Mar 31

Downfall by Jay Crownover Review


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Solomon Sanders doesn’t have time to fall in love. Until a stunning, skittish, single mother forces him to pause and recognize just how empty and hollow his busy life has become.

From the start, it’s been ingrained in Solo’s DNA to fight.

Fight for what he believes is right.

Fight for the people he loves.

Fight for the traces of good in a place which tends to be filled with a variety of bad.

Fight for survival, so at some point, his life will quiet down and find a normal pace.

He wasn’t ready for the impact his secretive, shy, obviously out of place new neighbor was going to have on him. And never in a million years was he prepared to fall head over heels for her and her young daughter.

Now, he’s facing the most important, and the hardest fight he’s ever fought… the battle to win Orley’s damaged heart.

Orley Vincent’s heart is full of fear, leaving no space for love. Until a big, brash, brawler of a man forces his way in and makes her realize facing her fears is the only way she can ever be free.

From the start, Orley was groomed to believe she wasn’t good enough.

She wasn’t the perfect daughter. Or student. Or girlfriend.

But, she has always been the best mother she could be to her daughter, Noble.

Keeping Noble safe has always been the one thing she was determined to do, which ironically, is how she ended up on the wrong side of the tracks, living next door to an unlikely hero. Orley’s a woman on the run. She had no idea her frantic sprint was going to land her in the tattooed arms of a man ready to teach her how to fight for herself… and for love.

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I adore Jay Crownover’s writing, I love her characters and her stories, I love how she makes me feel and think. She draws me into her characters’ struggle with edgy, gritty, deeply emotional stories intermingled amid a steamy, hard-fought romance. Her stories consume me, her characters stay with me, and I look forward to a new story from Jay with kid-in-a-candy-store anticipation. I know she’s going to wreck me in the best way, and while I may not walk away from the experience unscathed, I will be satisfied, fulfilled and hungry for more.

Downfall is a complete standalone, and while set in the same world as The Point series, Jay Crownover has taken great care to ensure that this book will not spoil those books and that it can truly stand on its own. Sexy, suspenseful and heartfelt emotion, Downfall was an engrossing story about right triumphing over wrong—even if the good guys had to do a little bad along the way.

Solomon ‘Solo’ Sanders—aptly nicknamed for the loner he was—was the quintessential Crownover hero. Tattooed, rugged, rough-around-the-edges and blunt, he was a bad boy with a heart of gold from the wrong side of the tracks. He had his limits, though, and his morals, an unwavering sense of justice and right versus wrong usually won out. He did test those boundaries, and he also wasn’t averse to using his fists to make his point. Solo’s plate was full caring for everyone around him, so it’s not really surprising that he had a knack for being in the right place at the right time, especially where Orley was concerned. Their connection was instant, buzzing and electric from the start, the kind of chemistry that is impossible not to act on. In Orley and her sweet daughter, Noble, Solo found things he didn’t even realize he’d been missing or even wanting.

Orley Vincent, a young single mom from the right side of the tracks, was on the run and hiding in plain sight in the one place she thinks her past won’t think to look for her. The problem was that it was obvious to everyone that she didn’t fit in. But there, amongst the perceived dregs of society, on those mean, unforgiving streets of the city, she learns her life’s most valuable lessons. Born and bred into a life of privilege in a place most would consider safe, secure and civilized, Orley was surprised to find so much good in a place that she had always considered bad. It took giving up everything and starting over in the city for her to learn how to appreciate the things that mattered most in life and to find real love.

A story about learning to trust, about finding the good in wherever you may be, and learning to fight for what is right, Downfall was a passionate and sweet romance that drew me in from the first page. I devoured it in a day, and I simply didn’t want to put it down. I loved Solo and Orley and everything about their unlikely yet perfectly matched pairing. Five smooches from me for Downfall by Jay Crownover!

~Danielle Palumbo



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1 comment

  1. Jessica

    Thank you so much for sharing! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

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