Blog Tour: Fortunate Son: Jay Crownover

by - Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Jay Crownover
Forever Marked: The Second Generation of the Marked Men 
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Release Date June 22, 2021

Ry Archer and Bowe Keller are as different as night and day. But that doesn't stop the childhood frenemies from reconnecting whenever one of them needs some help tackling any of life's major puzzles, like figuring out why getting what you always thought you wanted isn't living up to all the hype. They might constantly rub each other the wrong way (except for the times when they rub each other the really-really right way), but there is no denying they've always made one hell of a great team. They manage to balance each other out… when they aren't driving each other crazy.

For Ry, he thought he had the perfect girl, the one who was going to run headfirst into a methodically planned future. He was going to marry young and have the same kind of legendary, life-long romance his parents did… or so he believed. His girl was going to stand by his side as he chased his dream of being a professional football player all the way to the NFL.

He was wrong.

Now, Ry's gotta figure out the difference between a bruised heart and a broken one, and the only person who can teach him the difference is Bowe.

Bowe always felt like she had to run before she learned to walk to keep up with her father's musical legacy. He's her hero, and she wants nothing more than to make him proud. Bowe's about to figure out that maybe she wasn't meant to be in a rock and roll band and that it is possible she let her father's success cloud her idea of what making music should be. Bowe needs to find her own path to fame, and there's a good chance she wouldn't be brave enough or bold enough to start over if Ry Archer hadn't charmed his way back into her life when she least expected it.

Some days they're enemies. Other days they're lovers. For a while, they were strangers. But now, it feels more like they might have always been soulmates.

Eventually, Ry and Bowe realize that letting go of an old dream and creating a new one is much easier to do with the right person by your side.

Oh my heart! I did not realize just how much I missed the crew in Denver (and Austin)! This brings us the Marked Men that I fell in love with and their grown-up offspring. I will admit it took me a bit to keep the kids straight with who their parents were (and who were cousins and not), but I was quickly immersed back into this world and loved seeing old friends in the role of mature parents and seeing how their kids have grown into their own personalities. The next generation has a whole new dynamic that is all their own. 

This one focuses on Ry Archer (Rule and Shaw's son) and Bowe Keller (Jet and Ayden's daughter).

Ry is the responsible, well-liked, rule follower, golden boy, football player, and perfectionist. He works hard to prove himself worthy and is used to winning. He has his life all planned, but when one thing in his life starts to crumble, it sends him spiraling. He is emotionally repressed so when something goes awry he becomes unpredictable and irrational. And in his haste to leave questioning family and friends behind, he takes off and ends up on a path he did not expect. 

Bowe is a bit surprised when her frenemy Ry shows up at her door a long way from home. They had always circled around each other until things went too far and they went their separate ways.  Bowe is a colorful, edgy, intimidating, observant, tough, non-conformist, and rule breaker. She is also brutally honest and can see right through Ry's constructed veneer, and that is just what he needs.

They have the whole opposites-attract thing going, but can see below the surface of the other. They are truthful and push and challenge each other. But they also scare each other as well. They are both at a point where they need to find out who they are and what they want to be without the pressure of parental expectations. She fires Ry up and makes him braver. He pushes her to realize what her own dreams are. But they have to deal with priorities, challenges, unsure futures, and unexpected situations. Timing is important and has not always been on their side.

This is about two people now trying to find their way, push boundaries, and figure out what they can and cannot live without.  They thought their paths were set, but they are finding forks in the road that they did not see coming. It's angsty, dramatic, emotional, intense, and still has humor and sweetness too. 

The characters are so well developed and have such emotional depth. All the connections are so layered and complex. Not only between all the younger characters and older characters, but also between the parents and their children. Relationships between them all are complicated and constantly evolving. I am so intrigued by the other stories developing under the surface for the other young adults. There are so many dynamics and secrets and I truly hope she ends up writing books for the other kids. I am all in! This was everything I did not realize I needed right now. A whole new group but back to a comfy place with characters I love and seeing the bonds and such progression. I finished late last night and I still keep thinking about them today. 
This second generation story sends readers right back into the Marked Men and Saints of Denver worlds Jay Crownover created, but in a future reality where the next generation is settling into their adult selves (or sorting through who they will be as adults separate from their parents).

Ry Archer has his whole life planned out for himself, but when his girlfriend breaks up with him, it sends him into a tailspin that has him questioning everything he had planned. It also sends him to Austin to lick his wounds with his childhood friend (and first love) Bowe.

Bowe Keller has her sights set on a career in music and is taking steps to make it happen. When her first (and only) love shows up on her doorstep unexpectedly, she finds herself questioning her own plans and her career choices as well.

These two are great opposites attract. From the beginning there are sparks, even as they both insist there is nothing between them.

I thought I knew where this story was going, and then Jay threw me for a loop I was not expecting! The last quarter of this book had me riveted in a way that I was not expecting from the first three quarters (though I should have been guessing something was coming!).

I loved the set up of this generation. There are several intriguing stories hinted at throughout this book, but each character is unique, not only from each other, but from their parents as well. I loved how the make-up of this second generation reflects not only the influence of their parents and a push for individuality, but also reflects where people really are -- of the first generation couples, some have children, while others remained childless. I love that the author chose to keep some couples childless (for whatever reason) as a reflection that not all couples have kids.

I look forward to more from this second generation -- I am hooked on these kids!

Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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