Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #4
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.
Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.
The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.
Jay Crownover says goodbye to the Saints of Denver series with Salvaged, Poppy and Wheeler’s breathtaking journey. This novel was bittersweet in so many ways as Jay’s Marked Men universe came full circle in what can only be described as a brilliant celebration of life and love. Poppy and Wheeler’s story was an exercise in resilience and a true testament to the power of family. My heart was so full by the time I’d turned the final page that I couldn’t help but want to go back to the beginning and start reading all over again. Complete with appearances from all of my favorite Marked Men and Saints of Denver couples, this unforgettable story felt like coming home.
“All those things that you think make this something that is impossible to start, I saw them long before you saw me and I still couldn’t look away.”
After meeting Poppy and Wheeler in Riveted, I was thoroughly intrigued. There was something unexpected and utterly undeniable brewing between this couple from the moment they met and I just knew that their connection would prove to be significant. Jay Crownover definitely didn’t disappoint, completely blowing me away with Poppy and Wheeler’s story. With Salvaged, Jay delivered something fierce, surprising and entirely heartfelt and I couldn’t help but lose myself in every passionate encounter, honest exchange and adorable moment of sweetness that colored the pages of this novel.
“I’d always wanted something solid, something sure and steady… who knew my stability would come in the form of a girl that seemed so fragile and breakable?”
Poppy was every bit the heroine I’d hoped she’d be and then some. Beautiful, kind and unbelievably sweet, Poppy radiated strength and goodness in a way that drew me in and demanded I invest myself in her happily ever after. My heart ached for everything she had endured and yet I felt such comfort and courage in watching her heal. Poppy’s growth over the course of the novel was awe-inspiring and I loved how Jay Crownover transformed this character in a way that was careful to maintain the authenticity of Poppy’s emotions and the integrity of her experiences.
“I gotta tell ya, Hudson, a bad day with you is still better than the best day without you.”
Wheeler took me by surprise. He was so unlike Jay Crownover’s past leading men that I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for Wheeler to steal my heart and I quickly found myself madly in love with his patience, loyalty and deep devotion to Poppy. I adored the personal journey Jay Crownover had in store for our hero and enjoyed seeing Wheeler broken down and exposed as he learned to navigate his new reality and began to evolve in his own, equally captivating way.
“I wasn’t living my life where the scars and wounds were – no, I was living it where the love and light found me every single day.”
Salvaged absolutely sparkled, serving up all of the heartache, angst and delightfully sexy moments I’ve come to love from Jay Crownover and so much more. This book was the perfect end to what feels like an era of inimitable, inked book boyfriends and I find myself feeling both wholly satisfied and inexplicably sad. The writing was exquisite, the emotions genuine, and the storyline totally enthralling. I fell hard and fast for Poppy and Wheeler, Jay’s most undeniably worthy couple yet. These characters were simply good down to their souls and it made their triumphant happily ever after that much sweeter. Salvaged is hopeful, stunning and full of feels – an absolute must read from Jay Crownover!
I put my hands to my cheeks and held my face. I could feel heat under the surface and I could hear the rush of blood between my ears.
“Are you going to be okay? Do you need me to get you something? Should I grab Dixie?” He sounded genuinely concerned about me and that only made me shake even harder.
“No, I’m fine.” I wasn’t fine and hadn’t been in a very long time. “Dixie is in Mississippi. She took Dolly down because Church moved into the house he rented for them and she wanted the dog to get used to their new home and so she could see what it was like to have a yard.” I was babbling but I couldn’t stop the words from pouring out. “How do you move me without laying a hand on me?”
He looked up from where he was watching the puppy dig into his chow. Those blue eyes were like lasers as they cut into me from across the room. He put his hands on the counter and leaned forward. “What are you talking about?” His voice held that same even tone but there was something in it, some deeper note, that let me know he knew exactly what I was talking about.
I wrapped my arms around myself in a protective hug and met his look with a pointed one of my own. “I get stuck, frozen with fear. I end up caught between memories and reality. Most people grab my arm or touch me somewhere to get me moving again. Either that or they go around me like I’m in the way. You made me move without doing anything.”
His eyebrows shot up and the corners of his mouth pulled down in a frown. “People shouldn’t touch you unless you tell them it’s okay, even if you are in the way.”
His words had me shivering in a completely different way than I had been before and I was the opposite of cold. “I didn’t use to mind it.” The words cracked and sounded almost as broken as I felt on the inside. “I mean being touched. It was until…after.”
He lowered his gaze and I saw his chest rise and fall as he sucked in a deep breath. “The reason doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, people should respect that. No one has a right to put their hands on you unless you want them there.”
Right there in that moment I thought I wouldn’t mind it too terribly much if he walked across the room and replaced the frail and thin arms that were currently holding me together with his thick, strong, tattooed ones. It was probably the only touch I would ever crave but I would never be brave enough to ask for it, so I cleared my throat and awkwardly made my way closer to where he was standing. I lifted myself up into one of the barstools that was across the counter from him and put my hands on the cool surface separating us and prayed they would stop shaking.
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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)
Charged (Saints of Denver #2)
Riveted (Saints of Denver #3)
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.