Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Built (Saints of Denver #1) by Jay Crownover

Saints of Denver #1


Jay Crownover

Release Date:

January 5, 2016


William Morrow PB 

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GR's Summary:

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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My Thoughts:

I am loving the Saints of Denver Series!  Ms. Crownover is giving her readers the stories of minor secondary characters from the Marked Series.  In Leveled, we got Orlando Frederick and Dominic Voss' story, which was wonderful.  Now, in Built, we get Zeb Fuller and Sayer Cole's story!  I have been waiting for these two to get a story, ever since we got to see the spark between them in Rowdy's story. 

Sayer Cole is a beautiful and intelligent woman.  She is loyal, helps those in need, and is passionate about her career as a lawyer.  Sayer projects an aura of flawless perfection.  She is numb, and uses an "ice queen" persona to protect herself from getting too close to others.  Sayer suffered many years of emotional abuse at the hands of her father.  He criticized and degraded her, which has left deep and hindering emotional scars.  As a result, Sayer views herself in a negative light.  She doesn't see herself as worthy of love or even understand what anyone could ever see in her.

From the moment Zeb met Sayer, he thought she was a beautiful woman.  However, as he has gotten to know her on a deeper level, he recognizes what a special lady she is.  Unfortunately, no matter how hard Zeb tries, Sayer will not lower her walls enough to let him in.  When Zeb need's Sayer's professional help, the lines between client, friend, and lover get blurred.  Zeb is a patient man, and willing to do whatever it takes to call Sayer his.  Will she eventually take a chance on love by allowing herself to be vulnerable?

Built was such an amazing read.  I loved watching Sayer's transformation in this story.  She became more "human," passionate, and endearing, as Zeb's presence in her life changed her for the better.  I cannot even express how much I loved Zeb's character.  He was so caring, attentive, sensitive, and devoted to those he loved.  He was a "gentle giant."  I pictured a man who was huge, sexy, and intimidating to look at.  He protected what he considered his, but at the same time was so gentle and tender with those that needed his care.

The passion between Zeb and Sayer was intoxicating.  These two were so sensual, erotic, and carnal together.  Yet, they also had that intimate and intense emotional connection as well.  

My Rating:

I give, Built, by Jay Crownover, 4.5 Sweet and Sexy Gentle Giant, Devoted, Patient, Transformative, and Blossoming Love!  I am really excited to continue this series, and am looking forward to the next book, Hooked!  This will be Quaid (who is introduced in Built,) and Avett's (from the Marked Series) story!  Ms. Crowover gave us a great little snippet of these two, and let me tell you, she sure knows how to build anticipation!

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Book Excerpt:

As though my intense and swirling thoughts had pulled Zeb into the vortex of self-pity I was struggling in, my phone vibrated in my hand with a message from him as I wandered aimlessly through the empty rooms. 

     I shivered at the sight of his name and then silently scolded myself for having such a powerful reaction to only his name on the screen. His message was simple but for some reason it felt full of more meaning and emotion than the three words staring up at me indicated. 

     Can you talk? 

     I bit my lip and decided how to answer. I didn’t talk to my clients after office hours were done for the day and I was already having a really hard time keeping the professional and personal lines clear where he and this case were concerned. I sighed and tapped out:

     I can. Do you want me to call you? 

     I had started this process as his friend first and it wasn’t fair to him that my heart was pulling itself apart because of his situation. He was probably nervous and scared about what was coming next week, and I was the only one who could put some of that at ease. 

     There wasn’t a response for a long couple of minutes and I hated that all I could do was stare at my phone and pace back and forth while I waited to see what he was going to say. I was acting like a teenager and it was ridiculous. I snorted at myself and was headed into the kitchen to pour myself a glass of wine when the phone rang and made me jump. I wasn’t prepared for him to call me right that moment and had a bout of anxiety about answering the call before I told myself to man up and swiped my finger across the screen. 

     “Hey. Everything all right?” I heard a car honk its horn wherever he was calling from, and he mumbled something that wasn’t directed at me before answering.

     “Fuck no.”

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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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  1. I love these opposite attract stories. I haven't read any of her books yet so I'll probably have to start with the first series to get caught up.

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

  3. Definitely can't wait to read this one! :D

  4. A garage! I want a garage. AND I loved this book. Love these characters and this story!

  5. I would love to build my own bookshelves I couldn't do anything larger. Love Jay Crownover books cant wait to read these

  6. I would love to build a multi-level backyard deck. Absolutely LOVE the Marked Men series and am missing Rule and the gang. Now am dying to dive into Saints of Denver. I’m so happy that some of the secondary characters from Marked Men are getting their own stories. They had caught my interest and I was dying to hear more about them.


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