Review: Salvaged by Jay Crownover

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series with the next thrilling standalone, SALVAGED! Order your copy today!

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

Review:

Wheeler is the nicest guy you’d meet.   Poppy is broken and scared.  When Wheeler sees Poppy for the first time he really sees her.  He doesn’t see that she is broken, hurt and scared.  When Poppy sees Wheeler she feels an undeniable attraction that she hasn’t felt in a long time.  Can Wheeler and Poppy heal one another by loving each other?  Will the past come crashing down on them and force them to crawl back into the hurt they have a chance at letting go?

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!  I love Jay Crownover’s books but this one really got me.  It was emotionally intense at times, sweet when it needed to be and sexy when it was just right.  Wheeler has just become my new number one book boyfriend.  His ability to be sweet and strong at the same time while helping Poppy put herself back together was one of the most memorable parts of this book.  I don’t think Jay Crownover has ever written two of the most perfect characters.  The pain that the two over come and turn to love truly gives hope to anyone ever hurt before.  In the end, I was smiling with tears in my eyes.  If you are a fan of Jay Crownover you will love this book.  If you haven’t read her yet…I don’t know what your waiting for.  You need to start now!  I guarantee you will pick up one of her books and be hooked.  Overall, this was a book I couldn’t put down.  A real emotionally romantic masterpiece by the phenomenal Jay Crownover!

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I put my hands to my cheeks and held my face. I could feel heat under the surface and I could hear the rush of blood between my ears.

“Are you going to be okay? Do you need me to get you something? Should I grab Dixie?” He sounded genuinely concerned about me and that only made me shake even harder.

“No, I’m fine.” I wasn’t fine and hadn’t been in a very long time. “Dixie is in Mississippi. She took Dolly down because Church moved into the house he rented for them and she wanted the dog to get used to their new home and so she could see what it was like to have a yard.” I was babbling but I couldn’t stop the words from pouring out. “How do you move me without laying a hand on me?”

He looked up from where he was watching the puppy dig into his chow. Those blue eyes were like lasers as they cut into me from across the room. He put his hands on the counter and leaned forward. “What are you talking about?” His voice held that same even tone but there was something in it, some deeper note, that let me know he knew exactly what I was talking about.

I wrapped my arms around myself in a protective hug and met his look with a pointed one of my own. “I get stuck, frozen with fear. I end up caught between memories and reality. Most people grab my arm or touch me somewhere to get me moving again. Either that or they go around me like I’m in the way. You made me move without doing anything.”

His eyebrows shot up and the corners of his mouth pulled down in a frown. “People shouldn’t touch you unless you tell them it’s okay, even if you are in the way.”

His words had me shivering in a completely different way than I had been before and I was the opposite of cold. “I didn’t use to mind it.” The words cracked and sounded almost as broken as I felt on the inside. “I mean being touched. It was until…after.”

He lowered his gaze and I saw his chest rise and fall as he sucked in a deep breath. “The reason doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, people should respect that. No one has a right to put their hands on you unless you want them there.”

Right there in that moment I thought I wouldn’t mind it too terribly much if he walked across the room and replaced the frail and thin arms that were currently holding me together with his thick, strong, tattooed ones. It was probably the only touch I would ever crave but I would never be brave enough to ask for it, so I cleared my throat and awkwardly made my way closer to where he was standing. I lifted myself up into one of the barstools that was across the counter from him and put my hands on the cool surface separating us and prayed they would stop shaking.

 

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Jay Crownover’s SALVAGED – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

June 12th

Aurora B’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Ceres Books World – Review

Grownupfangirl – Review & Excerpt

Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt

Panda & Boodle – Excerpt

June 13th

Booknerd1107 – Review

Foxy Blogs – Excerpt

Happily Ever After Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Mustreadbooksordie – Review

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

The Book Disciple – Review & Excerpt

June 14th

Books to Breathe – Review & Excerpt

Prisoners of Print – Review & Excerpt

Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review & Excerpt

The Book Maven – Review

Two Girls with Books – Review

June 15th

Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt

Ficwishes – Review

Night Owl Reader – Review & Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

June 16th

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

Book Sojourner – Review & Excerpt

Literary Gossip – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review & Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt

June 17th

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

BJ’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

NotasLiterárias – Review & Excerpt

RentasticReads – Review

Reflections Of A Book Geek – Review & Excerpt

June 18th

I Heart Books – Review & Excerpt

Naughty and nice book blog – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

The Escapist Book Blog – Review

Zili in the Sky – Review & Excerpt

June 19th

From the TBR Pile – Review

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

BookWorm221 – Review & Excerpt

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

June 20th

Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt

Reviews by Tammy and Kim (Rachel and Jay) – Review & Excerpt

TjLovesToRead – Excerpt

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

June 21st

Jack of All Trades, Master of None – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

