Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Riveted by Jay Crownover

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

Riveted by Jay Crownover
(Saints of Denver #3)
February `14, 2017
368 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Contains: language, explicit sex 

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.

I loved Dixie and Church. I'm a sucker for inter-racial relationships, so I was thrilled about this one. And it did not disappoint.

Dixie was the sunshine Church didn't know he needed until he met her. And as much as he avoided relationships, due to the heartbreak of his past, there was no way to avoid Dixie, try as he might. So when Church has to finally go home and face the people he's been avoiding for ten years, Dixie is just the travel companion he needs. And honestly, how could you not fall in love with Dixie on this homecoming journey?

I loved learning about Dixie and Church's pasts. They both had heartbreaking circumstances with their families, but handled things completely differently. And isn't that the way it is in real life? Now, Church's situation was particularly sad. I really felt for the guy, and his whole family. But thankfully he was compelled to come home, and with that discovered so many things he'd been missing out on due to fear. I got lots of warm fuzzies seeing Church come back to life, to joy, to feeling, to love. And Dixie was such a breath of fresh air. I worried about her becoming a doormat, but she took matters into her own hands, and you can't fault the girl for that. Ultimately, I loved the man Church became and the sunshine Dixie remained. They were a beautiful couple together.

I also loved traveling to Mississippi with Dixie and Church. We got a wealth of new characters with his family, and it made the story that much more special. I wouldn't mind getting some happy ever afters in the future for them as well.

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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 three dogs.


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