Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #3
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.
Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.
When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.
Jay Crownover serves up another phenomenal addition to the Saints of Denver series with Church and Dixie’s story in Riveted. This poignant tale of heartache and hope certainly left its mark, delivering all of the vibrant imagery, witty banter, delicious tension and genuine emotion I’ve come to love from this talented author. Only having seen bits and pieces of Church and Dixie throughout the series, I wasn’t sure what to expect from their journey, but Jay Crownover definitely exceeded any expectations I could have had. Told with plenty of southern charm and a sassy, sweet voice that was utterly entertaining, I fell hard for this seemingly opposite duo. Church and Dixie’s differences are what made this pairing so incredibly special and I lived for the push and pull between them. They made me laugh, stalled my heart and left me blushing a time or two in what was probably one of the sweetest, most satisfying stories of the series so far.
“It’s cute that you think you can actually have a battle plan with it comes to your heart, soldier. You go ahead and let me know how well that works out for you.”
Church has without a doubt made himself one of my absolute favorite Book Boyfriends. There was something about him that just struck me, something that touched me and marked a piece of my heart as his. Church had experienced so much loss and endured such immense heartache just for being himself that I couldn’t help but let myself drown in each and every emotion that poured from the pages of this novel. Church’s pain was palpable and seeing his past uncovered only made my heart hurt as if that pain were my own. The way Jay Crownover unraveled this man so completely, baring his scars for the readers and allowing Dixie to sooth and celebrate them was absolutely extraordinary. One can only ever imagine what a soldier endures upon returning home, let alone doing so to a place that holds so much personal tragedy, but the depth that these experiences gave this character made Church an utterly swoon-worthy and wholly incomparable hero.
“Why do you think I refuse to let myself think about there being a me and you, pretty girl? You’re all good and I don’t want to bring you into the kind of bad I can’t seem to shake.”
Dixie was every bit the ray of sunshine I’d imagined she’d be and then some. She radiated the kind of unwavering hope and joy for life that is contagious. I found myself grinning at her sweet positivity and heartfelt kindness towards those she cared about. She was selfless to a fault and in fact, it was this particular characteristic that allowed her to break down Church’s walls. As sassy and full of fire as Dixie was, there was also plenty of unexpected history when it came to this complicated sweetheart. Over the course of the story, Jay Crownover revealed Dixie’s past as one that had seen its share of sadness too. Coupled with her insecurities and a disheartened outlook on love, Dixie proved to be just as complex a character as Church. I absolutely adored exploring the many layers of our heroine, especially getting to know her through her various outside relationships. By the time all was said and done, I was thoroughly addicted to the hilarious, quirky woman that always had a kind word and a friendly smile.
“But like I said, love will always outlast fear.”
In true Jay Crownover fashion, Riveted was full of surprises. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, things took a turn and I found myself in the middle of one heck of a wild ride. I relished the touches of suspense and unexpected heart-pounding action that proved to be the perfect balance to all of the sizzling chemistry and poignant prose. I especially enjoyed the reappearance of some familiar faces and the closer look at a few newer ones as the secondary characters rounded out Church and Dixie’s world. I’m incredibly anxious to get my hands on Wheeler and Poppy’s story, which promises to be absolutely epic. Church and Dixie take readers on an inimitable journey that explores the scars of war and navigates the torrential emotions of coming home. Raw, poignant and heart-wrenchingly honest, I was unequivocally captivated by this well-paced, exquisitely written story and the colorful cast of characters that left me begging for more. Riveted is brilliant, breathtaking and painstakingly real – another must read novel from Jay Crownover!
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Check out the rest of the Saints of Denver series:
Leveled (Saints of Denver #0.5)
Built (Saints of Denver #1)
Salvaged (Saints of Denver #4)
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver 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.