Built by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #1
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: kindle book
Source: Library

Purchase/Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis: Sometimes you have to tear everything down to build something new…

Sayer Cole is frozen inside. At least, that’s what it’s felt like for as long as she can remember. She’s yet to let anyone past her icy exterior – and the one guy she thinks might melt her heart couldn’t possibly be interested in someone so uptight.

Rough, hard and hot-as-hell, Zeb Fuller has rebuilt his life and his construction business since protecting his family sent him to jail all those years ago. His elegant client, Sayer, makes him feel like a Neanderthal in denim, but despite the many hints that he’s been dropping to get to know her better, she seems oblivious to his charms.

Just as things finally start to heat up, Zeb’s past comes back to haunt him and he needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. As these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, fire and ice collide in an unstoppable explosion of steam…

I love big, beardy, tattooed, tough, but gentle manly men. That is all.

At first glance you might this story appears to be the bad boy who falls for the sweet girl…except it goes much deeper than that. The storyline itself was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed every single page of it because the characters were so rich and layered. I felt like I finished this book and really KNEW them. I love when I get invested like that.

But let’s get real. You want to know more about that sexy mofo on the cover. Well, good news…I can’t wait to tell you. Zeb Fuller was a really, really good and sexy as f*ck man. While his image could be intimidating, his vibe was just so positive and true. I liked him from the second I met him. He wore his heart on his sleeve and it made him so incredibly swoony. He definitely had a past with baggage, but the way he owned it, the way he was so open about it…it really made everything a non-issue.

And then there was Sayer, the woman who had Zeb’s attention from day 1. (I actually could not get her name straight in my head even though I tried – I called her Sawyer even though I knew it wasn’t right). She was a little harder to get to know even thought she let us into her thoughts.  Sayer didn’t accept things or herself so the reader too had to work at this just as she did. Sayer was written really well and her journey to happiness was a great one even though I kept shouting at her to go for it, please.

The romance, oh man the romance was all kinds of goodness. From hot and heavy then onto love…so many levels…Zeb and Sayer had it all. The naughty times were good, but so were the tender moments and sweet kisses. And, Zeb’s beard...sweet lawd...it was so f*cking hot for so many reasons. And when he said SPOILER HERE  SORRY NOT SORRY I think I might have clutched the daylights out of my kindle.

The ending was so perfect. It wasn’t rushed and I didn’t feel ripped off. I love that it was full of hope and ended with so many possibilities and promises.

One thing I always do these days is read every dedication, every note, every acknowledgement an author writes in a book. I feel like it rounds out and completes the story for me. The note at the end of this book showed me how personal of a story this was for Ms. Crownover. I almost wish it had been in the beginning, not the end as I would have read this through different eyes. I found it really touching and loved that she shared that with us. Thank you!

Rec this? For the cover alone yes, but you get so much more than that. You get a romance with characters that you really get to know and fall in love just as they do. A great NA addition for your TBR.

Happy reading!

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