This was a book I was highly anticipating this book for a while. Whenever Jay Crownover announces she has a new book coming out, I mark the date on my calendar. The night before every release, I feel giddy. She makes my forget about real life for a few hours like no other author can.
I LOOOVED this book soooo much! Salem and Rowdy weaved themselves into my heart. They are definitely my favorite couple in the series now. I really liked how they had a history together. I think that always makes plot better because a relationship is already established.
Salem is such a badass. I would definitely would want her in my circle of friends if she was real. She's a fearless woman who knows exactly what she wants. She has such a strong presence that made it impossible for Rowdy to ignore her.
Rowdy. The "quiet" one of the Marked Men guys is not so quiet in the bedroom. Damn, I love when a guy surprises me. He tries to resist Salem, but she's a force to be reckon with and doesn't take much for him to fall under her spell.
This book has an unexpected surprise. At first I was like hell no, get out! But as I read on, I realized I liked how the story was progressing. Jay Crownover is one of my favorite authors and I definitely can't wait this series. I've been her fan since the beginning and will continue to be for as long as she continues writing!
WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark.
I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles.
Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out.
Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth.
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