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The first in the new SAINTS OF DENVER series from NYT bestselling author of the MARKED MEN series, Jay CrownoverSometimes 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 coThe first in the new SAINTS OF DENVER series from NYT bestselling author of the MARKED MEN series, Jay CrownoverSometimes 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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  • Aestas Book Blog
    2018-11-08 05:59

    ::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED :::: SQUEEEEE!! Sweet, swoony, sexy, and downright addictive, this book kept my heart racing from start to finish. I read it in one sitting and absolutely loved the story! There’s just something about an Alpha hero who is willing to go to the ends of the earth to protect his family and to fight for the woman he loves that makes my heart race! I highly recommend BUILT for all fans of romance!Also, I’m excited to say that this is my first Top Favorite of 2016!! YAY!So now about the story. It was a bit of an “opposites attract” romance. I’ll start off with the official blurb:Sometimes a real hero lets you save yourself . . .Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation while Zeb spends his working with his hands. But none of that has stopped Zeb from wanting the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her—even if the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest.Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior. When he shows up at Sayer’s door needing her professional help, she’s both disappointed and relieved that she won’t get the chance to find out just how good he could be.But as they team up to right a wrong and save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide cannot be ignored. So Zeb was this sexy, tattooed construction worker who built and restored houses for a living. But he also was an ex-con who had done time for assaulting the man who’d beaten his beloved sister. While most people would have judged him for his past, Sayer never did — not even once. She was a lawyer specializing in family law who had a painful past she was still healing from which kept her wary of getting into a relationship. But it didn’t stop her from crushing hard on the gorgeous guy she’d hired to work on her house.“That kind of understanding from a total stranger was so rare, especially coming from someone in the legal field. I wasn’t accustomed to someone looking at me and seeing me, just me, not the ex-con loser after I explained where I had been. It was wildly refreshing and attractive. I couldn’t quite get a handle on what made the woman tick, but I would welcome any opportunity she gave me to figure it out.”But OMG!!!!!!!! YOU GUYS!!!! There’s something that the blurb only hints at but that is a huuuuuge part of the book, and which was the element that made me LOVE LOVE LOVE the story. You find it out at 11% in the book and the reason I’m going to tell you what it is here is that I wish I’d known about it first because if I had, it would have made me desperate to read the book even sooner. I don’t view it as a spoiler because it’s such a focal and integral part of the book. So get this: Mr. Gorgeous-Tattooed-Protector-of-Women-Sexy-Construction-Dude has a son!!!! Who he never knew about!!!! The mother never contacted him about the baby and when she died, he became his son’s only hope at staying out of foster care. Obviously Zeb was the kind of guy who’d do everything in his power for his family so THAT was the thing that makes him go to Sayer asking for her professional help. He needed her to help him save his son!So as Zeb dealt with the news that he had a son, and Sayer worked round the clock to help him get custody, the two of them were also falling in love with each other. Given her past, she had a lot of fears to conquer before she could fully commit her heart to a relationship, but he saw past her fears into her heart and showed her over and over again that he was willing to fight for them and for her.“One thing was clear: getting my son in my life on a permanent basis wasn’t the only thing that was going to take a hell of a lot of work on my end. If I wanted the girl, whatever version of her I could get my hands on, then I was going to have to fight for her as well.”ALL THE SWOON!!!!!!!!!!!!You guys!! I can’t even explain how much I loved the story. Jay Crownover is such an incredibly strong and talented author. Even from the first few pages of the book, it was clear how well-written this story was. I mean, it’s a clear sign of great writing when you’re highlighting quotes non-stop. Like this one…“Tall, tattooed, and built like a guy who hauled heavy stuff around and swung a hammer like Thor should be, he was impressive to say the least. But it went beyond the work-hardened muscles, low-slung tool belt, and the flirty charm he liked to throw around so effortlessly. There was something rock steady and so certain that shined out of his dark green eyes when he looked at the world around him and the people in it. There was an inherent confidence and assuredness that poured off of him when he looked at a person, like he knew without a doubt whatever he was bringing to the table was a thousand times better than what anyone else in the room had to offer. God, I could hardly handle how hot it was when he smiled and rubbed his hand over his neatly trimmed beard. Especially when that smile and knowing smirk was directed right at me.”I really loved the way Sayer never judged Zeb’s past. She judged him only for what she saw in front of her, not for any mistakes he may have made before. She believed in second chances and that made me respect her so much. I did however get a leeeeeetle frustrated with the way she kept pushing him away romantically, but luckily his charm did eventually bring her around. Not to mention it was fun to watch this big Alpha guy woo and chase the woman he wanted in his life. I would urge you not to judge her too harshly, and at the very least, read the beautiful author’s note at the end of the book first. I agree with everything she said about Sayer’s character and I love that she wrote this heroine.Zeb was one of the good guys through and through. He was willing to do anything to protect the people he loved and I guarantee he’ll make you swoon as he certainly melted my heart over and over again with the love he showed for Sayer and his family. I really appreciated how rational and understanding he always was — it’s nice to have a hero who doesn’t make stupid decisions — and I loved his patience and dedication to doing the right thing. And it helped that I couldn’t stop swooning over how downright sexy he was.“The truth is that I like the woman you are with me and I like the woman you are in court. I like the woman you are with your brother and they way you fought to be his family. I like the woman I first met at the Bar that didn’t judge me when I told her I had been to prison. I like the woman that lets a scared young woman use her house as a sanctuary… I like the woman who looks at my son and sees that he is everything and is willing to fight for him just because I asked her to. My truth is that you never could be anything other than amazing… So again, you have two options, dinner or bed, which one do you want to pick?”You can read this book as a complete standalone. All of the books by this author have slightly connected characters. So the hero of one book might pop up in another as a side character, but it’s written very cleverly so that you’re never confused and you do not have to read any other book before this one.This book has it all — emotional family scenes, great banter, fun flirtations, steamy sexy times, a cohesive plot, a well-rounded story, great supporting characters, and beautiful love story! My gosh, Jay Crownover really can write! If you’re looking for a sweet, sexy, and swoony new book to read, definitely try this!!Rating: 4.5 stars. Contemporary Adult Romance (can standalone)._______________________________ For more of my reviews, book news and updates:✦ Main blog: Aestas Book Blog✦ Facebook Blog Page✦ Twitter ✦ Subscribe by email

