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Built (Saints of Denver #1)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  9,836 Ratings  ·  1,127 Reviews
The first in the new SAINTS OF DENVER series from NYT bestselling author of the MARKED MEN series, Jay Crownover

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

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 co
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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C.K. Yes, Remy's boyfriend Lando is supposed to get a novella with a cop in the Saints of Denver spin-off <spoiler> I really hope that it will be…moreYes, Remy's boyfriend Lando is supposed to get a novella with a cop in the Saints of Denver spin-off <spoiler> I really hope that it will be with Royal's friend Domonic. He is a cop who happens to be gay. Lando becomes his physical therapist so I really think that Dom will get the story with Lando. It seemed to vaguely elude to that at the end of Asa. I love Dom!!! :)</spoiler> I think there are supposed to be at least 3 books and a novella in the spin off. Zeb/Sayer are getting a book. Poppy (Salem's sister) is supposed to get a story. I know Lando is supposed to get his novella with a cop. (less)
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C.K. Poppy is supposed to get a book.

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Aestas Book Blog
Jan 06, 2016 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

SQUEEEEE!! Sweet, swoony, sexy, and downright addictive, this book kept my heart racing from start to finish. I read it in one sitting and absolutely loved the story! There’s just something about an Alpha hero who is willing to go to the ends of the earth to protect his family and to fight for the woman he loves that makes my heart race! I highly recommend BUILT for all fans of romance!

Also, I’m excited to say that this is my first Top Favorite of 2016!! YAY!

So n
Sep 16, 2015 Ana added it
Shelves: hell-to-the-no, why
I DNF'd it after the prologue. Let me try to explain with a little help from Bette Davis.

It pains me to abandon a book. We all know that famous saying, There are no bad books - only unprepared readers. It's a really shitty feeling.

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The cheesiness was overwhelming.

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He thought she was the most perfect woman to ever walk this earth from the first time he laid eyes on her. It was insta-love (or lust, whatever).

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Without any romantic build-up or foreplay he's like I wanted to leave streaks of dirt
Apr 19, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

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The first Crownover book in her new Saints of Denver series was a real hit for me. Ever since I saw the chemistry between Rowdy’s sister, Sayer, and his friend, Zeb, I knew I needed this book! And Zeb didn’t disappoint- he’s a completely lovable guy. In fact, I think Zeb Fuller is now one of my favorite leading men of hers.

Zeb Fuller renovates homes for a living. He’s successful at what he does and he enjoys it. He also lets his clients know upfront that he has a past. He feels it’s th
Jan 08, 2017 XxTainaxX rated it really liked it
Audiobook Review. Zeb is a flawed man. He's made some serious mistakes but he's honest about who he is. He likes to build and restore homes and knows that there is more to something, or someone, than what one can see in the surface. Sayer is Rowdy's uptight attorney sister who is learning to accept that not everything has to be perfect. That she can feel, laugh, and enjoy life. She fights the attraction that Zeb ignites with all she's got until they finally come together. When they do? It's hot ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Patrycja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, january-2016

Title: Built
Series: The Saints of Denver #1
Author: Jay Crownover
Release Date: 5 January, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

Few months ago, when I reached the end of the final novel in Marked Men Series I was very sad to say goodbye to all of the characters. They stole a piece of my soul and I literally could feel my heart breaking at the thought of letting them go.

Fortunately for me, Jay Crownover decided to rescue my poor little heart and write a spi
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“After everything the past has tried to bury us under, we owe it to ourselves to be brave, to do more than float.”

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We caught a glimpse of Zeb and Sayer in the Marked Men series, and now we have their full story in a new series! Zeb Fuller has made some mistakes in his life, leading to him doing a turn in jail. Zeb has reformed himself, building up a successful construction business, but it’s hard for people to look past his rough, tattooed exterior.

Sayer Cole is Rowdy’s half-sis
Dec 10, 2015 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Built is the first story in the Saints of Denver Series. If you were a fan of the Marked Men Series you met Sayer, she is Rowdy’s sister and a family lawyer. Zeb is a friend of the guys and works restoring houses.

Zeb isn’t the type of guy Sayer would normally be into, he has been prison, has tattoos and is used to manual labor. Sayer is prim and proper and comes from a wealthy family. Zeb completely expects Sayer to judge him and look down on him, so when she doesn’t he is completely taken back
Val ⚓️ Shameless & Bitchy Skanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads Mrs. Danvers-Tate-Snow
Trying to decide if I have it in me to overcome and continue...because immature and childish.

But hey, pet peeves are pet peeves.

Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

"In that split second that I laid my eyes on her I wanted to be the reason she stayed."

Such an enjoyable story!I loved reading it and especially I'm so glad about Zeb!Because he is the reason I loved this book!This guy...*sigh* he was everything!I have read only two books from this author and like the previous book the male character is the reason I loved the story!I had the opportunity to read it and in the same time to listen it and this make me feel more connected!


"I wante
Jan 19, 2016 Wendy'sThoughts rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jay Crownover Fans, Romance
3.5 Not Warm and Fuzzy Stars
* * * 1/2
As I mentioned before reading this new series of Jay Crownover, I truly enjoyed all of the Marked Men....and it was in past books, we met Zeb and Sayer. Each were introduced separately with different story-lines, assisting the main character through their journey.
Zeb's background of being an ex-con and moving forward... being the man he was supposed to be, intrigued readers... we felt there was some meat on his bones... a story to tell.

Sayer showed up as a
Happy Book Birthday

Wildly addictive, touching and heartfelt, super sexy and downright swoony. I love it when a book makes me feel like I'm drowning in so much love, warm and fuzzy feelings that I can't take deep enough breaths to fill my lungs.

Growing up Sayer was forced to build an icy fortress around herself with reinforced steel bands around her heart. Her disapproving and uncaring father would have crushed her otherwise. Even after his death he still darkens her life. But she’s taken a few s
Dec 02, 2015 Parvathy rated it really liked it
4 Stars...

A beautiful love story and a great start to a new series...

Sayer is a successful lawyer and sister of Rowdy. She is a very tough no nonsense person who is closed off from emotions. Zeb is Rowdy's friend who owns a construction business. A chance meeting leads to Zeb working on the renovation of Sayer's home. Right from the first meeting Zeb and Sayer find that they are attracted to each other and that they have a connection.But Sayer is wary of pursuing a relationship. This is the stor
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Now you have two choices: we can sit down and eat this awesome spaghetti I just made . . . clothing optional, or we can go to bed . . . clothing not optional.” His eyebrows snapped low over his mesmerizing eyes and a muscle twitched in his cheek under his beard. “I’m good with either one as long as you realize the second option is happening regardless.”

What a truly spectacular read this was! A new author to me, a new fictional world to now obsess over—this was a sto
I have to be honest in saying that this storyline has been more than a little overdone and by now it's just cliche. But with that being said, Jay Crownover just proved herself to be an amazing author, because only someone as kick ass as her can turn an overdone storyline into something as amazing as Built and make it so original with the small details.

Zeb Fuller is used to people judging him based on his size and tattoo's, and it doesn't help that he did time in prison. He never expected a lady
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Built was one of my most anticipated books of 2016. A new series, from an author I love... GAH! There's nothing more exciting than that for a book junkie. I knew I NEEDED to read it and I was thrilled to get a copy. Everything—from the blurb, to the cover—enticed me. And when I cracked Zeb and Sayer's story open, I was so elated, I could hardly sit still. My expectations were huge. And I'm happy to say that I was immensely satisfied with this beautiful, heart tugging, and sweetly sensual roman ...more
It's probably me, not you.

Gah, I didn't like this book. I know everyone adored it and all, but I just couldn't connect to it.

I didn't like the characters and I didn't feel any chemistry. The plot was cliche and the only reason I managed to "finish" it is because I skimmed a lot. And soo so many useless descriptions! Even more, there were a few times when I felt that the characters were idiots. And it should have had at least 50 pages less.

Still, the writing was pretty good and I understand why p
Apr 22, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
I just luv the big friendly giant

Zeb is a great guy he as done so well for him he as a great business that he built up himself he as great friends an family an after everything he as been through he didn't think it could happen he made a mistake but he would do it again he he had to he is livin his life after getting it back on track when he see the gorgeous blonde talkin to his friend he is dyin to know more he asnt been interested in a girl in ages but she sparks something in him an he needs
Dec 11, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
I loved this book hard !!!!

ZEB almost....and I mean almost .... Took the place of Rule in my Jay Crownover kingdom of holy epic hotness !

