash (Marked Men, #4)Series: Marked Men #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 4/29/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 stars
Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

After devouring the first three Marked Men novels, I was anxious to have more. My love for those books were such an unexpected surprise, setting me up with high expectations moving forward. I began Nash with a huge amount of anticipation.

There's a lot about Nash that I enjoyed. Nash is misunderstood non-bad boy who totally looks badass. He has tattoos everywhere, a ring through the bottom of his nose, multiple piercings elsewhere, and his head is shaved on the sides. All those might indicate to some he's trouble. I don't like that people think that way, have been personally treated that way myself, but there you have it. Beneath the badass facade is a guy who was treated horribly by his mom, was lied to about his father, and is held at arms length by the woman he wants.

In Saint, we get a heroine who is easy to identify with in that she doesn't have great self-esteem. Saint has a good job that she loves, but not a lot of friends. A past in which Nash badly hurt her feelings and other men have broken her trust has left her with huge trust issues. When Nash comes back into her life, those issues play a huge part in their story.  Though her reluctance was frustrating, I got her justification. As someone who doesn't easily give trust and openness in matters of the heart. I could relate to her a lot.

The two go through a large amount of push-and-pull, the "will they or won't they", not so much physically as emotionally. Surprisingly, it's not Nash who's reluctant, but Saint. Crownover does a great job of "selling" her couples. They all have individual issues, are put to the test, and come out strong. I had no problems buying Saint and Nash as a couple who could go the distance.

I loved getting more of the previous couples, especially Rule and Shaw. If you like those two, you'll love seeing them in Nash too. Rome and Cora also. I did like getting some Ayden, but Jet off being a star meant he wasn't really around and I missed him.

I'm not sure if I was just irritable or that I'm on point with this with particular tic, but...honestly? The talk of Nash's purple/lilac/indigo/periwinkle/Violet eyes in many, many scenes got a little old. I mean, I get that his eyes are spectacular and tell a lot about his moods, but I don't need it for every scene. Give me something else. I would also like one, just one, character with a common name. I mean, you don't have to go with "Roy" or "Debbie" (no offense to the Roys and Debbies out there!), but we can't all be Shaws and Aydens or Saint.


Something about Nash didn't grab me quite as hard as the other installments, but I'm not quite sure what it is. It is a good story with a couple of great messages. This is a group of men who in some way, didn't fit in. With their parents, with "mainstream" society. In Marked, they found a place to belong. With Nash, we get the message of love. Deserving it, and accepting it. It was a beautiful message. I look forward to more of this great series.

Favorite Quote
  Nash Donovan was a beautiful, wicked, and hot flame that burned me when I got too close. He was just the first stop in a journey dotted by disappointment, but somewhere along the way I found my footing. My purpose. I just didn't know that as soon as I did, Nash would manage to turn my world upside down all over again, and only a fool gets burned twice by the same fire.

  "All I can see is you. Why can't you understand that? No one shines as bright as you in the sky I'm looking at. To me there is no sun, no moon, and no stars in the sky, just endless miles of storm clouds and pretty, pretty gray." 

The Marked Men Series
Rule (Marked Men, #1)  Jet (Marked Men, #2)  Rome (Marked Men, #3)  Nash (Marked Men, #4)
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About the author
Jay CrownoverI'm supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I'm an natural redhead even though I haven't seen my real hair color in years, I'm a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I've been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I'm interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.


  1. I've read the first book but haven't read the last few. It sounds like I need to catch up though. Glad that this was a good read for you.

  2. Hah your mini rant was too funny! But you are so right... sometimes I read these names in books and I'm just like, I will never meet anyone with that name. Anyhoo, this is a series I hope to start one day, they sound good. Great review.

  3. I've yet to start this series but intend to. It sounds interesting. I'm like that too, looking for common names in books lol Good review, Drea.

