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Built (Saints of Denver Series #1)
     

Built (Saints of Denver Series #1)

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by Jay Crownover
 

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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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062385956
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/05/2016
Series:
Saints of Denver Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
628
File size:
793 KB

Meet the Author

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and Welcome to the Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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Built (Saints of Denver Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, surprises, and heartbreak. This is Say and Zeb’s story. Say has a rough past with her father. She needs things to be a certain way and that makes her come off as an ice princess. Zeb’s past is a little more colorful but no less messy. Say hires Zeb to redo part of her house. When Zeb needs her to give him advice on an issue that pops up from his past she does not hesitate to help out. But when Zeb wants more than just her help he wants her will she be able to handle that? Can she be professional when needed but also be with him? When he wants more than just one night will she be able to handle that? The more he pushes the more she steps back. Can she work out her issues before she loses him for good? Or will Zeb move on when what she offers him is not enough? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book.
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
Jay has knocked it out of the park with Built. When she announced that she was writing this series and the fist book was going to be about Zeb and Sayer, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Let me tell you, Jay did not disappoint with this story. First you have Zeb, and come on, who couldn’t fall in love with Mr. Fixit himself?! He is rough and tough but what lies at the center of him is a heart of gold. Zeb has a past and he isn’t shy about it. When he meets Sayer and she doesn’t blink an eye at the fact that he has a past, he cannot help but to find himself even more intrigued by this lawyer who is so put together. He is determined to get to know her better, but quickly sees that Sayer has some walls that will need to be broke down and built back up. The question is, will Sayer let him help restore her to that person that she keeps locked deep inside? Sayer is always put together and hides behind beige and neutral. She grew up with a father that she could never do anything right by and when moving to Colorado, she soon finds that perhaps that wall she has built up, will come crumbling down, especially when she meets Zeb who test her restrain. As a reader I couldn’t help but to root that Sayer would see that she could truly be who she was around Zeb. I loved that he loved all the layers of her and would gladly stand by and wait until she came to see how great life could be if you would let the walls down. I loved that we got to see glimpses of the Marked Men and that we saw more of Poppy’s story. If you love Jay’s writing, you will love everything about this book.
KrissysBookNook More than 1 year ago
For full review, visit my website: http://krissysbooknook.com/2016/01/built-by-jay-crownover-review/ I've often gushed about author Jay Crownover and her writing on both my website and social media. So by now you should have a pretty good feeling that if it's written by Jay, it will be talked about on Krissy's Book Nook. ;) But, I have a dirty little secret. I haven't yet read the Marked Men series. I know, I know! How on earth have I made it this long with out reading them?! And I have no idea how to answer that. :/ I became a fan of Jay Crownover after reading her book, Better When He's Bad. So, I am one of the very few members of her "Crownover's Crowd" that joined as a fan of the Welcome to the Point series. After I joined her fan group and became friends with it's members the time for me to confess my secret seemed to come and go without me saying a word. Eep! So when I was given the AMAZING opportunity to review Built, I jumped for joy! (Literally! I may have even cried a little. Don't judge.) ;) BUT then I realized that it was very closely tied in to the Marked Men series and I was worried. Worried that I wouldn't be able to give a proper review, worried that I would let one of my favorite author's down, and worried to tell my dear friend Melissa that I am a fraud. (Ok, maybe not that dramatic, but still...) lol Then I read the book. And loved it. Like, really REALLY loved it!!! Thankfully, I was able to not only understand most of what was going on in this story, but get totally sucked in to it. I now HAVE to start the Marked Men series, STAT! ;) Jay Crownover's Built is the first hot-and-steamy romance that I've read that left me crying SEVERAL times throughout the book. Zeb (Mr. Fixit) and his tough exterior melted my heart and left me rooting for the Hero in our story as opposed to our heroine. Not that I wasn't totally rooting for Sayer too! Both main characters have severely challenging skeletons in their closet that they have each dealt with in vastly different ways. I had tons of pink highlighted quotes from this book, but my absolute favorite was this, "She might be a problem solver but I was Mr. Fixit. I didn't break things, I repaired them." Swoon! I give Built 5 out of 5 Krissy Stars! This is my first MUST READ of 2016! Xo- K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Zeb loves big, or he wouldn't be living a life meant to repent for a mistake that came from his protective love of his family. How lucky for Sayers and Hyde that Zeb is there to love them...and to restore and refurbish their own ability to love. I adore this ever growing circle of friends in the Saints series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although Sayer isn't easy to understand, she resonated to me. Emotional abuse is a silent killer ... Zebulon totally caused me to be an emotional pile of goo! He's probably my favorite of all Jay's characters so far!!!
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sdnatasha More than 1 year ago
Definitely an unrealistically awesome man and an all too realistic woman with self-esteem issues, and I liked it. It's nice how these two got together and how Sayer had to re-establish herself. Glad that she still would probably have issues but that Zeb was there and willing to help her through it. Zeb is admirable for his willingness to do what he could for those he loved. Nice start to a new series spinning off from the Marked Men series. You can see the beginnings of a couple of other people's stories. Yay!
