Salvaged by Jay Crownover

❝ We deserved happy. We fought for it and we won. He was my victory and I was his triumph.❞

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Title: Salvaged
Author: Jay Crownover 
Series: Saints of Denver
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

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Rating: ★★★★½

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.

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Riveted by Jay Crownover

“It happened fast in my family. We fell hard and we didn’t get up once we fell. We stayed down and we loved hard and deep.”-Dixie, Riveted

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Title: Riveted
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow

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*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

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Charged by Jay Crownover

“Some of us are born into the storm and some of us are born to chase after it.”- Quaid, Charged

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Title: Charged
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

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Synopsis via Goodreads: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation…or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

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No stranger to law-breaking, Avett Walker finds herself behind bars facing a number of charges and possible jail time. The only difference is that this time, she’s not at fault. But with a shady track record and her long list of bad decisions, finding someone to believe her side of the story will not be easy. 

Despite her troubling past, Quaid Jackson believes Avett’s story and takes on her case. But what he gets is more than he ever bargained for when he finds himself falling for the little pink-haired troublemaker. But little as she may be, Avett is about to turn Quaid’s world upside down and the damage she leaves in her wake will require more than quick fixes. Can Quaid save Avett from herself, or will her streak of bad decisions finally land her where she believes she belongs?

“Even when someone doesn’t want our story, we are still compelled to tell it.”

MY FAVORITE AUTHOR HAS DONE IT AGAIN!

Jay Crownover is my ALL-TIME favorite author and I’m not really surprised that Charged was another 5-star read for me. I seriously can’t get enough of my guys and gals of Denver.

Charged is the first Crownover book where a badass female MC takes the lead and while I love reading about my bad boys of Denver, it was refreshing to finally read a story that revolves around one of the many female characters I have come to know and love throughout both the Marked Men and Saints of Denver series. One of the many things I enjoy about Crownover’s books are her ‘perfectly flawed’ characters. All of her characters have inner demons that they are struggling with and Avett and Quaid are no different. Self-sabotage is the name of the game that Avett likes to play as mistakes from the past continue to haunt her and she believes the only way to make amends is by punishing herself. She knows that deep down she is a good person, but she doesn’t believe she deserving of good things. Quaid on the other hand has fought his whole life to become successful, but now that he has it all, he still is not content and realizes that success means nothing if you have no one to share it with. As opposite as they may be, Avett and Quaid work great together because despite their differences,  they each have something to teach the other. Quaid helps Avett realize that despite her screw ups, she can still turn her life around. She just has to be willing to take the first step and accept help when needed. Avett shows Quaid the difference between ‘wanting’ and ‘needing’ and helps him realize that relationships shouldn’t be a game of ‘tit for tat’ but that rather a partnership where both individual’s needs and desires are met.  

A major theme throughout all of Crownover’s book is family and it is also one of the main reason why I love her books so much. Brite Walker is as bad as they come, but when it comes to Avett, he turns into a giant teddy bear. I love his relationship with Avett and how he has always been there for. She is daddy’s little girl through and through. Avett and her mother, Darcy, have never had the best relationship, but in this book, they finally hash out their issues and Avett learns that she and her mother are not so different after all. They have more in common than she thinks and they slowly start to mend fences. We also get cameo’s of characters from the Marked Men series…Rome…BE STILL MY HEART! ♥__♥

“And maybe when I was done letting myself fall in love with him, which would inevitably lead to him breaking my heart, I would finally have hit the threshold of hurt I was willing to put myself through as punishment. “

Let’s get to the good stuff, the romance. This has to be the MOST STEAMIEST books so far in this series. Crownover turned the heat up for this one! Quaid has moves both in courtroom and the bedroom.

There is also a lack of angst in this book, which I liked. Avett and Quaid’s relationship developed over time, becoming closer as they spent more time together. No ‘cat and mouse’ game here, when the time was right for these two to get together, there was no holding back! They are one hell of a storm and there is no stopping them.

“Bad decisions did lead to great stories and, in my case, great love. I’d make every single crappy choice and foolish error again if it meant I would end up exactly where I was right now.”

Charged was another great Crownover novel about redemption and new beginnings and I loved every minute of it. If you’re interested to read Avett’s story yourself, I strongly recommend you read the Marked Men series first since that is where we first meet her and the events that occurred in that series come into play during this book.

Now I need Church’s book. I’m already scared of Church after reading that snippet chapter from his POV. Dixie better be ready because she’s about to have her hands full with this soldier.

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Built- Jay Crownover

“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

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Author: Jay Crownover

Series: Saints of Denver

Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

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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…

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.4So 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!

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Leveled- Jay Crownover

“Bad stuff happens sometimes and it happens to people we care about. You can’t live life insulated because you are scared of getting to close.”- Rome, Leveled

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Title: Leveled
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver
Publication Date: November 2, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.
Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.
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Disclaimer: This is an M/M book, a fiction work with an intimate relationship between two men at its center, so if this type of romance is not your cup of tea, this may not be the book for you.
The Saint of Denver is the spin-off series of Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series. If you want to know more about the Marked Men series, you can check out my full review HERE.The Saints of Denver takes place in the same setting as the Marked Men series, in Denver Colorado, but with a whole new cast of characters and whole new set of issues. Originally, Leveled was a story that was meant to come later in the series, but Crownover wanted to connect the Marked Men series with her new Saints of Denver series and what better way to bring together the old with the new by telling the story of Orlando and Dominic (#DomLan).
Orlando (Lando), from the Marked Men series, knows the pain of loss after losing his boyfriend Remy Archer in a car accident. Still struggling to move on, he makes a vow to help those who are suffering by becoming a physical therapist. He spend his days helping others put themselves back together. The irony of it all is that Lando can’t seem to put himself back together. Cue Dominic (Dom), the irresistibly attractive cop, to save the day. After being hurt on the job. Dominic is hoping that Lando will take him on as a client and help return him to his former glory. What Lando doesn’t realize is that he’s going to need Dom more than he thinks.
I think Crownover made a smart move by releasing this little novella earlier than planned because it tied up a lot of loose ends that were still remaining from the Marked Men series in regards to Remy and Lando’s relationship. We finally get to see the struggle that the couple had because Remy was not ready to tell his parents that he was gay and Lando’s confession was probably my favorite part of the book. Seeing him just come undone and face all the guilt that he has just been keeping locked up brought me to tears. 
Dom was an interesting character because he’s this flirtatious guy who loves to have a good time, but he also has this other side to him where he cares deeply for those in his life and he actually ends up making a big sacrifice for Lando which I was not expecting, but it ended up being so worth it in the end.
The thing I LOVE about Crownover’s writing is how she manages to weave in characters from previous books into the current book and being able to see the Marked Men cast gave me ALL THE FEELS because I just love them SO MUCH. I love the banter between DomLan because they were so cute and my cheeks were so red while reading those steamy scenes! 
Even though this novella was short, I think it packed a punch! I love the relationship and the journey of rediscovery as our two guys tackled their issues together. Plus, ALL THE FEELS between these two!
If this little novella is any indication for how the rest of the Saints of Denver series is going to be, I’M EXCITED!! I can’t wait for January to come so I can read Built, the next book in this series, because it’s going to be GOOD FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC! I already have strong feelings about our next couple and I think there will be lots of laughing and lots of crying. JANUARY WHERE ARE YOU?!

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