  • Ana
    2018-11-05 03:58

    I DNF'd it after the prologue. Let me try to explain with a little help from Bette Davis. It pains me to abandon a book. We all know that famous saying, There are no bad books - only unprepared readers. It's a really shitty feeling.The cheesiness was overwhelming. He thought she was the most perfect woman to ever walk this earth from the first time he laid eyes on her. It was insta-love (or lust, whatever). Without any romantic build-up or foreplay he's likeI wanted to leave streaks of dirt on her perfect face to mark the fact that I had touched her, that she had let me touch her.In the PROLOGUE. He admits he has a criminal past and that he was in prison. Her response?“People make mistakes. Hopefully they learn from them.”He could've been a murderer. Or a rapist. What was his crime? Why ask, he probably learned from his mistakes. I am not in a reading slump. This is not what this is. I refuse to let that happen. I feel like the Grinch. Everyone raved about this book, but I don't get it. I fail to see the epicness.I've been seduced by many a pretty covers in the past, you'd think that I'd learn my lesson by now.

  • Christy
    2018-11-09 04:02

    4 stars!The first Crownover book in her new Saints of Denver series was a real hit for me. Ever since I saw the chemistry between Rowdy’s sister, Sayer, and his friend, Zeb, I knew I needed this book! And Zeb didn’t disappoint- he’s a completely lovable guy. In fact, I think Zeb Fuller is now one of my favorite leading men of hers. Zeb Fuller renovates homes for a living. He’s successful at what he does and he enjoys it. He also lets his clients know upfront that he has a past. He feels it’s the fair and right thing to do. Zeb made some poor choices (for the right reasons) a while back, he paid for them, and he’s moving on. One client, Sayer Cole, a family attorney, seems to not mind at all about Zeb’s past. She seems to like him regardless. And he really likes her. Just as things start to look like they might go in the right direction for them both, Zeb finds out something that shakes him to the core. And it’s something that he needs Sayer’s help with. Sayer was hesitant to jump into anything with Zeb, but it wasn’t Zeb. It was anyone. She’s a very closed off character and it takes her a while to open up, get through some of her issues etc. I saw so much growth with her character and I loved how patient and understanding Zeb was with her. Zeb also had things in his past that he had to deal with. They came up full force in this story. And Sayer never once judged him for his past or anything he had done. I loved her for it. I adored both the hero and heroine in this story, so yay for that! Built was a great start to this new series. I love that we get to see some of our favorite Marked Men, along with getting stories of new characters. I can’t wait for the next book. Seriously- if it’s is Quaid and Avett… Gah! I need their book! If you’re looking for a hero with a heart of gold, two characters with a ton of chemistry and beautiful heartwarming story, pick this one up!

  • XxTainaxX
    2018-11-19 03:44

    Audiobook Review. Zeb is a flawed man. He's made some serious mistakes but he's honest about who he is. He likes to build and restore homes and knows that there is more to something, or someone, than what one can see in the surface. Sayer is Rowdy's uptight attorney sister who is learning to accept that not everything has to be perfect. That she can feel, laugh, and enjoy life. She fights the attraction that Zeb ignites with all she's got until they finally come together. When they do? It's hot as hell. Seriously hot. Although this can totally be read as a standalone, I am really enjoying the connections between the characters in this series and that of the Marked Men. It almost feels like puzzle pieces sliding into place. The scenes that intersect are written extremely well in the contrasting POV. In general, I felt the writing was strong but at times long winded in scenes that didn't progress the story. The characters were fleshed out well and complimented one another for the contrast that they offered. The plot was interesting and set up character growth solidly. The secondary characters supported the story line well and opened up future series contributions in a natural way. The narrators did a great job with this. They were pleasant to listen to with good tone and pacing. I am looking forward to continuing this series.Safety: No others for either of them. No rape. Some emotional abuse.

  • Patrycja
    2018-11-12 10:38

    Title: BuiltSeries: The Saints of Denver #1Author: Jay CrownoverRelease Date:5 January, 2016Rating: 4 starsCliffhanger:. No HEA:(view spoiler)[ Yes (hide spoiler)]Few months ago, when I reached the end of the final novel in Marked Men Series I was very sad to say goodbye to all of the characters. They stole a piece of my soul and I literally could feel my heart breaking at the thought of letting them go. Fortunately for me, Jay Crownover decided to rescue my poor little heart and write a spin-off of the series I adored so much. In few short words, Built is incredibly sexy and sweet story. I was absolutely pumped to read it and felt glued to the pages! In her usual style Jay Crownover delivered strong, intense and heart melting romance. It was witty, flirty and filled with great sexual chemistry as well as with some complex issues. However, I won’t lie and tell you that I loved every single twist and turn of the plot, because it definitely had its ups and downs. Some elements of the storyline were a little bit stretched (I won’t be pointing them out as I don’t want to write any spoilers) and overused. To be honest those parts annoyed the hell out of me, I rolled my eyes quite a bit. Fortunately the rest of the plot was very good and engaging so in the end I took down only one star from my rating. The best of Built? Definitely Zebulon Fuller. Absolutely delicious, heartwarming giant of a man that I fell in love with. He was such a good person: dedicated, caring, loving.. I could go on and on why he changed me into a crazy fangirl. Perfect alpha hero! *swoon* I was hoping thatThe Saints of Denver will deliver enough glimpses of Marked Men crew to satisfy my craving. So yes I was super excited to read Built! And I am not disappointed at the least. I got to see characters I love so much and meet new ones, that are really making me thrilled to see in what direction Saints of Denver will go. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON: ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2018-11-04 05:50

    Trying to decide if I have it in me to overcome and continue...because immature and childish. But hey, pet peeves are pet peeves.

