This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I am such a fan of Jay Crownover’s Welcome to the Point series and I am so glad that she came back to this world!
I liked Orley and Solo’s romance. It is quite obvious from the first time these two meet that they had chemistry! I love the slow build-up of this romance even though this book is quite short.
Another thing that I like about Downfall is the side characters! Since I’ve read the Welcome to the Point series and the spin-off The Breaking Point, some of the characters are very familiar to me and I love reading about them. And I’m not even mentioning the main characters in the Welcome to the Point series because they have cameos here as well.
What I liked about the cameos is that they aren’t mentioned by name. This is pretty ingenious because if I didn’t know who these characters were, I would WANT to know more about them and read all the books in the Welcome to the Point and The Breaking Point series.
I’m not a fan of kids in romance books (I have my reasons) but I liked Noble so much. Obviously, she is the main reason why her mother, Orley is in the mess she is now, and I was quite surprised that the conflict was centered around Noble.
What I didn’t really like about Downfall is that the villain and his defeat wasn’t as dramatic as I hoped it would be. At least, not as dramatic as all the other books in this world. I felt that he was defeated pretty quickly, and it left me wanting more.
Overall, I recommend reading the other series that I mentioned here: Welcome to the Point and The Breaking Point before reading Downfall because I think it would make reading this book even more enjoyable.
While this book can still be read as a standalone, I feel like you shouldn’t go into this book without knowing all the other players.
Do you like reading series spin-offs?
What is your favorite spin-off?