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Jun 20

Salvaged by Jay Crownover Review

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4.5 Smooches

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Synopsis

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series.

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.

Review

‘I didn’t want her to be scared of anything ever again.’

Jay Crownover has always been a one click author for me. I feel like we’ve grown together from NA to full on Contemporary and I have enjoyed every moment of it. The Saints of Denver was a wonderful spinoff series which allowed me to see he characters I fell for grow and mature while allowing me to fall deeply for a whole new set. No one has had me more eager for their book since I first met Poppy back in Rowdy’s book. Knowing her story and seeing it unfold slowly throughout the two series along with Wheeler. I knew the angst, drama and intensity would be high and Jay delivered on all those accounts.

“Everyone ends up a little bit out of place every now and then. I’ll put you back where you’re supposed to be, Poppy.”

Wheeler and Poppy have a connection that grows slowly while it is obvious that their chemistry was instant. Wheeler is possibly one of the best book boyfriends writer. He was sweet, patient and kind. His outside tattooed appearance was sexy and in contrast to his kind and calm nature. I LOVED him so deeply. Poppy’s story is so sad and hard. I was prepared to cry and have my heart broken for her but was pleasantly surprised to find that this story was more about her healing than what broke her.

Overall, Wheeler and Poppy had me hooked from the start and eager to read the whole way through. I never wanted to put the book down and was sad that a series I have come to love is ending but what a great way to pull it to a close. The only problem I had with this book is probably not a problem for many reader and that there was almost too much sex for my taste. I was not expecting this to be as erotic as it was and while it wasn’t so much to turn me off from the story I personally would have preferred a few less scenes. Still, Savaged was an amazing book and I can’t wait to see what Jay will bring us next.

~miranda