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2018-11-07 05:55

    4.5 stars! “After everything the past has tried to bury us under, we owe it to ourselves to be brave, to do more than float.”We caught a glimpse of Zeb and Sayer in the Marked Men series, and now we have their full story in a new series! Zeb Fuller has made some mistakes in his life, leading to him doing a turn in jail. Zeb has reformed himself, building up a successful construction business, but it’s hard for people to look past his rough, tattooed exterior. Sayer Cole is Rowdy’s half-sister who moved to Colorado the second she found out she had a brother. Sayer hires Zeb to renovate her house, and the two seem to spark an attraction. But every move Zeb makes is shut down until he gives up hope of ever wooing the pretty lawyer. Now, the house is complete and Zeb has no concrete reason to stay in Sayer’s life, until he finds himself in a situation where he needs a lawyer. Now the two are working together, and soon Sayer gives into Zeb’s attention. But inside her head is a myriad of issues holding her back, and it’s up to Sayer to overcome them.I think my favorite part of all of Jay Crownover’s books is that they make me think. After finishing them, I often find myself reflecting back on them instead of powering on to the next book. Built was no exception, I found my head filled with thoughts of Sayer and Zeb. I was totally enraptured by these two characters, together and as individuals. Sayer is a more complicated heroine with insecurities (which I LOVE), and Zeb has his own insecurities as well. I love stories where the man has to break through the woman’s walls instead of the woman chasing the bad boy.I loved going through Sayer’s personal journey, seeing the reasons why she was so closed off and how hard she worked to overcome them. I wouldn’t say Zeb helped her get over them but more so was the reason why she fought to overcome her insecurities and issues. Sayer in return helped Zeb realize his worth, that he was a good man deserving of love without judgement. Despite their physical differences, the two were perfect for each other. Crownover’s books contain an excellent theme on how appearance has nothing to do with who someone is on the inside, and not to make snap judgements about someone based on their appearance and to look deeper. And I love how the old series mixed with this new one, it was like visiting with old friends.I would have liked to see more dialogue and action than inner monologue with the writing. There were times when a character would have an inner monologue and it interrupted a scene, leading me to forgot what was going on or I skimmed ahead to continue the scene and then returned back to read the inner monologue. I would have liked to see more of Sayer and Zeb outside the bedroom, but I can also understand how plot wise that wouldn’t have worked.Overall I think this is an amazing start to the series and I am dying to read the next one. No really, Quaid and Avett gave me freaking chills in the small amount they were shown together in this book. I can only hope it’ll be explosive in the next book. “I choose you, Sayer. Lover, lawyer, and all the shit you are in between that, I choose it. I choose us. When you’re ready to accept that, you come find me.” ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review

  • Beverly
    2018-10-23 03:43

    Built is the first story in the Saints of Denver Series. If you were a fan of the Marked Men Series you met Sayer, she is Rowdy’s sister and a family lawyer. Zeb is a friend of the guys and works restoring houses. Zeb isn’t the type of guy Sayer would normally be into, he has been prison, has tattoos and is used to manual labor. Sayer is prim and proper and comes from a wealthy family. Zeb completely expects Sayer to judge him and look down on him, so when she doesn’t he is completely taken back. While Sayer may come from a different background she isn’t judgmental and turns out she is also incredibly attracted to Zeb. The two of them spend a lot of time together while he restores the older home she purchased, and the story picks up 6 months later. Now Zeb is back and needing Sayer’s help and while the attraction is still there for both of them they have to put that aside to focus on the issues that brought them together. Zeb is seriously one of my favorite Crownover heroes since Rule. I loved him so freaking much. He was direct and honest, and I loved that he was open about his expectations and his feelings. I love how he immediately opened his heart up and was accepting. I loved how he saw the best in people. He has so many “sweet” qualities that you would think he would be soft, but he isn’t. He is also sexy as sin and not afraid to get down and dirty.I can definitely see Sayer not being for everyone, but I actually really liked it her as well. I liked that she was honest and up front with Zeb and didn’t play games. She has her issues and short comings, but she was aware of her issues and didn’t want to hurt Zeb. She is selfless and compassionate. She truly cares about Zeb and I could tell that while she didn’t always do what I would have wanted her to, she was always trying. Built is seriously a fantastic start this series and I cannot wait to see what comes next. It’s nice to see the Marked Men, but I loved the new characters introduced and I feel this series is going to be awesome!ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    2018-10-21 04:01

    4 ZEB <3 STARS"In that split second that I laid my eyes on her I wanted to be the reason she stayed." Such an enjoyable story!I loved reading it and especially I'm so glad about Zeb!Because he is the reason I loved this book!This guy...*sigh* he was everything!I have read only two books from this author and like the previous book the male character is the reason I loved the story!I had the opportunity to read it and in the same time to listen it and this make me feel more connected!"I wanted to leave steaks of dirt on her perfect face to mark the fact that I had touched her, that she had let me touch her."I don't want to give away too much about the story but guys you should definitely need to check this book because Zeb is something else!!!He is going to make you all fall in love with him like he did with me!" It felt like he was trying to make it so that I would never be able to kiss anyone else in my life without having to compare it to this moment,to the feel of his hard mouth contrasting with the soft scrape of his beard against my skin.Zeb is amazing!!He is responsible and he cares for everyone.And apart from this he is super hot!!I'm not sure yet how much I like Sayer, she starts being very cold but then she is starting open up and you see who she really is.But still she was simply ok for me.I didn't love her but I didn't hate her ether. There is a lot of hot moments to make you swoon!Because these two when they are together they are super hot!I loved how their relationship slowly developed!Overall it was a lovely,hot,cute and funny story!I recommend it to everyone!

