Rome by Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: January 7th 2014
Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.
Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .
Reading Order: Marked Men series
#1 ~ Rule: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Jet: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Rome: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
I’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.
It’s day 3 of the Summer Lovin’ Readathon! Woohoo! Today’s topic is about favorite fictional females/heroines, and what makes them so awesome. I have a whole bunch of favorite fictional heroines, but four of them really stand out to me: Katsa, Kate Daniels, Penryn, and Elisa.
- Katsa (Graceling by Kristin Cashore): Katsa is probably my all-time favorite heroine. She’s tough, she’s kickass, and I just love her so much. She has a Grace that allows her to defeat any opponent, so she’s an incredible fighter. She fights for what she believes is right, and protects those she loves. She has gorgeous eyes, one blue and one green, that indicate her Grace. I love that Katsa knows what she wants. She’s firm and disciplined, and when she makes up her mind about something, she follows through. Her relationship with Po is just the best. They are so cute together, and it was so lovely to see them slowly fall in love with each other after journeying together for so long.
“I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said.
“It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”
- Kate Daniels (Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews): I love Kate. I like, love her so freaking much. If I were to have a girl crush anybody, it would be on Kate. Seriously, this woman rocks. She’s an insanely incredible sword fighter, and she’s also a powerful magic user. And the best thing about her? She’s insanely funny. I don’t know how many times I’ve laughed because of her, but it was a lot. She’s smart and witty and a badass, and can totally handle the Beast Lord on her own.
I gave him a smile. I was aiming for sweet, but he turned a shade paler and scooted a bit farther from me. Note to self: work more on sweet and less on psycho-killer.
- Penryn (Angelfall by Susan Ee): Penryn’s a survivor. She lives in a post-apocalyptic world that was decimated by angels, and all she can do is try to survive one day at a time. And she has an incredible heart, because once her sister is kidnapped, Penryn stops at nothing to get her back, even aligning herself with an angel. She learns to fight and goes deep within enemy territory to save her sister.
“I’m not moping,” I whisper back.
“Of course you’re not. A girl like you, spending time with a warrior demigod like me. What’s to mope about? Leaving a wheelchair behind couldn’t possibly show up on the radar compared to that.”
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”
- Elisa (Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson): After leading her people to war against their enemies, and winning, Elisa becomes queen of her kingdom. She learns to be strong, tough, and unwavering. She’s loyal and full of heart, and she’s only 17. She has to learn to find a way to lead and rule her kingdom so it won’t fall apart, and she does so with confidence and the power of her Godstone. I love that she grows and matures so much from the first book, where she was scared and insecure. Now, she’s tougher, a fighter, and the ruler of her kingdom
“Given a choice between my life and yours, I will choose mine. Every time. Without hesitation.”
So there you have it! My favorite female characters. And Day 3 of the Readathon is finished!