Saturday, June 17, 2017

Salvaged (Saints of Denver #4) by Jay Crownover: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

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.

Releases: June 20, 2017


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Excerpt:

I put my hands to my cheeks and held my face. I could feel heat under the surface and I could hear the rush of blood between my ears.

“Are you going to be okay? Do you need me to get you something? Should I grab Dixie?” He sounded genuinely concerned about me and that only made me shake even harder.

“No, I’m fine.” I wasn’t fine and hadn’t been in a very long time. “Dixie is in Mississippi. She took Dolly down because Church moved into the house he rented for them and she wanted the dog to get used to their new home and so she could see what it was like to have a yard.” I was babbling but I couldn’t stop the words from pouring out. “How do you move me without laying a hand on me?”

He looked up from where he was watching the puppy dig into his chow. Those blue eyes were like lasers as they cut into me from across the room. He put his hands on the counter and leaned forward. “What are you talking about?” His voice held that same even tone but there was something in it, some deeper note, that let me know he knew exactly what I was talking about.

I wrapped my arms around myself in a protective hug and met his look with a pointed one of my own. “I get stuck, frozen with fear. I end up caught between memories and reality. Most people grab my arm or touch me somewhere to get me moving again. Either that or they go around me like I’m in the way. You made me move without doing anything.”

His eyebrows shot up and the corners of his mouth pulled down in a frown. “People shouldn’t touch you unless you tell them it’s okay, even if you are in the way.”

His words had me shivering in a completely different way than I had been before and I was the opposite of cold. “I didn’t use to mind it.” The words cracked and sounded almost as broken as I felt on the inside. “I mean being touched. It was until…after.”

He lowered his gaze and I saw his chest rise and fall as he sucked in a deep breath. “The reason doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, people should respect that. No one has a right to put their hands on you unless you want them there.”

Right there in that moment I thought I wouldn’t mind it too terribly much if he walked across the room and replaced the frail and thin arms that were currently holding me together with his thick, strong, tattooed ones. It was probably the only touch I would ever crave but I would never be brave enough to ask for it, so I cleared my throat and awkwardly made my way closer to where he was standing. I lifted myself up into one of the barstools that was across the counter from him and put my hands on the cool surface separating us and prayed they would stop shaking.  

About the Author:

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:

Holy mother of book hangovers! Salvaged by Jay Crownover is, in a word, intense. The final book in the author’s Saints of Denver series is one I’ve been looking forward to since the introductions of Hudson Wheeler and Poppy Cruz and, while I’ve absolutely loved every book in the series, I have to say the author saved the best for last. Within the first few pages of the book, Poppy and Wheeler wrapped themselves around my heart, burrowing deeper with every chapter and ensuring they’d leave a lasting imprint. Heartbreakingly beautiful and gut-wrenchingly emotional, Salvaged is an unforgettable love story about healing, learning to trust, and seizing control of your own destiny.

No two characters are more deserving of a happy ending than Poppy and Wheeler. The sheer amount of heartache and strife they’ve both been subjected to is enough to leave anyone with an urge to curl up in a fetal position and sob their eyes out. Seriously, I was on the verge of bawling for pretty much the entire first half of the book. It was only my determination not to miss a single word that kept those pesky tears at bay. I had a sneaking suspicion their journey would be an arduous one but I wasn’t quite prepared for the extent to which Poppy and Wheeler would bare their hearts and souls within the pages of the book.

Theirs is a story that’ll wreak havoc on your heartstrings but it’s also sweet and hopeful, with a slow-burning romance that you can’t help but root for. With Poppy being broken and fragile and in the process of rebuilding her self-confidence, I loved that Wheeler was careful and considerate in their every interaction. Jay Crownover has created a plethora of swoon-worthy heroes but she certainly outdid herself with Hudson Wheeler. The man is the textbook definition of a dreamboat – effortlessly cool, confident but not cocky, loyal, and caring. Like Poppy, I was unabashedly drooling over the guy and I couldn’t have imagined a more suitable knight in shining armor for her. That’s not to say Poppy is a damsel in distress, though. She’s a badass in her own right, more than capable of saving not just herself, but Wheeler as well.

With a romance that’ll make you swoon, characters that’ll keep you emotionally invested, and a storyline that’s riveting, entertaining, and jaw-dropping, Salvaged is a must-read. It’s satisfying. It’s heartwarming. It’s a tearjerker. It’s rewarding. And above all, it’s the perfect end to the Saints of Denver series.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 6 Stars


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