Monday, December 21, 2015

Built Strong To Last Long

"I loved to give something no one else wanted or believed in a second chance."
--Jay Crownover, Built
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: William Morrow 
Pages: 400
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Source: ARC provided by author--Thanks, Jay!
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Previous Books in Series: First in series of companion novels and spin off of Marked Men
Goodreads Description 

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.
The Plot
To be honest, I had no idea or expectation as to what direction the plot was going to take. Let's just say I was BEYOND pleasantly surprised! I will give zero spoilers but know that if you know me and once you read it you will know exactly what I'm talking about. With that said, every moment of this portion of the plot I love love loved it and I would have given up almost anything else in the plot--including sexy times, yes I said it--to have more moments of this plot point. Kills me I can't tell you but really, I don't wanna be that person. I also LOVED every second we got of Zeb and his job. I find construction and house repairs fascinating. It's also completely sexy. I loved reading about how Zeb was flipping a house and what he was doing. I'm a total dork but I love that shit. I also LOVED that he is a MAN'S man. Whooeee. Bring the hose, he's too hot for words.

The Romance
I knew going into the book Sayer was going to be a stone cold fox in all senses of the word. What I didn't expect was for her to be so self-aware about her emotional shortcomings. I loved her internal thoughts and how much she struggled with how she is and how much she wanted to be different. It broke my heart to watch her want so badly to be able to let go but ultimately lived up in her head. Zeb was amazing. He was so present and there and knew Sayer's heart better than she did. He was so patient and understanding of her emotional that a word?...whatever. Their dynamic together is super hot because with Sayer being wound so tight when the sexual tension snaps it's like the snap heard round the world. And hot damn, is it something. But more than that, I loved all of Zeb's examples of how Sayer actually does lead with her heart. Ooooh, it was so swoony and heart-warming! I wanted to fist pump and yell 'Yeah! You go, Sayer!'

The Magic
While this is in the same world as the Marked Men, this is a brand new series that will stand on it's own. I loved that we got a glimpse at the old crew but I felt invested in Zeb and Sayer and would have loved this even if it had been set in a completely different setting. These characters and the ones we are going to get in the future will stand on their own and I love them. I have an idea of who the next couple is and color me shocked as to who the girl is paired up with...shit...didn't see that coming...but that's the beauty of it. I love that Jay takes two people who from an outsider's eye shouldn't work...but they do and it's beautiful. I love that opposites attract vibe more than anything and I cannot wait to see where this series goes!

Backstage Pass
If you love men's men, harder to get to know women, and construction...this book is for you.

1 comment:

  1. I definitely want to check this one out! You know I really enjoyed the Marked Men series, and it will be so fun for me to read this spin-off ;) Can't wait!


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