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Salvaged (Saints of Denver Series #4)

Salvaged (Saints of Denver Series #4)

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by Jay Crownover

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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series.

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment


The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series.

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.





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HarperCollins Publishers
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Saints of Denver Series , #4
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5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Salvaged (Saints of Denver Series #4) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
ZiliR 4 days ago
4.5 Stars in my Sky! If you're familiar with with Jay Crownover's writing you'll know her unique knack for creating brilliantly strong, yet vulnerable characters, who tug at your heartstrings and make you smile - she also always brings out the swoon! Jay always manages to find a way to unite very different characters in her books and SALVAGED is no exception. Poppy Cruz and Hudson Wheeler have been through a heck of a lot of pain and suffering but are working hard to move on. Their circumstances are very different by their pain is raw and deep. Poppy is a sweet girl who has been through some of the worst experiences imaginable. Her pain is part of her daily life so she has to learn to fight for herself and decide what she wants. She's been let down by so many people that I'm not sure how she finds the strength to keep fighting but she has such huge determination for a quiet and calm character. Poppy is proof you can say just as much without increasing the volume by being honest and caring. I cannot imagine experiencing anything near as horrifying as she has on numerous occasions but I have huge amount of respect for her immense strength and loving personality. Puppies!!! Wheeler is a treasure. The perfect BBF - I loved him. He's patient, caring, sexy and determined. I loved how he learnt to channel his needs rather than putting everybody else first all the time but still stayed strong and selfless and never loses himself to anger. Do we get to see any of our favs from previous books? You betcha, but I'm not going to tell you anything about them - no spoilers here! Poppy Cruz and Hudson Wheeler are another brilliant addition to Team Jay! I really don't want to let the Saints of Denver or the Marked series go but am looking forward to meeting the new characters Jay introduces us to and to finding more BBFs! I received a review copy
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heater_28 5 days ago
What a fantastic way to send off the Saints of Denver series! I've loved every single book in this series and this love story between Wheeler and Poppy was the perfect way to cap it off. I loved how amazing and supportive Wheeler was and how he seemed to understand exactly who Poppy was and what she needed. I equally loved how Poppy continually opened herself up to new things with Wheeler even though it was extraordinarily hard for her to do. Both Wheeler and Poppy grew so much as individuals, but they also grew as a couple because of their individual journeys. I've loved all of the books that Jay Crownover has written. She takes you on a journey that can't help but make you feel, make you swoon and make you hope. Everyone goes through tough times and is a little bit broken, but there is always someone out there that is going to look out for you and have your back. And that is the one thing that everyone always has to remember - you're worth it. Always.
WhooGivesAHoot 5 days ago
I must admit that I am extremely sad to see this series come to an end because I've spent the last five years with these characters between both the Marked Men & Saints of Denver series. But as they say...all good things must come to an end and what a perfectly perfect ending it was! Ever since Jay first introduced her readers to the shy and timid Poppy Cruz in ROWDY I knew that I wanted to get to know this broken soul on a much deeper level because she truly deserved a happily ever after, especially following the events of her past two abusive relationships. This beautiful broken girl never thought that she deserved better then the previous men she had been with at least until she falls into the arms of Hudson Wheeler, a young man with his own demons. These two couldn't be more perfect for each other and I was so happy when I learned that they were getting to tell their story. In ROWDY - Rowdy and Salem's story - we meet Poppy (Salem's sister) after she runs away from her abusive husband. She finally decided to escape and ran to the two people who have always had her best interest at heart. After being kidnapped and watching her husband blow his brains out in front of her she finds herself more lost then ever. As the series moves into the Saints of Denver we get to know Poppy even more as Sayer's roommate as she fights to step outside her comfort zone. Throughout BUILT we watch as she blossoms and even more in RIVETED when she's Dixie's neighbor. I loved watching her grow and when we finally got to this story I was more then ready to watch her fully repair her broken soul. Over the past few years readers have witness brief encounters between Poppy and Wheeler, but it isn't until SALVAGED that we finally get to see the full story! A story that was full of twist and turns. A story that will stay with my heart for years to come. Truthfully as sad as I am to see these characters go, I know it was time and I know without a doubt that Poppy and Wheeler's story needed to be the final one!
Macadamia440 6 days ago
