Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Nash by Jay Crownover

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Title: Nash (Marked Men #4)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult/ Coming of Age
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Will their past determine their future?

 photo NashCover_zps279881ba.jpgSaint 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?

4.5 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Nash Donovan is Rule, Jet and Rome's good friend. At the end of Rome, he had his world turned upside down when he found out his mentor and good friend Phil, was not only dying of lung cancer but he was really his father. This info turns everything around for him, his mother always insinuated that his father was a loser who left them, so when his mom married another douchebag who treated Nash like crap, he justified it thinking his mom deserved to have a man take care of her, even if she put him and his needs behind his stepfather's. Now that he knows the truth, he questions why he wasn't good enough for his mom to love, and why Phil didn't claim him as his own.

I lived with Phil for most of my childhood because my own mom didn't like me, didn't think I was good enough to keep around. I wasn't like her or her husband, so she didn't want me. She married a guy that loathed me before I was even old enough to question why.

While he was visiting Phil in the hospital, he ran into a pretty red headed nurse named Saint (yep that's really her first name) Ford. She always seemed skittish around him, but quite competent when she was doing her job. He eventually remembered he had gone to high school with her and they had their lockers next to each other. Nash remembers he thought she was pretty, but she was way out of his league. But for some reason, she seems to want nothing to do with him now, other then on a professional level.

What Nash doesn't know is that Saint had the biggest crush on him back in high school. He was always nice to her and stopped to talk to her. She looked very different then, a little overweight, a little more nerdy. But she allowed herself to hope that maybe, in spite of his player reputation, there could be something between them. So when he asked her if she was going to a party he knew of, she made it a point to go. Of course, he was wasted and looked right through her and started making out with the birthday girl (the same girl who gave Saint a hard time for being at her party) Epic fail. But to make matters worse, when she walked by Nash and his friends at school she heard him say how he guessed she would okay to have sex with, as long as he had a paper bag to put over her head. These words from him, scarred her. She lost confidance in herself (or the little confidance she had) and she knew for a fact that men would let you down as soon as they spotted the next pretty thing to come along. So a few years later, when her father left her mother after years and years of marriage for his pretty, younger dental assistant, she wasn't shocked. After all, in the end, men will let you down.

I still didn't fully belied that he hadn't been talking about me, that he was just running his mouth. The vehemence in his tone, the anger in his eyes, made me want to believe him, but I just didn't know.

For some reason Saint calms Nash down and he likes having her around. When her mother spirals out of control over her divorce for the upteth time, and her sister is miserable because her mom takes so much time away from her own husband and kids, in a moment of weakness, she tells Nash she will go to Rule's wedding. The wedding it gorgeous and my two fav characters; Rule and Shaw marry, but Saint ends up leaving early. Her anxiety gets the best of her again. They end up fooling around, but she ups and leaves him high and dry.  

Eventually, she needs Nash to rescue her out of a situation while on a date with an asshat doctor from work. And that seems to be when they turn a corner and let just a little bit of the wall down, just enough for their hearts to know that this may just be something real.

Saint still struggles with self esteem issues, and her well meaning sister, Faith, remembers how hurt she was by Nash years ago.

"Of course he thinks you're pretty, you're goddamn beautiful and anyone with eyes can see it. But what about before? What about when he didn't think you were so stunning? Do you really want to be with a person that shallow? What if it's all a calculated act to get you to fall for him because he does need you right now? What about when he doesn't need to lean on your anymore, Saint? What then?"

Just when it seems like maybe they can trust in each other, things start to crash and burn.

"I don't think you know anything about love, Nash." "Maybe not before, but after you, and after everything with Phil-my dad-over the last few months, I most certainly do. I know you deserve to be loved better than anyone in the world because of all you do for others. I also know that I'm a decent guy, Saint. I deserve the best kind of love back in return, and if you aren't ever going to be the person to do that, then I'm glad this is over. I would give you everything."

This story is about love, but not just for two people finding themselves in each other, but also for two people learning to love themselves. This canvass of characters in the Marked Men Series are wonderful, and each story is so worth reading on its own merit!

"Thanks for taking care of me, Saint." "How about you let me take care of you for a while."
"How about we just take care of each other."

Crownover photo JayCrownoverAuthorPiccopy2_zps37a4d3cd.jpg 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. Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out...

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