Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nash by Jay Crownover ~ Book Tour & Giveaway

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Title: Nash (Marked Men #4)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult/ Coming of Age
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.


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?

My Thoughts:

4 stars - The acceptance of who you are is strong in this one.

First Impressions...

I have loved this series from the start.  My favorite is Rome but I love them all.  So I was super excited for Nash's story.

The Characters...

And I love Nash.  If you missed my Book Boyfriend this last Saturday, you should check it out for all the wonderful quotes about Nash. 

Nash grew up with a mother that thought he was in the way of her life.  She lied to him about his father and picked her current man over him.  I have absolutely no understanding of that.  But I do know that it tortured Nash.  Always looking for a way to get his mom's love and attention, he grew up angry.  Sure he's a bad boy and all the girls wanted his gorgeous body but it wasn't a fun time for him.  He remembers Saint.  He thought she was pretty and out of his league.  If his own mother didn't want him, why would she?  

Tortured for sure but a good guy at heart.  Nash does the right thing.  Yeah, he has more tats than anyone in the group and he's sporting some hardware but you need the shirt off his back and he's there for ya.  Even when he's first reconnected with Saint, he comes to her rescue when she asks.  And, of course, he's a sexy boy.

Now Saint was a little hard for me.  Here's the deal, I was the shy misunderstand girl growing up.  I had the crush on the boy who hardly talked to me.  So I felt like she should be a kindred spirit.  I should get her.  I didn't get her.  I finally liked her but she confused me a lot.  Maybe it's the fact that I'm a teacher and work with teenagers everyday but I can't really understand why she held things that happened when Nash was an angry teen against him.  I won't go into too much detail but I'll just say that once he knew and explained, she should have let it go.  Like I said, I did finally like her and she really stood by Nash at one point that made me proud of the shy girl, but I did struggle with her.

Of course, I loved seeing all the other characters and getting a little bit about what's up with them.  I'm excited for Rowdy's story.  A little mystery comes to light at the end of this one that starts the next one.  I can't wait for more.

The Story...

I'm always amazed that 400 pages can go by so fast.  Some books that are this long or longer drag by but not this one.  I was flying through it and wondering what would happen next.  I had a couple things right but Nash has a way of surprising me.  Saint did one time when I was like...what?  I like that.

I also really liked the theme of this this story.  The idea of being who you are and accepting that was strong.  I am who I am and I will always be the person inside of me.  If others don't like that, then too dang bad.

Could I Put It Down...

Read it over two nights.  That pesky day job gets in the way of all night reading sessions but this one could easily have been read straight through.

In The End...

Anyone who has enjoyed this series will definitely want to pick this one up.  I think it could be read stand alone as well, though why anyone would want to miss the books before it is beyond me.

If you love those books that have strong characters who can be who they really are mixed with some sexy good times, then this is the book and series for you.

About the Author
Crownover photo JayCrownoverAuthorPiccopy2_zps37a4d3cd.jpg 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. Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out...

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  1. Excellent Review Val! I loved Nash also, and it frustrated me also had Saint held Nash's past against him. I agree, it's crazy how 400 pages can go by so quickly, or drag so slowly! I'm really looking forward to Rowdy's story. I picture him looking like James Dean ;) LOL I loved the message of loving and accepting who you are! I LOVE all of these characters. I'm going to be so sad when this series ends!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  2. Great review! I'm really excited for this book and have loved this series. It's a toss up between Rome and Rule for my favorites so far.

  3. I still need to get started on this series! I don't know why I haven't started them yet. I think part of me is worried they won't live up to the hype, but I am still very curious. Great review!

  4. Nash was so great! And you're right, the self-acceptance message was strong. Glad you enjoyed!

  5. OMG!!! I just got my print in the mail today!!! I so had to hug it and give a little sigh of giddines!!! I'm so excited~
    And your review just makes me even more anxious! :D

  6. Thanks for the awesome review! I don't like when I can't relate with the character. Relating with the character usually is the make it or break it point for me. Unless the story is VERY compelling, and even then it's hard to read.

  7. I can't wait to read Nash's story - well all of their stories actually. I have all the books and haven't had time to start the series yet. Awesome review. I am making time for these soon.

  8. Rome is still my favorite for sure, but I did like Nash and Saint. Glad you liked it too!