There are authors out there that when they write a book and you read it, it's like they wrote this incredible world just for you. Their characters are so relatable that you feel like you're part of their lives. You feel like their best friend and voice of reason. A story that hooks you in and you never want to leave. It breaks your heart just a little bit every time you have to return to reality. And realizing that world that you love so much will be forever in the pages of a book, kinda hurts. Sure you can visit, see the amazing people you've come to love again. But it's not the same. Their stories are over and yours keeps going. Reading the Marked Men and Saints of Denver books has definitely changed me. I learned so much from the world Jay Crownover created and I feel incredibly sad that I won't get to learn with the incredible people she wrote side by side with them. Endings are always bittersweet and this one is too. Salvaged is the book I've been waiting for. The book where happy ever afters aren't all rainbows and unicorns. They're earned, fought for, and protected. And if you're like me and have been reading from Rule all the way through, Jay has given the greatest gift with Salvaged. The happy ever afters that we know we could have one day. So thank you Jay. The amazing whirlwind ride into your world has been one of the best of my life. I can't wait for all the stories you have to tell and all the places I'll go when I read them.
KrissysBookNook 6 days ago
Jay Crownover has this unique ability to write romance dirty & raw but still somehow poetic and uplifting. With each new book of hers that I read, I’m awed at her incredible writing talent and the profound message I’m left with after every read. Salvaged is the cherry on top of the Saints of Denver sundae. The perfect end to this intense and romantic series that has won it’s way into my heart since the first book, Built. Wheeler and Poppy not only needed, but deserved this book. Both characters have been through hell and back much like so many other Jay’s Saints, but whether it was the wait to see their happiness finally come or the weight of their past, to me, their story was the sweetest and most satisfying of them all. Poppy surprised me with her boldness towards Wheeler. Who knew inside this timid, shy, and broken woman was a sexy and sassy seductress waiting to be unleashed? Since I have not yet read all of the Marked Men books (Please don’t tell Jay! lol) I honestly didn’t know very much about Poppy to begin with but what I had read about her character didn’t scream sexy siren to me. That’s what made her romance with Wheeler so hot in my opinion. Wheeler. Hudson Wheeler. It would take a heck of a lot for another character to replace BAX as my favorite Crownover character and Wheeler has it. Even with his shattered, broken heart he managed to be the embodiment of hotness, romance, and charm. His super tragic backstory made me want to grab him in a big hug and never let go. His interactions with Poppy (specifically one magical night in a hotel room) sealed his fate as being my number one Saint of Denver. I give Salvaged 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars! Though this book can technically be read as a standalone, I highly suggest you read all of the Saint’s of Denver books before diving in to Salvaged. I think you can only appreciate how truly special and rewarding this story is if you’ve experienced the full series. Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Another great book from Jay! I just love the stories she tells! Thanks for sharing your art, Jay!
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Anonymous 7 days ago
This book was a great way to end the series. The relationship between the two main characters is sweet, gentle, and romantic. It was nice to see Jay's softer side! It tied everything together really well and created a satisfying ending to a series that was fantastic and created a world of characters easy to get emotionally invested in. And she still managed to get tons of steamy moments in it too. Definitely a great read and worth every penny so buy it now!
Krystal_Mac 7 days ago
Good god! I think that this is one of the best books Jay has ever written! Knowing that someone is tackling something as hard as an abuse survivor who can't handle anyone's touch would make just about anyone cringe. Yet Jay did the content proud in my opinion. She didn't make it easy for Poppy because the things she endured cannot just be brushed aside! Wheeler is the PERFECT man for Poppy in so many ways but the most important is his patience and lack of pity for her. He knows that she is broken and needs to be handled in a way that he can provide but he doesn't treat her like something sad or pathetic. He knows he is strong enough to be able to lift her up in ways she needs and it is exactly what he does. He makes her feel secure and safe and that is exactly she is with him. This book is more romance than any of her other books but these two specific characters needed that. They needed each other after having their own very different ordeals. Wheeler is the book boyfriend everyone needs!!
Anonymous 7 days ago
Couldn't put it down. I read a lot and sometimes I read books that are good, then I read a book like this one by an author who reminds me what a really fantastic book feels like. I loved this entire series, I am jealous of anyone who gets to read it for the first time.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Jay always writes great books. This one is a little softer then usual, these characters needed that. I love both Poppy and Wheeler. One of the best epilouges ever!
Anonymous 7 days ago
What I Liked Most About This Book: I loved that this book showed successful co-parenting. I feel like a lot of times in romance when one of the lead characters has a child, the other parent is out of the picture completely....either through death or because they abandoned the child and took off never to be heard from again. Real life, though, tends to be a lot messier than that and families come in many different forms and are made up of many types of people and different roles. I love love love that this was represented in this book and that it was presented without making a big deal or fanfare out of it. What I Liked Least About This Book: There isn’t much about this book that I didn’t like…. I feel like I am reaching deep and nit-picking to come up with something to put here, but it bugged me a little that it seemed like Wheeler's love instantly healed Poppy. She went from a freaked out shell of a person one day who couldn't stand to pass strangers on the street to totally comfortable in most situations next. I guess I just expected this book to contain a little more of their struggle to connect because of what she had been through. Share A Quote From The Book: “ All the women I know that landed a good man had to give them a little push in the right direction at one point or another. Sometimes it takes a nudge to get the night in shining armor to drop his shield." Would I Recommend This Book: Absolutely. Would I Re-Read This Book: Yep! Rating: 5 Stars!! Other Comments: I LOVED the mention of our favorite couples from the Marked Men and Saints of Denver series'. Its always fun to check back in on them. The epilogue was an awesome wrap up of both series that showed us exactly how everyone was living out their happily ever after. I also enjoyed the little cameo from 'The Point' couple....that was a cool little Easter egg.