REVIEW: Prodigal Son by Jay Crownover


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When she was a little girl, Remy Archer fell in love with Hyde Fuller at first sight. In fact, he was the only thing she could see for a very long time. For Remy, it never mattered to her that Hyde was always too serious and always seemed so sad. To her, he was the very best, and the center of her entire world. She never dreamed he would let her down when she needed him the most.

Now Remy is a semi-reasonable adult, one with a better understanding of why her intense feelings scared Hyde away when she was at her lowest point. She’s moved on, and if anyone asks she’s perfectly happy with the chaotic and hectic life she’s built. She’s also really proud that she’s still around to experience all the best and worst that surviving something deeply traumatic has to offer. The last thing she needs or wants, is Hyde coming back and taking over her every thought and feeling the way he once did. Unfortunately, they picked the exact same time to come home to search for a little redemption.

When he was a little boy, the instant they met, Hyde Fuller wanted nothing more than to protect Remy Archer from everything, including herself. She gleefully took up every moment of his free time, and every ounce of his patience, as they grew alongside one another. He was so intent on keeping her safe, he didn’t realize how deeply Remy had worked her way into his heart.

Now that Hyde’s facing the biggest challenge and biggest change of his entire life, he deeply regrets walking away from Remy. She was always the one person who always had his back, no matter what. The way Remy loved him used to terrify him, but now, it’s the way he loves her that scares him to death.

Hyde knows he needs Remy in his life, so he can finally figure out how to be the man she always believed him to be. History has a bad habit of repeating itself, and Remy has a knack for turning even the most simple of situations end over end. This time Hyde is determined to stay by her side no matter what, even though his love for Remy is going to change more than his life this time around.


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I’m a huge Jay Crownover fan, and her Marked Men series is where that love began. Jay’s writing style, her characters and their stories, and the way that Jay brings it all together into a complex and layered story that makes me feel and think. She never fails to draw me in with her characters’ edgy, gritty, deeply emotional tales entwined in steamy, hard-fought romances. Her stories command all of my attention when I’m reading one, her characters stay with me, and I sometimes feel like I’m in a constant state of anticipation of the next Crownover book. Jay absolutely guts me each time I pick up one of her books and enter her worlds. Her stories leave a mark on me, but I’m left content yet hungry for more.

I’m going to say right off the back that I don’t want to give a single word of this story away. This is Jay Crownover at her absolute best, and it deserves to be an unspoiled reading experience for anyone who ventures into these pages. These second book in the Forever Marked series, Prodigal Son is a second generation story rooted in Crownover’s Marked Men and Saints of Denver series. Jay tackles some pretty heavy topics in this book with her usual care, attention to detail and honesty. There is a trigger warning at the front of the book, but if you’re a reader who is affected by these types of difficult topics, please know that Jay has approached this one with respect.

This is a gut-wrencher for sure. Crownover created some wonderfully flawed characters in Remy and Hyde, and their story is nothing short of beautiful. The thing with beauty, though, is that sometimes you have to cut through a bit of pain to get to the beauty. This is where those trigger warnings come into play. Crownover told this character’s story with an authentic voice, she captured the essence and struggles and voice of this character in vivid, heartbreaking detail. Hyde and Remy’s love story spans many years and several phases of life, and Crownover did a brilliant job taking readers along on their ride.

Prodigal Son was a moving, deeply emotional story of young love between two imperfect characters. Filled with highs and lows, Remy and Hyde’s love story was not simple or easy, but it was well worth every bump and bruise along the way. Five smooches from me for Prodigal Son by Jay Crownover!

~Danielle Palumbo




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