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    2018-11-12 02:35

    3.5 Not Warm and Fuzzy Stars* * * 1/2 Spoiler FreeAs I mentioned before reading this new series of Jay Crownover, I truly enjoyed all of the Marked Men....and it was in past books, we met Zeb and Sayer. Each were introduced separately with different story-lines, assisting the main character through their journey.Zeb's background of being an ex-con and moving forward... being the man he was supposed to be, intrigued readers... we felt there was some meat on his bones... a story to tell.Sayer showed up as a half sister of Rowdy and contributed emotionally as support for him and also as a lifeline/legal help for Asa. She was professional; cool, calm and collected during a difficult time.We have these two meet in this spin off series and the set up is instant attraction for Zeb...with Sayer being drawn to him when she knows it could and would never work.What happens next is a dance of sorts... where these two are meant to be together... and with special circumstances bringing them even closer together... Sayer keeps fighting her desire for Zeb because she has been conditioned to believe she isn't worth his love. She believes she will eventually disappoint. The real heart of the story is Zeb's. He is a character easy to like. He has experienced life; made mistakes and paid for them. He has found his talent and is successful in his craft. He discovers he is a father and has to fight for his son. This story-line is clear; heartfelt and not made overly messy. The other part is the love story which has Zeb's charm and sincere love for Sayer...every part of her; the hidden, the cool and collected and then the secret side... the wild and free.For me the hiccup in this otherwise true to form Crownover tale is Sayer. Yes, she is not warm and fuzzy....and that is ok... not every main character needs to be...(view spoiler)[But my issues were a couple of things which caused me to step back and question why...Sayer is an accomplished attorney. She deals in family law. As this attorney, she probably counsels clients with all types of abuse, mental and physical, to seek out counseling. Why would she not seek out this assistance for herself? She knows what she has lived through as a child, it reflects the same behavior she sees as a family law attorney... why not go to therapy and work out her own issues once she recognizes them?With that being asked... I also understand...the old saying of "the shoemaker's kids never had any shoes"...so I get that was just part of the story and she needed to work out her own demons before she could accept love...It just caused a tad frustration for me.(hide spoiler)]This series has a comfort for those who liked Marked Men...many of the past secondary characters will be having stories of their own soon. This makes for a built-in sense of knowing and that can only add to the fun.~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~I was Marked by the series Marked Men by Jay CrownoverNow we have the spin off and it starts with Zeb and Sayer...Let's see... Zeb, reformed ex con.... good with his hands...Hey... he does restoration of older homes....Sayer, attorney and sister of Rowdy...Yup, I can see this happening...and I get doses of my Marked Men...For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Dali
    2018-11-13 06:38

    Happy Book BirthdayWildly addictive, touching and heartfelt, super sexy and downright swoony. I love it when a book makes me feel like I'm drowning in so much love, warm and fuzzy feelings that I can't take deep enough breaths to fill my lungs.Growing up Sayer was forced to build an icy fortress around herself with reinforced steel bands around her heart. Her disapproving and uncaring father would have crushed her otherwise. Even after his death he still darkens her life. But she’s taken a few steps into liberating herself. Starting by uprooting her life and moving close to the half-brother she recently found out she had and inserting herself in his life and the colorful family he’s chosen for himself which includes his sexily rugged friend Zebulon Fuller, who makes her want to melt whenever he’s around. But is she enough to the attention of this larger than life, magnetic man? “Tall, tatted and BUILT. Like a guy who hauled heavy stuff around and swung a hammer like Thor should be. Zeb was impressive to say the least.”Zeb knew she was it for him from the first time he saw her. Even though he’s determined and won’t easily be derailed from his plan and the all-consuming feelings he has for Sayer, getting her to fully come around seems hopeless at times. But after restoring her home he finds himself in need of her professional assistance and while they jointly fight for family they can no longer deny their powerful attraction and connection. Can he convince her to take a real chance on him? On them? WIll Sayer overcome her sense of deficiency to take a leap of faith and choose them for forever? “I choose you, Sayer. Lover, lawyer, and all the shit you are in between that, I choose it. I choose us. When you’re ready to accept that, you come find me.” Jay Crownover is a master at opposites attract stories. Sayer and Zeb’s story is reminiscent of Rule and Shaw’s tale. Rule was my first Jay Crownover book and I haven’t stopped craving them ever since. Looking from the outside, Sayer and Zeb are completely different. She’s refined and polished while he’s rugged and rough, she’s pearls, he’s plaid flannel. They’re contrasting except in the things that truly matter. I loved getting swept away in this book about finding the ideal match that makes you happy and is willing to fight for that light and love even when you’re afraid. Both Sayer and Zeb are perfect in their imperfections. He made a huge mistake and end up in jail, but it was an act of love to protect his sister and he’s worked tirelessly to build a good life for himself ever since. Sayer’s issues are a bit more complicated as her feelings of inadequacy are deeply ingrained. Sayer didn’t let anyone in, but she was good, giving and caring which made it easy for others love her even when her heart was hidden behind seemingly impenetrable icy walls, but the way he gave himself wholeheartedly to Sayer and fought for them made it impossible to resist him and me melting in a big pile of goo. Their relationship is intense, passionate and deliciously sexy. I loved every moment of it and there’s so much more going on that made their story so sweet and heartwarming, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I also enjoyed catching up, even if briefly, with the couples from the Marked Men series and I can’t wait to get to know the new members in this series. We fleetingly got to know Quaid and just got a glimpse of Avett but I’m sure their story will fascinate me as thoroughly as this one. Built is the first book in the Saints of Denver series by Jay Crownover. A stirring new spin-off series based on the Marked Men books. It is a standalone heartwarming and sexy book told in alternating points of view with an incredibly bright and happy ending.Amazon -> http://amzn.to/1kliLvH* I was graciously given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via InkSlinger PR. The excerpts are from that copy. *More reviews * Stalk us on FaceBook * As well as Twitter * Pinterest Board for Book Teasers

