Book Review – Riveted (Saints of Denver #3) by Jay Crownover

Blurb

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.


 

My Review

What a heart-warming book!

For me Jay Crownover has always been an author I could rely on to deliver a solid and captivating book.  Riveted was a perfect example.

Back with Saints of Denver crew we finally learn more about the always frowning and taciturn Dash Churchill. He was the whole package – hot body, totally sexy, quiet, brooding, and a certain air around him. He was everyones volatile dream come true.

Dixie wasn’t an exception, except for her he was more.

The women in her family fell fast, loved hard and deep. And Dixie had been waiting for a long time to fall herself. She never thought once, that when she fell in love it wouldn’t be reciprocated.

Church had no idea that Dixie was falling for him. He had to bite his tongue every time Dixie was going out on a date. He kept himself mentally locked away. Not allowing himself to take what he wanted. Or to hope she could be meant for him. They were opposites in so many ways but most of all she was soft, where he was jaded.

His experience taught him that good things were taken away. Especially the women in his life. And it always could get worse. He felt helpless and the only way to protect his heart was to keep himself away from things he wanted – Dixie.

But a situation arose that forced him to ask Dixie for a favor.

And that favor would change the life as he knew it – forever.


I thought that Church was a very interesting character. From the very first time he was mentioned I took notice. Always a supporting character, he made me incredibly curious. I love guys that are more on the quiet and brooding side. And Church was all of that and more. He had been kicked in the heart too many times and emerged hardened and cynic.

I loved Dixie’s upbeat personality. Whatever was thrown at her, she managed it with a smile. Her sunny and sweet-natured disposition was exactly what Church needed.

The couple had wonderful chemistry, and their road trip was filled with moments of healing, laughter and sexy times. At the end it was all about redemption, mending relationships and finding a way back to family.

 

4 stars

 

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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