Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Audiobook Review: Built by Jay Crownover

by Jay Crownover
Series:  Saints of Denver #1
Pub. Date:  Jan. 5, 2016
Publisher:  HarperAudio
Narrator:  Nicki D. Noir, Jay Crow
Length:  9 hrs 16 min
Format:  Audiobook
Source:  Audible
Challenges:  New to You (author)

My Rating:  
Sultry Scale:

The first in the new SAINTS OF DENVER series from NYT bestselling author of the MARKED MEN series, Jay Crownover

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 started listening to this audiobook without realizing that its a series spinoff of Marked Men, which I have not read. Unfortunately, I think you do need to read that series first or you will not understand what is going on with some of these characters, particularly Rowdy, Salem and Poppy. There is a lot of character crossover from the previous series, so it would just give you a better working knowledge of who these people are and what they have been through.

I really liked the hero of this book, Zebulon "Zeb" Fuller. He was tall, tatted, bearded, honest, hard-working and protective. What more could you ask for? While he obviously made a mistake in the past, which landed him in jail, his motives were altruistic. He just didn't think before he acted. Discovering he has a 5 year old son throws a wrench in Zeb's life, and everything becomes about bringing Hyde home. It was great to see a dad wanting to take responsibility for his child, and Hyde was adorable beyond words. The narrator did a great job with Hyde's character.

While I liked Zeb a lot, I didn't really care for the heroine, Sayer Cole. She was really a Debbie Downer. Her insecurities just got to be too much for me. I understand her mother's suicide and extremely critical father made her childhood difficult, but her absolute lack of confidence did not jibe with her legal career for me. She had a dual persona working that confused me when she got to talking about the "real her" that she thought people would not like. Zeb really had the patience of a saint to take Sayer on as a "restoration project" because I would have given up on this girl. Her issues seemed over the top and I got to the point where I didn't much care about her inner monologues.

I may go back to this series after I have read Marked Men... but I am a much bigger fan of the Welcome to the Point books. 

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