  • Natasha is a Book Junkie
    2018-10-20 04:01

    FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED:“Now you have two choices: we can sit down and eat this awesome spaghetti I just made . . . clothing optional, or we can go to bed . . . clothing not optional.” His eyebrows snapped low over his mesmerizing eyes and a muscle twitched in his cheek under his beard. “I’m good with either one as long as you realize the second option is happening regardless.”What a truly spectacular read this was! A new author to me, a new fictional world to now obsess over—this was a story that hooked me in from the very first page, and I never wanted it to end. From the impeccable characterisation of its key players—fascinating, realistic, and perfectly imperfect—to a heart-warming, multi-layered storyline that tugs at every last one of our heartstrings, I rarely find myself enjoying a book so completely, so fervently, and with such abandon, but everything about this story ‘got to me’, and made me fall in love with this author’s competent writing style. A great start to a new reading year, an automatic addition to my all-time favourites.“When you’re made to feel like the worst sort of idiot, the biggest kind of failure, for showing any time of emotion—even tears at your mother’s funeral—you learn pretty quickly that if you don’t have feelings, then they can’t be destroyed.”Raised by an emotionally abusive tyrant of a father and an absent mother, and conditioned to believe she would never be worth time or effort from anyone, Sayer Cole has had a lifetime of being made to feel lacking in every aspect of her personality. Being taught from birth that showing emotions was the ultimate sign of weakness has left Sayer entrapped in a carefully crafted shell of self-control and perfection that serves to distance her from everyone around her. But when she learns of the existence of a long-lost brother, she does not hesitate to uproot her entire life in order to find him, leaving behind a structured and predictable existence in favour of the mere possibility of finding someone who has the power to make her feel a little less alone in the world.“Control was everything to me, and Zeb Fuller made me want to lose it even when he was sound asleep in his own bed all the way across Denver.”But nothing prepares Sayer for Zebulon “Zeb” Fuller, her brother’s lifelong friend, their immediate attraction leaving her flustered and unable to stop fantasising about him. The owner of a successful construction business, Zeb is a ‘fixer’ by nature and a firm believer in second chances—both in relation to old buildings that without his restoration skills would be left to decay, as well as giving people a chance to correct past mistakes—and he has spent the past seven years trying to prove to himself and to others that his own past does not define him. Until that very past suddenly comes knocking at his door and changing his life forever.“I would craft her, mold her into something that was made up of nothing more than desire, want, need, and satisfaction if she gave me the opportunity.”Now forced to work together and spend more and more time in each other’s company, it remains as clear as day that they are each other’s opposite in every single way, yet their attraction never dims or becomes anything less than visceral on both sides. But while Sayer fights that attraction by locking her feelings in and hiding them under a façade of cold professionalism and emotional distance, Zeb is a man used to knocking down old walls, and Sayer might very well be the greatest and most rewarding project of his life.“She was like the best treasure, the greatest gift I had ever been handed, and I absolutely planned on appreciating every single part of her.”A stunning love story, complex and emotionally satisfying cover to cover, this book is the full package. The perfect balance of steamy romance and engaging plotline, I never stopped feeling while reading this book, and could not put it down even for a second. The author excelled in giving these characters life, their every trait jumping off the page and instilling itself into our hearts. Their every vulnerability, their every hang-up and flaw serves to make them even more ‘real’ and compelling in our eyes, and we never stop feeling invested in their story. I adored this book, absolutely loved every word in it, and would recommend it unreservedly.“You are more than one thing to me and I want all of them.”See this review on my blog! | Follow me on Facebook! | Follow me on Twitter!Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | iBooks | Paperback

  • Parvathy
    2018-11-10 09:44

    4 Stars...A beautiful love story and a great start to a new series...Sayer is a successful lawyer and sister of Rowdy. She is a very tough no nonsense person who is closed off from emotions. Zeb is Rowdy's friend who owns a construction business. A chance meeting leads to Zeb working on the renovation of Sayer's home. Right from the first meeting Zeb and Sayer find that they are attracted to each other and that they have a connection.But Sayer is wary of pursuing a relationship. This is the story of how Zeb and Sayer over come the hurdles on their path to their happily ever after.I loved this book..! It's a really beautiful and emotional love story. Sayer is strong, level headed and a no nonsense person. She is emotionally traumatized by her past and this affects her relationships and has created a need to control all aspects of her life. She comes off as cold and unfeeling and feels the need to maintain a facade. But deep inside she craves for love and affection and a family. Zeb is the strong tattooed hero who is having his own less than stellar past. He is always upfront about his feelings and emotions. He is a protector and nurturer and always rises up to the occasion. His never ending patience and his extreme understanding of Sayer helped develop their relationship and enabled their love to grow.Their relationship was built slow and progressed over the course of book. The growth was realistic and the emotions which the characters portrayed were relatable and very real. Their relationship and the love between Zeb and Sayer was heart warming and left me with loads of good feelings. The book also had a bunch of good secondary characters and it was great to read about familiar faces from Marked Men series. In short I loved this book..! This book is a wonderful start to the new series. I had a great time reading the book and was really entertained.I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I'll recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a simple,emotional, sexy and feel good love story..

  • Denisa
    2018-11-04 07:49

    It's probably me, not you.Gah, I didn't like this book. I know everyone adored it and all, but I just couldn't connect to it.I didn't like the characters and I didn't feel any chemistry. The plot was cliche and the only reason I managed to "finish" it is because I skimmed a lot. And soo so many useless descriptions! Even more, there were a few times when I felt that the characters were idiots. And it should have had at least 50 pages less.Still, the writing was pretty good and I understand why people like it. All in all, I'm proud of myself for managing to get to the end of this one!

  • Sabrina
    2018-10-21 06:57

    I have to be honest in saying that this storyline has been more than a little overdone and by now it's just cliche. But with that being said, Jay Crownover just proved herself to be an amazing author, because only someone as kick ass as her can turn an overdone storyline into something as amazing as Built and make it so original with the small details.Zeb Fuller is used to people judging him based on his size and tattoo's, and it doesn't help that he did time in prison. He never expected a lady like Sayer Cole to enter his life and sure as shit wasn't expecting her to be one of the people that didn't judge him. Sayer is attracted to the hot, tatted man she hired to work on her house, but she's too shy to do anything about it. She tried all her life to please her father and make him proud of her, an impossible feat, and she's finally given up on living for her dad instead of her, but a man like Zeb she see's as being out of her league so she never acts on her attraction. But Zeb isn't a patient man and can only wait so long before he finally takes what he wants - her.The Sayer we first met, is not the Sayer in this book. She comes off as this very cold lawyer type of person, but when she started to open up we got to see the real personality that's been hidden to keep her dad happy. I loved the warm and sweet woman she really was, especially around the people she cared about. And when she let lose and gave in to Zeb, it was Hot with a capital H.Zeb was the man of my dreams, and by that I mean he will be starring in many of my dreams from now on.I really liked how honorable Zeb was and that he was willing to do anything for his family. He wasn't the typical bad boy that can't keep it in his pants, he was responsible and sweet and knew what he wanted. I loved how he was with Say and that he didn't let the tough lawyer act push him away.The ending came a little fast for me, and I thought Say and Zeb's issues were resolved too quickly, but that was my only problem with this story. Overall, it was a wonderful book that I think many will like and it introduces some new characters that I hope will get a story, and also revisits some old characters that I loved getting to see again.

  • Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
    2018-11-13 09:47

    Built was one of my most anticipated books of 2016. A new series, from an author I love... GAH! There's nothing more exciting than that for a book junkie. I knew I NEEDED to read it and I was thrilled to get a copy. Everything—from the blurb, to the cover—enticed me. And when I cracked Zeb and Sayer's story open, I was so elated, I could hardly sit still. My expectations were huge. And I'm happy to say that I was immensely satisfied with this beautiful, heart tugging, and sweetly sensual romance. The feels... the feels were out of control. So much so, I fell completely, utterly, and hopelessly in love with these characters. It's impossible not to. Though I must admit, it took some time to actually get into the book. I really don't know what it was, but I struggled with the first bit. I expected an instant connection and I didn't get that. It took time to develop my attachment BUT once I reached the moment where I felt the characters plight, I was HOOKED. OH.MY. Was I ever freaking hooked. I felt everything these characters were feeling and I swear, I didn't know what to do with myself when it was done except cry and cry. Seriously, I cried so much. I think the last half was spent with me sniffling. These two are intoxicating. They make you feel so deep, so hard, and so much. And once you get to the meat of the story, you're so invested, you can't see straight. Sayer—Rowdy, from the Marked Men Series, sister—is literally an ice queen when it comes to people and relationships. She doesn't know how to process emotion... Like, AT ALL. For her it's easier to run her life almost as if she's on auto pilot—aloof and uninvested. Sure, she's great at nurturing people, she's sweet to others, goes above and beyond, but she never takes care of herself, and while she may be there in person, she separates herself emotionally. She doesn't feel as though she's good enough, and that screams at the reader page after page. You can feel her awkwardness in intimate settings, her need to keep her guard up, the way she feels like she's no good. She has demons, HUGE, DARK and OVERWHELMING demons. I hated that for her. It broke my heart that her father had raised her to feel she needed to be anything else but the beautiful soul she was. Even dead, Sayers father haunts her every move. His rule, the way he reigned over her, is ingrained in the way she runs her life in present day. And even with a fresh start, a life alerting move to have a relationship with a brother she didn't know existed, but one she now adores, her past is still there. Zeb... Ah, Zeb is on a mission: Never make his mother suffer again. After being released from Prison, for kicking the ass of his sisters ex who beat her, he works to stay on the straight and narrow. At the heart of Zebulon Fuller is the perfect, loveable man, he's warm and caring, laid back and full of easy smiles and quick-witted banter. He's sexy as all can be, and he has his sight set on a certain girl. Sayer has made quite an impression on Zeb. She's never once judged him for his past actions or where they landed him. And he likes that. He likes that a hell of a lot. But Zeb and Sayer and are opposites in every way you can imagine. She's prim and poised. He's tough and rugged, tattooed and mmmm **swoons**. Together these two wouldn't appear to work, but they do. They really do. Sayer may want no part of anything serious, but she can't deny her attraction to Zeb. And when a situation pulls these two together once again, Zeb is set on breaking down Sayers walls, while simultaneously fixing a mistake from his past.The story takes you on a heart warming, emotional journey that is gorgeous and tender, captivating and unbelievably sexy. Everything about it moved my heart in the very best way. I cannot wait for you to read and I am eager to get my hands on the next book in the series. I really can't say enough about these characters and the way they warmed my soul. I recommend Built to everyone who loves a romance that gives you ALL THE FEELS. Zeb and Say are a guaranteed win in my book. Just fanatically terrific. 4.5 SOLID stars.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-19 09:46

    I just luv the big friendly giant Zeb is a great guy he as done so well for him he as a great business that he built up himself he as great friends an family an after everything he as been through he didn't think it could happen he made a mistake but he would do it again he he had to he is livin his life after getting it back on track when he see the gorgeous blonde talkin to his friend he is dyin to know more he asnt been interested in a girl in ages but she sparks something in him an he needs to find out what it is Sayer asnt been in Denver long she came to find her brother after there father died he father was a total ass an did some many shit things to Sayer that she find livin her life her way hard she is so used to him tell her what to do say wear the whole lot she is storing so much baggage in her head that she finds it hard 2 getting close until she meet Zeb an he start waking things that have been asleep a long time she can't stop thinking about him he is so big an tall with sexy tattoos an a dark beard that she just wants to grab a hold of an see how it feels against her skin When things start getting a lil complicated for Zeb he needed Sayer in every way he need to b his lawyer friend an lover but Sayer can't see past bein his layer she can still b friends but lover she just can't go there even though her whole of body is dyin for him but she needs to be strong an b the lawyer she can be she is great at her job an Zeb knows she can do it Once Zeb starts breakin down Sayer walls an she starts to let him in things get really hot really quick an don't matter where they were it just had to happen an once it start Zeb had to fight for more they were so hot an smoking together if she just listened to what people were sayin an stopped left in her stupid Dads words get in her head they were great together even though they didn't look a perfect match they were they got each other sexually fitted together perfectlyI m so happy I got to read this book after reading the Marked Men series I had to get more of Zeb an Sayer an it was brilliant the characters r great I luvd Zeb so much for such a big scary lookin guy he is just so luv able an I wanted a lil bit of him at the end of this book he's so sexy Sayer I did like she did get on my nerves a lil I just wanted to see what she had in front of her she had a great job she found her brother an she had great friend an a sexy arsed man that was there for the takin what more did she need ok rant over haha but I did like her once she got her head out of her ass I thought was story was great an I did expect some things but I luvd what happened it made the story I can't wait for more of this series I know now it's goin to b great xxx

  • Anna
    2018-11-15 09:36

    I loved this book hard !!!!ZEB almost....and I mean almost .... Took the place of Rule in my Jay Crownover kingdom of holy epic hotness ! Can't wait to add this baby to my little slice of Crownover Collection heaven. I have deep love for this author. I've met her and she is the coolest person ever. Anything she writes I'm gonna read it .... Grocery lists, shit lists, random babblings ALL ❤️ This books satisfies my 2016 book challenge as •my auto-buy author ! I pre-ordered this book in April 2015!!!! •first in series Saints of Denver le sighhhhh

  • *TANYA*
    2018-11-07 05:55

    I heart Zeb!!! Sayer, on the other hand was a bit too "frosty" in my opinion. Cute book, though. And I like how the author incorporates characters from some of her other book series.

