Series: Forever Marked #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Denver, CO
Also in this series: Fortunate Son, Prodigal Son
Also by this author: Asa, Built, Charged, Honor, Retreat, Riveted, Salvaged, Shelter, Unbroken, Justified, Unforgiven, Blacklisted, Fortunate Son, Prodigal Son
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.
Son of a Gun is where the 2nd generation Marked Men meets The Pointe. I was a little surprised because the Pointe is a darker series, but it worked. I haven’t read much of The Pointe, but it wasn’t an issue; however, I don’t think I got all the cameos and references. This is certainly an “opposites attract” story because Daire and Campbell are about as different as two people can be. Daire has had a privileged life for sure. Honestly, sometimes she does things that are just dumb and immature. But, she loves her family and is just trying to figure out who she is.
Campbell has not had any privilege in life. He is trying to do whatever necessary to survive and protect his younger siblings. This involved some less than honorable and legal things, but it was for the right reasons. He and Daire are just so different. Their romance is slow burn because while there is attraction, they just don’t have anything in common on the surface.
Son of a Gun is a character driven story. There is danger, but the focus of the story is really Daire and Campbell. Fans of flawed characters will love this book!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: a few
- Trope: opposites attract
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
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- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler