Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Rowdy by Jay Crownover Review/Excerpt Tour with Giveaway

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About ROWDY: 
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

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, Rowdyrefuses 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.

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“I always thought it was the firsts that matter, but now I know that it’s the lasts that stay with you.”
Her mouth puckered into a little frown of confusion and I bent down to kiss that ruby above her lip. She shivered again and this time I knew it didn’t have anything to do with the chill in the air.
“I believed for a long time that I was never going to get past the first girl that made me feel like I was in love. I used it as an excuse to keep other women at an arm’s length because I was terrified of being hurt again. I was afraid, I still am, but I realize that that fact I want to be with you, that I care so much about you means so much more than the fear.”
She sighed and moved one of her hands to rest in on my cheek. “I don’t want you to be afraid of me, Rowdy.”
“You were and have been the source of a lot of firsts for me, Salem. The first girl I kissed. The first girl I ever cried in front of. The first girl I ever gave a present to. The first I never forgot. You’re the first girl that has ever kept me up at night and the first girl that that makes me hurt badly with the way I want you. Looking back I think when you drove away that day you took a piece of me with you that I didn’t get back until I saw you at the shop. All of those firsts are important and made me see things more clearly without the filter of time and resentment in the way, but what really matters is the lasts.”
I bent down so I could kiss her. I just pressed my lips lightly against her parted mouth and whispered to her, “You are the last person I want to kiss. The last woman I want in my bed. I want you to be the last girl that touches any and all parts of me, Salem, and that means so much more than a first. Who cares if Poppy was there first or if there were nameless people in-between? All that matters is that at the end of it all there is just you, only you and no one else.”
She didn’t say anything for a long time, her dark eyes were also so deep and fathomless. It made it hard to read what was going on inside her head. She rubbed her thumb up and down along one of my sideburns and then leaned forward to return the same kind of soft and sweet kiss I had just given her.
“It took me a long time to get here, Rowdy. It’s where I was always supposed to be. This is my final destination so at the end there is just you and only you as well. The journey in the middle shaped both of us, there is no denying it, but I like being your last- just as long as I can keep surprising you with some firsts along the way.”
I laughed because that was typical Salem. Nothing could ever be just good enough. We could be together, would love each other, end up together but she was always going to want it to be new, challenging and surprising. That was one of the main reasons I had never been able to get past her and never would.
“I’ve been around the block. Not too many firsts left.” It was the truth but she had managed to pull one or two out in the months we had been together.
One of her jet black eyebrows shot up and she smiled impishly up at me. “Is that a challenge?”
I laughed again because I was happy. Really, truly happy for the first time since she left when I was fifteen. “It can be.”
I almost melted when her dark gaze switched to something sizzling and hot. The arm she had wrapped around my neck tightened, pulling me closer to her and she traced her fingertip across the outside edge of my mouth.

My Thoughts:  I have been anxious to start this series for quite a while now and it seems something always pops up to keep me from reading all the books, so when I had the opportunity to read Rowdy, I stopped everything to read it and boy am I glad I did.  Even though I am reading the books out of order, I totally love them.  Rowdy is one of those characters who just steals your heart.  Salem is a voice from his past who has now come back into his world, a past that times them together and also tries to tear them apart.  She is sassy and fun, and I enjoyed her character very much. 

Told in alternating points of view between Rowdy and Salem, Crownover has written a story that easily sucks you into the world of these characters and has you rooting for them, hurting when they hurt, smiling when they are happy, and the romance and chemistry between them will make you swoon, sigh, and fan your face.  That isn't to say they don't have a lot of bumps in the road, some that feel more like mountains, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching them as their relationship progressed and they faced what sometimes seemed like insurmountable obstacles.  Jay Crownover has once again delivered an outstanding novel and an awesome addition to this series that I can't wait to read more of.  Definitely a must read.  
About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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  1. Another 5 stars for this series, I love it!

  2. No, i don't have any tattoos. If i got on i would i might put it on my inside wrist.

  3. I want to have a tree on my left inside wrist. and the word shhh behind both ears.


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