Saturday, January 9, 2016

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Built by Jay Crownover

Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication:  January 5, 2016

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.

Two things jumped out at me after reading Built. only complaint about Built is that it had to end.  Two...If all of the book boyfriends I have added to my list from Ms. Crownover's series were mine in real life, I would be one busy lady!  I adored this book. I'm not sure you can get a more perfect man than Zeb.  Not to say he is perfect, it's actually his flaws that complete the package!  I loved how he was all in not just with Sayer, but with everything else in his life.  I'm not going to give away what happens to him, but I will say it melted my heart and made me love this character more!

It was Sayer that I wanted to strangle often.  It was so sad that her father screwed her up so much that she couldn't see what a loving, caring, and wonderful person she really was.  It was nice to see everyone not give up on her!  This is a couple that you definitely want to root for!  

 The Saints of Denver series is an offshoot of the Marked Men series. Some characters from that earlier series do make an appearance in this one.  And if you have read Leveled (my review) some scenes in that will make more sense after reading this one as they take place around the same time.  This is a series you definitely want to read. They just keep getting better and better.  I just wish they came out faster and faster!  In fact check out the excerpt below for a little taste of what you are in for!


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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About the author:

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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