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Sunday, April 3, 2016

REVIEW: Built by Jay Crownover

Built is the first in the Saints of Denver series.  We first met family law attorney Sayer Cole in Rowdy. She's characteristically cold on the inside as a sense of survival given her harsh upbringing at the hands of a ruthless and domineering father. Free from his bonds, her wounds still run deep as do the emotions she feels about her mother's suicide. It is easier to lock it all away into a diamond hard exterior, but the ice is slowly melting as her brother Rowdy and others like Salem, Poppy and drop dead sexy contractor, Zeb Fuller insert themselves into her life.

Zeb's life hasn't been easy, especially following a jail sentence for protecting his sister and niece from an abusive beau. He's content running a successful restoration business but Zeb can't stop thinking about a certain sexy blonde lawyer.  He's determined to win her over and just might have the chance when his past comes back to haunt him.  Zeb will need Sayer's professional advice to put things right and in the process they jut might build a love meant to last.

Built was amazing! I love all Crownover's books but this one is special. Both Sayer and Zeb have compelling stories.  The plot and overall character develop feel authentic. I enjoyed the sweeping metaphor that sometimes wall have to be literally and figuratively knocked down before you can build something new and beautiful. Zeb and Sayer together are HOT, but there is more too it than that which ultimately illustrates to readers why Crownover is such a fantastic writer. Built as well as her other books push romance beyond the superficial, giving readers not only the steamy romance they crave but doing so with gritty, compelling, likeable and genuine characters.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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