Review and Excerpt Tour: Charged: Jay Crownover

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Jay Crownover
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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 went in expecting not to enjoy Charged as much as the rest in the series. I have very limited patience for characters such as Avett. Firstly, our girl is pure trouble with a capital T; a whirlwind of angst and chaos. Secondly, I had no memory of Quaid. I figured he must not have been too captivating if I couldn’t bring him to the forefront of my mind, even after asking a friend.

I should have known not to entertain my doubts. There is nothing better than when a story sneaks up, taking me by surprise. Charged was not what I expected, and in the end I adored the ever-loving hell out of it. I couldn’t devour the pages fast enough, which speaks volumes, considering I was apprehensive about reading this story.

With a huge, goofy grin plastered on my face, I tumbled head over heels in love with both Avett and Quaid. These two so very different on the outside, were not so different deep down. They just meshed perfectly together.

Avett—a sassy, spitfire who always managed to find trouble—never made apologies for who she was, only for her behavior. She found trouble because she felt she deserved the pain and resulting backlash. But underneath, she was a lost soul who couldn’t find her way back to solid ground. Avett grew through this story, and showed us she had a heart so big, she would sacrifice herself for those she loved.

Quaid was her opposite, but only on the outside. Having been abandoned by his family, and cheated on by an ex-wife, Quaid shut down and dedicated himself to his job, focusing on materialistic achievements. As a lawyer, he didn’t care if he let the guilty walk free. He only cared about winning, and the resulting success and accolades. Until Avett. He found a way to put all that aside for her.

Their chemistry was explosive, their connection intense. These two grew as individuals, and they grew together. Some readers felt they weren’t as richly developed as her other characters on the basis of too much sex and a rushed story, but I disagree. The pacing was perfect, and each sex scene had a purpose.

With each character getting hotter and hotter, I feel as though Jay Crownover can’t top her last book, and every time, she proves me wrong. I have a serious lady boner for this author. All I got to say is thank the Promised Land for Ms. Crownover and her merry little band of “saints and sinners!”

Thank you, William Morrow, for the complimentary copy of Charged.
"Some of us are born into the storm and some of us are born to chase after it, I guess." 

Avett Walker has hit rock bottom. Her life is in shambles and she has hurt people she cares about. her new lawyer, Quad Jackson is intimidating, professional, polished, and seems perfect. She is full of self blame, guilt, and regrets over her bad choices and actions. Her self worth is shot. She has little faith in herself or her future

They react strongly to each other. She is honest, real, spirited, flawed, and impulsive. She is full of self hatred and feels like a failure. Her relationships have been damaged by her choices. And this time she even faces jail time.

Quaid is her not-so-white-Knight. Under his facade, he is just a boy that tried to get away from his humble beginnings and prove himself worthy. He has plenty of money and things, but is lonely and putting on a front. He's been broken down, disappointed, betrayed, and left.

They appear like opposites, but find a connection. She makes him react and pulls him in. She is a hurricane coming into his well organized life and creating chaos. She makes him lose his sense of control. He is not sure he has anything real left to give, but she helps him find the man he lost and wants him for who he is and not what he has. He is an anchor for her and encourages her to make better choices even when she does not believe in herself. He gets to the bottom of her motivations and issues, and along the way she begins to heal, get stronger, and find herself.

They have to take a leap of faith towards a new life. By being honest and vulnerable, they lower their guards and open their hearts.

But Avett's trouble is not as easily fixed as they had hoped. There is a danger and suspense component running throughout the story. At times they both feel the need to protect each other and make sacrifices. 

I didn't have much of a feel for Quaid going in, but came to like him fairly quickly especially after we got to see under his veneer. Avett has been a hard character to like and I was not sure about her coming into the book. But there was something about her personality that won me over and I felt like she really did have a journey of self discovery and showed positive changes I really liked them as a couple despite their differences. They had serious chemistry and some hot scenes.  They had serious chemistry and some hot scenes and  I will admit that sometimes they distracted me from the story a bit.  But they were definitely wild and sweet. There was a recurring theme of her being the storm, and him being willing enough to chase it and strong enough to ride it out.