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What a great story!!! Zebulon could be my favorite character I have read about I along time!!!!
lolapunk More than 1 year ago
I don't write many reviews but I'll make and exception for this book. Built I think had a different tone then Jay's other books, but I think it works really well for this story. Sayer struggles with her past. She's on over thinker and the way she was raised has really messed with her. Zeb however has a shady past but is so well put together and has learned from his mistakes. Really loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Jay Crownover. Glad to see some old friends in this new series but can't wait to see where these new characters take us.
Kari_on_From_the_TBR_Pile More than 1 year ago
Two things jumped out at me after reading Built. One...my only complaint about Built is that it had to end. Two...If all of the book boyfriends I have added to my list from Ms. Crownover's series were mine in real life, I would be one busy lady! I adored this book. I'm not sure you can get a more perfect man than Zeb. Not to say he is perfect, it's actually his flaws that complete the package! I loved how he was all in not just with Sayer, but with everything else in his life. I'm not going to give away what happens to him, but I will say it melted my heart and made me love this character more! It was Sayer that I wanted to strangle often. It was so sad that her father screwed her up so much that she couldn't see what a loving, caring, and wonderful person she really was. It was nice to see everyone not give up on her! This is a couple that you definitely want to root for! The Saints of Denver series is an offshoot of the Marked Men series. Some characters from that earlier series do make an appearance in this one. And if you have read Leveled some scenes in that will make more sense after reading this one as they take place around the same time. This is a series you definitely want to read. They just keep getting better and better. I just wish they came out faster and faster! In fact check out the excerpt below for a little taste of what you are in for!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog As a fan of the Marked Men series, I was beyond excited to see this spin off! And the fact that it starts off with a more rugged hero and a pristine heroine was a hit for me. In true Jay Crownover fashion, it takes no time to become engrossed in these characters lives and care about them. The heroine, Sayer, I took a bit longer to warm up to because she is closed off about her feelings. The hero…. IN.LOVE.WITH. Right off the bat! Zeb has wanted Sayer since he first saw her when she came into his friends Rowdy’s life as his long lost sister. He sees her as better than him in some ways, with her career, her lifestyle. He’s owns a construction company and gets dirty for a living, she’s a successful lawyer. The differences between them are marked but they don’t stop him from pursuing the woman he wants. I loved that he always knew what he wanted. And that goes for the situation he’s thrown in as well as the romance. The chemistry between them sizzles constantly, and it was a nice rollercoaster. The sex scenes? Very hot! *still fanning myself* But aside from that, the pacing and relationship building was perfect for these two to get past barriers they had and reach that HEA. I think BUILT is perfect for Lauren Dane fans. I am beyond excited to see where this series will go, and if the author can get me excited about an upcoming book from just a single kiss (Quaid!) then I can foresee a lot of enjoyment in my future. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all her books and loved most of them but I am having a hard time finishing with this one. Im skimmimg through a lot of it because so much of it is in the characters head. Not enough dialog between characters.
xraychick1986 More than 1 year ago
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would! I loved every bit of this book! From the steamy romance, to the shake-some-sense-into people anger, to the touching, tear-jerking feels, this book has it all! Jay has truly outdone herself with Built! I didn't think I'd love one of her books more than I did Rule and Jet (they tied for the #1), but I think, possibly, Built surpassed them (just a smidgen...at the very least, tied for the top spot!) My heart broke for Zeb and Sayer's pasts. I just wanted to hug them and tell them to keep fighting for what they want and that things would get better! I enjoyed seeing the Marked crew as well and makes me want to re-read (AGAIN!) the MM series! I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next installment, Charged, releasing May 24th!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Jay Crownover. Really liked the chemistry with Sayer and Zeb and nice to see more of the marked men!
JM_Adele More than 1 year ago
I had a little panic attack when Jay Crownover announced the end of the Marked Men Series. If you've read them, you’ll know that a few secondary characters were introduced to the world of the Marked Men. This couple captured my attention immediately; I've been eagerly anticipating for Crownover to put Sayer and Zeb under the spotlight. Capable, rough and ready, Zeb, and composed, ice queen, Sayer, secretly, and not so secretly lusting for each other... Yes, yes and yes. There are some spoilers if you haven’t read the Marked Men Series. I think it’s probably best if you read them all in order (Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy, Asa, Leveled and Built). Zeb Fuller can transform an old, run-down building into a thing of beauty. He puts his heart and soul into fixing things that need his attention. When a surprise sends his life into a spin he finds that he needs the help of a lawyer to fix this particular problem. As luck would have it, he happens to know a very sexy, talented lawyer. He needs her for more than her services, but she’s not so sure she has anything else to offer him. Sayer has spent her life presenting a persona that others might find acceptable. In particular, her father. Now that he’s gone she feels foreign in her own skin. She’s just a frozen shell no matter how much Zeb tries to heat her up. When she’s hit with double the Fuller charisma she realises that she needs to find the real Sayer because there are people that need her for more than her professional services. Oh my. Oh my. The giant is a gorgeous, gorgeous man. His patience, sturdiness and admirable convictions make him a compelling character. I love this heroine, too, and watching her struggle pulled me apart. Good thing the giant knows how to fix things. Read this book! Jay Crownover would be in my top five authors. You won’t be disappointed. Her characters are unique (I love their names!) and impossible not to fall in love with. *ARC generously provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review* Cheers
