I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nash by Jay Crownover
Also by this author: Rule, Jet, Rome, Better When He's Bad, Leveled: A Saints of Denver Novella
Series: Marked Men #4
Also in this series: Rule, Jet, Rome
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-04-29
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
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Will their past determine their future?Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a 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 really spent an obnoxious time here on Good Books And Good Wine gushing and gushing and gushing about Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series. I’ve said it once and I will say it over again, I am so surprised at how much I love this series. By the time Nash, book four of the series, came in my mail, I had ripped through the previous two books and found myself eagerly awaiting Nash with each package that came from Harper Collins. I kept wishing and hoping and praying that Nash would make it’s way to my door stop. The day it came is the day I did something super rare for me: I began reading a book on the day that I received it. I never ever do that. Usually I have a pile, well, I always have a pile and on that pile are other priorities. But you guys, when a Marked Men book shows up at my door, I read that above all the other things. It’s not that this is my favorite series ever, it’s that these books are the absolute perfect pre-bed reading for me.
Nash and Saint interact with each other at the end of Rome, the third book in the series. We see that Saint is really hesitant around Nash. She totally does not like him and makes it pretty clear. Nash, however, is drawn to her. When a series of events causes Nash and Saint to interact quite a bit, because Saint is an emergency room nurse, the two end up hooking up. They begin a tentative relationship, yet Saint can’t quite give her whole heart over to Nash, even though he is all in with her. You see, Saint grew up without a lot of self confidence, she believes she overheard Nash saying very hurtful things about her in high school. He was, after all, out of her league but she had the biggest crush on him. Meanwhile, Nash is dealing with the pain of a mother who doesn’t want him, a stepfather who is totally awful and his Uncle Phil is having health issues. There’s a lot on Nash’s plate. With Saint, her parents just got divorced and her mom has kind of gone around the bend. ALSO! Saint’s sister does not like Nash because of Saint’s experience with him in high school. There’s so much that Saint and Nash come up against, they really have to fight for their relationship. Will they or won’t they? You totally need to stop reading this and just go order Nash by Jay Crownover and find out (FYI chances are it’s probably under $5 which I think is worth it).
Reasons I Love This Book And Why You Should Read Nash
- The Opening Pages – There’s an opening page with inspiring quotes about believing in yourself and not feeling inferior. This book begins on such an empowering note and it kind of really rides that wave which just works.
- Saint – She has a heart of gold and I am always a sucker for characters with a heart of gold. She’s an incredibly competent nurse who works hard at what she does. She’s also the type of person who is perpetually busy with work. ALSO! Saint totally does not love herself when Nash starts and we see this whole process of self confidence blooming and like it’s not that she gets all her confidence from Nash, but he certainly helps. It’s so great.
- Nash – He is my favorite of all the Marked Men so far! Nash is another tattoo artist and it’s up to him to begin the implementation phase for the expansion of the Marked into downtown Denver. Like Saint, Nash has a troubled past. He tries so hard but will never be good enough for his mother or step father. Instead, he finds that sort of family love from his Uncle Phil who has this big huge reveal for Nash. Also, I liked Nash because he was legitimately nice and caring and sweet.
- Royal – Royal is Nash’s neighbor and she is really awesome and kind of perfect. She is a girl who does not have a lot of other female friends, but she’s becoming friends with Saint. Royal says what is on her mind and does not hold back. Also, she’s a cop. I have a feeling that she’s going to play a pretty big role in the book Asa, I just, that inkling is there because Asa is a former criminal and she’s a cop and you guys IT WOULD BE AWESOME.
- The Sad Feels – Oh my god. This is like the saddest book in the entire series and when you read it you will understand how heartbreaking it is. It is so sad that I had to listen to the Johnny Cash version of Danny Boy just to commiserate.
- The Boy With The Dragon Tattoo – Yes, Nash has a dragon tattoo that goes over his entire body and seeing how that tattoo is revealed to Saint is totally appealing.
- More Sexytimes That Don’t Suck
- Reunited And It Feels So Good – We get to see more of our favorite characters from past books in the series and well, it is nice to see what all they are up to.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Because Nash is a bad boy and Saint is a good, studious girl. Ahhhhh, the feels in this GIF and the feels in this book!