  • Maria...
    2018-11-07 10:35

    This was a 3.5 stars book for me :)I swear when I started the prologue I thought I found my first 5 stars book for 2016 but that changed pretty quickly.It's not that I didn't like it because I did a lot... actually what made me not love it was Sayer!She was one complicated woman people...with a lot of issues!I mean I know that she has to be like that because she went though a lot and she had a long way in front of her to conquer her fears...BUT she got me confused and angry because she couldn't make up her mind in what to do with her life!It took her almost the whole book to change things for the better...The only clear thing in her life was her job nothing else, nada...!Now the good stuff in this book were pretty much everyone else but Sayer...No I'm kidding...or am I?Seriously though I loved Zeb and Hyde they were the cutest father-son,they were a good team and became better...I liked Zeb's niece Joss and the little girl Remy who had a crush on Hyde..lol!A short version of the story:Sayer had suffered a lot through the years from her parents and she was like a machine doing things like her father wanted them or because was expected from her.She had no desires,dreams,...she tried not to feel anything...Then she found that she had a brother and left everything behind to live near him.That's how she met Zeb."So you have a sister? A hot, classy sister?"Zeb was an ex con and now was a constructor and lived a good life.They were attracted to each other from the first moment.After 6 months Zeb learns that he had a son and wanted the custody and they story begins...so does sex and problems...Zeb tries all the time to convince her that his feelings are true...Sayer tries to push him away and convince herself that there is nothing serious there.Everyone else see how good they are together but her...even Hyde and he's 5 years old!"When this is over and I'm on my way out the door,I'm going to tell that I love you."The things that I liked were their sex scenes...."Men like me are about actions,Sayer. We're much better at doing than saying. I wanted you since the first day I saw you at the Bar sitting with Rowdy."AnD their relationship with Hyde...So these are pretty much my thoughts about this book!I liked it but I didn't loved it!I understand that the heroine has to have some issues but I wanted to see them like a family and Sayer to overcome these issues.We have a glimps in the end so that is good but I wanted more...Enjoy!xxx

  • Shawna
    2018-10-21 03:33

    4 ½ stars – Contemporary RomanceI really enjoyed this one, and I especially loved the amazing, swoony, sweet hero, Zeb Fuller.

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    2018-11-08 02:59

    3.5 Building a Future StarsBuilt is a standalone and is part of the Saints and Denver series, it’s also a spin-off from the Marked Men series. I’ve only read one other book by Jay Crownover, I know CRAZY. I know she writes complicated males that are addictive to read. I did the audio version of this. I have to say, the audio is the way to go, since it’s written in dual POV, you get both, male and female narrations. It just makes the book easier to listen to.Zeb and Sayer, from what I’ve researched were introduced in the Marked Men series, but they never crossed paths. Zeb is an ex-con, trying to get his life back together. Sayer is an attorney who will soon help Zeb with a problem.This book has a few surprises and so I am not going to give it away, but I’m completely happy with the developments. I am not sure how I feel about Zeb being an ex-con. Most the time, the Heroes are bad boys, but because Zeb is an ex-con is kind of the focal point of the book. He’s working hard to build his life back and he’s finding it hard not to be judged by his past.Soon Zeb is faced with something that is coming back from his past and he will have the choice to man up and take responsibility or walk away. A good portion of the book is pretty much down on Zeb. I really do feel for the guy and at times, I just wanted to say, what’s so bad about being an ex-con? When you realize why he went to jail, your heart will melt.Sayer doesn’t care about Zeb’s past, but she also doesn’t think it’s good for him and her to be together, she’s his attorney and that’s how things should be. I had a really hard time in liking Sayer. Because of her daddy issues, she has mega man issues. She tries so hard to stay away from Zeb and it was to the point I question what Zeb saw in her. There was a lot of angst and I almost ripped my head out.The conflicts between Sayer and Zeb are really apparent in the book and I found myself enjoying the happier times more than the fighting. I think if you like a book that keeps on your toes, then this one is for you. Audio Version

  • Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
    2018-10-19 08:51

     A new series by Jay Crownover? Yes please!What a perfect combination of opposites. The straight-laced lawyer, sister of Rowdy, Sayer Cole, is new in town and making her mark on Zeb Fuller. He’s a hard working guy and she just hired him to rebuild and renovate her newly purchased old home.A few exchanged glances and some mild conversation is all that goes on during the time when work is being done. It’s after the job is finished that Sayer has trouble sleeping and Zeb seems out of sorts. Maybe the time together meant more to each other than either of them realized.Events happen that send Zeb running to Sayer for legal help. Zeb also decides that’s not all he needs. He needs her too. Laying all his cards on the table, Sayer and Zeb embark on a relationship neither thought would happen.Its funny, sweet, heartbreaking, and ultimately one of the most endearing books Jay Crownover has written. If this is the beginning I can’t wait to see where this series goes.Follow us on KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinterest

  • -C-
    2018-10-25 07:35

    Loved it! This book is written really well and I liked the characters. Nice and easy read.“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” I loved Sayer and Zeb. I could feel their chemistry come right off the pages.“Don’t you have something you want me to fix before we get naked?”“Yeah, I need you to fix this endless and constant ache I have between my legs. It hurts all the time and only you have the proper tool to fix it.”

  • Angyy
    2018-10-22 04:42

    I read everything this author writes and I can definitely say this is her best work yet.Sayer and Zeb are everything together!---Zeb and Sayer?So fucking excited for this! But January 2016? That's so far away!

