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Riveted (Saints of Denver Series #3)

Riveted (Saints of Denver Series #3)

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by Jay Crownover

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.



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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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Riveted (Saints of Denver Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ReesesSH less than 1 minute ago
Jay Crownover has done it again! I swooned, a cried, I may have fanned myself every so often. Riveted was beyond riveting if there is such a word. Dixie has been in love with Church from almost their first meeting. When he begins looking after her she begins to fall hard and fast for the gruff and rough soldier. When time has gone by and Church remains stoic about their relationship Dixie tries online dating. When date after date goes, wrong Dixie begins to feel like love just isn’t in the cards for her. When Church comes up to her asking for a favor to help him go see his family she can’t refuse. Too bad as soon as they leave problems begin to arise and it seems someone is after Dixie and Church in a bad way. Church abandoned his family after he lost both his mothers and couldn’t deal with losing anyone else. So, he left and joined the service, joined the most dangerous missions he could so death would make sense. Then after leaving the service he wandered until he landed in Colorado and found Dixie. He didn’t want to fall for her, but she’s so good and sees past all the negative that happens. Okay so I must say this is by far one of my favorite books by Jay Crownover! One of the aspects about this book that won a whole bunch of points was I LOVE books with interracial couples. Seriously few things beat interracial couples for me. I love them and Riveted was no exception. I loved how Church talked about the struggle of being biracial because for one I can totally relate and Jay wrote his story so realistically. I felt like she plucked out some of my experiences and made them relatable. Church is half-black and half-white and I loved how he fell for a pasty red head because my husband is beyond white and so cute. I guess this whole aspect of the book just made me love Church and Dixie’s story even more. Church didn’t want to love anyone after what happened to his mother but he grows so much throughout this story. He’s definitely not perfect, but his flaws and really everything about him make him perfect for Dixie. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect and sexy alpha male. Dixie was beyond kick-butt. While she sees, life is the positive in almost every way she kicks major butt in this story. I won’t give anything away, but I will say she’s awesome. I loved Dixie’s character. She always wants to please everyone and take care of everyone. I love how Dixie explained how she sometimes felt like she didn’t get the attention she gives everyone else and that so reminds me of people pleasers. Always caring for others, but people forget to take care of them. Jay Crownover did an amazing job and making deep amazing and relatable characters. This whole story was amazing and I couldn’t wish for a more perfect story. Favorite Quote: “Her hair was always kind of wild and unkempt, but straight from bed it looked like it had taken on a life of its own and was looking towards world domination.” Church
Book_Sojourner 14 hours ago
4.5 Stars I loved Dixie and Church. I'm a sucker for inter-racial relationships, so I was thrilled about this one. And it did not disappoint. Dixie was the sunshine Church didn't know he needed until he met her. And as much as he avoided relationships, due to the heartbreak of his past, there was no way to avoid Dixie, try as he might. So when Church has to finally go home and face the people he's been avoiding for ten years, Dixie is just the travel companion he needs. And honestly, how could you not fall in love with Dixie on this homecoming journey? I loved learning about Dixie and Church's pasts. They both had heartbreaking circumstances with their families, but handled things completely differently. And isn't that the way it is in real life? Now, Church's situation was particularly sad. I really felt for the guy, and his whole family. But thankfully he was compelled to come home, and with that discovered so many things he'd been missing out on due to fear. I got lots of warm fuzzies seeing Church come back to life, to joy, to feeling, to love. And Dixie was such a breath of fresh air. I worried about her becoming a doormat, but she took matters into her own hands, and you can't fault the girl for that. Ultimately, I loved the man Church became and the sunshine Dixie remained. They were a beautiful couple together. I also loved traveling to Mississippi with Dixie and Church. We got a wealth of new characters with his family, and it made the story that much more special. I wouldn't mind getting some happy ever afters in the future for them as well.
Anonymous 1 days ago
Another great book by Jay! I love her words. The stories are always new and different. Too often I have found authors that I like and they write a series and by the end of the series i feel like I am reading the same story only the names are different. Not so with Jay's books.
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Anonymous 3 days ago
Loved this story but it was a surprise that it wasn't in Denver where the other stories of the series have been. Didn't care though, still reeled me in from the beginning and couldn't stop reading
Anonymous 3 days ago
Jay has brought us another amazing story about a couple that heals each other! Church and Dixie have such amazing chemistry and heat! While RIVITED takes us away from Denver, the change adds so much to the dynamic of the story and the characters. A fantastic addition to the series and my bookshelf. I highly recommend that you read this now!
Anonymous 4 days ago
I love Dixie and Church's story. I reread all the books in this fantastic series (Marked and Saints) and was thrilled with this newest book. Her optimism overwhelming his fears was moving and romantic. There are dozens of small moments that had my heart melting and of course very passionate love scenes. Not to be missed.
Anonymous 5 days ago
I totally got Dixie because once upon a time, I was her. Reading this book reminded me of the person I was and maybe, just maybe, I can be once again. Church broke my heart but he is someone I totally understood. I loved how raw and honest this story is. Totally recommend it!!!
