Series: Marked Men #4
on April 29, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult
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 have been a fan of Jay Crownover’s since she released Rule over a year ago. Since then, there have been 3 follow-up books each about a different character. In each book you still get to catch up with the gang as the author incorporates them seamlessly into each one. Since the first book, I think Jay Crownover’s writing has improved tremendously from Rule to Nash.
Nash picks up not too long after Rome ends. Phil, Nash’s Uncle, is very ill with not much time left to live. Saint was introduced in Rome as the ER nurse that took care of Rome when he was injured in a bar brawl. Of course Nash and Saint knew each other in high school and to say Nash broke her heart is an understatement. Unfortunately, Nash is not aware of how he came off in high school and for the life of him cannot understand why Saint dislikes him so much. Saint slowly starts to peel back the many layers of Nash to realize he isn’t the same guy in high school and that things aren’t always what they seem.
Rule has always been my favorite of the Marked Men, but Nash now holds a special spot. He had a horrible childhood with parents that didn’t show him the love he so wanted and needed. I’m appalled by the behavior of his mother and step-father. When he is faced with a life-altering revelation he spirals into a downward spiral albeit for a short-time but is saved by Saint. Saint also has her own issues. She is so emotionally stunted by something that happened when she was in high school that she can’t see what is in front of her. I really did enjoy Nash but half the time I was so irritated with Saint and her insecurities. It got to the point that I wanted to reach into my Kindle and shake her silly. She was missing out on what was right in front of her…which to me was an amazing man with an even bigger heart. There were some great touching moments between Phil and Nash that had me tearing up as well.
All in all…I did enjoy this book and can’t wait to read the next one. I know that we will get to see more of Saint and Nash’s story in the next one who I can assume is about Rowdy. I love how the author sets up the next book in each story.