June 12, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
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!
Salvaged by Jay Crownover
Book four in Saints of Denver series
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Source: eArc from Inkslinger PR
Rating: 5 hearts
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.
Stop reading immediately if you haven’t read the series because it’s likely that you learn things.
Poppy is Salem’s younger sister and Rowdy’s best friend, she had a father who didn’t care about her, a silly and nasty first boyfriend, and finally a husband who beat her and nearly killed her. Her life hasn’t been simple and now she no longer trusts men. She was afraid and only Wheeler managed to get through her defenses.
Wheeler is Dixie’s best friend, he was supposed to marry her sister, Kallie. However the latter cheating on him regularly, he decided to cancel marriage. All this to discover that Kallie was pregnant and that it was his child. Wheeler had a fairly complicated life as well but this made him stronger.
I love Poppy, what she has experienced is horrible but she tries to help other like people. She learns to live and love herself, I love the relationship she has with Salem, her sister is an important person in her life, who doesn’t let anyone step on her feet. Poppy is a tender and caring person, she does nothing without thinking before.
Wheeler is a kind guy, he’s the perfect boy for all the girls who need love and protection. His mother abandoned him as a child to go drug, he lived in foster home and his encounter with Kallie, Dixie and their parents changed his life. He saw Dixie’s parents as his own parents. Unfortunately the cancellation of the wedding will change everything because Kallie doesn’t dare tell the truth to her parents, they think that all is the fault of Wheeler. I love Wheeler very much, he’s attentive, never has a word higher than the other and knows how to be respected and loved. His garage is all his life and his employees seem to appreciate it.
The relationship between Wheeler and Poppy evolves slowly, they are attracted to each other but Wheeler doesn’t want to rush Poppy, he knows all that she has lived or almost. The fact that he’s a future father also put a brake on their relationship at first because Poppy knows that the child must go first and Wheeler is frightened. I love seeing Wheeler look after Poppy with love and tenderness, trying to help her face his demons.
I would have liked to see a little more Dixie and Wheeler because after all they are friends and Dixie is always good advice. Same for the relationship between Salem / Poppy / Rowdy, I was expecting a little more, I wanted to see a protective Rowdy.
This book closes the series Saints of Denver with brilliance and we even have a little glimpse of all that happens for the other couples. I was pleased to see them all again and I admit that a series about children would be nice to read if Jay took the urge to write about them at some point.
Quick Word : A pure moment of pleasure to finish this series in beauty.
“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.”
About the author
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.
Jay Crownover continues her Saints of Denver series with SALVAGED, available June 20, 2017
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