Contemporary Romance

Review: Salvaged

Salvaged by Jay Crownover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A blazing hot, irresistible romance jampacked with feels. It’s the kind of book that puts your heart and soul through the emotional wringer and leaves you with the most happy and satisfied feeling at the end.

I fell in love with Jay Crownover’s writing from the moment I picked up Rule and was unable to put it down. It was sizzling hot, with exceptionally well layered characters that I would no soon forget and an addicting plot written with edginess, almost painfully gritty about two people who need to heal from their heartbreak in order to find their happiness together. Every subsequent book has somewhat followed these lines. Every single one is worth reading. Over and over. Salvaged is a fantastic addition.

By her own admission (I love all of Jay’s introductions), she gives good yet messy romance. Salvaged is a bit different because both characters are good people who were looking for love, acceptance, family but life handed them a raw deal, Poppy more so than Hudson. Still, they’re both young and hopeful, optimistic and determined.

Hudson Wheeler didn’t want to be the poster boy for Green Day’s “Nice guys finish last” and yet he was. He was nice, did everything right and yet he ended up with a canceled wedding and his pregnant girlfriend leaving him for someone else. He was just about ready to throw his nice guy card away when he met the stunning yet incredible sad and broken Poppy Cruz. His instincts demand he take care of her, her caring heart demand he go out of his way to make her happy.

Poppy’s trust has been broken by the people who should have loved the most. After a series of horrific experiences she’s finally had enough and is determined that the best way to protect herself if to keep everyone at bay. But when she goes in to get a car and meets the extremely sexy mechanic whose sadness is a twin of her own, she can’t find it in her to keep away especially after she gets him a puppy and promises she’ll help train him and that he’ll be good practice for when his baby comes. Even though she knows her heart is in shambles, the more time they’re together, the more she’s sure Wheeler is the right man for her.

Even though both Poppy and Wheeler had had awful past and both deserved happiness. It was Poppy whose strength I admired the most. She was so full of optimism, goodness and love, all of which beautifully blossomed under the careful, caring and patient Wheeler. Of course I can’t say enough about the man who saw how precious Poppy was and took care of her in a way that was decidedly sweet and swoon worthy. They were perfect for one another and I loved how their relationship strengthened and deepened in a wonderfully organic way even when smooth sailing is still a pipe dream.

When you love a book, there are many thing you’d like to share and comment on, but I neither want to bore nor spoil you so I close with few more things. The chemistry between Hudson and Poppy was explosive, it threatened to burn my eReader. Happy, the Rottweiler puppy, was adorable and gave the story added sweetness. Finally, besides having some of the previous characters return, and have their place in Poppy and Wheeler’s story, Jay treats us with and incredible double epilogue where we get to catch up with all the past characters and the happy endings are all perfect.

Salvaged is book #4 in the Saints of Denver series by Jay Crownover. It is a standalone contemporary romance. It was touching, it was sexy, it was heartwarming and so full of all the feels which make it a must read. Told from two points of view with a deliciously sweet double happy ending.

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

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