December 28, 2015

Review - Built by Jay Crownover

BUILT - Tour Banner   We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review/Excerpt Tour for BUILT by Jay Crownover! BUILT is a Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 1st full-length novel in The Saints of Denver Series, a spinoff of her New York Times bestselling Marked Men Series. This amazing book releases on January 5th!     Studio portrait of young bearded man --- Image by © pinkypills/Corbis

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  About BUILT: From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about. 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. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel. Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. 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. But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.  
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EXCERPT

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.

MY 5 STAR REVIEW

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. 

 
    

And don’t miss the previous novella in The Saints of Denver Series!

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About Jay Crownover: 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.        

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4 comments

  1. I would rebuild my grammas house. It was beautiful

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  2. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

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  3. I love Jay's work! I can't wait to check this one out :)

    If I could build something I'd go with one of those super treehouses

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  4. I love a great bathroom, so I would renovate my bathroom and make it more spa-like. I also have to sing my praised of Jay Crownover and express how excited I am for this book. I was sort of sad with the last Marked book, but I have faith, that this series will be just as epic.

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