Author: Jay Crownover
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Nicki D Noir and Jay Crow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: A Saints of Denver #1
Main Characters: Sayer and Zeb
Release Date: January 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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 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…
This was an enjoyable story about two people who have taken a few knocks in life. Zeb went to prison for attacking his sister's abusive ex. Unfortunately that happened in front of his niece so he was also charged with child endangerment. Since then he's turned around his life and now owns a successful construction company. But when he finds out he has a five year old son caught up in the foster system, he knows it's going to be a battle to get custody so he goes to Sayer for help.
Sayer has her own demons. She's a successful family lawyer who finds joy in helping families find their strength through adversity. But that's because she's had her own adversity. Her mother abandoned her to her mentally abusive father. He constantly tore down Sayer which was devastating. She's learned how to turn off her emotions. That's the only way she knows how to survive.
Zeb and Sayer have amazing chemistry and a great friendship, but as they work together things get deeper and more serious. This terrifies Sayer. Zeb is fighting for his son. She can't do anything that might endanger that and getting involved is bound to end in disaster.
The book is told in alternating points of view and the audiobook is narrated by corresponding male/female narrators. I thought both narrators did a fabulous job with the story. Usually when there is two narrators, I prefer one over the other. That wasn't the case in this book. They were both absolutely fabulous.
This is just a great book and I would recommend it in either reading or audio. It's a good story, filled with tons of emotion, and all the feels. Zeb and Sayer have incredible chemistry. The book was smart and fun and highly entertaining.