Romance Books

Book Review – Built by Jay Crownover (Saints of Denver #1)

Goodreads Summary

Sometimes you have to tear everything down to build something new…built

Sayer Cole is frozen inside. At least, that’s what it’s felt like for as long as she can remember. She’s yet to let anyone past her icy exterior – and the one guy she thinks might melt her heart couldn’t possibly be interested in someone so uptight.

Rough, hard and hot-as-hell, Zeb Fuller has rebuilt his life and his construction business since protecting his family sent him to jail all those years ago. His elegant client, Sayer, makes him feel like a Neanderthal in denim, but despite the many hints that he’s been dropping to get to know her better, she seems oblivious to his charms.

Just as things finally start to heat up, Zeb’s past comes back to haunt him and he needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. As these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, fire and ice collide in an unstoppable explosion of steam…


3 1/2 out of 5 stars


This is my first Jay Crownover book.  I’ve had Rule and Jet on my kindle forever, but the age of the characters has stopped me from reading (I don’t love reading about college age kids for some reason).  This book sounded appealing because 1) it’s set in Denver and 2) it’s about adults..

Built is the story of Sayer and Zeb (I hate stupid names – this book was full of them).   Zeb is in construction business and friends with Sayer’s brother Rowdy.  Sayer has recently moved to Denver from Seattle and bought an old house that she has Zeb refurbish.  Zeb is instantly attracted to Sayer.  Sayer fights her attraction to Zeb.

I loved Zeb.  Zeb was a really great hero.  He was caring, sweet and very patient.  He was a guy who made a mistake, paid for it and turned his life around.  Sayer, on the other hand, was not someone I could relate to.  We all have things in our past that shape who we are – Sayer took it to the extreme, and annoyingly so.  She was not super likable, but at the same time, she was very kind and sweet to the woman who was living with her.

I will likely go back and read Rule now, and possibly the rest of the series, so the book has made me want to read more of the author.  I just hope the other heroines are more likable than Sayer was.


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