Review: Built (Saints of Denver #1) by Jay Crownover

by Jay Crownover

Studio portrait of young bearded man


The first in the new SAINTS OF DENVER series from NYT bestselling author of the MARKED MEN series, Jay Crownover

Sometimes you have to tear everything down to build something new…

Sayer Cole is frozen inside. At least, that’s what it’s felt like for as long as she can remember. She’s yet to let anyone past her icy exterior – and the one guy she thinks might melt her heart couldn’t possibly be interested in someone so uptight.

Rough, hard and hot-as-hell, Zeb Fuller has rebuilt his life and his construction business since protecting his family sent him to jail all those years ago. His elegant client, Sayer, makes him feel like a Neanderthal in denim, but despite the many hints that he’s been dropping to get to know her better, she seems oblivious to his charms.

Just as things finally start to heat up, Zeb’s past comes back to haunt him and he needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. As these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, fire and ice collide in an unstoppable explosion of steam…

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I sincerely don’t think this is the best that I’ve read from Jay Crownover, but it was definitely special. The characters and the story itself were pretty special to me.

The start of the book was thoughtful and nice, it was easy to get inside the character’s minds in a deep way, to get a sense of their essence before the story unfold itself. Maybe that we know a little of them from a previous series helped too, but I liked the beginning.

The characters had depth and were developed, and I saw them grow throughout the story and it was kind of beautiful to read. Specially with Sayer, the female lead. I must confess that at first it bothered me that Sayer is constantly thinking about her father. In everything she does, she remembers him and how he would disapprove. It’s kind of annoying at some point and you can tell that there are issues there and that need to be solve. But as the story develops you see no change. It’s not that she wants to do those things her father would approve, on the contrary and you (the reader) and her (the character) know this, but what bothers is that she doesn’t free herself from all of the past, from all of the things that hold her back. But she explains herself, and you get it because it is the way she is, it is the way she cope with things, yet you still wait for the moment that she can overcome that. And thankfully, she does. And it’s amazing to read, and while I was reading I was picturing her change and growth so easily and with so much color… It took a while but in the end she could, and that growth it’s something I wish to accomplish myself, when facing some of my issues. So I think Sayer was an inspiration to me.

About Zeb, what can I say? He’s everything. It was an admirable character. Though I confess I expected him to have more flaws, but I didn’t find many because in the end he was very real, and that made him sort of perfect for a character. And don’t even get me started on Zeb and Hyde (When you meet him, you’ll understand). Sadly, because I don’t want to give spoilers, more than I already may have, I can’t talk much more about him without revealing stuff that needs to be read to feel them. All I can say is that I wish I had a Zeb around *sighs swooningly*

In conclusion I really liked this book, and even though other books of Crownover have charmed me or trapped me more, this book was amazingly written to me and that puts it on top of the list of my favorites. In fact, I was going to give it a 4.5 star, but then I wrote this, and thought: What is the flaw to not review it just 5 stars? And I honestly can’t remember one now, but I probably thought of one while reading it. However, what I remember 4 hours after I finish the book is wonderful, so a 5 stars it is.

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