From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.
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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At the end of Riveted, Jay Crownover added an Author’s note that says, ‘It was fun to take a little bit of Denver on the road and the reality is that you follow your heart when it’s right. You sacrifice your own comfort and your familiarity if that’s what best for the other person.’ She may have been speaking to why Dixie went home with Church, but I found it particularly relevant to the journey she took in writing this book. It was evident in the books in both Marked Men and Saints of Denver series Jay cared deeply for both Church and Dixie.
The thing about sacrificing your own comfort for another is, there is often a period of adjustment, of awkwardness while you’re trying to find your way in this new place and I felt a lot of that in Riveted. It was as if Ms. Crownover was struggling to find her place in the new, unfamiliar world of Lowry right along with Dixie. Much of the book felt incongruous with the type of writing I am used to from Jay Crownover, it didn’t have the edge her other books have. There were moments of crazy flowery prose that were just so far outside the norm for these books, it was just not was I was expecting.
That being said, the book had a good, solid story line. I loved the journey Dixie and Church had to take to find their happiness. Seeing the pain they had each experienced and how differently it molded each of them was fascinating. In the more heated moments, the ones that truly drove the book forward, Jay’s signature style was highly evident and I appreciated it hadn’t been lost in the effort to write Riveted.
While Riveted doesn’t represent the best of Jay’s work, as far as I am concerned, I think it was a very important story to tell. It told of struggles people still face today, in a world and time where such prejudices should no longer exist. I am happy to have been able to read Dixie and Church’s story and while there were some things that just felt off to me, it was a fun book and I will continue to hold Jay and her work in high esteem.
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 three dogs.