FALLEN JESTER BY DEVNEY PERRY
Leo Winter loves his life. He works when he needs money. He rides when he craves freedom. He frequents the local bar when he wants a good time. The Tin Gypsies might be a memory, but the bachelor life he lived with his motorcycle club still suits him fine. So when a one-night stand surprises him at a family barbecue and claims she’s pregnant with his child, he’s certain he’s died and gone to hell.
Cassandra Cline took one night off from her structured life. One. And now her wild fling with the local bad boy has turned her life sideways. Her dreams and academic career are circling the drain, and none of it would have happened if she’d stayed far, far away from Leo.
Except avoiding him is impossible, especially when she’s forced to move home to Clifton Forge, Montana. And he refuses to leave her side when a series of strange accidents put her and their baby at risk. But are they accidents? Or is she standing in the middle of a battlefield she doesn’t understand?
Her only allies are people she barely knows. And a man who has the potential to steal her heart.
If only he’d stop playing the fool.
I have a thing for the broken and misunderstood heroes, so there’s no surprise that Leo’s story ranks in the top 3 of this series for me. Although, I have to admit that it was touch and go there for a minute at the beginning.
Leo is a womanizing party animal that most would regard as too far gone to be redeemed. However, the situation he finds himself in with Cass forces him out of his routine and to question not only how she fits into his future, but to reconcile his past. These types of stories are always hard and often messy since the characters inevitable fight the progression.
What made this story work for me, aside from Leo’s growth over the course of the novel, but Cassandra’s unwavering kindness and selflessness. She was exactly what Leo needed to pull his head out.
The storytelling is amazing and these characters had me alternately wanting to strangle them and hug them fiercely. Devney Perry had outdone herself with this series and I cannot wait until the next book hits my kindle.