Nash (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Reviewer: Midnight Fairy & Mauve Fairy
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?
CONVO REVIEW *Spoilers Alert*
What's your initial impression about the book? (book cover, blurb, etc.)
MidnightF: When the book cover was revealed the first thing that registered in my mind is how beautiful and hot Nash is. I am a fan of the series and I have read the first 3 books. After reading Rome, we found out that the 4th book in the Marked Men series is about Nash and I was extremely interested because the heroine is a nurse. I am fond of characters that are in the medical field because well, I'm a nurse. XD
MauveF: First of all, I want to say that I’m a great fan of this series. I think Rule is the first book that I’ve read about tatted heroes and it greatly changed my perception on them. I knew after reading Rome that Nash is next on the list and I could not have been happier. Nash is one of Rule’s best friends way back when they’re really young. Not much had been revealed about him in the previous books aside from him being a handsome devil (description of him in Rome) and that he met Saint again (from his High School) when Rome was hospitalized so it’s not really a surprise who is the heroine in this book.
I hate to say this (because Rule is always and will always be my favorite) but when Jay revealed the cover of this book I got super excited and my anticipation went up over the notch. Whoever decided to get that cover model knows what he/she’s doing! He’s not only hot but his eyes are very compelling. It’s like he’s speaking to all the ladies to come to him and fall at his feet LOL. I loved the cover a lot and it’s in sync with all the other covers of the Marked Men series which features the hero of the book.
Thoughts about the story line and the writing style...
MidnightF: Since Rule, the series have come a long way. The writing style was great, and the editing has improved remarkably.
MauveF: One thing I noticed in this book is that it has so many internal monologues. I always get bored when there’re so many walls of text. But Jay made it work. I always love dual the POVs since we get to know what both parties are thinking and feeling. Storyline deals with a lot of angst, insecurities, self doubt, trust issues, loss and heartbreaks. If you want an emotional rollercoaster ride, then hop on and read.
What can you say about the main characters in this book?
MidnightF: Okay, I know that the title of the book is NASH, but it seems like Saint's character has made a lot of impression to the readers. Most of the reviews I've read so far have negative opinions about her. Honestly, Saint is not very easy to like but for me her character is the most realistic in this book. She's flawed in so many ways that I find myself annoyed and frustrated at her in several occasion. She's the embodiment of insecurity-- that small part of ourselves that we hated, I guess that's the reason why most of the readers didn't like her. Personally, I can't say that I liked her, but I understand where she's coming from. She's been living under the impression that she's not good enough and that she deserves less that's why she pushes people (like Nash) away.
Now let's talk about Nash, I have very little thing to say about him, because he's perfect! Okay, not really, but, he's just the right guy for Saint. Aside from the fact that he's incredibly beautiful, he's also talented, caring and patient.
MauveF: You’re right MidnightF, Nash is perfect! I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful and ideal book boyfriend than he is. He’s confident and cocky, sweet, not to mention goodlooking. Even though Saint kept on pushing him, he still chases and goes after her.
I’m mildly irritated by Saint. She just can’t let go of what happened in the past. And even though many years had passed, she still bears the grudges she had during High School. There were moments that she feels confident and secure but then something will happen and she will be eaten by anguish and anxiety again. What I like about her is that she’s so caring. What she did for Nash in the beginning, going to his house and helped him (when he doesn’t want to visit Phil in the hospital), that was remarkable.
What is your favorite Saint-Nash "moment"?
MidnightF: I guess mine would be when they made up after their big fight. It is when Saint was able to overcome her issues and realized how much she loved Nash. I was like: "Finally!"
MauveF: Would you believe that I enjoyed reading their fights? Yeah, I know weird! LOL
What is your least favorite part in the book?
MidnightF: After Rule and Shaw's wedding... I loved Rule and I was looking forward for their wedding (which is awesome btw!) but of course, Saint has to leave skip the reception because she's "uncomfortable" being around Nash' friends. *eye roll* Also, what happened to Nash' apartment after they ditched the wedding reception... Poor, poor Nash.
MauveF: Saint’s self doubts, misgivings, suspicions, fears and uncertainties. *sigh
For you, who is the most interesting secondary character?
MidnightF: Royal! She's this beautiful and bad-ass newbie cop who lives next to Nash' place. I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed when I found out that she's not the heroine in the next book but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Royal to have her own book.
MauveF: Rule and Shaw of course! They’re my favorites. I also love Cora. But Royal tops the list. Some badass cop in that luscious body of hers. Asa will never stand a chance LOL. Can’t wait for Asa’s book! (I am assuming Royal will be Asa’s love interest :P)
Are you looking forward to read the next book?
MidnightF: Absolutely! Rowdy's story if pretty interesting.
MauveF: Oh yes!! Salem and Rowdy whoa!! I’m anticipating how their story’s going to unfold. Salem’s sister is Rowdy’s ex but Salem is harboring some feelings toward Rowdy and she’s going to make him see that she’s the better sister! Watch out!
Your rating and why?
MidnightF: 4 fairy wings! I still enjoyed the book despite Saint's insecurities and Phil's death. This may not be my favorite book in the series but it was still an entertaining read.
MauveF: 4 Fairy Wings! I love love this series and even though Saint is not my kind of girl, I still enjoyed reading Nash’s story. These Marked Men are so lovable!
Rating: 4 Fairy Wings!
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.