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review 2018-07-15 03:11
Applauding author trying a different style
Retreat - Jay Crownover

His look, the way his entire face tightened in hungry, appreciative lines made me feel like something more, made me feel like I deserved to be worshiped and maybe even loved. If that was how he looked at his girl, then I never wanted to be anything else.

Cyrus Warner had just as many control issues as I did, which was why we both liked to test the other’s limits and neither one of us liked to fail.

This was pretty different from the usual Crownover stories I have read and I not only applaud the author for trying something new but I really enjoyed it.

Mostly first person from heroine's pov, she's a bit cranky, has some trust issues, and been burned but I liked her tough cookie act up against our hero. Hero's a cool, straight-shooter, sexily self-assured, and wary of love cowboy who wears motorcycle boots. They played off each other well and had some hot scenes (who knew campground showers could be such a scorching sex setting). 

Hero's brothers with heroine's bestfriend feature heavily, they're stars of the next books in the series and worked great to add and round out the story. There's some mystery/action/suspense that will keep the pages turning. I thought the last 1/3 or so of the ending was slowed things way down and there were even some sex scenes I started to skim, I felt like the story dragged on a bit too much and the action and danger our characters found themselves in got fantastical and instead of feeling sad/worried, it lost me. 

Otherwise, this was a great something different and I'm definitely going to continue reading in the series.

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review 2018-04-10 00:00
Recovered - Jay Crownover Recovered - Jay Crownover ⭐️4.5 stars⭐️

Addiction didn't discriminate.
Addiction didn't care about the square footage of your house or the kind of car you drove.
It didn't care about your pedigree or your GPA.
Addiction was an equal opportunity life-ruiner.
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review 2018-01-26 00:00
Escape - Jay Crownover Lane is no gentleman, but boy does he try to be. To the outside world he's easy going, irresistible Lane Warner. Yet looks can be deceiving, he's running scared. He longs to break free and find his own niche in life and follow his heart in love. His inner demons could cost him his heart's desire. Brynn has seen her share of tragedy. Her life has not been ideal, but she got by. With a little love, hope and her own knight in shining armor. Lane is all her dreams come true, but foolish pride and shattered dreams drove him away. Will the love that never was, get it's chance to finally be? Escape thrives on emotion. Yearning, heartache and redemption take center stage as we cruise the highway of love.
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review 2017-06-16 18:29
Good story, but...
Riveted - Jay Crownover

Riveted - Jay Crownover 




I thought this was a good story but I also thought there were some problems with it too.  I liked Dixie and Church together.  I liked Church's family.  I thought it interesting that all the important women in Church's life were white.  That made me a little sad for a the young Southern boy Church was.  He had no ONE black female role model?  That stuck me as odd.


I also, wasn't a fan of the on-line dating storyline.  I thought there was enough drama without that.  But, I guess it wouldn't be one of Jay's stories without someone getting shot.


I will definitely be continuing on with this series.  I would like to see what's going to happen with Wheeler and Poppy.  CAN'T WAIT!

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review 2017-06-13 00:00
Salvaged - Jay Crownover Salvaged - Jay Crownover


Salvaged was my most anticipated book of 2017. I have been wanting Poppy's book since we met her back in the Marked Men series. She was so broken I cried for her. I couldn't imagine who Crownover would bring into her life in order to heal her, but Wheeler is the man for the job! Salvaged is the salvation of two people who have been hurt; two souls who need and deserve each other! This book was everything I anticipated and more.

Jay Crownover's Introductions in her books are always ones I read. There is always a bit of insight into her process and into the character evolution. I find her words in the intros fascinating! She is the only author whose intros I actually have highlighted passages from!
In order to do these two justice, it took some digging deep, some honest self-evaluation and self-examination, on my part to get to the soft center of myself that I usually keep hidden from the world.

Once the story started, the tears began for me. I was tearing up from the prologue and it kept going until about the 25% mark when things got a little lighter. But seriously: Wheeler's tragic past, Poppy's tragic past, and an abandoned puppy! Too many emotions!!!!!!!
"I can count on one hand the number of times in my life someone bothered to ask if I was okay, Poppy"-Wheeler

These two are just heartbreaking yet beautiful. Wheeler has such a need for belonging and family since he grew up without one. Poppy has such a need for independence since everyone in her life controlled her and abused her. The beautiful thing is, they both thrive with the other! Wheeler is able to care for someone and Poppy is able to trust someone. They feed the needs of the other. This isn't a story of a hero saving a broken girl, or a heroine saving a sad boy. Its a story of two broken people making the choice to accept the love and compassion of another. Crownover has written Poppy and Wheeler in a deep, dynamic way that shows us what a person is like long after a life changing event. The struggles that one encounters in the days, weeks, and months of a very traumatic time are different that the struggles of someone whose trauma happened years ago. Where Poppy and Wheeler are in life its the stage of years after some of their trauma and they are just starting to realize what their coping mechanisms have cost them. Its incredibly powerful and very emotional.

Salvaged is that rare story that comes along and gives you something you never knew you needed. It reminded me that sometimes, you have to save yourself with the help of others. Sometimes, what you have is an illusion that slips through no matter how tight you try to hold. Sometimes, you have to listen to your inner voice and learn to trust again. What Jay Crowonver does with Poppy and Wheeler in Salvaged is help us learn to live life.

  • POV: dual 1st
  • Tears: oh hells yeah
  • Trope: tortured hero, domestic violence
  • Triggers: Poppy was abused by multiple men throughout her life and her ordeal includes physical abuse, verbal abuse, kidnapping.
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone within in an interconnected series (but really, you should at least read Rowdy from the Marked Men series before reading this so you understand Poppy)
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: yes


Idol by Kristen Callihan, The Player by K. Bromberg, Lost Rider by Harper Sloan...then you will probably like Salvaged!



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