Built by Jay Crownover
Published by Willam Morrow
Published on January 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller are as different as two people can be. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and kill it and grill it. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk while he’s denim and flannel.
The differences between the two of them don’t stop Zeb from dropping every hint he can think of that he would like to get to know her on a more personal level, but Sayer seems oblivious to his interest or is just too nice to tell him to take a hike. To Sayer, a guy like Zeb could never be interested in someone as reserved and boring as she is. She’s never been with anyone that was hot enough to melt the icy exterior she’s had wrapped around hera since her awful childhood. But what if Zeb is the one who might finally thaw her out…?
Originally read: November 2015
Audiobook re-read: January 2016
I friggin’ loved this book. I’m a huge fan of the Marked Men series, and of Rowdy in particular. I was so excited to get my grabby hands on the first spin-off book, as it would be surrounding Rowdy’s sister, Sayer, and the beautifully bearded Mr. Fix-it, Zeb. I was intrigued to see if The Saints of Denver would live up to the high standards I’ve set for The Marked Men series, and let me just say, Jay Crownover did not disappoint.
I was immediately invested in their story. This book runs the gamut of emotions: shock, joy, sadness, desire, hope, anxiety, eagerness, acceptance, and love. There’s no way to read this without feeling all of the things! I thoroughly enjoyed reading from both characters’ POV, as I think it added another layer of poignancy to the depth of the story. Oftentimes with contemporary romance, the romantic conflict in the story can come off a little contrite, or over-the-top, but that was not the case with Built. The pacing was spot-on; the story felt genuine and organic, which made me love it even more.
Typically, my biggest qualm I have with contemporary romance is more often than not, the heroine. I usually have a hard time understanding her actions, or empathizing with their plight. However, this was not the case with this story. When Jay sent me this book, she wrote me a note telling me that she hoped that I’d be “#TeamVagina” (as far as Sayer was concerned) after reading Built. (Cause, let’s face it, I’m absolutely dead inside, lol.) Though yes, Sayer did have her share of issues, and yes, she did have an internal uphill battle with this story, I found her to be quite endearing despite all these things. I appreciated that she was able to identify her quirks, and that she sought to work through them, with a little help from Zeb along the way. Zeb and Sayer balanced each other out, and in the end, were able to find a sweet harmony, which was something that truly warmed my cold, black heart.
Overall, the writing was hella strong, and I am struggling to find one negative thing about it. This book was just absolutely wonderful. Entertaining, and uplifting to boot.
5 HUGE STARS!
**I highly recommend the audio too! The narration is great, and it made for a delightful re-read.**