  • Pea
    2018-11-14 02:55

    I struggled with this one and that's why it took me so long to read it. I think this was my This book is the first one in a new series by this author but while reading it I realised it is better to read the Marked men series by this author before you read this one, because the characters are connected and perhaps this fault may be the reason why I couldn't connect with the characters trough this book.This story is about Say(er) and Zeb(ulon) (btw. I liked their names). Sayer is more cold than warm and fuzzy.Zeb on the other hand has a temper.Tall, tattooed, and built like a guy who hauled heavy stuff around and swung a hammer like Thor should be, Zeb was impressive, to say the least. But it went beyond the work-hardened muscles, low-slung tool belt, and the flirty charm he liked to throw around so effortlessly. There was something rock steady and so certain that shined out of his dark green eyes when he looked at the world around him and the people in it. There was an inherent confidence and assuredness that poured off of him when he looked at a person, like he knew without a doubt whatever he was bringing to the table was a thousand times better than what anyone else in the room had to offer.The first part of the book was of course the introduction to the characters and their past and this part was for me boring to read, but I enjoyed the parts when their worlds collided.Control was everything to me, and Zeb Fuller made me want to lose it even when he was sound asleep in his own bed all the way across Denver.She looked good all put together and ready to take care of business. She looked way better like this —messy, wild, out of control, and totally lost in the moment, caught up in how good we could make each other feel.Like I said I had my ups and downs with this book and I can't really explain it. It took me a long time to get warm with the characters and suddenly it made click and after chapter 12 I started to like the story. I don't know why this chapter but it could be based on the fact, that from this point on Sayer changed.I wanted him to understand that what happened when I was with him was something magical and that it would eventually fade, but as I watched his toned backside flex as he disappeared into the bathroom I decided I just wanted to enjoy the view and that I would worry about the reality of who I was and how she had no idea how to be with who he was laterI also enjoyed that towards the end Hyde (view spoiler)[Zeb's son (hide spoiler)] was more and more involved into the story and I liked Zeb's behavior towards him. I'm glad that Zeb was persistent,but also that he knew when it wasn't his time to fight,“When this is over, and I’m on my way out the door, I’m going to tell you that I love you.”and I'm glad that Say came around and they got their HEA.Her voice was quiet when she told me, “The walls are gone. The ground is leveled. You can build whatever you want. I’m a blank slate.”So why 3 stars?I didn't only struggle with the reading, I also struggled with the rating. If you have asked me before I started to like the book I would say it was a 2 stars read. But once I started to like it I enjoyed also the writing and all the construction metaphors to their relationship, so the second part would be in my opinion 4 stars worth. Based on this facts and the fact that I really had my difficulties to connect with the characters I would say it is only honest to rate it with 3 stars. But I also think I will read the Marked men series and then re-read this one again. Perhaps I will then change my rating.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews❤️
    2018-11-03 07:33

    4 Bearded Hero Stars!!The minute Zeb and Sayer were introduced their attraction was obvious and you got the feeling that their connection will be amazing.Zeb is larger than life, interesting, and very passionate (and man-oh-man, he’s a master at dirty talk!). Zeb just oozes confidence, he runs his own construction company, he knows who he is, what he wants and is very comfortable in his tattooed skin. And despite his beard, numerous tat’s and ex-con status, he has a HUGE heart of gold. And, Sayer is exactly the opposite. She's put together on the outside but, inside this girl IS.A.MESS! I liked Sayer, but she also drove me a bit batty with her insecurities and fears.Sayer has been emotionally and verbally abused and needs to find herself. She also needs to come to terms with her feelings for Zeb. She attempts keeps her distance from Zeb, but when Zeb gets an unexpected surprise from his past, a son he didn’t know existed, he finds he’s in need of a Lawyer and Sayer (being a Lawyer), is there to help him get custody of his five year old son Hyde. I loved Zeb and Hyde. I found myself waiting for their interactions, and I admired Zeb for the way he faced his responsibilities head on, he owned up to his mistakes and made no excuses. He's big, he's burly and he's very protective of those he loves.“One thing was clear, getting my son in my life on a permanent basis wasn’t the only thing that was going to take a hell of a lot of work on my end. If I wanted the girl, whatever version of her I could get my hands on, then I was going to have to fight for her as well.”Early in the book you realized that Sayer has issues, her abusive (deceased) father is still too much a part of her life and it seems to be the main focus in her life to the point that Zeb backs away from the women he loves and decides he needs to let go and focus on Hyde alone. Sometimes a real hero lets you save yourself . . .All in all I enjoyed my first Jay Crownover read, but I especially loved her swoon worthy hero, Zeb Fuller**Audiobook Review: The narrators, Nicki D. Noir and Jay Crow, did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, 5 Stars on narration!!

  • NMmomof4
    2018-11-15 08:43

    DNF @ 36%. There was way too much inner dialogue, and not enough going on. The h got on my nerves. I have read a lot of books that the h has come from unfortunate upbringing, but the h just focuses on what her Dad would say and think WAY too much! Other than him wanting her to be "perfect" I am still not sure what the abuse was (even though there have been MULTIPLE long paragraphs about it all). It's even been repetitive at times to where I started skimming some of it. I liked the H, but I don't think we got enough of him tbh. It also focused on side characters (from what I'm guessing were characters from the other series) that I really had no interest in and I felt that it was odd that we focused on them so much. I was just bored, and I found that I was forcing myself to keep at it (probably because I'm cheap and I actually paid the $4.99 for it!). Bummer. Others might like it, but I just couldn't get into it...

  • Polly
    2018-11-04 06:44

    This is a classic case of don't judge a book by it's cover OR the first 50% of the book. The first half was SLOW. It was a challenge to keep going. The last half was a lot better. The relationship finally started to gel and I actually saw the growth I needed. The sex was pretty hot. First half: 2 starsLast half: 4 starsI'll stick to 4 stars overall.

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    2018-11-12 10:47

    :: 5 Pretty Little Stars :: I loved this book! It sucked me in from the get-go and I didn’t want to put it down until I was finished! I also have to say that this book was so unexpected! When I initially picked it up I thought it was going to be about a hard-ass ex con with no morals and a “don’t give a f*ck attitude”. However, I was seriously mistaken and PLEASANTLY surprised! This book is really all about second chances and giving into your heart and being there for those you love even if they came about in an unexpected way. Zeb is not a jerk/tough guy character but instead, is as sweet as pie! Woah, I totally LOVED him! If I could fold him up, put him in my pocket, and keep him forever I WOULD! Gah, he is just written as pure perfection- the kinda guy all women would want!Anyway, so this story is about Zeb and Sayer (cool names, huh). Zeb has a past. He went to prison for beating a guy up because this man was abusing his sister. When he gets out he has a drunken one night and all that. But deep down, he doesn’t use women and toss them aside. In fact, he wants a relationship but the woman has to be right for him. In comes Sayer. She is a family attorney and has a very tough exterior due to her past (she grew up in a bad household). When she meets Zeb she is immediately drawn to him but stays away because she isn’t ready for a relationship due to said past. But Zeb won’t give up on her. Especially because the two have to work close together to save someone from his past…. Someone he didn’t know about until a person came knocking on his door….Overall, this is a fantastically written and lovely story. I loved it immediately and never wavered from this love throughout the entire book. It is so different from what I initially thought it was going to be which made me love it even more. This is the first book I have read by the author and now I feel a strong urge to go pick up more of her books. Crownover clearly knows how to write. She can suck in her readers with only a few words and keep them captivated throughout. This is the kind of author you don’t want to miss out on! This is a gorgeous story with gorgeous characters and an amazing plot! Highly recommended!