Book Review: Nash by Jay Crownover


New Adult, buy more about Contemporary, Romance


302 pages

Part of a Series?:

Book #4 in The Marked Men Series

Release Date: 

April 29th, 2014

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GoodReads Summary: 

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?

My Review:

So besides Jet, I think Nash ended up being my favorite in this series. I absolutely love the story of Saint and Nash. Oh I love it so much. By this book, I knew that I was completely sold on this series. Done. Over. I’m a huge fan and I’m ready to just lay down my heart to the Marked Men. And then here’s Nash to just make me fall massively in love with him.

Saint isn’t as much my favorite as Nash but I can see her, I can relate to her. Simple words said when she was in high school have had an affect on her for her entire life. Her entire life! That’s incredible. But it feels very very real. Words have an insane power over us, both good and bad. Sometimes, I think, especially the bad. Which is what happens to Saint, and what makes it worse, those words are said by none other than Nash himself.

Then you have Nash, who is revealed to be the son of the man he thought was his uncle his entire life. And as he’s finding out this incredible truth, which feels like a punch in the gut because Nash already saw him as a father figure and feels betrayed, he also finds out the guy is dying. Legit dying. And it brings a lot of things into perspective. After drinking himself into a stupor and then being “saved” by Saint…the two of them just keep running into each other. Its magnetic. They’re obviously meant to be together.

I think the best part of this book, to me at least, is the way they are brought together. How their insecurities and the drama going on in their lives and both of their tendencies to be scared at times gets in the way but they just keep getting pulled back together. They have an incredibly beautiful romance and I love Nash from page one to the very last page of this series. Because even as his world is being turned upside down and he finds out he has a father, and he has to take over Marked and open up a whole new shop, and all of this, he just takes it. He goes with it in the best way he can and he makes it work. And he falls in love along the way.

Only book four and the feels are real…stay tuned for books five and six…


5 out of 5 Stars

July Book Wrap Up!

Books Pledged to Read in 2015:


Am I On Track: 

8 books behind. Not even stressed at all.

Books Read So Far: 


Total Books For July: 


Dream of You Novella

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Re-Read)




Forever With You (ARC)


Penguins with People Problems

Upside Down


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Favorite Book of the Month:

Forever with You by Jennifer L Armentrout

This book just blew my mind. It was a story very close to my heart as well so…yeah, what is ed it just meant a lot. And JLA just gets better with every book.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

Upside Down by Lia Riley

I definitely didn’t hate this book but I wasn’t massively in love with it either.

Books I Want to Read Next Month:

With This Heart by R.S. Grey

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda

Just One Song by Stacey Lynn

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Full Re-Read of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

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Book of the Week-The Prophecy

When I was just a wee babe of a blogger, viagra order I was trying to get my name out there as much as I could. And one way I was doing that was making my presence known on Twitter. I’ve met such amazing people, price and one of those is Erin Albert.

Tomorrow, Erin’s debut novel, The Prophecy, will release. There aren’t links available for it yet, but as soon as there are, I am going to be so excited to share them with you. I was honored to read this book before its release tomorrow.

So now you can enjoy my spoiler free review of Erin’s brand new book! Check back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Erin!

The Prophecy by Erin Albert 


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Young Adult, Fantasy

Part of a Series?:

The first novel in The Fulfillment Trilogy  

You May Like if You Liked:

Epic fantasies like The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima, and the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce

Age Recommendation:


Plot Summary:

From Good Reads:

Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear…not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war? 

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidentally meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction–for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms. 

When Nash’s secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now, she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance. 

The Review:

I think that Erin has an amazing start to her series, and that there is a wonderful premise here. I am a fan of epic fantasies, taken into worlds that seem familiar, like worlds of old, but with those twists. Think Game of Thrones, Seven Realms by Cinda Chima, etc. Epic fantasies.

That being said, I think there was a lot being left unanswered. There was so much that could be done with this book and this world, but I felt the first book was incredibly rushed. The amount of events that go down in this one book could honestly fill an entire trilogy, I feel, and yet it was just so incredibly rushed. I wanted to know what happened next, definitely, but I think that more time could be spent on really diving into the worlds, and the story. By slowing it down a little more, she could create more tension in the novel and really build an attachment to the stories and the characters.

Which brings me to the characters. I loved all of them, I loved all the mystery in the connections and all of that. But I wanted to know more about them. I want more of Layla and Wil and Nash, and the rulers of the two kingdoms. I wanted to really get to know them. I felt this first book only touched on the surface of them, their histories and their personalities. There was so much happening between all the characters, and it was kind of hard to keep up because I was still trying to really learn about these characters. They lack a sort of depth that I hope will be made up in the second and third books.

I sound like I’m beating this book up but I’m not, I swear. I think its a fine debut for a new author and I think it really does have incredible potential. Erin has created an intriguing world, and a world where there’s a lot of questions and mysteries that I am eager to find out the answers to. I like the idea of feuding countries, and the balance of peace and the avoidance of a war depending on young people. I think that’s why YA is such a popular thing right now. I think Wil, Layla and Nash all the potential to become incredible people, strong people and I think the three of them together can accomplish a lot.

I will also say this: the world that is being built is built well enough that I want to know more about that, and that is a good thing. If it was just completely not worth my time, I wouldn’t care but I do. I do think there are some holes here and there, but I think that’s my where my enthusiasm comes from. I CARE about these people and their world and I’m dying to learn more about it. I want to know what the world is like outside these two countries, I want to know how it came to be that they are so hating of each other. I want to know more! I hope we will get more!

I will also say that she knows how to execute a great cliffhanger. Two different things are hanging in the balance at the end of the book, two things that made me say out loud “Oh, come on, now, really?” So great job on that. A good cliffhanger keeps a reader interested, and she definitely was able to accomplish this.


3 out of 5 Stars

Recommended or Not?:

I would say yes. I think this book has an incredible amount of potential and I’m hoping that the second and third books of the trilogies dives deep into what could be a very intriguing and intricate world. I think Erin is a lovely person and a talented writer, and its a strong debut novel, that has a lot of potential as a trilogy.

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Look for an exclusive interview with the awesome Erin Albert tomorrow!