Review: Downfall by Jay Crownover

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Title: Downfall
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 27 March 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

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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Jay Crownover fans old and new are in for a treat with Downfall. As a huge admirer of all things The Point, it made my bad boy loving self extremely happy to catch up with the baddest of the bad without them actually being named. I am hazarding a guess that those new to Jay will be extremely intrigued to dig into who exactly The Boss, The Devil, and The Boy Genius are 😍

Although, Jay does give us Solo in Downfall; tough and rugged on the outside with one of the biggest hearts I have ever encountered on the inside. For all of us how have struggled and fought to provide for our children, Solo is the stuff of dreams.

At such a young age, Solo has shouldered responsibility while maintaining his innate kindness as well as his integrity. Such a hard thing to hold onto when you live in such a deprived area. He is a guardian angel to a lot of those around him even though he doesn’t see the positive effect he has on others, too busy juggling the many responsibilities he has. Solo doesn’t take a moment for himself until a scared, young mother pulls the rug from under him.

I love how Jay makes you look deeper at people and not just judge their outward appearance; highlighting the good and bad in all levels of society but particularly showing how difficult it is to separate societies ability to assign good and bad traits based on economic status.

Orley has experienced more in her young life than people twice her age and accepted her situation with grit and determination. The hardest lesson of all is knowing who to trust especially when you have been betrayed by those closest to you.

Thrown together due to circumstance and proximity, Solo and Orley are inexplicably drawn to each other. Although, on the surface they look as if they don’t belong together, they balance each other perfectly, providing the other with the comfort and security they both seek.

Unfortunately, it isn’t just the hard realities of the city that are a challenge to Orley and Solo being together. The demons Orley is trying to hide from have an uncanny knack of manipulating the situation to their benefit. What they didn’t factor into their nefarious plans is Solo has The Boss and The Devil on his side.

Downfall is packed full of action and emotion, plus an adorable toddler who is guaranteed to steal your heart almost as much as Solo does 😍❤💖💕


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

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