Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 1/5/2016
Source: My Shelf
Sometimes you have to tear everything down to build something new…
Sayer Cole is frozen inside. At least, that’s what it’s felt like for as long as she can remember. She’s yet to let anyone past her icy exterior – and the one guy she thinks might melt her heart couldn’t possibly be interested in someone so uptight.
Rough, hard and hot-as-hell, Zeb Fuller has rebuilt his life and his construction business since protecting his family sent him to jail all those years ago. His elegant client, Sayer, makes him feel like a Neanderthal in denim, but despite the many hints that he’s been dropping to get to know her better, she seems oblivious to his charms.
Just as things finally start to heat up, Zeb’s past comes back to haunt him and he needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. As these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, fire and ice collide in an unstoppable explosion of steam
About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and 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.
This review contains some spoilers for Rowdy. The details seemed important in telling Sayer's story here.
I kinda fell in love with Zeb and Sayer when they first met in Rowdy's book, and I was thrilled to learn they were getting their own story. I saw people posting teasers and comments leading up to the release of Built and I knew I had to have this one as soon as it dropped.
Zeb would do (and has done) anything to protect the ones he loves. Even spend a few years in prison. He knows that he didn't handle the situation in the best way, but really is there another way to handle some dude physically abusing your sister? Anyway, Zeb did his time and now has made something of himself on the outside. He runs a successful business. He has great friends. He still takes care of the women in his family. He really is a good guy,
Sayer Cole ran away from everything she knew when she found out she had a brother (Rowdy). She moved across the country to Denver to start a new job and a new life. She began practicing family law and has been working hard at putting together her new family. She doesn't want or need the Zeb Fuller seeing through her layers and to find the girl underneath lacking.
After spending months renovating Sayer's house into his own dream house, Zeb still hasn't made any headway into getting to know Sayer better. She is always polite and respectful, but she hides herself completely behind the walls she has carefully constructed. Despite her initial acceptance of him, Zeb can't help but feel that his Sayer can't see beyond his checkered past.
When he suddenly finds himself needing legal advice, Zeb knows he can do no better than Sayer Cole. Suddenly, they find themselves facing unparalleled sexual tension and attraction builds as the situation they find themselves in forces them to open up more than they ever thought they could.
I may have said this before, but Jay has a way of writing characters that are perfectly flawed. Her men and women are rough around the edges and usually overcoming a past containing a mistake or two. What I love about them is how determined they are. These are human beings with faults and weakness who have muddled up one situation or another and yet they still press on. They still strive toward being good and kind individuals who lead, not necessarily 'normal' existences, but rather extraordinary lives.
For me, Jay's stories are always thought-provoking. Whether she intended this or not, I found myself evaluating my own life and thoughts as I began to seek the exceptional in others. This book is poignant, passionate, and perceptive and highly recommended.
5 out of 5 stars
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