RELEASE DAY LAUNCH REVIEW AND EXCERPT: DOWNFALL by Jay Crownover

From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes DOWNFALL, a sexy, standalone contemporary romance!

DOWNFALL is now available!

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About DOWNFALL

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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My Review

Welcome back to the Point. A city of sin, corruption, over indulgence, and danger; a place where villains run its streets, living by their own code and their own set of rules in order to protect their own and make their enemies understand that money isn’t everything when it comes to surviving its tattered and desolate streets.

But even in a place full of deviants and users, Solomon ‘Solo’ Sanders chooses to live by his own set of principles, doing what he needs to do to take care of his city and his obligations without completely crossing a line that he knows he can never come back from, and it’s for those very reasons that he lives an existence that is synonymous with his nickname.   

It’s clear from the moment that Orley Vincent and her beautiful daughter, Noble, are introduced  in DOWNFALL that they don’t belong in a city like the Point. Their beauty, their light, and their look don’t fit into the constructs of the setting, which means there’s a rather nefarious reason as to why they’re using this tarnished place as their sanctuary, especially because the Point seems to be anything but for innocent people like Orley and Noble.

BUT…for all the times the Point has destroyed people’s lives, turned them into a darker version of themselves, used and abused their innocence, I’ve never doubted that there are still people in this environment willing to go out of their way to help others…to lend a hand when no one else would…to make things right when everything seems wrong, which means that, in Solo and Orley’s story, the Point remains a pivotal character but the light within its darkest is what’s explored and illustrated…the side of the Point that besides its unlawful nature and the soulless people looking to get ahead any way they can, there still remain those, like Solo…like Erica…like Lester who do right by others and who deserve the trust of others even in a city like the Point.  Solo and the other residents of Skylark Apartments are reminders that as dark, deadly, and dangerous the place they call home, there are those in the trenches putting one foot in front of the other in order to keep moving forward and doing so knowing that there are much easier, but corruptible ways to do so.

I’m all about the anti-heroes of the Point; they’re some of my favorite characters, but the fact that Solo remains honorable, protective, trustworthy, and willing to go out of his way to watch over an out-of-place red haired beauty and her adorably sweet daughter puts him above his Boss, the Boy Genius, and the Devil himself, and Solo’s nature does lead to his downfall, it’s one that he’d gladly take for the rest of his life.

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt

~ORLEY~

Noble was making sure not to step on any cracks in the sidewalk. There were so many, it proved to be a daunting task which had her skipping around like a deranged bunny. I was so focused on her antics that I didn’t notice the huge figure coming around the corner at a rapid pace. Noble was directly in his path. His long legs ate up the distance at a steady job, and he had to jump to the side to avoid plowing Noble over. She fell backward onto her butt as the tatted-up man leapt to avoid her.

He had on the same hat he had been wearing the night before, and a pair of mirrored, aviator sunglasses covered his eyes. I could see my shocked reflection staring back at me as he paused, putting his hands on his knees so he could catch his breath. I wasn’t sure if he was winded from his run, or from the near-miss with the wide-eyed three-year-old at his feet. He wasn’t wearing a shirt, so I could see he was inked from his collarbone all the way down to the waistband of the black, nylon shorts he was wearing. Even his legs had random images and swirls of color decorating the strong lines. A light sheen of sweat covered every inch of his taut, artistic skin, highlighting his well-defined muscles and the lines of strength that made up his impressive build. He wasn’t my type. Not at all. In another life, I wouldn’t have thought to look twice at a guy who looked like him. Tattoos weren’t common in the circles where I used to travel. Now, caught unwillingly in this new life, I was having a hard time looking away.

I helped Noble to her feet, and noticed my daughter was also stunned into a rare silence in the presence of this imposing, impressive man.

He popped out one of his earbuds and pushed to his full height. I wished he weren’t wearing the mirrored glasses so I could see the color of his eyes. It was an odd reaction, so I cleared my throat and wiped my free hand nervously down the front of my jeans.

“Uh… Sorry. She’s been inside all day and has excess energy to burn.” He lifted his chin in acknowledgment and I tried not to swallow my tongue as a single drop of moisture slid down the strong line of his throat. I cleared my throat and squeezed Noble’s hand so tightly she squealed and gave me a questioning look. “Ummm… thank you for the rescue last night. I should have said something before taking off, but yesterday was quite possibly the second worst day of my life and I wasn’t thinking clearly. That guy was very scary; I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t intervened.”

About Jay Crownover

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, and the Loveless, Texas 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.For more on Jay and her books, visit www.jaycrownover.com.

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