Anonymous 5 days ago
Absolutely loved this book. A great addition to the series. Can't wait for Salvaged
tjoygreger 5 days ago
I have been waiting for Church’s book ever since he made an enigmatic phone call to my favorite Archer (Rome of course). And Riveted was well worth the wait. It is the spectacular character development, as with all Jay Crownover books, that draws you in and then proceeds to trample over your heart and soul with both triumph and gut wrenching heartache. As more and more details of Church’s anguish filled past is revealed, his stony silence and seeming indifference become completely understandable. As a child Church suffered two major losses and his misplaced guilt about those losses and his actions leading up to them are eating him alive. However, when a family friend becomes ill, he is forced to return home and face his past. It is very rare that I so desperately want to find and hug a fictional character, but I was filled with the overwhelming need to do so as I turned each page. Enter Dixie, who is vivacious and full of life despite the fact that she has experienced her own hardships, the perfect match for Church. In life there are many ways that one can react to adversity, and Dixie has chosen to greet each anguish with a smile and a wink. She is sunshine to Church’s eternal night. At first it would appear an unlikely pairing, inevitably heading for disaster. But as she accompanies him on a road trip home, the reader will be able to quickly conclude that they compliment each other impeccably. Also, as we have come to expect from Crownover, the sexy scenes are devastatingly sensual and definitely worth a reread, or four. Their first pairing outside a restaurant is especially fun! One thing that I really loved about Riveted was the secondary characters. Elma Mae, Church’s surrogate grandmother, was a hoot. I think everyone needs an Elma Mae in their lives. In addition, I really hope that Crownover returns to the town of Lowry to write stories about Church’s brother Dalen and his father Jules. Both of these Churchill men have intriguing pasts and deserve their own HEAs. Plus it would give us an opportunity to check in with Church and Dixie. Even though there was a lot to love about this book, I did have two slight issues with the content. First, for the first time reading one of Crownover’s books, I found the writing to be a little repetitive. The guilt ridden thoughts plaguing Church appeared on quite a few pages. While they are obviously important, I found myself skimming over them because I had already read and processed the significance of them several times before. I actually wish that Crownover would have paired down these sections and given the readers more background on Dixie’s family. The second issue was with the reason behind all the trouble that Church and Dixie faced on the trip to Lowry. I found it very difficult to believe that this individual would take his/her obsession so far as to follow them across the country and take such drastic actions. Despite these two minor issues, I think that Riveted is a fantastic addition to the Saints of Denver Series. I am extremely happy with the life that Church and Dixie have started together and I hope that we get updates on them in Salvaged, Poppy and Wheeler’s book!
BookWorm221 5 days ago
Jay Crownover is a Queen at writing brooding yet adorable male characters and I think Church is the perfect example. This book went by so fast for me; I was unable to stop reading because from the first chapter I was hooked on Dixie and Church. I had my eye on them for a while now and always wondered if Jay was going to write about them and what kind of story these two had in them. They both had some painful pasts, especially Dixie because I really couldn’t have imagined that she had such sorrow in her life and also the type of dreams and desires that she was harboring for the longest time. I really admire her for always looking at the bright side of things and also helping others overcome whichever challenge they are face with, she was the perfect companion for Church it was obvious that he really needed her even if neither of them realized it at first. This is more of a coming home book, facing your past and not being afraid of what the future as in store for you, is about taking every chance you get to be the person you want to be and have the life that you always saw yourself having.
Gabrielle90 5 days ago
Ever Since Dixie laid eyes on Church, she knew she was meant to be with him but Church didn't think the same... Or so she thinks. Church is afraid to love someone. So, when Dixie shows up in his life, he closes himself off to her immediately. But when someone who is like his grandmother gets hurt, his "father" asks for him to come home because she's asking for him. Originally, he told his family that he couldn't come home because there was a girl in Denver that he couldn't leave because he loved her... So when he finally agrees to come, they tell him to bring his "girl" except in honesty there isn't a girl. That drives him to ask Dixie to join him because if there was one girl in Denver keeping him there, it was the bright sunshine that was Dixie. They drive his motorcycle all the way to his home state but along the way, strange things happen and they follow him home. They had to figure out why those things were happening before someone really got hurt or killed. I enjoyed Dixie's character a lot. Even though life beat her down, she kept getting back up and always with a smile on her face. Her whiny inner dialogue was a little annoying when she was upset that she hadn't found "the one" yet but she's only twenty six so she still had some time to find the right guy. Other than that, her spirits were always up and she wanted to help people who were down. She even allowed her sister's ex fiance (I CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT BOOK) to stay at her place until he figured out what to do next. Church had some serious issues. Yes -- I don't want two perfect people to find each other and have a perfect happy life because that is boring. Church had a lot of demons that haunted him (I don't want to say what they are because they're spoilers!) He wanted Dixie's sunshine but he didn't want to take the light out of her eyes when he'd "eventually break her heart". I love love love Church's "fill in father". He was an interesting character because he loved Church even after they lost his mother. A lot of men would kick their step child to the curb but he just loved him as his own. Dixie and Church compliment each other, rounding their relationship out. This is a fantastic addition to the Saints of Denver series and I can't wait to read the next book! I recommend this to anyone who of course loves Jay's other books or just anyone who loves a good romantic story with a splash of suspense!