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I just finished Poppy and Wheeler's story. I adore Wheeler, he reminds me so much of someone I know and love. I was so happy to see Poppy finally come out of her shell. After all she went through she seriously deserved a knight in shining armor. I loved all the references to the Marked men and Saints of Denver series, (and loved the appearance of a certain couple from the Point) I am sad to see the series end, all the characters felt like real people to me, and are people I want to hang out with. This book is a real beacon of hope for someone like me, who has been a victim of violence in relationships. Hope that my knight in shining armor is out there somewhere. Love you Jay!
Katiekoz 8 days ago
Salvaged was bittersweet to read. I was really excited to read about Poppy and Wheeler and them getting their happily ever after, no one deserves it more than Poppy, but I was also super sad to read and finish it because now that means there's no more. Poppy has been through so much tragedy and horror in her life, I can't even imagine going through all that she has. She's a true survivor though. The journey that she makes from the start of the book to end of the book was wonderful to read about. She really blossoms as a person and becomes her true self. Wheeler is absolutely wonderful. He is such a sweet and caring guy and knows exactly what Poppy needs and when. I loved his part in Poppy's transformation and how he helps and protects her along the way. He hasn't had the easiest life either so it makes me happy that he found his true happiness in the end. This book had a little bit of a different feel to it in my opinion. Both characters have lots of baggage and problems that they are still dealing with, but they are both wonderful and sweet human beings, whereas normally one of the main characters has some personality flaws that they are working through. The book was lighter than the others at times, but also had some really dark times as well. It was definitely a really emotional book, probably the most emotional of all the Marked Men and SOD books. I'm really happy with the ending and where Poppy and Wheeler end up emotionally. The extended epilogue was the best part by far; I really wish it didn't have to end! I'm gonna miss these books so much. They are some of my absolute favorites and it won't be the same without them. Thank you Jay Crownover for all of these fantastic books and characters that I have grown to love and will truely miss.
RentasticR 8 days ago
It's official—Jay Crownover just saved the sweetest, most heart melting and BEST book in this series for last. This author's books just never fail to shake me up inside. Ever since Rowdy's book, I've always yearned to get Hudson Wheeler and Poppy Cruz's story—especially Poppy. If you've read Rowdy and got that glimpse of a hell—complete understatement—this woman went through, you'd most likely feel the same. Probably out of all the Marked Men and Saints of Denver, THIS woman deserved to get her HEA the most. Hands down. And guess what, Jay Crownover just knocked me over sideways and freaking nailed it. Right from that introduction, I was a goner. I'd have to say, Salvaged is one of the most emotional, bittersweet and EPIC finales I've ever read. I didn't think Asa (final book of the Marked Men series) could ever be topped. But I was wrong. Cover to cover, this book will have you, not by the balls, but by the heart. It was so heartbreakingly adorable. Every page you turn will tug at your heartstrings like crazy. Wheeler and Poppy were so broken and shattered deep inside, you'd wonder how much else they can withstand after everything they went through in the past. But they found each other and that safe haven in each other's arms. That special friendship and unique relationship they built must be one of the strongest, bravest ones I've read about. And witnessing it all was truly a balm to my aching soul. An empowering tale full of heat, passion and that sense of family and belongingness, Ms. Crownover will absolutely make you drown in feels and even a few tears with Wheeler and Poppy's book. You'll end up wanting to read pages over and over, just to let it all sink in. I never want to let go of this series, of these two brilliantly written characters. All of them will always hold a special place in this hurting heart of mine. Come to think of it, if someone could just peek inside this little organ beating inside my chest, they'd find it filled to the brim with all the men and women of the Marked Men series and the Saints of Denver series. Absolutely incredible. A definite must read!
Dalitza 9 days ago
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 al
LilleyLoohLah 9 days ago
It's no secret I'm a huge Jay Crownover fan, she's a go to author for me and she's never let me down yet. I've been impatient for Poppy and Wheeler’s story, they’ve been hovering on the sidelines waiting to get their story told. A slight change from her usual writing style, Jay has diverted to a little more romance, and let's be honest Poppy and Wheeler needed romance, they both have way too much bad in their pasts to have anything less. They deserve a happy ever after, they deserve each other, they are after all two pretty perfect souls. Of course there are a few bumps in the road but Poppy and Wheeler together are a force to be reckoned with, a force backed by a team of beautifully tattooed men and their women. It was so great that our Marked Men and Saints of Denver play some wonderful cameos in this novel. Salvaged I'm sure can be read and enjoyed as a standalone but at the very least I would recommend reading the previous Saints of Denver books, why would you want to miss out on such wonderful writing. This book was perfection for me. A full five stars and more.