Review: Charged by Jay Crownover

Review: Charged by Jay CrownoverCharged by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #2
May 24, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 361
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Built
Also by this author: Better When He's Bold
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Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

Charged is Crownover’s twelfth book. I believe. I’m not actually going to go count. I’m much too lazy to perform math. Over the course of her writing career, her heroines have gotten a bit of flack.  I don’t expect this to change with Avett. But, here’s the thing…Crownover writes REAL women.  Women with flaws, women with pasts, women with issues. If you are, and have always been, a perfect human – perhaps you can’t relate.  I personally was a fuck up.  I screwed up. A lot. I hurt other people. It may have been unintentional, but it’s still something that weighs on me years and years later. I was Avett Walker. Therefore, I can absolutely relate to her plight. To her self loathing and her self destruction.

I’m not going to go over the all the plot points here, you can read the synopsis and if you’ve read the other books by Crownover you already have a solid idea of where this story is going to take you. Also, there is that lazy thing I mentioned earlier. 😉

Avett has gotten herself into a situation that she can’t get herself out of and it prompts her to accept help from Quaid. A man who on the surface, seems to be her complete opposite.  Wading through her legal troubles together, however, shows them that they do have some common ground.  They also balance each other out rather nicely.  Avett showing Quaid that life doesn’t always have to be picture perfect and Quaid showing Avett that it doesn’t always have to be tinged with a level of destruction.

I really liked these two together and the naked times were probably the best I’ve read from Crownover. I’m all about some #executivesex it seems.

I also liked the level of drama and excitement that Avett’s criminal ex brought to the story. Though, there was one point in the book where I was annoyed with the conversation happening. To keep it spoiler free, I had a Titanic moment and was mentally yelling at the characters to shut up and save their strength!

If you read Built (which you so totally should) and you’ve read the Marked Men series, you may have noticed Built had a more adult feel. I think this continued with Charged even though Avett is still young and at the start of this story – has a lot of growing up to do.  I do think she’s on the right track though and I always appreciate when an author shows me real growth.

Anyway… I enjoyed this one. I four star loved it. I am #teamquaid if that is a thing and I definitely am team #iwasavettwalker.  Don’t ask why I am hash tagging everything, I don’t have an answer for that.

 

About Jay Crownover

I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out….


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Behind the Cover Story: Charged by Jay Crownover

Behind the Cover Story: Charged by Jay CrownoverCharged by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #2
May 24, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Built
Also by this author: Better When He's Bold
Amazon US
Goodreads

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation...or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

cover story

Behind the Cover Story is a cover reveal with an exclusive guest post from the author about said cover. Maybe, it’s an explanation of how they came up with the concept. Maybe, it’s how they found their model. Maybe, it’s more than that. Maybe, you need to check back in next time to find out! 😉

 

To pop our cherry on this feature, we asked Jay Crownover to tell us if she was a pain in the ass to her publisher, while coming up with the cover of Charged. We already knew the answer, but we asked anyway. Charged is the second book in her Saints of Denver series, the follow up to Built and a spin off of the Marked Men. If you have not checked out Built yet, you should! 

 

~ Jay’s Response ~

 

I’m always a pain in the ass you should know this!
My covers are always a little bit of “this is what I want” vs “this is what I get”.
It’s hard when you write men and woman with distinctive tattoos and other traits.
Most of the time we compromise and get pretty close to where I want to be…sometimes we end up on the other side of the road but the money has been spent and ultimately the publisher is paying the bill so I get left in the dust. Out of 13+ books that’s only happened twice so I consider myself pretty lucky, and for the most part I love my covers.

With CHARGED I more than love it. I think it’s perfect and sexy and everything I could ask for considering it’s my first couple cover.

I wanted to move away from the single guy(not that I won’t go back to that) on the cover for a few reasons. This series is different, it’s more about the central couple than the Marked Men was and it’s also much more contemporary. This book in particular also has a female lead that is dynamic and kind of a showstopper. I knew there was no way I couldn’t feature her and her pink hair on the cover. Everyone in production that read the book agreed. Plus she might even be sexier than Quaid!

It’s hard to find good looking blonde dude…really hard! My editor Amanda actually found this image and the guy was SO very much Quaid I told them to do whatever they had to in order to make the girl resemble Avett because I just loved him so much…he even looks a little older than the girl which is perfect. In the right hands Photoshop really is magical and amazing.

So there ya have it…all my meandering and spazzing to get the perfect cover!

 

 

About Jay Crownover

I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out….


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Review: Built by Jay Crownover

Review: Built by Jay CrownoverBuilt by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #1
January 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Charged
Also by this author: Better When He's Bold
Amazon US | B&N
Goodreads

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.

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. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. 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.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.

Crownover ventures back to her roots with Built, the first installment of her new series The Saints of Denver.  She’s back to her contemporary romance ways, yet with a more mature tone.  I’m sure Built will be shelved by many as New Adult, but I found it much more grown up than most in the genre.

If you’ve read the Marked Men, you’ve briefly met both Zeb and Sayer. Zeb, the rugged builder and friend to Rowdy – Sayer, the polished and sophisticated attorney sister of Rowdy. As with most couplings from Crownover, they are not the most likely pair.  But that’s never stopped us from loving them before and it sure as hell won’t stop you now. 

I almost dare anyone NOT to love Zeb. Go ahead, I double dog dare you.  He’s…well, kind of just perfect.  He’s patient and thoughtful and jumps right into every responsibility whole-heartedly.  Even the ones he could have never seen coming. 

Zeb hasn’t had the easiest time in life, his fierce sense of protectiveness got him into to trouble before and it could keep him from completing the most important thing to ever come his way. He needs legal help to wade through the murky waters and knows of only one person he could trust implicitly with such a monumental fight.

Sayer. The woman who’s skirted around him for months. The woman who is determined to never let herself go with Zeb. The woman who has no clue what she really has to offer. The woman with such a crippling and skewed sense of who she is. The woman who would have totally lost that double dog dare I threw out because you can’t NOT LOVE ZEB. 

I enjoyed Sayer as well. She’s got some severe daddy issues and at times I wanted to slap some sense into her. But when it really counts, she’s a balls to the walls warrior.  Not only when it comes to fighting for others but also when she finally sees she needs to fight for herself too.

Sayer’s character grows exponentially by the end of this book and I admired how Crownover allowed it to happen only when Sayer was ready for it to happen.   She had to have the courage to be the woman she always wanted to be, deep inside.  That’s not a journey people make quickly and it’s not always a decision that you come to lightly.  We don’t all start out strong and confident, most of – in fact – don’t.  I enjoyed reading the character arcs of both Sayer and Zeb and lengths they’d go through for each other.

Built is a sweet love story with real life issues and real life emotions.  And I loved every little bit of it.

 

 

About Jay Crownover

I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out….


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