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 entirely 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 pushed 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’ve 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.

fortunate son

by jay crownover

It's no secret that Jay Crownover has been one of my favorite author's ever since I stumbled across, Rule, the first book in her Marked Men series, on Amazon back in early 2013 (shortly after the initial release). At that time, I was a senior in high school and after having a kindle for over a year, I felt as if I had purchased and read every book from my go to young adult authors at that time, so I was on the hunt to discover new to me authors with some more mature content as I transitioned into older new adult romance territory.

Rule was one of those books that pushed me out of my comfort zone and really got my heart going for more mature new adult romances (and although I had read some mature new adult romances prior, this one become one of my all-time favorites)! As the years went on, Jay Crownover continued to build a world of unforgettable characters that we all LOVE from her Marked Men and Saints of Denver series, two inter-connected series that were based in the same universe. So when she FINALLY announced that she was going to give her readers the second generation, I was so freaking excited and let me just say this, she did NOT disappoint!

Fortunate Son is the first installment in the Forever Marked series and it features the love story between Ry Archer and Bowe Keller. These two young souls are complete opposites and childhood frenemies, but if we've learned anything from their parents, there's only a fine line between love and hate.

Ry Archer is the oldest child of Shaw Landon and Rule Archer and he's been living in the shadow of his late uncle Remy Archer, his father's twin brother, his entire life. When his girlfriend unexpectedly ends their relationship, he drops everything and runs to the one person no one would expect, Bowe Keller, the oldest daughter of Ayden Cross and Jet Keller. She is the one person in his life that ALWAYS tells it like it is, even if he doesn't always want the truth. Bowe is also the one that will show him the difference between a broken heart and a bruised one as they take their own path towards their happily ever after. The obstacles thrown their way will test their limits, but in the end, things always work out.

Ry and Bowe's story was EVERYTHING that I could have asked for in a second generation series AND it was so much fun revisiting all my favorite characters in one of my favorite book worlds. Although this book CAN be enjoyed as a standalone, I strongly urge you to read the Marked Men series AND the Saints of Denver series before reading in order to get the full experience of these characters. Jay Crownover is a QUEEN of angst and I love being back in this universe!

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series: the forever marked #1
genres/tropes: new adult, contemporary romance
release date: june 20, 2021