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Built - Jay Crownover

Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: January 5th, 2016
Publisher:William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: ebook
Source: N/A

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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.


My Thoughts

fangirl_gifIf most of you don’t know by now then you soon will figure it out but Jay Crownover is on my Top 10 favorite authors. So when I found out that The Marked Men series will have a spin off series, I was over the moon and started counting down the days till the release day. The moment it was released I grabbed it and started reading it immediately. I loved this book just as much as I loved the others. When I read Rowdy I wanted to know more about Sayer and Zeb. Zeb is one giant of a man whereas Sayer is small and delicate and I mean physical not emotional.


As I said in my earliest review, the first thing I notice is a cover but I wanted to read this book before there even was a cover. The blurb is always the one thing that makes my choice of reading a book but I chose to read all those books because it’s written by Miss Crownover before I even saw the blurb. This book reached and surpassed my expectations.

Now the writing is fantastic and the emotions in this book were written amazingly. I understood why Sayer struggled like that, she never believed that she could love anyone expect her brother but and yet she struggled to stay away from Zeb, especially when she kept dreaming of him. She always woke up sexually frustrated and Poppy started to notice that. Poppy is Salem’s younger sister and Rowdy used to date her when she was younger, but she went through a lot of trauma recently so Sayer took her in and let her stay in her house. Now Poppy was scared of every man right now even Rowdy who is like a brother to her but somehow Zeb made her feel at ease. For me that is shocking because he is a giant of a guy yet he got her to trust him.  Zeb wanted Sayer the moment he saw her for the first time in the Bar. They liked to talk to each other but when he asked her out, she froze him out.


She is afraid to give him a chance because she thinks she cant love him the way he deserves. He did not chase him away though…. He made sure to show her how much he wanted her and trust me he was getting through to her. Then one day some strange women came to his job site, he owns his own company where he restores houses and such, the moment he saw this women she started crying. After she calmed down enough she told him something that threw him off kilter. One thing he never thought he had and never expected would happen. The only way he can fix that is to go to Sayer for advice and obviously help. She being a family layer helped him out so much and it helped her grow closer to him. He saw how devoted he is to his son and how hard he worked to get him out of the system so he can have a happy life with a better childhood than he already had. The moment I read about Hyde was the moment I fell in love with the little guy. He is too smart for his own age and he went through so much for his 5 years. Thankfully he had Zeb and Sayer in his corner.


I loved Zeb and how devoted he is to his son but I also loved the persistence he had to get Sayer to love him and to see that she isn’t broken and free to be herself without her worrying about her farther who abused her emotionally. Even after he died she was still afraid to be herself.  Thankfully she started being true to herself with a little help from Zeb but ultimately she did it herself.

Anyway I will easily reread it. I absolutely loved and adored this book so much so that I read this in one day where I nearly had to do a all nighter. Trust me you need to read this book because you will love it.



5 rating


- Ash

Divider_031 Excerpt

He took a step closer to me and put his finger under my chin so that I had no choice but to look at that darkening green gaze. “You know what is a big deal?”
Without thinking I put my wet hand on the center of his chest and watched as my handprint covered the place where his heart was thudding heavy and strong. He felt so vital and real, like everything I had had my hands on before him was just make-believe.
“What?” My voice came out more of a whisper than anything else.
“We hung out, I bought you dinner, we talked about our families and shit. We shared. This was a date, Sayer. Maybe not the best first date ever but it was still a date, so you know what that means.”
I did? I was still trying to get my head around the fact that it really had been kind of a date when his head lowered toward mine and my lips tickled as his beard got close enough to brush against them.
“It means we went on a date, so now you should absolutely put your hands on my dick…a lot. My gentlemanly tendencies only reach so far and with you they have about reached the end of the line.”
I gulped a little. “Oh.” That sounded like so many different kinds of dangerous and delicious. I had never asked him to be a gentleman, and frankly one of the reasons I was so attracted to him was because he seemed so rugged and untamed by the conventions I was used to and bored to death by.
“Yeah, oh…which I fully intend to make you say over and over again while I’m as deep inside of you as I can get.”
When his mouth settled over mine, it was an entirely different mess I was suddenly worried about. There was going to be no cleaning up the wreckage that was going to be left of my heart and body when this man was done with me and that felt entirely like a great big deal even though I was helpless to stop it. It was one mess I intended to embrace and not apologize for even if that went against everything I had ingrained deep down within the very core of me.Divider_031

About the author

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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