Monday, February 13, 2017

Believer - My Review of RIVETED by Jay Crownover - Blog Tour

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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.

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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 - headshotJay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver 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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I have to admit that I had other Saints of Denver characters I was hoping to read about besides Dixie and Church (Can you say Wheeler and Poppy?), even though their characters have been around since the Marked Men series and the tension has been growing between them throughout the Saints series. Despite their loaded dialogue and awareness of each other, to me, they kind of got lost up until now in the large cast of strong characters. I have to say, I am so grateful to Jay for telling Dixie and Church's story when she did.

Church keeps himself secure behind a very thick wall. After enduring a childhood peppered with bigotry and the loss of many loved ones, Church has decided to never let himself be vulnerable again.

Dixie is a bright ray of sunshine. She wears her incredibly large heart right out there on her sleeve where anyone could damage it, and yet she freely makes herself available to people who need her.

When Church is suddenly needed back home, he asks Dixie to accompany him to act as his excuse for staying away from Mississippi for so long. Dixie's attraction to Church, as well as her giving spirit, are to blame for her climbing on the back of Church's bike for the ride of her life.

While Church and Dixie are learning to navigate their feelings and attraction, sinister forces are at work all around them. Amidst several life-threatening, hair-raising, could-be accidents, Church begins facing the ghosts of his past and making room for his family in his future. This brings up the questions; will there be room for Dixie in that future, and will she actually want to be a part of it.

Jay Crownover writes the most authentic characters I've ever read. They are flawed and sometimes even broken, but Jay always takes them on a journey of growth and acceptance. 

Jay doesn't have a formula or pattern to her stories. Each one has a unique signature but told with her trademarked voice. Her words and phrases are never repetitive. Some authors, especially authors writing a series, use the same phrases during pivotal moments, but Jay creates word patterns that are particular and relevant to each story.

This book is about so much more than romance. Jay tackles some issues like racism, self-acceptance, and grief. These characters experience some major growth and I feel blessed to have read their adventure. I look forward to seeing updates from them in the future.

5 out of 5 Stars

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