Review: Built

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Built by Jay Crownover

Dali’s review & rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wildly addictive, touching and heartfelt, super sexy and downright swoony. I love it when a book makes me feel like I’m drowning in so much love, warm and fuzzy feelings that I can’t take deep enough breaths to fill my lungs.

Growing up Sayer was forced to build an icy fortress around herself with reinforced steel bands around her heart. Her disapproving and uncaring father would have crushed her otherwise. Even after his death he still darkens her life. But she’s taken a few steps into liberating herself. Starting by uprooting her life and moving close to the half-brother she recently found out she had and inserting herself in his life and the colorful family he’s chosen for himself which includes his sexily rugged friend Zebulon Fuller, who makes her want to melt whenever he’s around. But is she enough to the attention of this larger than life, magnetic man?

“Tall, tatted and BUILT. Like a guy who hauled heavy stuff around and swung a hammer like Thor should be. Zeb was impressive to say the least.”

Zeb knew she was it for him from the first time he saw her. Even though he’s determined and won’t easily be derailed from his plan and the all-consuming feelings he has for Sayer, getting her to fully come around seems hopeless at times. But after restoring her home he finds himself in need of her professional assistance and while they jointly fight for family they can no longer deny their powerful attraction and connection. Can he convince her to take a real chance on him? On them? WIll Sayer overcome her sense of deficiency to take a leap of faith and choose them for forever?

“I choose you, Sayer. Lover, lawyer, and all the shit you are in between that, I choose it. I choose us. When you’re ready to accept that, you come find me.”

Jay Crownover is a master at opposites attract stories. Sayer and Zeb’s story is reminiscent of Rule and Shaw’s tale. Rule was my first Jay Crownover book and I haven’t stopped craving them ever since.

Looking from the outside, Sayer and Zeb are completely different. She’s refined and polished while he’s rugged and rough, she’s pearls, he’s plaid flannel. They’re contrasting except in the things that truly matter. I loved getting swept away in this book about finding the ideal match that makes you happy and is willing to fight for that light and love even when you’re afraid.

Both Sayer and Zeb are perfect in their imperfections. He made a huge mistake and end up in jail, but it was an act of love to protect his sister and he’s worked tirelessly to build a good life for himself ever since. Sayer’s issues are a bit more complicated as her feelings of inadequacy are deeply ingrained. Sayer didn’t let anyone in, but she was good, giving and caring which made it easy for others love her even when her heart was hidden behind seemingly impenetrable icy walls, but the way he gave himself wholeheartedly to Sayer and fought for them made it impossible to resist him and me melting in a big pile of goo.

Their relationship is intense, passionate and deliciously sexy. I loved every moment of it and there’s so much more going on that made their story so sweet and heartwarming, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I also enjoyed catching up, even if briefly, with the couples from the Marked Men series and I can’t wait to get to know the new members in this series. We fleetingly got to know Quaid and just got a glimpse of Avett but I’m sure their story will fascinate me as thoroughly as this one.

Built is the first book in the Saints of Denver series by Jay Crownover. A stirring new spin-off series based on the Marked Men books. It is a standalone heartwarming and sexy book told in alternating points of view with an incredibly bright and happy ending.

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* I was graciously given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via InkSlinger PR. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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