My Girlfriend’s Couch – Review & Excerpt

Rachel Reads Ravenously – Review & Excerpt

She Hearts Books – Review & Excerpt

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

June 22nd

A Leisure Moment – Review

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Caroline Jane Reads – Excerpt

KeeperShelf – Review

Live Read and Breathe – Review & Excerpt

Musings of the Modern Belle – Review & Excerpt

Queenzany – Review & Excerpt

June 23rd

BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review & Excerpt

Krissy’s Book Nook – Review & Excerpt

Obsessive Book Nerd – Review

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

June 24th

Blushing babes are up all night – Review

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review & Excerpt

We stole your book boyfriend – Review & Excerpt

Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess – Review & Excerpt

 

 

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver 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 dogs.

 

 

 

 

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Review: Riveted by Jay Crownover

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

 

 

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Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

Review:

Dixie has always believed in an all consuming love.  After many failed attempts she felt a bit defeated.   That is until Church does something no man has ever done.  Her heart falls head over heals for the handsome bouncer.  So, when he asks her to take a trip home and pretend to be his girlfriend she doesn’t hesitant even though she knows it will hurt to let him go.  As Church and Dixie grow closer and more intimate neither can deny how this trip will change them forever.  If they can survive the person that is trying to hurt them can they work out a happily ever after?

OMG!!!  I LOVED THIS BOOK!  Jay Crownover has easily become one of my favorite authors.  She has the incredible talent to write memorable and unique characters that the reader will fall head over heels for.  Riveted was no different.  I was initially worried about this book.  I didn’t come in knowing much about either character.  In previous Saints of Denver books, I was at least a little familiar with them.  As I read (and couldn’t put down) this book I completely fell in love with Dixie and Church.  Their story was so different from the others.  Church was uniquely damaged and like everyone Dixie meets you can’t help but love her.  Their relationship was expertly developed and flowed with the sub-story of suspense.  Overall, this is one of the best Jay Crownover books I read.  I can’t wait for the next book.  I suspect it will be yet another stunner.

 

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Review and Excerpt: Honor by Jay Crownover

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with her most complicated hero yet, in the first book in the romantic suspense series The Breaking Point.

 

 

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Don’t be fooled.

Don’t make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one standing front and center.

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Review:

Keelyn has left everything she knew to start over.  She knew that if she was around him she wouldn’t be able to just be her anymore.  She would only be his.  Being his meant he had all the control and she couldn’t give up all her hard earned freedom.  Her new freedom doesn’t feel like home though.  It isn’t until she decides to go back that she truly owns who she is and who she wants.  But, can she manage to keep her heart safe around someone who is determined to make her his and never let her go.

With this book it truly sealed my love for all of Jay Crownover’s work.  I adored Nassir and Keelyn.  Their similar but different personalities really draws in the reader.  You can relate to them even if Nassir is a crime lord and Keelyn is a former stripper.  Their love affair is deep and strong. Clearly, the wait that they have gone through allowed for things to grow.  Not to mention the steamy sex scenes that will have your e-reader steaming up as you read.  Having read as many of Jay Crownover’s books as I have these two are probably one of my favorite pairs.  I can’t wait to see where this series will go.  There are a lot of awesome characters and with Jay Crownover’s awesome writing talent I know the next book will be just as good if not better.  If you haven’t picked up one of her books before I’d say pick one up now.  Why not start with this one?  You will fall for the gangster and the stripper just like I did.

Excerpt:

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Maybe if I hadn’t spent the last six months slinging pancakes and greasy hash to hungover hipsters and avoiding the too-curious eyes of the cops who like to hit up the diner for early-morning breakfast, I would have noticed the ominous shift in the air.

Before I came to Denver six months ago, my senses had been honed to pick up on the slightest threat. Before, anything that might be dangerous, that might put me in peril, had made my skin tingle, made everything inside of me vibrate with awareness. Now I had settled into a simple, dreary rhythm. Every day was the same as the one before it and there was no outside threat constantly hounding me, hunting me, haunting me. I let my guard down. I had gone soft, and as a result the biggest danger of them all managed to slip into my new normal without giving any kind of hint he was there.

My nonslip shoe—that were probably the ugliest things ever made but absolutely necessary considering the greasy food the tiny kitchen pumped out—squeaked on the laminate floor as I made my way over to the lone patron who had taken the last available seat in my section. The massive plastic menu completely covered his face, but the Rolex on his wrist and the perfect cut of his suit jacket let me know he wasn’t my typical kind of customer. There wasn’t a flannel shirt or police blues in sight, and as I got closer, a whiff of something exotic and familiar engulfed my senses and stopped me in my tracks. Of all the things I had left behind, he was the one I had tried hardest to forget.

