Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Nash by Jay Crownover

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Nash by Jay Crownover, hosted by Literati Author Services. I adore this series and Nash has become one of my favorites so far. I can't wait for y'all to meet him! Check out my review and the giveaway below.
(Marked Men #4)
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Genre: New Adult
Source: eARC via  Literati Author Servics & Edelweiss

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?

I love the Marked Men series and Nash was no exception. While I love all the boys, Rule has always been my number 1 but Nash has given him a real run for his money. I love the complexity of Nash’s character and I think Jay really did a great job of showing all sides to this incredible man. His outward appearance makes him intimidating but he is the epitome of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” He is sweet, smart, caring and has incredible determination. I would be so lucky to find a man like Nash.

I liked Saint but she definitely frustrated me a time or too. She has a lot of insecurities and sometimes I wanted to shake her for projecting them onto Nash. However, I completely understood her fears and hang ups. In fact, I really related to Saint and that was one of the things I loved about this book. Jay really made Saint a character that any woman with past male issues or self-esteem problems can really relate too.  She has gone from an awkward teen to a beautiful woman and she has a fulfilling career but she still holds all of the anger and hurt from high school. I really felt for her because she was really holding herself back being happy by not letting go.

Nash is confident and charismatic but he’s also had a lot of disappointment in his life and when things with his uncle take an unexpected twist, he is thrown a major curveball that really changes his life. Saint is there when he needs her and he finds himself really counting on her to hold him together. I loved how Nash is with Saint and the determination he has to prove himself to her. While he worked to prove that he isn’t the guy she always thought he was, he also calls her out on her insecurities and doesn’t let her use them as an excuse to push him away.

I think Nash and Saint had incredible chemistry, both emotionally and physically. They really complimented each other and Saint was able to give Nash the support he needed during a very difficult time. Saint also needed Nash to help her overcome her insecurities and learn to love herself. He knew what she needed most and he wanted her to see herself the way that he did. Saint definitely had some issues from her past with Nash that were really hard to get over and she made some mistakes along the way but I liked that she owned up to them and she finally opened her eyes. Nash really showed a lot of maturity and growth as well and I liked the way he handled the situation he was dealt with his uncle. I also liked the way he handled his mother and the way he came to terms, finally, with the relationship he had with her. He realized that real family doesn’t have to be blood, real family is the people that love you for you no matter what.

Overall, I loved this book and I will cry a little inside when this whole series is over. I love the way Jay begins the next story at the end of the previous so the storyline flows together, even though each book revolves around a different set of characters. We still get to see the continuation of Rule, Jet and Rome’s stories and I love that. Rowdy is next and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for him.

About the Author
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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