Nash (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: William Morrow (HarperCollins)
Source: ARC for Tour
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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?
Nash is the kind of story that has almost universal appeal. There's a wonderful, sweet, and hot romance between two characters that will absolutely get under your skin. There's heartbreak and circumstances that will tug at the heartstrings, even outside of the romantic arc. There are great friends; the kind we all hope to have. And, at the base level, there are characters who are so completely and totally themselves that it's enough to induce envy. It certainly does for me. Nash is also the first of the Marked Men series to feature an outsider of the main groups. And the sweet, spunky, redheaded newcomer certainly doesn't disappoint...
Saint's insecurities are rooted in experiences that most girls have growing up. Granted, it's taken to an extreme level, but that common ground had me invested in her story from the beginning. But besides that she's compassionate, intelligent, kind, hardworking, and a host of other things that serve to make you love her (almost) as much as Nash himself comes to. Seeing her work through all of her insecurities and realize all that she had to offer was all the more satisfying for it.
And, of course, there's Nash himself. I've basically given up on trying to pick my favorite Marked man; they all have something different and wonderful to offer and the hierarchy seems only to depend on whose book I read most recently. With that said, Nash was just so damn yummy. He's, by all initial appearances, a bad boy and that combined with Saint's experience with him in his dumb-ass teen days paints a very different picture than the man you find him to be. In all of the good ways. Yes, he's still tatted and pierced, a little hard and angry, but he has a heart of gold that is guaranteed to make yours melt, just like it does Saint's. I could rave about him for entirely too long, so I'll just leave it there. But trust me, you'll love him.
Besides these two, we get a sweet, fun check in with all of the other characters we've come to love in the series. Rule and Shaw, Rome and Cora, Jet and Ayden, and all of the yet-unmatched employees of the Marked check in, so even at the more subdued portions of Saint and Nash's story, there's plenty going on to hold your interest!
I have absolutely fallen in love with this series! Jay has a way of crafting characters that feel extremely relateable, make you swoon, and have you rooting for them throughout. And trying to pick a favorite of the installments I've read is pointless; every time I read (or reread) on of the stories, it just usurps the top spot. If you haven't checked out the Marked Men series, you're missing out!
Nash is a sexy, heartfelt romance full of memorable, lovable and colorful (both figuratively and literally) characters that are the staple of the Marked Men series. If you're a fan of well-crafted love stories between real, wounded characters—with a healthy dose of tattooed, seeming-bad boy thrown in—you seriously need to pick up Nash! I can't rave enough about it!
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.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.