Can't wait to add this baby to my little slice of Crownover Collection heaven. I have deep love for this author. I've met her and she is the coolest person ever. Anything she writes I'm gonna read it .... Grocery lists, shit lists, random babblings ALL ❤

This books satisfies my 2016 book challenge as
•my auto-buy author ! I pre-ordered this book in April 2015!
Jan 14, 2017 Tanya rated it liked it
I heart Zeb!!! Sayer, on the other hand was a bit too "frosty" in my opinion. Cute book, though. And I like how the author incorporates characters from some of her other book series.
This was a 3.5 stars book for me :)

I swear when I started the prologue I thought I found my first 5 stars book for 2016 but that changed pretty quickly.It's not that I didn't like it because I did a lot... actually what made me not love it was Sayer!She was one complicated woman people...with a lot of issues!I mean I know that she has to be like that because she went though a lot and she had a long way in front of her to conquer her fears...BUT she got me confused and angry because she couldn't
Jacqueline's Reads
May 04, 2016 Jacqueline's Reads rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, single-parent
3.5 Building a Future Stars

Built is a standalone and is part of the Saints and Denver series, it’s also a spin-off from the Marked Men series. I’ve only read one other book by Jay Crownover, I know CRAZY. I know she writes complicated males that are addictive to read. I did the audio version of this. I have to say, the audio is the way to go, since it’s written in dual POV, you get both, male and female narrations. It just makes the book easier to listen to.

Zeb and Sayer, from what I’ve research
May 11, 2015 Shawna rated it really liked it
4 stars – Contemporary Romance

I really enjoyed this one, and I especially loved the amazing, swoony, sweet hero, Zeb Fuller.
T's Book ~ Tanja
Dec 04, 2015 T's Book ~ Tanja rated it it was amazing
 A new series by Jay Crownover? Yes please!

What a perfect combination of opposites. The straight-laced lawyer, sister of Rowdy, Sayer Cole, is new in town and making her mark on Zeb Fuller. He’s a hard working guy and she just hired him to rebuild and renovate her newly purchased old home.

A few exchanged glances and some mild conversation is all that goes on during the time when work is being done. It’s after the job is finished that Sayer has trouble sleeping and Zeb seems out of sorts. Maybe t
Apr 28, 2015 -C- rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This book is written really well and I liked the characters. Nice and easy read.
“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

I loved Sayer and Zeb. I could feel their chemistry come right off the pages.
“Don’t you have something you want me to fix before we get naked?”
“Yeah, I need you to fix
Apr 22, 2015 Angyy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read everything this author writes and I can definitely say this is her best work yet.
Sayer and Zeb are everything together!


Zeb and Sayer?


So fucking excited for this!
But January 2016? That's so far away!
Jan 05, 2016 Pea rated it liked it
I struggled with this one and that's why it took me so long to read it. I think this was my

This book is the first one in a new series by this author but while reading it I realised it is better to read the Marked men series by this author before you read this one, because the characters are connected and perhaps this fault may be the reason why I couldn't connect with the characters trough this book.

This story is about Say(er) and Zeb(ulon) (btw. I liked their names).
Sayer is more cold than wa
Dec 19, 2015 Polly rated it really liked it
This is a classic case of don't judge a book by it's cover OR the first 50% of the book. The first half was SLOW. It was a challenge to keep going.

The last half was a lot better. The relationship finally started to gel and I actually saw the growth I needed. The sex was pretty hot.

First half: 2 stars
Last half: 4 stars

I'll stick to 4 stars overall.
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️

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4 Bearded Hero Stars!!

The minute Zeb and Sayer were introduced their attraction was obvious and you got the feeling that their connection will be amazing.

Zeb is larger than life, interesting, and very passionate (and man-oh-man, he’s a master at dirty talk!). Zeb just oozes confidence, he runs his own construction company, he knows who he is, what he wants and is very comfortable in his tattooed skin. And despite his beard, numerous tat’s and ex-con status, he has a HUGE heart of gold. And, S
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
:: 5 Pretty Little Stars ::

I loved this book! It sucked me in from the get-go and I didn’t want to put it down until I was finished! I also have to say that this book was so unexpected! When I initially picked it up I thought it was going to be about a hard-ass ex con with no morals and a “don’t give a f*ck attitude”. However, I was seriously mistaken and PLEASANTLY surprised! This book is really all about second chances and giving into your heart and being there for those you love even if the
Apr 20, 2015 Brandie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I think it’s safe to say my tastes in certain genres has changed. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it kind of frustrates me, because I really wanted to love this book after seeing so many people raving about it on Goodreads. I have read several books by this author (granted, that was a few years ago), and loved them. They ended up on my favorite books list. I was in the mood for romance with some erotica, so I decided to try this one. Although the story line itself was really good, it was ...more
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Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, and The Point and Breaking Point Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where sh ...more
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“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” 15 likes
“I choose you, Sayer. Lover, lawyer, and all the shit you are in between that, I choose it. I choose us. when you’re ready to accept that, you come find me.” 15 likes
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