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!
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.
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I could not wait to get my hands on Poppy and Wheeler's story... SALVAGED was definitely worth the wait. Wheeler is probably one of my favorite men in this series.. He ranked right up there with Rule and Nash.... He stole my heart.
Wheeler has experienced pain. He never expected the girl he loved, cherished, worshiped, to hand him his heart on a silver platter after she shredded it. When Wheeler least expected it, another woman caught his eye.
Jay is not one to write about sunshine, butterflies and roses. Don't get me wrong, her bad boys are usually tamed by the fierce women they fall for, but Wheeler and Poppy were different. Both were hurt by people who were supposed to love them. So when she set out on this venture to give them both a happy relationship, I cheered.
I love how Poppy grows from being a victim to a survivor. The strength Poppy had was empowering. No matter how hurt Poppy was, she never allowed it to destroy her, rather she used her experience to try to help others. I loved that about her.
Even though Poppy was brutally attacked, raped and tortured by the hands of someone that was supposed to love her, I loved how she TRUSTED Wheeler. I loved how Wheeler cared for her, supported her and never pushed. He allowed Poppy to heal at her own pace. He allowed her to guide their relationship at her own pace, but he still was WHEELER. Even though he was gently with her, he stayed true to himself. He wanted to show Poppy that she deserved the moon and the stars. He wanted her to know that he would NEVER hurt her. Never harm her. Never break her heart. So when Poppy was willing to open her heart to LOVE again, I cheered, I cried tears of joy. I wanted Wheeler and Poppy to have their happily ever after.
We all know that Wheeler has a little baggage of his own, but both Wheeler and Poppy handled it maturely. Yes, Wheeler's situation could have sent Poppy running to the hills. However, it just made her love him more.
Can the two help hear each other? Will their pasts rear their ugly heads and effect their future?
Salvaged has a 5 star read for me !!!!
I only have one complaint.... I wanted a 2nd Epilogue... I can't go into detail without giving any spoilers away. Yes, Poppy and Wheeler both get their happily ever after, I just wanted to see what the future occurred for Poppy and Wheeler. I wanted a brief glance into their life maybe three, four, five years from now.... Once you read their story, you'll know exactly what I am referencing.
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I put my hands to my cheeks and held my face. I could feel heat under the surface and I could hear the rush of blood between my ears.
“Are you going to be okay? Do you need me to get you something? Should I grab Dixie?” He sounded genuinely concerned about me and that only made me shake even harder.
“No, I’m fine.” I wasn’t fine and hadn’t been in a very long time. “Dixie is in Mississippi. She took Dolly down because Church moved into the house he rented for them and she wanted the dog to get used to their new home and so she could see what it was like to have a yard.” I was babbling but I couldn’t stop the words from pouring out. “How do you move me without laying a hand on me?”
He looked up from where he was watching the puppy dig into his chow. Those blue eyes were like lasers as they cut into me from across the room. He put his hands on the counter and leaned forward. “What are you talking about?” His voice held that same even tone but there was something in it, some deeper note, that let me know he knew exactly what I was talking about.
I wrapped my arms around myself in a protective hug and met his look with a pointed one of my own. “I get stuck, frozen with fear. I end up caught between memories and reality. Most people grab my arm or touch me somewhere to get me moving again. Either that or they go around me like I’m in the way. You made me move without doing anything.”
His eyebrows shot up and the corners of his mouth pulled down in a frown. “People shouldn’t touch you unless you tell them it’s okay, even if you are in the way.”
His words had me shivering in a completely different way than I had been before and I was the opposite of cold. “I didn’t use to mind it.” The words cracked and sounded almost as broken as I felt on the inside. “I mean being touched. It was until…after.”
He lowered his gaze and I saw his chest rise and fall as he sucked in a deep breath. “The reason doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, people should respect that. No one has a right to put their hands on you unless you want them there.”
Right there in that moment I thought I wouldn’t mind it too terribly much if he walked across the room and replaced the frail and thin arms that were currently holding me together with his thick, strong, tattooed ones. It was probably the only touch I would ever crave but I would never be brave enough to ask for it, so I cleared my throat and awkwardly made my way closer to where he was standing. I lifted myself up into one of the barstools that was across the counter from him and put my hands on the cool surface separating us and prayed they would stop shaking.
About Jay Crownover:
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.