Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover

3.5 “It’s not you, it’s me” stars

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I wanted to love this book, I really did. It just wasn’t meant to be.

Rowdy is the story of Rowdy (duh) a hunky tattoo artist with a sexy pompadour, and Salem a Hispanic pin-up type girl who comes to work for Rowdy’s shop. Turns out Salem and Rowdy knew each other when they were kids, until Salem fled the restrictive home in a small Texas town and left Rowdy an abandoned kid in the dust. Ten years later they meet again, and Rowdy ain’t happy about it.

I somewhat enjoyed this story, but it mostly fell flat for me. Both Rowdy and Salem were so indecisive, until they weren’t and it gave me whiplash. First Salem is pursuing him, but Rowdy can’t get over their past. Then Salem is pulling away and Rowdy is pursuing her. I was sitting there for most of the begining of the book like this:

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And then well, it didn’t get better from there. I’m sorry to say I was bored for most of the book and was SKIMMING!! I was even bored during the sex scenes. This is a tragedy!!! Skimming a Jay Crownover book? I LOVE her books!

My biggest issue was I didn’t feel how Rowdy and Salem were so connected. So yeah, they were friends when they were kids. I didn’t see any of that when they were adults. All I saw was insta-lust/insta-love and I didn’t like it!

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Overall, I liked the plot, the idea that two people can find each other and find themselves, but unfortunately I was bored for the majority of the book. I would put this at the same level as Jetwhich was my least favorite book in the series.

Hopefully Asa and Royal can redeem these books for me!!

(I still love you Jay! I just didn’t love this one.)


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