Riveted (Saints of Denver Series #3)

Riveted (Saints of Denver Series #3)

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 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.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062386007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Series: Saints of Denver Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 330,200
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Riveted (Saints of Denver Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Crownover's books! She has an awesome ability to give the underdog a happily ever after. I also love how she makes her stories realistic. She's an awesome writer, and all of her stuff is wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked this book much better that the previous one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story by Jay, one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Well done Jay. This story was a great addition to the series (which I love)! Loved catching up with old characters and the introduction to new ones. Church's dad sounds "hot"!! Looking forward to the next one. Poppy deserves happiness too!!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
AmandaKozi More than 1 year ago
4.5 ☆ I have been very intrigued by Church and Dixie's since it was alluded they liked each other. The big broody military man meets the happy ray of sunshine. I tend to really like stories about military men, they tend to have a lot of heavy stuff going on and lots of things they have hidden deep. Church has so much from his past that we haven't any idea about. I was so engrossed in learning more about him and who he is. I love how opposite they are and how much Dixie helps Church just by being her. I think their story is so sweet and heartfelt, they have fantastic chemistry and have such a powerful connection. I also love the tease of what we will see from Salvaged and now I can't wait to get my hands on Wheeler!
Krystal_Mac More than 1 year ago
Church and Dixie have been around for quite some time so I was super excited to finally get to their happy! Dixie is absolutely adorable. She is the friend that you can count on; who will always be there for you and root for you. Church knows that and likes it but doesn't think he deserves it. However, he uses it to his advantage which isn't fair to Dixie. Dixie will always find the best in a person and she does that with Church full knowing what he is doing. Where he doesn't think he's worth it, Dixie knows the opposite. She knows that he is worth her. That she is worth him and she just needs to convince him of that fact. These two together make an adorable couple who truly deserve each other!
SierraLove More than 1 year ago
Jay Crownover is easily one of my favorite authors. She has the ability to tell stories that are compelling and suck you in to the last page. This book is no different. Highly recommend. Even though Church and Dixie are not my favorite couple Jay has ever brought to life (Jet and Ayden still hold the number one spot), I still loved the story and Jay never disappoints. Very excited to see what comes next!
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
I love Jay Crownover's tattooed bad boys. This actually is probably the first of her books, well, other than Leveled, that I didn't listen to on audio. For some reason my library hasn't ever ordered the audiobook of it. However, at the end of Charged, book 2 in this series, I'm pretty sure that we got to hear the narrator who would be doing the main character Church's voice in this book. Now, while the voice totally fits what I would think of for Church, I don't know that I could have listened to a whole audiobook, or half an audiobook - his half of the story, read by that deep voice. It would be kind of like listening to James Earl Jones or Barry White read a book. Not sure I'd be able to concentrate on the actual words. And honestly, I think I would get a little annoyed. But anyway, ENOUGH about the possible narrator of the audiobook since I actually read this one. Honestly I probably didn't love this one as much as the other stories by Crownover because so much of it takes place away from the characters that I've come to know and love as the side characters or main characters in the other books. While it was exciting to have the characters stop in my hometown of Kansas City on their trip, I did not appreciate or like that the author used my city as a place that a racist incident occurred. While I'm in no way saying that my city doesn't have any of those kinds of issues, I honestly feel we are not like that. Those kind of incidents have been in the national news on the other side of our state, the city that we consider a rival in a lot of things, but KC is more of a nice place to live and be. Honestly, I was happiest to get this story going so that I could see how Wheeler might be able to be Poppy's true love in the final book of the series coming out later this year, Salvaged. I'm glad to see that the way Wheeler and Dixie's sister's relationship ends is one that I can still like Wheeler for, and not think he should be going back to anyone else. Now, I'm just ready for June, so that I can read Wheeler and Poppy's story, although I'm not ready to say goodbye to my Marked Men and Saints of Denver family.
KristinaL74 More than 1 year ago
Church and Dixie are SMOKING HOT!!!! Another amazing book by the AMAZING Jay Crownover. Church and Dixie's story was so great, with great twists and turns. I absolutely loved reading this book and can't wait for the next book!
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Wow! I really love this series by Jay Crownover! As with the others, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Church & Dixie finally find their HEA. It certainly wasn’t easy as Dixie already knew Church was her "one", but he definitely wasn’t looking for" the one", or anyone for that matter. He didn't feel he was worthy. I loved their motorcycle road trip back to Church’s home in Mississippi so she can pretend to be his girl. That’s all Dixie wants, to be Dash’s girl. Reconnecting with his Dad, Elma and his brother as well as finally giving in to the attraction between him and Dixie, definitely seemed to be the push Dash needed to see all the good in his life. The story itself is so well written and just so easy to fall into and get wrapped up in everything that is happening. And things do happen, exciting things; things that make you mad, cheer, swoon and yes even laugh. I love how he calls her pretty girl. It's just such a sweet endearment and it made me swoon every single time. Dixie had a tough time getting through to the always stoic Dash, but once she does, look out, it is absolutely breathtaking. Favorite line: Dash to Dixie: "But you have to know that you will always be the right girl for this completely wrong guy." I can’t wait for the next book! I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
4☆, close to 4.5☆ though. I love Church and Dixie. They don't really make sense as a couple, but honestly they're perfect for each other. Church is the dark and Dixie is the light. They complement each other very well and I find them adorable. Church is a big, brooting, complicated fellow, but it makes him very interesting. He has such a sad and tragic past and I can't even imagine having to go through that. Dixie is a happy and fun-loving girl who easily puts a smile on everyone's face. I loved getting to read about their relationship and how it grows. The storyline was interesting, but not my absolute favorite. This is one of the sadder and sometimes darker books. I'm definitely excited for Salvage and how all of that is going to go down. I really like Wheeler so far so I think it'll be a good one, but then that also means it's the last and I'm not ready for that yet =(
ceresbooksworld More than 1 year ago
The only thing that Dixie wants is to find the man of her life, she wants a true love like her parents. Sadly for her, it seems like the One is Church, and he isn’t ready for love. Dixie is a light in darkness, she is always sweet, kind, generous, she is a caretaker, a helper, and she took care of the people she loves. I like her, she is always happy no matter what happen in her life, that’s very good. Church has some issue with himself and with his family, nothing bad but he doesn’t see them in 10 years and when his father ask him to go home, he can’t refuse but he takes Dixie with him, as joy support and happiness. Church is a bug guy, army man and he likes Dixie, he likes her joy and “life”, he knows she won’t tell him no. But the only thing he wants is to take care of her as a friend, at least that’s what he tells himself. He is adorable and Dixie exuberance is perfect for him even if it makes him uncomfortable sometimes. I’m never disappointed with Jay’s books, they are perfect romance and I always fall in love with the characters. They are complex and their life wasn’t easy but that’s what makes them real. Dixie and Church are so sweet together, their relation grows slowly but it’s intense and the sexual tension is hot. I like the way they always want to protect the other, even if Church is a big man, Dixie will always try to take care of him, no matter what happens. The same can be told for Church, he doesn’t want darkness to taint Dixie. Another thing I like in this book is Wheeler, I’m so impatient to read his story with Poppy. What happens to him must be rude and not easy to understand for him but he seems like a good guy and a very interesting character. I can say that I’m a Jay Crownover’s addict, even if Riveted doesn’t take place in Denver, we are seeing Asa, Royal and Rome a little or at least we heard about them. I like that the Marked Men aren’t forgotten in the Saints of Denver. I thing we will see Salem and Rowdy in the next installment too.
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ReesesSH More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. A great addition to the series. Can't wait for Salvaged
tjoygreger More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!