May 19, 2016

Review - Charged by Jay Crownover

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won't know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid's story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation...or her ruin.
Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.
When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.
Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.
As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

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About Jay Crownover:
    Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denverseries. 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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My Review 
"I’m always going to jump and think the risk is worth it. That’s part of who I am.”

I am seriously loving this series! I was so sad when Marked Men ended, but having this series and the worlds intertwining is just perfect! It took me a minute to remember who Avett was, but it all came back pretty quickly. Avett is Brite’s daughter, Brite is the older man who has become like a father to some of the Marked Men. 

Avett is act first, think second type of girl and she is always finding herself in trouble. Quaid is a successful attorney, we saw a glimpse of him in Built, he is thoughtful and careful. These two are complete opposites and their story is a flip on the damaged guy changing his ways due to the love of a good woman. 

In the beginning of the book Jay mentions she hopes we can understand Avett when it’s all said and done. I was immediately worried, I don’t forgive so easily. However, it actually didn’t take too long for me to understand her. Avett isn’t perfect, but the fact that she doesn’t pretend to be and completely owns up to her mistakes made her redeemable to me. When we first meet Avett again she is in jail since she was with her boyfriend when he robbed the bar. 

Quaid is looking for perfect though, not even for a long term commitment, just an easy girl who will look the part and fit into his life. However, when he is hired to represent Avett he is drawn to her. She isn’t like his usual clients, she doesn’t pretend to be someone else and hide her true self. She also isn’t afraid to accept the consequences for her actions if it means doing the right thing. Her desire to finally make the right choices even at the risk to her own gain makes him really start to see her as more. 

I really enjoyed the direction their story took. I liked the gender role reversal and how they took the best from each other and grew throughout the story. Charged was also more suspenseful and action packed than I expected. I think this is best described as Marked Men meets The Point series. 

As I said this series is shaping up to be a win and it makes me smile so big with all the possible stories that will come next! I feel that same excitement I felt reading the Marked Men, waiting to see who will be next.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for a honest review. 
Teasers in review were created by me with stock images purchased from deposit photos.


                  “This is a bad idea.” I knew it. I could feel it deep in my bones and the allure of letting go, of doing what I always did, and falling headfirst into disaster, was pulling at me hard. But I was supposed to be changing. I was supposed to actually be sorry, not just saying it and turning around into the next catastrophe. I knew kissing Quaid Jackson was going to lead to all kinds of sorry and sorrow. I knew it as much as I knew I didn’t care and that I was going to kiss him and chase this bad idea until it crashed and burned, like they always did.
                  “You made a lot of them lately. What’s one more?”
                  He was right. What was one more? Especially when it looked like him, when it smelled sleepy and expensive like he did, when it felt hot and hard pressed up against me. What was one more awful choice when it came with lips that were firm and demanding as they landed against mine? What was one more when it was attached to rough hands that brushed along my exposed rib cage and paused under the achy swell of my breast? What was one more bad decision on top of all the other ones that had led this particular mammoth-sized bad decision to my door?
                  I had plenty of time, tomorrow, to do the right thing, but now I was going to enjoy the hell out of the wrong thing as he pressed his mouth more insistently into mine, taking the choice of which came first—the kiss or the story—out of my hands. Maybe that was why I was so drawn to him, so attracted to everything there was about him. He didn’t give me the room or the chance to make any kind of choice, good or bad. He decided and I followed his lead towards victory or towards ruin…and this kiss felt like it had everything in it to ruin both of us.
                  It was the first time in my life that a bad idea felt like the best idea I had ever had.

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  1. Great review ☺ Awesome giveaway 😊 If I could do anything style wise, I would color my hair a bold color, a blueish purple 😊 I think it's really neat when people are bold and don't care what others think. Plus, it looks pretty cool. Jay Crownover is a awesome storyteller and I love her books ☺ Thank you for the chance 😊

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