From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won't know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid's story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation...or her ruin.
Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.
When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.
Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.
As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.
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I tapped the edge of my thumb on the black-and-white mug shot photo and couldn’t stop the grin from tugging at my mouth.
She tried to fire me.
She was five-foot-nothing, a lifetime younger than me, had multicolored hair that had seen better days, wild eyes that couldn’t decide if they wanted to be green, gold, or brown, while dressed in convict orange and obviously scared out of her ever loving mind, yet she still tried to fire me. If it had been any of my other clients—the cop accused of sexual battery, the frat boy accused of manslaughter over a bet on a football game gone wrong, the middle school teacher accused of pedophilia and having an inappropriate relationship with several of her students, or the pro football player accused of domestic abuse—I would have tipped my proverbial hat, wished them luck while I cut my losses, and walked away without a backward glance. People always committed crimes. People always needed a good defense, so it wasn’t like I was hurting for clients, but there was something about the girl. Something about the defiant tilt of her chin and the raw desperation in her tone when she begged me not to call her father.
“I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.” She sounded like she meant it when she said it, but I figured she was too young and too scared to know exactly what she wanted or needed. Regardless, it was still refreshing to hear.
Everyone always wanted something from me and my help was usually the least of it.
I tapped the picture again, wondering why I found it so easy to believe that she really hadn’t been a part of the boyfriend’s plan to rob the bar. She wasn’t anyone’s idea of a model citizen and she had the shady track record to prove it. She was too young, and frankly too adorable, to have a file this thick. From what I could see, she had a set of parents always willing to ride to the rescue when she got herself into trouble. She looked like some kind of colorful woodland fairy from a Disney movie with her odd hair and delicate features. None of it added up, but the sincerity in her tone when she said she would never have gone with the boyfriend if she knew his intent and the fear in her eyes when I mentioned her father seemed genuine.
I learned long ago to treat everyone like they were guilty of whatever it was I was paid to defend them against. I didn’t want to know the truth. I didn’t want to know the circumstances. I wanted my clients to listen to me and let me do my job as I tried to convince the rest of the world they were innocent, regardless if they were or not. But this girl with her faded, rose colored hair and turbulent eyes oozed innocence through the cracks of a very guilty façade.
Because I was intrigued and actually believed the girl might be innocent, I wasn’t going to let her fire me. I was going to call her father and hope that he would help me keep her out of the slammer while I figured out how to plea bargain her charges down or get them dismissed altogether. Again, because a cop was involved in the robbery and because the boyfriend, junkie or not, was offering up a pretty plausible explanation for Avett’s involvement in the crime, nothing was a slam dunk, yet. I was going to help her whether she wanted me to or not.
Jay Crownover never disappoints. In Charged, she weaves a beautiful romance with high tension and drama from the legal system. While the first book in the Saints of Denver series, Built, has many ties to the Marked Men series, Charged was rather distant from the original series. While Avett showed up periodically in the Marked Men series, primarily in Asa and Rome, we saw very few of our beloved characters. The distance between the series was not terrible, but it made the mentions of the various characters from the original gang even more special.
Jay has such beautiful writing. Her stories are so quick to read with just enough detail and flare. While many authors pile of flourishing words to make their writing appear more sophisticated, I would pick Jay's raw writing any day over theirs. Her raw writing is able to pack in so much emotion that better engages the audience. She pulls you into the story and you are unable to leave without making a place for her characters in your heart. I also love how personal Jay makes her books. She always includes an introduction and acknowledgment that makes you feel as though she is really talking to you. Just like her stories, her introductions include many memorable quotes.
If you have not read any of Jay's books, I highly recommend starting as soon as you can. All of Jay's Marked Men and Saints of Denver have my personal approval. Each book in both series has enough variety in the plots for any lover of New Adult to enjoy. The topics and struggles that each character face is varied throughout both series and you are bound to find a character that you can relate to.
While I was originally disappointed by the cover change that occurred with Charged, it has definitely grown on me. Jay has been rather lucky with the book covers she has been given. Although they typically feature a single guy, they never look cheesy. It always made sense to only have a guy on the Marked Men books because the title of each book was one of the Marked Men. In comparison, the titles of the Saints of Denver books have been a summary of the relationship between the two characters, justifying a cover change to feature both main characters. I am, however, disappointed that Built does not match its fellow Saints of Denver sequels. I am interested to see what the cover of Riveted will look like. I wonder if they will continue using the new style of covers or if they will go back to the originals.
While Charged included Jay's typical charm and romance, it included higher tension and suspense than some of her other Marked Men and Saints of Denver books had. I am unable to rank where Charged falls in comparison to Jay's other books because they all are so different from each other. However, I can easily say that Changed does not disappoint. I cannot wait for the third installment of the Saints of Denver series, Riveted, that is expected to be released in early 2017. I am unaware how many books the Saints of Denver series will contain. I cannot wait to read the remaining book(s) in the series.