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Friday, January 8, 2016

Blog Tour Review + Excerpt: Built by Jay Crownover

Posted by Irish in Adult, Blog Tour, Contest, Excerpt, Review1 Comment

Blog Tour Review + Excerpt: Built by Jay Crownover

Blog Tour Review + Excerpt: Built by Jay CrownoverBuilt by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver
Also in this series: Leveled, Charged
Published by William Morrow on 05 January 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars
Also by this author: Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Better When He's Bad, Rowdy, Asa, Leveled, Charged

Place(s) Traveled To: Denver, Colorado // Lakewood, Colorado

First Line(s): I met her at a bar.

My truth. I have been looking forward to BUILT since before Jay Crownover even made the announcement for it. That is because the moment that the character of Zeb was first introduced I wanted to know more about him. And not just Zeb because I loved how he and Sayer interacted from their very first meeting in ROWDY (my review.) So it should come as no surprise that the moment BUILT landed in my hands I picked it up and started to read it and I didn’t stop until I was done. I devoured Zeb and Sayer’s story and just couldn’t put it down. BUILT is the sort of book that should come with a label because it totally kept me up long past my bedtime but it was totally worth it.

Even though there were times when I may have wanted to shake some sense into Sayer. Yet, even as I wanted to shake her, I found Sayer to be one of the most self aware characters in a romance book. All too often the characters aren’t aware of how contrary they are being but Sayer did and she also took steps to figure out what she truly wanted. Not just that but she took steps to heal what was broken before trying to build something with Zeb. This made their relationship all the more real and as a result made this poor reader heart ache all the more because all I wanted was for them to find their happily ever after as quickly as possible.

Built Quote

BUILT wasn’t just a heart achy read it was also filled with some light hearted moments that brought a smile to my face. I also liked how BUILT wasn’t just all boy meets girl they go through angst and then they fall in love. There is this amazing, heart breaking, heart uplifting, and beautiful story within these pages. I love ever facet of the diamond in the rough that is Zeb that we get to see. I adore how he is with Sayer and with those around him. With this book book, Zeb has totally become my favorite book boyfriend from Jay Crownover’s books. The story of Zeb and Sayer is just everything a reader could want in a book and more.

BUILT is a book that I am sad that I can’t read it again for the first time but I know that I will enjoy each and every re-read that I do (and may have already done.) I am so excited to stay in this part of Denver with this new series of Crownover’s and can’t wait to see the other stories that she writes. I just hope that we are able to get more cameos from Zeb and the other Marked Men boys because I with each last page in a book the good-byes get harder and harder. So that is my truth. I loved BUILT. I loved Sayer. And I most definitely loved Zeb. And I think that if you give him a shot that you will love him too.

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Add Rock with Me by Kristen Proby to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

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Excerpt

 

“One battle at a time, Zeb. That’s all we can tackle, okay?”

He was quiet for a long moment, but I could hear him breathing and then finally he grunted a little bit and replied, “Well, then the battle I need to tackle right now is those god-awful walls. Thank you for talking me off the ledge. It’s impossible not to hope for the best when I talk to you.”

Maybe it was the overwhelming quiet of my house or it was the wistfulness in his voice. Or maybe it was really the fact that no matter how hard I tried to keep a clear divide between the two of us, I was always going to be too eager to cross over it when an opportunity presented itself. Like a goddamn fool.

Calling myself every kind of name there was in the book, I blurted out, “I’m not doing anything tonight, and Poppy went out with Rowdy, so if you need an extra set of hands to help with the paint I can swing by the house.” I wanted to groan. I was the least handy person in the whole world and I don’t think I had ever even held a paintbrush, but the idea of getting to spend some one-on-one time with him was just so tempting that I ignored all of that and secretly hoped he would ignore it, too.

He chuckled a little. “Are you serious?”

I shrugged even though he couldn’t see it. “Sure. Why not?”

“Well, I’m not going to turn down free labor, especially when that free labor looks like you. Do you even own anything that you won’t be pissed to get paint on, Say? What I do tends to get dirty.” His voiced dropped a little bit and there was a husky timbre to the words that made me shiver.

There was a double entendre there that was impossible to miss and it made all of my skin heat up from the inside out. Not to mention no one had ever shortened my name before. I wasn’t exactly the cutesy nickname type. My father wouldn’t have approved and as such I was always just “Sayer.” Zeb’s shortening my name felt intimate. It felt far more familiar than I should be allowing myself to get with him. Still I didn’t say anything other than “I’m sure I can find something.”

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BUILT - Tour Teaser 1

 

 

About BUILT:

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.

BUILT - Tour Teaser 2

 

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

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LEVELED

 

Jay Crownover - author picAbout Jay Crownover:

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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