Riveted by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #3
Also in this series: Charged, Salvaged
Publisher: HarperCollins, William Morrow
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: the publisher via Edelweiss
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.
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I’m such a fan of Jay Crownover and her easy style of storytelling. I love her lovable yet broken men and her strong, redeeming heroines. I also like The Saints of Denver series because of it’s strong overarching theme of family bonds. Riveted is no different, and like Charged, it’s an ‘opposites attract’ love story (who aren’t as opposite as they first think).
Dixie and Church work together at Rome and Asa’s bar. He’s the strong silent type and she’s is an open book who wears her heart on her sleeve. They’ve been eyeing each other from afar for months and when Church needs a favor, Dixie is the first person he thinks of. They embark on a road trip to Church’s hometown in Mississippi, which he hasn’t returned to since his enlistment. Throw in some bad guys and you have the makings of a spectacular welcome home party.
I really enjoyed getting to know more about Church and Dixie. Church may be quiet, but he’s deep and has suffered several losses in his life. He feels like he doesn’t deserve love because everyone he gets close to dies. His time in the military helped him to become even quieter and more solitary. Dixie is a so giving, sweet, and selfless. She’ll do anything for anyone, especially Church. Her love sneaks up on him, even though he’s reluctant to let her in, and there is so much sweetness there that I wasn’t expecting. I think that’s the aspect I enjoyed most about Riveted.
I have loved each of the books in this series; seeing the characters grow and find their own happy endings has been fantastic. I think fans of Jay Crownover and this series will enjoy a departure from the Denver scene with these two–I know I did. Now, I just need to have Poppy’s HEA and I will be a happy camper.