It was told in dual points of view and had one bonus point of view snuck into a pivotal scene. We got some cameos from old friends that made me happy. I liked getting to learn more about Avett's parents Brite and Darcy. I hope to see more of Church in a future book. This was passionate, emotional, sweet, steamy, and has the sense of camaraderie that I love about the Jay Crownover world. It was about self worth, sacrifice, family, and true love. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Avett is a whirlwind. Impulsive and reckless, she has made bad choice after bad choice until she hits rock bottom. Even as she begins to work towards fixing her mistakes, she still maintains her need to keep things on the edge, that’s just her.

Quaid is straightlaced, methodical, and calculating. His drive to make partner has influenced every decision he has made in his career and in his life. He has fought for everything he has, wearing his polish and image like a second skin.

Though Avett and Quaid initially keep themselves professional, Avett quickly comes to rely on Quaid’s steady nature in some tough situations. I loved the way they each challenged each other as Avett worked to find herself, and Quaid took the time to remember who he was. I was expecting Avett to have things to figure out, but was pleasantly surprised at the direction Quaid’s characterization took.

There were a handful of moments where I felt like the narration took over the storytelling rather than the story coming from the characters themselves. But there were other times I valued the speed at which things moved because of that writing style. It was something I haven’t noticed before in Jay’s books, so don’t know if it was just my mood at the time of reading or something different for this book.

I have always loved Jay’s stories. She has a way of writing characters who find exactly what they need in someone they wouldn’t have expected to find a connection with and this was no exception. I loved the unexpected pairings and they way these characters’ opposite natures compliment each other. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
                I blew out a breath and felt that bottom I had careened onto reach up to embrace me even tighter. “It is what it is. I’ve let both my folks down a lot over the last few years but getting caught up with a guy that would rob the bar, a guy who could threaten my dad’s people.” I shook my head. “I deserve to rot.”
                I was being overly dramatic but that’s how I felt. I deserved to sit in jail and so much worse than that. Self-pity was good company down here at rock bottom and I wasn’t ready to let go of the warmth it provided just yet.
                He gave me a look I couldn’t read and headed for the door. “I’ll call your parents for you and see if we can have something in place before tomorrow. Working on your case will be a lot easier for both of us if you aren’t incarcerated. Remember, you need to listen to me, Ms. Walker. That’s the first rule in all of this.”
                Panic hit me like a truck. What if he called my dad and my dad told him he’d had enough of his problematic daughter and her endless nonsense? What if he couldn’t love me anymore? Jail I could survive; losing my father for good, well, it would be the end of me.
                Without thinking I jumped to my feet, which had the chains on both my hands and my legs rattling loudly, and two uniformed officers hurried into the room. I was about to make maybe the worst decision to date but I couldn’t stop the words from sliding off my tongue.
                “Don’t call my dad!” Recklessness, thy name was Avett Walker.
                The attorney turned around and looked at me like I had grown a second head. He didn’t say anything as the officers moved to either side of me and told me to calm down.
                “You can’t call my dad.” The words sounded as panicked and as desperate as I felt on the inside.
                His broad shoulders lifted and fell in a shrug like he really couldn’t give a shit that he was about to ruin my life…which was saying a hell of a lot considering where I was.
                “I have to.” He sounded bored and impatient with my outburst.
                I narrowed my eyes at him, and that vortex of awful, which I always seemed to be smack dab in the center of, started to spin faster and faster around me.
                “Then you’re fired.” I saw the cops exchange a look and my rushed words had the blond man turning fully back around to look at me. “I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.”
                Finally, there was something other than indifference in his gaze. There was surprise, maybe a hint of admiration colliding with a huge splash of humor in the pale depths.
                “Sorry, Ms. Walker, but you didn’t hire me, so that means you don’t get to fire me.” That grin of his, which should be registered as a deadly weapon, flashed across his face again as he watched me, and then he was gone.
LEVELED (Saints of Denver #0.5)
Jay Crownover
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We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin.

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure if he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working towards a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own...if only the man will let him close enough to mend what's broken.

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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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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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