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Jay Crownover fan and I loved the Marked Men series so I was super excited to read the start of this spin-off series. Lots of expectations for this one. I wasn't disappointed. This author has a way of combining sexy tatted guys, real problems and great characters to make enjoyable reads. Yep, she did it again. I adore Zeb. He's real. Five years out of jail with plenty of tats and a beard, some may not see him as the perfect guy but I disagree. His heart is so perfect. First, the jail stay had my heart hurting for him. I want to say more but I won't. Just, that I love Zeb and his heart. He's protective, generous and kind. When he gives his heart, he gives his all. To family. To his profession. To his lover. And his patience is great even as it hurts him to wait. I adore him so much. Sayer is real. She's got some issues. Real issues. While she comes from money, the issues can be present at any income level. Real. That's how this book feels. Every person is a product of their past and that past can really color the present. And it isn't always easy to deal with the present that was created. I guess I like that there is an emphasis on that in this book. It's not matter of accepting things. You have to deal with them. Sayer has a lot to work through but she always sells herself short. While I wanted so much for her to have her happy, I understood she needed to accept her happy. I was cheering for her. As always, this author delivers a great story. The perfect balance of sexy and sweet, Built is a great foundation for this new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest and say that I didn't really pay all that much attention to Zeb and Sayer when these characters were introduced in the Marked Men series, so I started Built with no preconceived notions of how I would feel about these characters. Zeb and Sayer come from two very different backgrounds. Sayer comes from money. She's a lawyer, and she's a master at hiding her emotions. Zeb comes from a different background, and he's got some trouble with the law that will follow him around for the rest of his life. But the physical attraction between these two characters is off the charts, and there's no way they are going to stay away from each other. I fell for Sayer right away when she makes it clear that Zeb's history isn't a deal-breaker for them--underneath her prim and proper exterior is a woman with a huge heart and I loved that about her. I got her. It takes a while for these two to connect physically, and when they do, there's no going back for Zeb. They both scratch each other's itch in a significant way, and they scorch up the pages when they come together. There's more than just sex between them too, but it's Sayer's past history that could keep her from the happiness she finds when she's with Zeb. When Zeb gets some shocking news, he needs Sayer's professional help and she's his biggest advocate. Her big heart won't let anything get in the way of Zeb getting what he wants in his life. This wrecks havoc with their relationship in a major way, forcing Zeb to make a difficult decision of his own that could end the wonderful relationship between these two unlikely lovers. I loved both Zeb and Sayer in a way that left me surprised and happy. Jay Crownover does a great job (as usual) presenting the reader with two very interesting characters. There's excellent and subtle commentary about how hateful words and behaviors can be as devastating as fists and fighting. And Zeb is an incredible hero in this -- his maturity and ability to get to the heart of things just made me fall for him the same way I fell for my favorite Marked Men. He's got some great lines that just ripped my heart out and I loved that. Built is a great start to this aptly named Saints of Denver series. I loved everything about it -- the characters, the story, and the little bits of the Marked Men that are sprinkled throughout the book and help anchor it to this Denver world Jay Crownover has created. Recommended.
Julalicious More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 So it took me ten days to read it and it wasn't because this book wasn't good, but because I had to read it on my laptop since I didn't have any other way to read it and I couldn't read as often as I wanted to. Believe me, it killed me when I was at work and I just wanted to get home and read it. I'm really grateful for the chance that I got to get to have my hands on this book before its release date and I hope my review will reflect it. So where do I start with this review? There are so many things to say and yet, I feel like the words aren’t enough to express what I feel about this book, but I have to start somewhere, so let’s start with the characters. A few years ago, guys who resemble Zeb wouldn’t have been the kind of guys that would attract me in general, but now, I rather find them attractive and I wanted a Zeb for me. His personality just made you melt whenever you read his point of view. It was nice to read more about what happened to him and how it reflected in his life. He is such a family man and the way he loves Sayer will make you swoon from the beginning to the end. Now Sayer. What do I say about her? I really wanted to hit her from time to time for being so clueless about just how awesome she was. It wasn’t because she was trying to get pity or compliments, but because she actually believed she wasn’t worth the love of a good man and it hurt me to see her like this, but in this book, you see how she grows into being the woman she really is and you can just be happy to read about her journey. This pairing is probably one of my favourites in all of Jay’s worlds combined. Even if their worlds are different, they come together beautifully. It’s not a pairing like the bad boy/good girl that many people would come to believe if they only judged by the way the both look, but they are both such good people that it was only a matter of time before they found one another. I’m really happy that Jay made this spin-off because there were quite a few characters that I hope we’ll get to read about in the next books. Jay has created a world where you just want to be part of and I’m happy that she continues their journey. And if you miss your Marked men, Jay does bring them into this book too. Yes, they are not the main focus, but we do get to see where their story is at now.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! I loved EVERYTHING about Zab. I wish every man was like him, they should be any way. FABULOUS BOOK!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and fell in love with the characters. I highly recommend it .