Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #1
Release Date: January 5, 2016
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.
Just when I think Jay Crownover can’t possibly write a more swoon-worthy hero, Zeb Fuller comes along and completely shatters me. Built is an incredible journey of heartache and hope that will leave its mark on you. Zeb and Sayer’s story made me feel deeply and unexpectedly, filling me with so many raw emotions that I quickly found myself drowning in their journey. Quirky and fun in all the ways I’ve come to love from Jay Crownover, Built is a brilliant mix of sexy and sincere that blended well-loved familiar faces with captivating new ones, resulting in a flawless beginning to what is sure to be an incredible new series. Jay Crownover’s writing is exquisite, casting a spell that will leave you feeling utterly enchanted by her words. Her mastery of descriptive imagery and human emotion shines throughout this book, bringing Sayer and Zeb’s world to life in a way that is vibrant, fierce, and absolutely unforgettable. From the start, this couple shares a palpable connection, ripe with tension and crackling with an undeniable chemistry. An inevitability from the moment they met, they felt fated, making it impossible not to root for them.
“I found her outwardly flawless and pristine demeanor tempting to taint with my dirty hands and ways, and there was something about the way she watched me, the way she turned toward me like she was drawn to me, that made me think maybe I wasn’t alone in the inexplicable pull department.”
Zeb and Sayer both undergo some incredible character growth in Built. Each must learn to let go of the past in order to embrace what the future has to offer. Zeb swept me off my feet. His good heart, kind soul, and incredible capacity for love was mesmerizing, especially from someone who had every reason to let anger consume him. I loved seeing the way Zeb transformed when life threw him a curve ball, opening himself up and growing in a new direction while trying to help Sayer do the same. Jay Crownover did an incredible job with this character, peeling back the rough and ragged layers to expose the truly beautiful man at his core and making me fall even more in love with him. Sayer isn’t the typical heroine. She keeps her emotions locked up tight, a defense mechanism from a lifetime of hurt. It was an interesting twist for the woman to be the one afraid of feeling and I found myself relating to Sayer and investing in her. Jay Crownover did a fantastic job navigating Sayer’s journey to break free from her past, unraveling a strength in this character that was absolutely stunning to see come to light.
“Now my father was gone, my life was my own, and there was a man… a man who was all man and so much more… who inspired everything inside of me. It made me want. It made me feel. It made me nervous and it made me very, very afraid.”
Sayer and Zeb had an easy familiarity about them that made their relationship feel natural. Their flirtatious banter and intense attraction led to some seriously scorching moments. Jay Crownover knows how to turn up the heat, writing this couple with a passion and lust that was definitely addictive. I never know quite what to expect when it comes to Jay Crownover’s novels. Even when I think I have them figured out, she throws in an unexpected twist that knocks the wind out of me. I won’t give anything away but each and every surprise Zeb and Sayer encountered on their journey just made this story even more powerful. Even though Built is loosely interconnected with Jay’s previous novels, there is no question that this book belongs solely to Sayer and Zeb. Jay Crownover has an incredible talent for crafting each of her characters to be a unique entity and giving them stories that are absolutely one-of-a-kind. Built was a totally new experience, enthralling and full of heart in its own right. This breathtaking tale of family, forgiveness, and acceptance really stuck with me and I’m excited to say that Built is the beginning of what is sure to be a phenomenal series.
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.
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Check out the rest of the Saints of Denver series:
Leveled (Saints of Denver #0.5)
Charged (Saints of Denver #2)
Riveted (Saints of Denver #3)
Salvaged (Saints of Denver #4)
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.