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.
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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. 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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Review by Yvette:
There's a moment when you're reading a book when everything is clicking – the characters are likable, the storyline is compelling, and you gladly risk losing sleep if it means reading one more page – that you just know with absolute certainty it'll be an unforgettable read. While reading Riveted by Jay Crownover, this moment arrived within the first few chapters and that's largely a result of the connection between protagonists, Church and Dixie. I'm not typically a fan of angst-filled books and a character like Church has angst written all over him. For a book like Riveted, though, I'd willingly make an exception. This is a story about love, loss, and heartache, yet it's also hopeful, wistful, and romantic. With a scorching hot romance, gut-wrenching angst, and a touch of pulse-pounding suspense, Riveted is nothing short of riveting.
A pint-sized but fierce bartender desperately yearning for her happily ever after and a gruff, intimating former soldier determined to keep everyone at arm’s length may not seem like the most obvious pairing, yet it’s their differences that make Dixie and Church so captivating as a couple. The relationship between these two co-workers is complex: Dixie would love nothing more than to let her optimism and generally positive outlook on life shed light on the shadows surrounding Church. Of course, Church attempts to protect Dixie from his own personal demons by ignoring the magnetic draw between them. Fortunately for us readers, all of their previously-unrequited feelings, their pent-up sexual frustration, and the overwhelming passion brewing between them is a combination too potent to be ignored.
The romance between Church and Dixie is a bit of a slow burn, mostly because Church is stubbornly determined to separate emotions from sexual intimacy. The man had me vacillating from sobbing my eyes out to melting in a puddle of swoon and, as much as I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake some sense into him, his actions are as noble as they are romantic. Whether it’s their inner struggles or it’s circumstances beyond their control, nothing about Dixie and Church’s relationship is simple. Theirs isn't a romance about two people meeting and falling in love at first sight. It's about hardship and overcoming obstacles and finding light in the darkness.
Dixie and Church just so happen to be my new favorite Jay Crownover couple – a fact that took me completely by surprise because, I'll be honest, their characters aren't particularly flashy, never previously demanding more than their share of attention. They instead lingered in the background, content to dance around each other, their mutual attraction an unspoken but glaringly obvious truth. Riveted, however, is their time to shine. These characters gradually embedded themselves under my skin, quietly and unassumingly leaving an imprint on my heart. If you're looking for something that'll make you swoon, make your heart melt, and hit you right in the feels, Riveted is a must-read – emphasis on the "must".
*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars
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