PRODIGAL SON (The Forever Marked Series Book 2) by Jay Crownover
Release Date: January 12th
Genre/Tropes: Single Dad Romance/Childhood Friends-to-Lovers/Destined Lovers
Stephanie’s 4 Blush Review
Jay Crownover invites us back to the world of the next generation of the Marked Men with careful and thoughtful words about mental health issues, suicide, and loss. A “trigger” warning of sorts. I was not expecting this! Prodigal Son, book #2 of The Forever Marked series unfolded into a heartwarming/heart-wrenching, emotional story of love, loss and so much more.
Remy Archer is the life of the party. She is fun and loud. While all of her life she was in the spotlight it was not always a positive thing. From the time she was a little girl, she has always loved Hyde Fuller. Chasing him around to steal a kiss and seeking his attention.
She was always the brightest spot in my personal darkness.
Life comes crashing in leaving Remy and Hyde going their separate ways. An emotional and devastating truth is discovered. Fast forward eight years and things are different for both of them. Each having their own personal journey to deal with.
I enjoyed Prodigal Son but I will say it is not a “light read.” I feel that Jay Crownover did an amazing job portraying Remy & Hydes situations or issues – I don’t want to spoil the content of the story. I savored every chapter.
Jay Crownover writes great stories. Prodigal Son is told in dual POV with great consideration of the content. In book #1, there is a lot of background information about the family dynamics between the kids and their parents. With Prodigal Son, book #2, we get more of the meat and less potatoes! There are secrets and hints dropped like a treasure trail. Who will be next? There are two possibilities… I will read any one of them!
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.
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.