I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Son of a Gun: A Marked Men and The Point Crossover by Jay Crownover
Series: The Forever Marked #3
Published by Jay Crownover LLC on August 17, 2023
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
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Heavy is the head that inherits the crown.
The only thing on Daire Archer’s mind when she pulled a disappearing act on Christmas was proving she was worthy of being her father’s daughter. She was born an Archer, which was a blessing and a curse, and Daire was determined to show everyone she deserved to carry the legacy that came with her name.
There is power in a name, and being an Archer meant Daire needed to do better, to be better. At least, that’s what she thought she needed, until a boy from nowhere—with a name that meant nothing—showed her that she was already pretty great just the way she was.
Campbell has always rejected everything concerning his maniacal father and his troubled past. When he left Nowhere, he was certain he wanted a nice, quiet life free from the only things he’d ever known: violence and bloodshed. He thought he needed to be a better man. He wondered if there was a kinder, gentler version of himself under his thick armor of scars and tattoos.
It wasn’t until he started chasing Daire Archer all over hell and back that Campbell realized he needed to be a man who was better at being bad than everyone else in his troubled world.
Because now, he had a problematic princess to protect. One with an uncanny ability for finding trouble. Where Daire is concerned, being a good guy isn’t necessary.
Now, I haven’t read The Point series by Crownover, I think I tried the first one on audio but couldn’t get into it, I need to go back and try reading it. But her Marked Men series is one of my all time favorite series, some of my favorite characters I wish were real so I could hang out with them. And getting this second generation has been so wonderful with the first two books, and this one did not disappoint either! It also made me more likely to go back and pick up her other series so that I know more about the characters we met, or I met for the first time in this book.
This story of course got dark because of its crossover/connection with The Point series compared to even some of the darker parts of other Marked Men books. Campbell definitely had that dark edge, one he kept hidden. But he also was loyal to those he loved and respected. He was able to go to the dark place for those who wished at times they could go there. He and Daire had a good connection from the start, for him that was something he hadn’t really felt before, and so it was a great story following him through that.
I was a bit frustrated with Daire’s mom though. I mean, how did she not see that the way she was telling Daire to stay away from Campbell and not giving him a chance was exactly the way both her parents, and even Rule’s parents had tried to warn her away from him? I liked how we got a bit with what was going on in her life though even, with her career and where she was at in her life. Especially tying back to Ry’s accident from his book and how it led to where Daire felt at the beginning of the book.
Daire was such a great character too. The way she met and accepted or kind of even just fit in with not only the more dangerous people in Campbell’s life, but I loved seeing her with his family as well. And YAY for the fact that Campbell’s brothers and sister lived with a former football player in my hometown of Kansas City! My KC Chiefs loving self was thrilled reading about that and imagining if only these were real people in my town.
I loved this next generation as I mentioned before. I understand how the author worries that these aren’t getting quite the same amount of support as the original series. I wonder how much that even though these are standalones, those of us who love the characters and are so invested are needing to do more promoting and getting these into the hands other readers out there who maybe have not read her books, because I hope to get as many more as she wants to write!
About the Author
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, the Breaking Point series, the Getaway series, the Loveless, Texas series and the Forever Marked series. Her books can be found translated into 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.