Published by HarperCollins on 1-7-2014
Genres: Coming Of Age, Contemporary, Romance
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 . . .
As soon as I realized that Rome was available on Edelweiss, I put all of my other books aside and dove head first into Rome. From the last two books, I have always been intrigued by Rome; he’s mysterious, aloof, dark, and just a tortured soul. He’s always been the one in the Archer family to keep everyone on track. But since coming back from his last tour, he’s been a completely different person. Not only does he carry the guilt, emotion and possibly some PTSD from the war but he has the guilt still left from his brother Remy’s passing. No one can put this big, almost gentle giant in his place unless they are a cute, sharp-tongued, tattooed, pixie girl by the name of Cora.
Cora also has her own set of luggage. She had a not-so good relationship with her father growing up and then her fiancée went ahead and cheated on her. Since she had her heart broken, she decided that instead of settling, she is going to find the perfect mate. As you know, Rome is not perfect but together they are perfect. She brings the color back into his gray existence and he shows her that someone that can truly love her and be with her for the right reasons. Together they just make complete sense they are two completely different puzzle pieces that just fit together. Their scenes tend to be on the steamier side, which as you know I am a fan of. Rome is also the sweetest man once you get past the grizzly, rough exterior.
Throughout the book you also hear from the rest of the gang: Shaw, Rule, Nash, Rowdy, Auden, Jet, and Asa. Also, there is closure in the Remy storyline which I think needed to be done sooner than later. There was also an introduction into the next story, which will be Nash’s story. If I had to make one suggestion, it would be a better epilogue. There is a huge storyline that I am leaving out in Rome and Cora’s relationship and I wish there was an outcome or at least the timeframe in the epilogue was pushed out a bit more.