“Some wounds go so deep and reach so far down into the basic parts of who we are that they can never be healed.”- Sayer, Built
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Synopsis via Goodreads: The first in the new SAINTS OF DENVER series from NYT bestselling author of the MARKED MEN series, Jay Crownover
Sometimes you have to tear everything down to build something new…
Sayer Cole is frozen inside. At least, that’s what it’s felt like for as long as she can remember. She’s yet to let anyone past her icy exterior – and the one guy she thinks might melt her heart couldn’t possibly be interested in someone so uptight.
Rough, hard and hot-as-hell, Zeb Fuller has rebuilt his life and his construction business since protecting his family sent him to jail all those years ago. His elegant client, Sayer, makes him feel like a Neanderthal in denim, but despite the many hints that he’s been dropping to get to know her better, she seems oblivious to his charms.
Just as things finally start to heat up, Zeb’s past comes back to haunt him and he needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. As these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, fire and ice collide in an unstoppable explosion of steam…
Let the Saints of Denver begin!
Saints of Denver is the spin-off series of Crownover’s debut series, Marked Men. Now we all know how much I LOVE this series, so I am NOT at all surprised that I loved the first book in the spin-off series as much as I did. This new series follow new characters that made appearances in the last two books of the Marked Men series. Built, the first book in the Saints of Denver series, follows the story of Zeb and Sayer, both characters who first showed up in the book Rowdy. I suggest reading the Marked Men series BEFORE you start this series (1) because of spoilers and (2) because we get a better understanding of who Sayer is as character and why she is the way she is.
Built starts off six months after Zeb and Sayer had initially met. Sayer Cole is a lawyer specializing in family law who came to Denver to reunite with a brother she never knew existed. After the two unite, she decides to make her home in Denver and she purchases a old Victorian home in need of a major face lift. Luckily Zeb knows a thing or two about restoring old homes to their former glory and Sayer hires him to take on the project. There is obvious chemistry between the two, but Sayer is not ready for that type of commitment, so she puts up her walls and shuts down any of Zebs advances.
The moment he laid eyes on her, Zeb Fuller knew that Sayer was the girl for him. An ex-con who changed his life around, the two could not be a more opposite pair. He knows that there’s a reason why Sayer is holding back and he has every intention of finding out said reason. But his life is about to turn upside down when he learns that he has a child, one that may end up part of the system unless he steps up to the plate. Turning to Sayer for help, Zeb hopes together they can win custody of his son and Zeb hopes to win Sayer’s heart.
OMG, so MUCH love for this book. Zeb and Sayer’s relationship was HOT as HELL! Sayer is really closed off at the beginning of the book because of her relationship with her parents as a child. Her father always criticized everything she did and her mother, who could not longer take his criticism, committed suicide, leaving Sayer all alone. To cope with everything, she put up a wall between her and everyone around her so she could never feel pain. So when Zeb comes into her life and starts breaking down those walls, she completely taken aback. Zeb is patient, yet at the same time he provides that push that Sayer needs in order to step out of little bubble. He shows Sayer that she is worthy of being loved and helps her open her heart to that love and it was so BEAUTIFUL!
Zeb’s relationship with his son, Hyde, is seriously the CUTEST thing ever. Zeb, the big friendly giant, literally just drops everything for Hyde and even though he has no clue on how to be a parent, he does everything in his power to make sure Hyde comes home with him. Hyde is such an adorable kid who has had a rough beginning and seeing him bond with Zeb after all the sh!t he’s been through WARMED MY HEART! Plus, Hyde says the darndest things. His SASS is hilarious and I’m pretty sure he’s going to be just like his father. Rome is going to keep an eye on little RJ and Hyde.
Poppy and Sayer’s relationship was probably one of my favorite’s throughout this book. Poppy, who is still learning how to navigate the world after almost losing her life, actually ends up giving Sayer some pretty good advice. The roles have reversed and Poppy tells Sayer that if she doesn’t take chances, she may miss out on one hell of a packaged deal. I love Poppy! She has come so far and I’m kind of hoping that she gets her own story because dammit if anyone needed a happy ending it IS THIS GIRL!
One thing I was really LOVING for this book was the writing. The metaphors. The similes. Those lines. My heart was SLAYED. Since this book is all about building relationships and since Zeb is construction worker, there are a lot of references made to building a house and how relationships are like building houses. Having a strong foundation is key for for both and sometimes walls need to be torn down to make room for new additions. I was just loving these references, such a creative idea and it was weaved so well into the dialogue.So of course, ALL THE STARS for #MrFixIt! I loved every minute of this book and I am impatiently awaiting the second book in this series, Charged, which follows the story of Quaid and Avett. This story is going to be crazy because Avett is such a firecracker who is always ending up on the wrong side of the law and Quaid is such a cocky bastard who is trying to keep her out of jail. This can go either way, I’m pretty sure it’ll be EPIC!