  4. I love this series and can't wait to read this one! Good review - I'm glad you liked i!

  5. I adore this series too and I agree with you about your rant does get old as a reader..I got it the first couple times already lol...get to the meat of the story . I still need to read this book :)

  6. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one as much as the rest of the series, Andrea. I had trouble getting in the first book, so I never continued with the series, but I know how much both you and Siiri enjoyed them.
    Ugh yes, the constant mentioning of eye colors in books bothers me too.
    Great review!

  7. I would so love to read this series!

  8. This is a little discouraging because I was really looking forward to this one. It sounded great and the hinted at history between Nash and Saint held so much potential. I have issues with the constant pushing away. It gets annoying. You feel like saying, just get over it and get together already! I would like to catch up with the other characters but I'm not sure I have the patience for this one. Great review, Andrea! :)

  9. I'm reading this now and I do love it. I can see what you're saying about the comments about his eyes. I'll decide how I feel about it when I'm done reading. 25% currently. Great review.

  10. I'm reluctant to start these books because Rule started out kind of douchey. Maybe some day I will. I totally love your review! You're right, we can't all have crazy ass names! LOL

  11. LOL Andrea I so snorted over your little quibbles with it. I think that about names often. Sometimes it's okay to just be a John. *nods* And the eye repeating thing. I've gotten caught up in those too. Sometimes it's just SO hard to ignore that once it's snuck into your mind that it's happening every other sentence.

    It does sound like a good read though. I've got the first on my tbr pile. Just need to get a few spare hours.

  12. I think the only one that really wowed me was Rule. I loved that one. The others? I just liked. Still enjoy her writing though and look forward to checking this out. I agree, I don't like it when the author mentions the eyes, or any feature really, just too damn much. We get it! Lol.

  13. I've only read Jet and didn't like it - Nash actually sounds like something I would like more. I might give the author another shot.

  14. haha, I like your comments on the names. I like Nash, but it's true...some character names are just too much and a bit distracting.

    sounds like this has a great message overall!

  15. Awesome review, Andrea! I can understand the things that niggled at you and they would probably niggle at me as well. But it sounds like you found quite a bit to enjoy about Nash & Saint's story. I'm going to have to read this series...someday. (still looking for that time turner ;)

  16. With her self esteem issues and the hot and misundersstood boy appeal to me.

  17. I was so looking forward to this one but i had the same issues you did. I rolled my eyes at all the 'purple' variations. And the names. Royal? Saint? They seem crazier and crazier.

    I had trouble connecting with Saint. She was a little too frigid for my taste and I thought she (unintentionally) treated Nash like shit sometimes. I'm not a fan of misunderstandings that get blown up so this one affecting her whole adulthood was kind of silly to me.

    BUT I absolutely loved Nash! Him and Rule are my favorite guys. So far, Rule is still my favorite of the series...

  18. Been meaning to read this but now 4 books is too much to catch up with LOL. I'll probably try her other series since that's just in book 1... that boy on the cover though, his lips are begging to be kissed! Do you think he used a plumper?

  19. lol I like the different names!

    but I see what you mean... maybe it's his violate eyes ;)

    Sorry this one did not grab you, that's a shame since the others seem to look sooo good.

  20. Hahaha ... so what color are his eyes? :P Ugh, I do need to read this series though. I might already have the 1st book ... or one that looks like it.

  21. Nash sounds like an awesome character. I like that he's the non-dad boy who looks like one. And of course, I am always a sucker for the broken boys. Really, I do need to start this series. Great review!!

  22. OMG, the first thing I thought was he has such pretty eyes..and then I read your post and almost spewed my coffee. I get the overkill I had a similar experience with cupcakes in a book recently, it was wall the heroine talked about.

  23. I still haven't found the time to start this series and I even have the first few books. I could kick myself. Nice review!

  24. Great post thank you. I'd like to see some regular names in books too.

  25. I still loved this one. I could relate to Saint in a lot of ways. I wasn't the shy girl in HS and lord knows I'm not now, but I think I could relate to her in the way of being gunshy about opening herself up. Oh and her family issues. grrr


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