Review: Fortunate Son (Jay Crownover)

Fortunate Son
Author: Jay Crownover

Publication Date: June 22, 2021
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½


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. 

It’s been a while since I read Marked Men and Saints of Denver, but I knew I had to read Fortunate Son the minute I heard it was being released. Then, I read the preview for it in Goldilocks and was hooked on Ry and Bowe. The wait became even more intense. Finally getting to read this book was both excitement and relief for me.

I loved Ry and Bowe’s story. These two had a tumultuous past, but that didn’t stop them for being there for each other. They had an innate connection that allowed them to look beyond what the other was portraying and see the truth. Ry was a character I loved because he was abandoning perfection and searching out his own truths. Bowe was just as special. I liked how Ry’s decisions affected Bowe and the direction it took her life in. They both had a lot to figure out on their own and it surprised me that it made them better together and not worse.

Sometimes Crownover’s books can feel more tell than show. This one headed towards that place, but ended up finding a nice balance between both show and tell. I think the tell worked because Fortunate Son felt like it could be the first book in a series and spent some time reintroducing me to important players and explaining new relationships. There is such a rich history between both the first and second generations, so it helped to have reminders and new information. It was also fun to get some cameos and updates on favorite past characters. I loved that they didn’t overshadowed the main characters in this book, but propped them up. I would hope if there are more books release in this series there wouldn’t be as much need for the explanations.

I really want this book to do well. I need it to do well so that Crownover will release Prodigal Son. I have SO MANY QUESTIONS about Remy and Hyde. It’s not even funny. I also need a book for Aston and another for Daire. I need this new (but also kind of old) world to continue. I truly enjoyed every minute I spent with Ry and Bowe in Fortune Son. I’m delighted Jay Crownover decided to write this book.


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  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. Connect with her:  Website  | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads  |  Reader Group


11 thoughts on “Review: Fortunate Son (Jay Crownover)”

  1. I am so excited that Crownover wanted to go back to this world. How fun to do the next generation and put them together. Glines did something like that with one of her series (Rosemary Beach?). I need to go look up Goldilocks now. I plan on reading this series properly.

    1. Goldilocks is an entirely separate book/world. There is just a preview of the first three chapters of Fortunate Son at the end, but it is a good read.

  2. I’m glad this one seemed to mostly live up to the hype for you. I hope you get the next books you are looking forward to and that they’ll do a better job of showing rather than telling.Great review!

  3. Gah! I am so excited for this one! I’m wanting to get it on audio (since that’s how I listed to the whole Marked Men/Saints of Denver series) but it’s hasn’t released on audio yet. I might have to break down and just read it on Kindle. I am so happy that Jay decided to do the spin-off with the second-gen! And your review has me ready to dive back into that world.

    1. I don’t know what her plans are for an audio release. I haven’t seen anything. I am happy as well! I hope you love it.

  4. I used to love Jay Crownover’s books but I kind of stopped reading them, I don’t even know why. Maybe I’ll go back to some of her series that I left unfinished. This one sounds like a good one. 🙂

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