Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nash by Jay Crownover ♥♥♥♥♥

I feel as if I’ve been waiting for Nash by Jay Crownover forever (even though I know that’s not the case, and I’m just impatient about good books). But I have to say it was well worth the wait. Nash may be my favorite of the Marked Men series. If you haven’t read the other books, then you should definitely read them before you read Nash, otherwise everyone else’s stories will get ruined for you.  But I won’t spoil any of their stories today.

Nash has got so many things going on in his life. His friends are all falling in love, getting married, and having babies (I can’t mention which friends). His friend and mentor, Phil, is ill, and that’s really taking up a lot of Nash’s energy. His mind is whirling from a big family secret that is changing the way he’s always thought about himself. And on top of all that a girl from his past, Saint, walks back into his life, and Nash doesn’t want her to leave.

Saint has been burned by Nash before, but at the same time she wants him in a way she’s never wanted anyone else. But dealing with her insecurity and the past puts a strain on their time together. Saint has to decide if she can get over the past and her hang ups to be with Nash.

I can barely even put into words how beautiful, heart wrenching, and amazing this book is. Saint is dealing with real problems that many girls can relate to. Her insecurity is debilitating; she doesn’t feel that she’s good enough for most people. She’s not sure someone like Nash is a good choice for her given their past (and to be honest she’s concerned the whole male species is going to hurt her). And her family is falling apart. Saint, will all her issues, is probably one of the most real female characters I’ve read in a while. Her flaws are those we all feel at times. She is unbelievably strong in the face of everything she’s dealing with. 

 And what can I say about Nash? He is irresistible in all his tattooed and pierced glory.  But Nash is so much more than his beautiful eyes and his hot body. He’s strong enough to be there for everyone who needs him, even when he has more than his helping of stuff going on. When push comes to shove, he recognizes his on worth even in the face of those who believe he is worthless. And he knows how to love someone with every ounce of his being. And his patience is beyond measure.

Nash and Saint have to learn how to put the past behind them. They have to learn what love means for them.  And anyone with half a heart would climb mountains to have someone love them the way Nash loves Saint.

So read the story. Be patient with Saint. Past pain has a strong influence on future decisions and behavior. And enjoy your time with Nash. I sure did :)

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