Sunday, 10 January 2016

Built by Jay Crownover - Review

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…

I absolutely loved this book. I was so stoked to find out Jay Crownover was writing a spin-off to her Marked Men Series and this first instalment did not disappoint.

For most of the book I had a hard time connecting with Sayer the heroine of the story - yes, she was closed off and emotionally unavailable. I just didn't really know how to connect to somebody who is completely different to me in personalities. I didn't want to give up though as I absolutely loved Zeb, and I'm glad I didn't. I held on, and I know why. Although Sayer is cold like ice, inside she's boiling with heat, colours, passion. Just over half-way through the book I started to connect with Sayer. She is incredibly brave and admirable. I loved her in the end.

Zeb. I love this guy whole-heartedly. I think he steals my top-spot from Rome now. He was just such a good guy. I couldn't not fall for him - with the way he protects and cares for everybody that he loves and cares about. The determination to rectify and fix his past mistakes was so incredibly swoon-worthy. I just loved this guy.

I'm not going to say much about Hyde as I don't want to spoil it, but this guy stole my heart too. I loved him immediately and cannot wait to see if he gets his own book sometime in the future.

I loved seeing the whole old-gang, but I loved Poppy the most. How vulnerable and brave she was at the same time. I admire Poppy and everything she's been through. I adore this broken little dove. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Poppy - I hope she finds her own happily ever after with a great guy.


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