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…
Rating: 4 Stars
Book Title: Built (Saints of Denver #1)
Author: Jay Crownover
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
You know what I love: books that break down stereotypes. Built (Saints of Denver #1) by Jay Crownover does just that. Although many might argue the majority of Jay’s books do that, since most of them feature bad boys that actually turn out to be really great guys, I think Built is a perfect example of this. Here you have an ex-convict covered in tattoos, who, at first sight, seems like a pretty rough guy. Most of the time Sayer sees Zeb he’s covered in dirt and grim, wearing clothes that have seen better days. And to some, it might seem like Zeb is a pretty scary dude, one that matches all the age-old stereotypes. Those that know Zeb know otherwise though. Sure, he has a past and he definitely has some tattoos. And maybe he’s not the guy you want to meet in a dark alley if you’ve pissed him off, but he’s definitely not the bad guy many have him pegged as. Just ask any of his friends, family, or employees who know him well. He has a big heart and he’ll do anything to protect those he loves, which we find out right away in the story. And those old clothes don’t mean Zeb doesn’t take himself seriously. But working on a construction site all day (which he owns by the way) with new clothes would be silly. Goes to show you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover! Although you can definitely judge this book by its cover because boy oh boy, is this book HOT.
o The lawsuit: Now we all know it wouldn’t be a Crownover book if there wasn’t some steamy bits and HELLO there most certainly are. For me though, the romance factor of this book wasn’t even my favorite part (though I’m not complaining whatsoever about those parts because they were really good :) ). I thought the lawsuit that Sayer helps Zeb with was actually my favorite part, because it goes to show just how compassionate Zeb is. It broke ALL the stereotypes Zeb thought the court would have against him, which they seemed to have initially, but as he starts to prove himself and show that he is capable of what he set out to do, everyone realizes what a great guy he is. And I loved that! We all make mistakes and even though we tend to pass judgement rather quickly on others, I loved this book because it shows how wrong you can be about someone if you do that.
o The setting: One of my favorite parts about this book and the last Crownover book I read (Rule: A Marked Men Novel) was the setting, which was in Colorado. Colorado is on my bucket list, so anytime I find a book set there I have a hard time passing it up.
o Sayer and Poppy: I LOVE FLAWED CHARACTERS WITH TROUBLED PASTS. I’m sorry, I would never wish terrible things upon anyone but I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t make for a really great story! And I’m not saying that to be cruel, but books are 10x more valuable to me as a reader when authors present characters that have a troubled past and are learning to confront their demons. The characters are so much more relatable and as a reader I can take their lessons and learn from them in my own life. Sayer and Poppy are great roommates for this reason, because they are both recovering from hardships of their own and getting to see how both of them cope with this was one of my favorite parts of this book.