Blog Tour: Riveted: Jay Crownover

RIVETED (Saints of Denver #3)
Jay Crownover

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Release Date February 14, 2017

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

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.

Dixie and Church...they've had that smoldering chemistry for awhile. Church always managed to keep her at arm's length, while she nursed her crush that she assumed was unrequited. This is their story.

Dashel Churchill is the stoic, broody, distant, uncommunicative, and pessimistic bouncer at the bar where Dixie waitresses. His past made him feel loss, guilt, and pain, and his coping mechanisms had him shutting people out and walling up his heart. He ran to the Army as his escape and has avoided going home for ten years, but now he cannot ignore the call to go back.

Dixie Carmichael is sweet, sassy, and sunny. She always sees the good in people and situations. She is always willing to help others and often sacrifices her own needs to do so. She is independent, does not like asking for help, and does not often put herself first. She's been waiting for her Mr. Right to give her the fairy tale she has dreamed of. But unfortunately the man she wants doesn't seem to feel the same, and all the other men seem to pale in comparison.

But when Church asks for Dixie's help, she can't deny him. And that begins an adventure for these two and puts them in such close proximity that denial is getting harder and harder.

Church might seem tough and unemotional, but he's hides quite a bit under the surface. He's got fences to mend at home and his own wounds that need to heal. He's afraid of love, letting someone in, and possible loss. He's lived a dark and void life for years, but Dixie's light just keeps illuminating his shadows. He doesn't believe he deserves good and that is why it is usually taken away from him. And he seems to believe that he could hurt her or somehow she could get hurt because of him. He had his protective heart in the right place, but he could be so stubborn.

But when things become more complicated and hurt feelings are not the only things at stake, will Church find a way to overcome his fear and take a risk? Is love stronger than fear?

I loved Dixie and Church. They seemed like such opposites, but really could be good together. She was just so sweet and so positive that Church did not have a chance to keep up his Mr. Broody persona. But even she could not see just how much she was getting under his skin. I loved seeing more and more of Church being revealed as she kept shining her light on him.

This story takes us out of Denver, but still feels like a Saints book. There was some more exploration into the side characters of Poppy (Salem's sister/Dixie's neighbor), Wheeler, and Kallie (Dixie's sister/Wheeler's ex). I am looking forward to more with them in Salvaged. And there were some other fun cameos from Denver friends. I also liked Church's family Jules, Dalen, and the feisty Elma Mae.

This was funny, sweet, steamy, emotional, and also had a suspense and danger component. There is a lot of soul searching and emotional turmoil, and some precarious situations. It was about home and family...about running to something versus away from it...about not wasting time with those you care about...and that sometimes the reward is worth taking a risk. It was truly Church's path towards hope, healing, and redemption. And Dixie's road to  reaching out for that love she craved no matter how unlikely it seemed that she would get it.

I was gifted a copy in exchange of an honest review. 
Dixie is a bright ray of sunshine in the bar. She has been there longer than even Rome, and knows the people inside and out. She’s a sweetheart and brightens everyone’s day, a caretaker and a fixer. She has watched everyone in her family fall in love easy, and fall fast. All she wants is to find love with the right person, and she thinks she has found him, if she can only convince him.

Church is taciturn, taking quiet to the extreme. He doesn’t talk about his past, and even Rome only knows pieces of what Church is avoiding by remaining in Denver rather than returning home, wherever home may be. Acting as a bouncer at the bar keeps him occupied, helping his friend, but it also gives him the chance to remain close to Dixie without having her, something he won’t permit himself to want.

An emergency sends Church back to Mississippi to take care of business, but he can’t show his face back home without the reason he gave his family to explain his absence: a girl. He knows Dixie is interested in him, but his past says he can’t keep things that are good. He doesn’t want to need her, doesn’t want to encourage her feelings, but he needs her help.

I love Dixie’s light and outlook on life. Her quirks are cute and endearing. As a match for Church she may be his polar opposite, but she is also the best thing for him. She makes it very hard for him to deny himself all the good he has kept from his life for so long, and she also doesn’t accept that he doesn’t deserve good things.

Watching their story play out outside of Denver was an unexpected twist, but I loved the things Church had to face as a result of losing the anonymity of his past. Even as they traveled outside of Denver, the side characters continued their own stories in Colorado, and readers learn more about Wheeler, Poppy, and Kallie. The new setting also introduces a whole new set of characters and stories that are fresh and new to the series. 

This is a story of home and forgiveness, of moving on and letting go. There was also a bit of unexpected danger that followed them through their journey. While it is mostly focused on Church’s journey home, there is a good deal of learning Dixie must do in order to find the love she has been searching for her whole life.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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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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.

SALVAGED  (Saints of Denver #4)
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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.

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, Welcome to the Point, and 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 and make the reader feel something.

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