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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…
What a great start to a new series from Jay Crownover!! Built is the perfect book for both readers who are new to this author, and fans (like myself) of the hugely popular Marked Men series. It was just the right mix of old and new, and it was so great to see old faces, while keeping the emphasis on Zeb and Sayer. And yes, technically, they are also “old faces” but we neve really got to know them in previous books. So this was their time to shine.
Man, I loved Zeb Fuller. I honestly don’t think there was a single thing about him which I didn’t like. He was big, built, and bearded. What’s not to love?? But it wasn’t just his looks that had me falling. He was a gentle giant. So incredibly nice and protective of all those he loves, and when he loves, he loves hard. How could you not swoon over him??
I also liked Sayer. She was the complete opposite of Zeb, but they just worked, no matter how hard she tried to fight it. I loved the reasoning behind the author making Sayer the way she was, and I think it’s really important to highlight that. If at any chance you find yourself struggling with Sayer, maybe skip to the end of the book, read the author note, and then go back to the book. You might find yourself with more time for her once you know.
I really loved Zeb and Sayer’s story. I loved the struggles that were put it their way, and how they worked to overcome them. I loved the new characters who came along with them, and the parts they played in their story. I loved seeing the characters grow, not only as individuals, but also together. I loved the steam factor, and how the next book in this series has been set up (bring it on!!!), and most of all, I loved that it wasn’t an easy journey for Zeb and Sayer, but it was definitely worth the ride.
“Everything, Say. I want everything.”
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
I met her at a bar.
She had a beer bottle in her hand even though she looked like she should be sipping champagne out of an expensive flute, and that inexplicably turned me on. She was pretty and looked completely out of place in the no-name bar sitting across from one of my longtime friends who also happened to be her long-lost brother. He was the reason she was here. In that split second that I laid my eyes on her I wanted to be the reason she stayed.
I knew it was rude and that the two of them needed some time together, some time to figure out what they were to each other now that she had blasted into his life unannounced. If I was a better friend I would have left them alone. As it was, I made my way over to the tiny table and sat down. I was covered in sawdust and had drywall mud caked in the hair on my head and on my face, but she didn’t flinch or bat an eyelash when I purposely broke up their party of two and placed myself as close to her as I could without actually touching her.
My buddy Rowdy St. James lifted his eyebrows at me as I stared at her while he introduced us. Sayer Cole. Even her name was elegant and sophisticated sounding. She was an enigma, this pretty woman that seemed like she should be in any place but this bar with the two of us. She’d showed up out of the blue a couple of months ago claiming to be Rowdy’s half-sister, claiming that they shared a father, claiming that all she wanted was to be in his life and have some kind of family of her own. She looked too delicate to be that brave. Came across as way too proper to have said “fuck it all” and picked up her life to move it someplace unknown without being sure of her welcome. She looked like silk, but if my guess was right about her, it was silk wrapped around steel.
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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.