The tingling across my skin spread. My tummy tightened. Blood rushed loudly between my ears. My shaking fingers curled around the pen in my hand like a weapon. Before I could pull it together and walk away, the menu lowered and I was pinned to the spot, immobilized by eyes the color of spice rum.

They were wicked eyes. Eyes that saw far too much and gave nothing away. Eyes I daydreamed about. Eyes that caused me to wake up in a cold sweat. Eyes that turned me inside out and shook me up as they made a slow perusal from the top of my head to the tips of my god-awful shoes, returning to my face and staying there as I struggled to keep my shit together.

He slowly put the menu down on the cracked tabletop and leaned back in the booth. He was strikingly out of place here and I absolutely hated how that sexy twist of his mouth, a mouth that I dreamed about almost every night, made my traitorous heart flutter and my pulse kick.

I was also strikingly out of place here, but I’d learned to fake it. He, obviously, never bothered to fake anything. He wasn’t a man with virtuous intentions and he never pretended to be.

Gone were the mile-high stilettos that I always wore. In their place I now donned work shoes that prevented me from falling on my ass as I ran food and dirty dishes to and from the kitchen. I was hiding in plain sight, knowing that the last place on earth anyone who might come looking for me would check out would be this greasy spoon. This was the opposite of me and the life I had always lived, so even though I could afford better, craved more, this was where I needed to be…until he showed up.

 

 

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point,and the Saints of Denver 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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Review: Jet (Marked Men #2) by Jay Crownover

Yeah!  It’s the weekend!  Well, it’s almost the weekend.  I am starting your weekend off with a blast of Jay Crownover and her Marked Men series.  Jet, is a hot local rockstar.  He desperately needs to avoid the hot southern belle, Ayden.  But when avoiding can’t happen anymore their two worlds finally crash together.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

Review:

Ayden has successfully avoided Jet since she threw herself at him and he turned her down flat.  Unfortunately, successfully avoiding is a bit tricky since he now lives with her and their other roommate.  Ayden and Jet, however, start a weird friendship.  As their friendship grows, jealousy and sexual tension build until they finally combust and come together.  But, as their relationship takes off, Ayden’s past catches up with her and forces her to make hasty decisions for both her and Jet.  Ayden’s fear and resentment of her past lets her throw away the love that Jet has for her and Jet’s past let’s his insecurities about love let Ayden push them apart.  In the end will they realize what they lost or will they just move on being shell’s of themselves?

It is so fun reading these Marked Men books.  Learning about these tattooed, sexy men is fun and exciting.  I was looking forward to Jet’s story.  I really liked him in Rule and I loved Ayden as well.  This definitely didn’t disappoint.  Getting to know the real Jet and Ayden was as fun and intriguing as I thought.  They both had secrets that really propelled this story into something more than just hot sex and hot sexy men.  Jay Crownover’s mixture of sexiness, hilarity and intrigue makes for a great story and a book that will leave you drooling and panting for more.

Review: Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

Howdy everyone!  I know I have been MIA for a few days but I hope you are prepared cause I have been having a read-a-thon and will be having lots of books coming your way.  Today, I finally ready Rule by Jay Crownover.  This book has been on my TBR list and boy am I glad I got my greedy hands on this hot piece of fiction 🙂  I loved this book so much that I couldn’t wait to read the next and believe me I am in deep with this series.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

Review:

Shaw has always loved Rule.  Rule hasn’t looked at Shaw as more than his brother’s girlfriend.  But, after Shaw’s birthday full of cocktails, Rule sees first hand that he’s never really seen everything clearly.  Shaw and Rule begin a tumultuous relationship that has more hurdles than an Olympic race.  As Rule learns more and gets closer to Shaw he begins to panic and his old fears surface.  Between Shaw’s secrets and Rule’s insecurities can they come together to share a love they both feel or will they let it all go without a backward glance?

I adored this book.  Shaw was an awesome character.  She was feisty in her own way and definitely wouldn’t put up with Rule’s shenanigans.  Rule is the epitome of a sex god with tattoos and piercings.  Their relationship burned through the pages of this book.  It wasn’t just Shaw and Rule that made this book awesome.  Their friends are some of the best parts of the story.  I adored all of them and everything they added to the book.  Jay Crownover’s writing and storytelling skill is fantastic.  It’s definitely addictive and pulls you in and won’t let go.  If you like sexy, tattooed and pierced guys with sassy girls you will love the Marked Men series.

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