CrystalSchroth1 5 days ago
Jay's books are amazing and very well written. This books is no exception A Must Read. This book is a series or can be read as a stand alone. I first read about (Church) Dash Churchill in Rome: The Marked Men series. He comes to Denver straight out of the service Rome gives him a job at the bar where he meets Dixie. She is a ray of sunshine to his dark brooding persona trying to be everyone's friend. She believes in love and Church believes everything he loves dies so he pushes everyone away including his own family. When a family member gets hurt and he is forced to go home to Mississippi he asks Dixie to go with him and she does because she loves him. Can Dixie ever get Church to love her back or is she just setting herself up for a broken heart? Can Church ever let love in or will he always be stuck in the dark? To read this book or any of her books: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jay-Crownover/... Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Ja...
heater_28 5 days ago
**Advanced copy received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Jay Crownover is one of those authors that I will always clamor to get my hands on their work. Riveted was no different and I was so ready for this adventure of a story! Dixie Carmichael not only wants to find her "person" she is always the person there to help everyone else, often times at the expense of herself. While she's pretty sure that person that she's supposed to be with forever is Dash Churchill, the former solider turned bouncer at The Bar, she knows he doesn't feel nearly what she does, so she decides it's time to start dating with the use of a dating app. Dash "Church" Churchill doesn't like entanglements. He's lost too many people, most notably women, who are close to him and the last thing he wants to do is go through that again. Couple that with the fact that he hasn't been back to see his family for ten long years, it causes some conflict and hard feelings on both sides. When Church gets the call that the woman who helped raise him has taken a fall and is in the hospital, he decides to head back to his hometown in Mississippi, but nothing can be as easy as dropping everything and heading out, right?! Turns out that Church has told his family that the reason that he's stayed in Denver for so long is because of a girl. While that might be true subconsciously, he's mainly stayed away because he doesn't want to deal with his past. When he's forced to head home, he enlists the help of Dixie to go home with him so they can meet the "girl" that has kept him away. As a series of strange happenings take place, not only is Church forced to face some of the demons from his past, he's also forced to look to the future and what that looks like. Will he be able to get out of his own way and find his own happily ever after? I enjoyed this story quite a bit and I look forward to the next adventure that Jay Crownover chooses to take us on! My fingers are crossed that we might get some more Wheeler!!
jeanniezelos 6 days ago
Saints of Denver (3), Riveted,  Crownover, Jay Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  romance, I’ve read quite a few of Jay’s novels now, some I love, some are still good but not quite such a hit with me. Riveted falls into that category, and its really difficult to pinpoint why. I love the characters, the settings, the realism of it all. There is irrational bigotry around, those who see skin colour and not the person, and when that happens to Dash and his brother  it felt so very genuine. I’m naturally fairly dark-skinned/tanned looking, though English through and through, and used to get bullied at school back in the sixties for my appearance, so I understand that affects people though I only had a small taster. Its sad but a fact of life, people that are in any way different get picked on by ignorant bullies. Poor Dash, what a tragic background and I kind of understood why he joined the Army as a teen, and how the awful things he’s seen since affected him. I still wasn’t quite convinced though of his reasons for a) not going home and b) feeling he wasn’t good enough for Dixie, that something would happen to her. Thank goodness that girl has some real sticking power! Dixie – well, we need more like her in the world. she’s everyone’s friend, works hard, always has something nice to say, and always there ready to help. She’s like a Pollyanna type but without the cringing sweetness, there’s something real about Dixie, something that makes her beautiful in spirit without feeling sickly sweet. The sexual tension between those two – off the wall, and wow when Dixie finally wore him down – or maybe it was just that he stopped telling himself he wasn’t good enough, sparks flew. They’re perfect together, but that HEA has a few barriers on the way. There's some terrific secondary characters here too, who really caught my eye. Its a lovely story, a beautiful romance, with genuine feeling people and places. I could feel the sunshine, and here on a murky February morning in the UK just remembering that feel cheers me up. Given all that why haven't I gone for five stars? Well, its hard to say, I did enjoy it but...sometimes I found myself drifting, not concentrating on the story, and other times I just had to put it aside for a while, and that doesn’t happen with five star reads. I just can’t work out exactly why though. It’s clear its a five star read for many and that’s great to see. I just wish it had been that for me, but it fell marginally short. Stars: Four and a half, just short of the magic five, maybe if I’d read all the former stories it would have hit that? Who knows?   ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers  
Lashea677 6 days ago
It's not easy to listen to your heart, when your head is sending you mixed signals. Her head is telling her, he's bad news. Her heart is drawn to his tormented soul. His head is telling him to stay away. His heart is begging for him to take a chance. Church and Dixie are wrapped up in a ball of confusion. From mutual attraction to dangerous secrets and heartbreaking betrayals this duo is hard to keep up with. Riveted is the first novel that I have read and it is electrifying to the senses how fast paced it is. Like a mini movie with a large impact.