Nash (Marked Men, #4) by Jay Crownover
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?
Emma- 5 Crowns
*Review based on UK Version's early release*
Book 4 in the Marked Men series; this book continues where Rome finished so for that reason (and because you so don't want to miss out on the 1st 3 books) I would highly recommend you read them before starting Nash.
I have been so excited awaiting the release of this book as it is one of my favourite series ever!!
Nash has somewhat gone under the radar in previous books. You had the loud and brash Rule, skinny jean rock singer Jet and of course the brooding and macho Rome. Nash was always Rule's voice of reason, quiet and a genuine nice guy but he finally gets his time to shine and he seriously does it well.
At the end of Rome, Nash found out that not only is his mentor Phil dying from lung cancer but that Uncle Phil is in fact his father. HUGE!!! Having met Saint in Rome's book, she takes him aside at the hospital where she is a nurse to check on him; even though she doesn't have anytime for him given their history, she gives him a seriously needed shoulder to cry on.
Having the shock of his life, Nash shuts himself away from the people he calls family and drowns himself in copious amounts of tequila. Being the compassionate person she is, Saint takes time out to check on Phil's progress and realizes that Nash hasn't been to visit. Worried about how professional it is, but needing to check on Nash, she visits him at home to convince him that he needs to step up and make the most of the time he has left with Phil... there story goes from there.
I will leave it at that as I don't want to give too much away, given that this isn't on worldwide release (just yet). What I will say though is you get to see Saint and Nash's history, and her genuine reasons for indifference towards him. Nash is such a super cool character. He is laid back and one of life's good guys. He has a brilliant back story and it really has had a major effect on his life and the relationship he has, not just with Phil but with his whole band of tatted brothers.
Saint is a very compassionate person who suffers with really low self esteem. She comes with a whole slew of oddities and issues, and you learn early on that Nash is central to most of them. Both have family issues and neither have any real experience in relationships (Nash through choice, Saint through lack of confidence).
This is a much more emotional and deeper book than the previous ones. Get your tissues on stand by, you will need them!
As always Jay has you tied up in knots, she writes stories packed with angst so well. This is a story of finding yourself and loving yourself enough that you can accept the love that others have for you..... The perfect combination and a great read!
Rule is one of my favourite books of all time with Rome being one of my top 2014 reads, but I have to say that Nash's book seriously battles Rome in the rankings .. I seriously loved it, especially as I went into the book not knowing too much about him.
I will always be a Rule girl but Nash comes in a very (very) close 2nd. He is most defiantly Yang to Rule's Yin :)
Again we get the perfect epilogue and I am now all revved up, ready and waiting for Rowdy to enter my life!!
THIS SERIES IS A MUST READ!!!