❝ We deserved happy. We fought for it and we won. He was my victory and I was his triumph.❞
Synopsis via Goodreads: Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.
Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.
The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.
THE SAINTS OF DENVER SERIES HAS FINALLY COME TO AN END!
I honestly don’t know where to start when it comes to this review. I mean, how does one even go about reviewing a book they’ve been waiting two years for?! How does one go about reviewing the final book in one of their favorite series ever?! How does one go about discussing all their feelings for a book that left them emotionally dead?! Okay, I’m going to cool it with the dramatics, but fair warning, this review may be a jumbled mess of word vomit so bear with me while I attempt to get my thoughts out in a coherent manner.
Salvaged is the final installment in the Saints of Denver series and follows the story of Poppy Cruz and Hudson Wheeler. Poppy Cruz, the girl who has been to hell and back, has finally started to gain some sense of normalcy as she adjust to being on her own. She’s ready to put the past behind her, but not without a few hesitations. Hudson Wheeler is fighting his own battles as he tries to move on from a relationship that left him with nothing. He never thought he would ever be able to let another woman in, but there’s something about Poppy that’s got him letting his guards down and the same goes for Poppy. Can these two wounded hearts find a way to heal together, or will the damage done prove to be beyond repair.
I remember when Poppy first landed on the page of Rowdy and we learned about all her troubles and all I could think about was that I needed her story. I needed to know more about her. I needed to know if she would make it through the hell she’s been living in and I could only hope that she would somehow find her happily-ever-after. That was two years ago and let me just say the wait was worth it! Salvaged is a story about loss, healing and finding the ability to let love in again. Poppy’s story is a difficult one to read as it touches upon some heavy subject matter like family abuse, domestic abuse and rape and even though we already read about the things she’s been through in Rowdy’s book, reading about it again through Poppy’s eyes just left me in pieces. Like I knew Jay Crownover was going to fuck up my emotions, but I don’t think any amount of preparation could’ve prepared my feelings for this.
Poppy Cruz is a survivor and dammit if anyone ever deserved a happily-ever-after, it was this girl right here. She’s come a long way and even though she still has a few more obstacles to overcome, I’m so freakin’ proud of her. Despite all that she’s been through, she still has the capacity to love and her heart is so big. Like y’all, Poppy is my FAVORITE HEROINE EVER so I’m sorry if I sound like a proud mama, but I’m so happy for her right now!
Hudson Wheeler took me by surprise because I never paid much attention to him when we saw him in the previous installments. I was curious to learn more about the local mechanic and I’m actually shocked because he’s such a sweetheart. He too has had to deal with hell after being abandoned by both his parents, but he still made something of himself. Having a family and a place to call home was always his main goal in life and even though things didn’t end up working out with the woman he thought would be his forever girl, I think the alternative was a lot better.
The romance was a slow-burn at it’s finest! I LEGIT DIED BECAUSE WHEELER IS A GENTLEMAN AND HE MADE SURE THAT POPPY WAS OKAY AND HE TOOK HIS TIME WITH HER. He made her feel safe and reminded her that there are still good guys out there. Gosh, I never wanted this book to end because these two are just OTP GOALS!
But the best part was getting to see all the characters from both the Marked Men series and Saints of Denver series come together for one last time. EVERYONE WAS GETTING MARRIED AND HAVING BABIES AND STARTING NEW LIVES AND JOBS AND FAMILIES YET THEY STILL STAYED CONNECTED. If you ever wanted to read a series where characters felt like family THIS IS IT! I’m going to miss these characters so much and if Crownover ever chose to write a series revolving around the little munchkins, I would totally be here for it.
AND WITH THAT, THE MARKED MEN/SAINTS OF DENVER SERIES HAS FINALLY COME TO AN END.
Salvaged was everything I wanted and more and was the perfect ending to two of my favorite series. Jay Crownover definitely saved the best for last and I’m so happy my girl Poppy got everything she deserved. I’m going to be re-reading this series for years to come because that’s how much I love these books and these characters. I totally urge y’all to check this series out and trust me, I had a rocky start with the Marked Men series too, but I promise you Jay Crownover will make you fall in love with these characters and their stories. Now excuse me while I go stock up on more tissues for my re-read of these books.