Fortunate Son by Jay Crownover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a heartfelt story of young passion filled with the challenges and struggles to get to that second chance at love. For long time Crownover aficionados, this is such a sweet vacation with all our friends from the Marked Men and Saints of Denver series. Ry is Rule and Shaw’s athletically gifted son and Bowe is the wild musical daughter of Jet and Ayden. These kids are rebels, and each has a piece of their parents that we love. We meet most of the second generation from this close-knit group of couples we know like our own families.
Ry starts out with a broken heart right out of the blue which drives him to disappear down to Texas and into a forced proximity with his frenemy Bowe. Bowe has a promising music career and is finally finding herself and her passion. Ry shows up and blows up her carefully constructed new world. She has always been in love with Ry, even when he chooses a different girlfriend. It basically comes down to a major misunderstanding while Ry thinks they were too young, and she felt the need to abandon him before he hurt her.
Fortunate Son is such a wonderful mix of the passionate dynamic of this “opposites attracted” couple and all the mature advice they receive from our favorite parents. The timeline fast forwards about 20 years from where the Marked Men left off. With each scene containing Rule, Jet, Rowdy, and the crew, I kept envisioning their new mature features of graying hair while all maintaining their stunning good looks.
“Whenever any one of us from back in the day feels like we’re about to fall, there are a whole lot of hands ready to catch us.”
Typical Crownover storytelling throws us some crazy drama that blows up Ry and Bowe’s happily ever after and makes us wait until all is well. I was anxiously anticipating the bomb that Jay always gives us to create even more intensity and connection to these characters and we love her for it. Girl – that dream sequence was out of this world!
I could easily recommend Fortunate Son as a standalone story, but it is so much more enriching as a reader if you have all the Marked Men and Saints of Denver checked off your reading list. In fact, Rule is free on Kindle Unlimited and you should pick it up then binge read the entire series. You will definitely THANK me and Crownover will become one of your favorite go-to author Goddesses!
I received this ARC from the author and Inkslinger PR for an honest review.