When Rome Pierce moved to Bear Bottom, Texas, it was his intention to lay low. To not be seen. To find a way to heal his body and soul—as well as his son’s. Nobody would know by looking at him that he used to play professional football. Not with the Bare Bottom MC cut covering his back, and definitely not with his friendly smile completely obliterated. No longer is there charm in each smooth word that comes out of his mouth. What’s left is an angry, bitter, scared man that’s terrified one day he’s going to wake up and his entire world is going to be gone. Nobody knows what drove him to leave the game he loved—nobody but her. She’s the one person that has helped him make it through the dark days and even darker nights. She’s the bright and shining star in his pitch-black sky. And he doesn’t even know her name. He should be afraid that she knows things that not anyone—not even his best friend—knows. Yet, with each encounter, he gives what little bit of his soul remains, and before he knows it only two people on this earth—one dying, and one too afraid to live—make his life worth living. Until one day he has to choose—the love of his life, or the life he brought into this world. Two impossible situations. One decision that would change him forever.
Mess Me Up introduces us to the newest series from Vale, but with some characters we know and love. This book was equally as tear jerking as it was swoony and I loved how it all wove together.
We met Rome in a previous book, and got to know him and his history, we also got a glimpse at his future and I couldn't wait to see what would happen with him in his own book. Rome hadn't had an easy life, he's known pain and loss that many others haven't but he's also known a mad love - the love he has for his child; a child who is sick and struggling. Rome gave up ball, he gave up everything he could for the boy who owned his heart, but one thing from that past life remained - his written relationship with a fan.
Izzy's had her own life struggles, she's known pain and loss and she's known the shattering depths of loneliness. But Izzy can only keep going - she's not one to be held down or back by life and it's ups and downs. When she takes on Rome as a client full time and spends more time with not only him but his son, she can't help but be swept up in his world, building bonds with the man with each day.
Izzy and Rome's story isn't smooth or easy, nor is it always happy - but there's an absolute depth to their connection. There's beauty in the way they can hold each other up, there's challenge between them in that they won't take each other's crap and ultimately their journey together is touching and intense and will not only leave your heart bleeding, but also mend it back together.
Vale delivers an amazing story with these two that encompasses every emotion, and takes a tragedy and shows how it changes both of these people, how it molds them and how two people can know each other on every level.