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Built: A Saints of Denver Novel Paperback – January 5, 2016
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From the Back Cover
Sometimes a real hero lets you save yourself . . .
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. But none of that has stopped Zeb from wanting the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her—even if the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest.
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. When he shows up at Sayer’s door needing her professional help, she’s both disappointed and relieved that she won’t get the chance to find out just how good he could be.
But as they team up to right a wrong and save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide cannot be ignored.
“Crownover weaves a tale that touches every emotion and keeps the pages turning.” —Liliana Hart, New York Times bestselling author
Top customer reviews
It was obvious that this is a spinoff to another series. It seemed the main characters Zeb and Sayer had met and were part of an earlier book. There were also lots of little hints dropped and tiny snippets about the secondary characters that leads you to believe they each have their own books. A nice selling point for the other books, but didn't add much to this story.
I struggled with Sayer. She was so cold and standoffish I didn't understand what Zeb saw in her that had him fighting so hard to make her his. What the attraction was. Yes she was kind and motherly to others. And the way she was raised was awful. But she was quick to put up her walls and push Zeb away. I just didn't get why someone as smart as she was, could not see there was a name for what she lived through. And that there are healthy ways to work through and heal the way her mind perceived things.
I loved Zeb. He was honest and upfront with his past. Learning from his mistakes and making a life for himself. He was shaken when he learned of his son, but stepped up and fought to have him in his life. They were so cute together.
My biggest issue with this book, is totally one of personal preference. I am not a big fan of books written in a narrative style. There were pages, and pages, and pages of long narrative passages where the reader is being told what had been said in conversations between the characters, where they had been, what they had seen. As a reader, I like to experience that along with the characters. Get to know them, as they get to know each other. I feel like I don't really get to know the characters well with this writing style. I feel disconnected from the characters.
I didn't hate the book. I liked the story and the majority of the characters. I just struggled getting through the book because of the narrative style of writing.
“After everything the past has tried to bury us under, we owe it to ourselves to be brave, to do more than float.”
We caught a glimpse of Zeb and Sayer in the Marked Men series, and now we have their full story in a new series! Zeb Fuller has made some mistakes in his life, leading to him doing a turn in jail. Zeb has reformed himself, building up a successful construction business, but it’s hard for people to look past his rough, tattooed exterior.
Sayer Cole is Rowdy’s half-sister who moved to Colorado the second she found out she had a brother. Sayer hires Zeb to renovate her house, and the two seem to spark an attraction. But every move Zeb makes is shut down until he gives up hope of ever wooing the pretty lawyer. Now, the house is complete and Zeb has no concrete reason to stay in Sayer’s life, until he finds himself in a situation where he needs a lawyer. Now the two are working together, and soon Sayer gives into Zeb’s attention. But inside her head is a myriad of issues holding her back, and it’s up to Sayer to overcome them.
I think my favorite part of all of Jay Crownover’s books is that they make me think. After finishing them, I often find myself reflecting back on them instead of powering on to the next book. Built was no exception, I found my head filled with thoughts of Sayer and Zeb. I was totally enraptured by these two characters, together and as individuals. Sayer is a more complicated heroine with insecurities (which I LOVE), and Zeb has his own insecurities as well. I love stories where the man has to break through the woman’s walls instead of the woman chasing the bad boy.
I loved going through Sayer’s personal journey, seeing the reasons why she was so closed off and how hard she worked to overcome them. I wouldn’t say Zeb helped her get over them but more so was the reason why she fought to overcome her insecurities and issues. Sayer in return helped Zeb realize his worth, that he was a good man deserving of love without judgement. Despite their physical differences, the two were perfect for each other. Crownover’s books contain an excellent theme on how appearance has nothing to do with who someone is on the inside, and not to make snap judgements about someone based on their appearance and to look deeper. And I love how the old series mixed with this new one, it was like visiting with old friends.
I would have liked to see more dialogue and action than inner monologue with the writing. There were times when a character would have an inner monologue and it interrupted a scene, leading me to forgot what was going on or I skimmed ahead to continue the scene and then returned back to read the inner monologue. I would have liked to see more of Sayer and Zeb outside the bedroom, but I can also understand how plot wise that wouldn’t have worked.
Overall I think this is an amazing start to the series and I am dying to read the next one. No really, Quaid and Avett gave me massive chills in the small amount they were shown together in this book. I can only hope it’ll be explosive in the next book.
“I choose you, Sayer. Lover, lawyer, and all the s*** you are in between that, I choose it. I choose us. When you’re ready to accept that, you come find me.”
Even though at first glance Sayer has been through much less than other Jay Crownover's heroines, it gets clear pretty soon that she suffered a lot of emotional abuse through her life, and then some. And she was still trying to break from the reigns of that abuse.
"She looked like silk, but if my guess was right about her, it was silk wrapped around steel."
Than there's Zeb, a handyman, a tough and dangerous looking guy, a man with a criminal past, but in the end... a guy who was only too passionate about those he loved: trying to protect them the best he could. The fire in this guy... it's the passion with which he loves. When he loves, he loves relentlessly. Completely. He loves with fire.
"I wanted to feel her to see if she felt as smooth and polished as she looked. I wanted to leave streaks of dirt on her perfect face to mark the fact that I had touched her, that she let me touch her."
The two of them, the most unlikely of all couples, and still the one that feels the rightest.
"He was the reason she was here. In that split second that I laid my eyes on her I wanted to be the reason she stayed."
Contemporary romance at its best; Jay Crownover kills it once again.
If you love romance, you'll love the book. Simple as that. Recommended.