Monday, December 28, 2015

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

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review/Excerpt Tour for BUILT by Jay Crownover! BUILT is a Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 1st full-length novel in The Saints of Denver Series, a spinoff of her New York Times bestselling Marked Men Series. This amazing book releases on January 5th!  

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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.  

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 I met her at a bar.
                She had a beer bottle in her hand even though she looked like she should be sipping champagne out of an expensive flute, and that inexplicably turned me on. She was pretty and looked completely out of place in the no-name bar sitting across from one of my longtime friends who also happened to be her long-lost brother. He was the reason she was here. In that split second that I laid my eyes on her I wanted to be the reason she stayed.
                I knew it was rude and that the two of them needed some time together, some time to figure out what they were to each other now that she had blasted into his life unannounced. If I was a better friend I would have left them alone. As it was, I made my way over to the tiny table and sat down. I was covered in sawdust and had drywall mud caked in the hair on my head and on my face, but she didn’t flinch or bat an eyelash when I purposely broke up their party of two and placed myself as close to her as I could without actually touching her.
                My buddy Rowdy St. James lifted his eyebrows at me as I stared at her while he introduced us. Sayer Cole. Even her name was elegant and sophisticated sounding. She was an enigma, this pretty woman that seemed like she should be in any place but this bar with the two of us. She’d showed up out of the blue a couple of months ago claiming to be Rowdy’s half-sister, claiming that they shared a father, claiming that all she wanted was to be in his life and have some kind of family of her own. She looked too delicate to be that brave. Came across as way too proper to have said “fuck it all” and picked up her life to move it someplace unknown without being sure of her welcome. She looked like silk, but if my guess was right about her, it was silk wrapped around steel. 

I discovered Jay Crownover's Marked Men series earlier this year while reading Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked and I instantly fell in love. The characters of the Marked Men series managed to firmly secure a spot in my heart by the end of the series and are there to stay. I have never wanted a spin-off series so badly before I encountered the Marked Men. The characters are unforgettable and hard to let go. 

I could not get enough of Zeb and Sayer's story, I could have read Built in one sitting had I not started the book on a week day. I have been struggling to read lately with the craziness of school, but Built taught me that I need to make time for reading and that if I am not completely in love with a story, it prevents me from reading when I do have the time. I spent quite a few late nights trying to fit in as many chapters of Built as I possibly could, but a couple chapters was never enough. Built pulls the reader into the story from the first sentence to the very last one. I would stop reading Built at the end of a chapter in order to sleep, but all I could do was lay in bed thinking about what would happen next. 

It is extremely difficult to choose my favorite couple, but Zeb and Sayer are somewhere near the top. Zeb and Sayer's chemistry is undeniable and and their fight to be together was completely worth it in the end. I loved the progression of their relationship and how their romance built itself.

I am struggling to form sentences that are not completely incoherent, but that also do not contain spoilers. As much as I want to endlessly talk about the plot line, the story is much better if you go in blindly. All I will say is that I love the conflict. I rated Built a five out of five stars, but it deserves more stars than five. I loved that Built featured interactions between Quaid and Avett, the couple in the next Saints of Denver novel, Charged. The relationship between Quaid and Avett is interesting to say the least and I am looking forward to seeing their relationship unfold in Charged, which is expected to be released in late May of 2016. Built did not end on a cliff-hanger, but there will never be enough Jay Crownover books to satisfy my need.

Whether you are a long-time fan of Jay's books, or have never read any book written by her, I highly recommend picking up Built on January 5th. If you have or plan to preorder a copy of Built, you can complete this form to receive Nash and Saint's exclusive wedding scene. 

BUILT Review & Excerpt Tour:

December 28th
Reading is Sexy – Review & Excerpt
RentasticReads – Review & Excerpt
StuckInBooks – Review & Excerpt
Little Red's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Addicted to Happily Ever After – Review & Excerpt
kimberlyfaye reads – Review & Excerpt

December 29th
Bookcrack – Review
V's Reads – Review & Excerpt
three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt
Desert Divas Book Addiction – Review & Excerpt
Lili's Books – Review & Excerpt

December 30th
Lustful Literature – Review & Excerpt
Zili in the Sky – Review & Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
Biblio Belles – Review & Excerpt
Mustreadbooksordie – Review & Excerpt
Book Freak – Review & Excerpt
A Bookish Escape – Review & Excerpt

December 31st
The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt
She Hearts Books – Review & Excerpt
Lazy Book Lovers – Review
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Naughty and nice book blog – Review & Excerpt

January 1st
Books to Breathe – Review & Excerpt
Random Book Muses – Review & Excerpt
Under the Covers – Review & Excerpt
Holly's Hot Reads – Review & Excerpt
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt

January 2nd
Bewitching bibliophile – Review & Excerpt
Much Loved Books – Review & Excerpt
Dark Faerie Tales – Review & Excerpt
The Book Disciple – Review & Excerpt
Live Read and Breathe – Review & Excerpt
Smokin' Hot Reads Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

January 3rd
People Like Books – Review & Excerpt
The Flare Up – Review & Excerpt
Gemma reads too much – Review & Excerpt
Read Love Blog –Review & Excerpt
KT Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
i love lady porn – Review & Excerpt

January 4th
Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt
Jenuine Cupcakes – Review
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Never Judge a Book by its Cover – Review & Excerpt
Book Sojourner – Review & Excerpt

January 5th
Echoing Books – Review & Excerpt
oh the book feels – Review & Excerpt
Reviews by Tammy & Kim – Review & Excerpt
TLBC's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

January 6th
Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt
True Story Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Literati Literature Lovers – Review & Excerpt

January 7th
Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt
BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Fairest of All Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Hot Guys in Books – Review & Excerpt

January 8th
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
Book Babes Unite – Review
Renee Entress's Blog – Review & Excerpt
BJ's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Shelf_Life – Review & Excerpt
Ticket to Anywhere – Review & Excerpt

January 9th
Nuggets from a Book Nerd – Review & Excerpt
Krissy's Book Nook – Review & Excerpt
pbc – Excerpt
From the TBR Pile – Review & Excerpt
Romance Addict Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

And don’t miss the previous novella in The Saints of Denver Series!

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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.            

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