New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series with the next thrilling standalone, SALVAGED! Order your copy today!
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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This is the book we’ve all been waiting for in the Saints of Denver Series, and of course Jay saved the best for last. Jay peaked our interest in Poppy back in Rowdy’s book (Mark Men Series) and considering the hell we saw she’d went through its only fitting that she found a man who would cherish her the way she deserved. However, with that said if you’ve read any of Jay’s books you know she doesn’t make things easy on her couples, and Poppy and Wheeler aren’t any different. The only difference, both have major trust issues, not to mention Poppy’s fear of men after what her bastard ex husband did to her along with her father’s control. I’m not sure many wouldn’t come out without scars both physical and mental.
This is where Wheeler’s past helps give them a little common emotional bond. Granted Wheeler was never controlled or abused at least not physically, his being left helps him empathize for Poppy. While we saw the beginning of Poppy’s story in Rowdy, we hadn’t gotten much of Wheeler’s until Charged, Avett & Quaid’s story (Saints of Denver). Charged, is where we start to feel Wheeler is being miss treated by his fiancée, as Avett actually feels like kicking ass on his behave.
In Riveted, through Dixie, we get to learn what’s truly going on in Wheeler’s life. We also see how protective Wheeler is of his family when Church makes his entrance and not in a flattering way. 😉 Through Dixie’s love of Wheeler, as he’s like a brother and engaged to her sister, we learn all the heartache he’s been going through in his relationship with his ex. Needless to say our hearts broke a little more for him. But this is where Wheeler and Poppy’s relationship at least friendship begins. And I think we can all agree we’ve been biting our nails waiting to see the relationship from their point of view.
Which brings us to Salvaged, the book that puts everything front and center. Wheeler and Poppy both have to re-evaluate what they want in life and out of it for that matter. For me this book shows the most growth of the two characters. All of Jay’s books have growth as the main characters have to get over their hangups, but Jay has tortured these two for so long, it’s as if they were from The Point (another series of Jay’s). Whereas, The Point series is gritty and seedy, Salvaged is not. It does however get into some dark issues that most of us hope never happen to ourselves, our family or friends and because of that we can feel for both Poppy and Wheeler. And for those of us that have been there, done that, and want to return the tee-shirt, we know that dark place that can reside within, that want to escape, hide and keep everyone at arm’s length, and/or sometimes make us want to self destruct (depending on the day). Seeing these two come together and how they help each other heal gives the rest of us hope. Thanks Jay!
Needless to say this book truly spoke to me. This love story really does say hey, just because they tried to break you doesn’t mean your broken and sometimes we need to hear that. So join Jay in the final installment in the Saints of Denver Series, and see the magic she created for these two amazing characters.
“I don’t know that I have the time to take on a puppy right now, Poppy.” He lifted a hand and rubbed it across the back of his neck. His mahogany-colored eyebrows pulled into a vee over the top of his nose and the corners of his mouth pulled down in a frown that was too harsh for his pretty face. I liked it much better when he smiled and his twin dimples cut deeply into his cheeks.
I bit my bottom lip to keep the distressed noise that I could feel climbing up the back of my throat at bay. I knew he might say no but I couldn’t hide the fact that I was disappointed by his decision. I honestly felt like he and the puppy would be good for one another, that they could bring a little joy into each other’s life. It broke my heart a little that Wheeler wasn’t ready to open his heart up again, even when it was to something that was so obviously eager to love him unconditionally and irrevocably, unlike his ex.
“It’s okay, Wheeler. Like I said, I’ll take him home until I can find a place for him. I’m sure Dolly could use a friend.” I crouched down and wiggled my fingers to get the dog’s attention, and grinned when he bounded over, tripping over his front legs as he scrambled in my direction. “I can take him to work with me and hold on to him until I figure something out. One of the boys at the shop will step up if Dixie doesn’t want another dog.”
I heard him sigh and looked up to see him watching me intently. He opened his mouth like he was going to say something, then let it snap shut with his teeth audibly clicking together. I didn’t know much about Wheeler, but what I did know I liked. He was nice. He was polite. He was thoughtful and he was kind. But more than any of those things, he went out of his way to hold himself in a way that wasn’t threatening or intimidating because he was aware without me saying a word how jumpy I was around people, men in particular. I hated that they were bigger than me. I hated that I knew firsthand how badly they could hurt me if they had a mind to. I hated that I wilted and cowered under their attention, even if it was innocent and friendly. The fact that he took care not to spook me spoke volumes and made me feel awful for putting him in such an awkward position.
“Poppy…” He sounded regretful and I had no interest in dragging the torture out any longer for either of us. I scooped up the dog and buried my nose in the top of his head.
“Seriously it’s no big deal. I love him and I’m happy to wait until I can find him a proper home. It was stupid of me not to consider how busy you are with everything you have going on in your life right now. A puppy is a big commitment and that’s not something you can put on someone else without discussing it with them first.” The dog swiped his tongue across my face, no doubt feeling my distress and rising panic. I wanted to tuck his warm little body to my chest and run away like I was trying to score a touchdown in the other team’s end zone. “I should have known better.”
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About Jay Crownover:
Jay 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 dogs.
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