Book Review: Charged by Jay Crownover

Saints of Denver #2
Author: Jay Crownover
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: May 24th 2016
Review Source: William Morrow Paperbacks

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation...or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.
This is an Adult novel recommended for ages 18+ due to mature subject matter.

This is the first book I've read in the Saint of Denver series. Being as this is book two, I was able to read it without any issues of not reading book one.  

This story grabbed my attention from the very first page. Starting out with the heroine, Avett Walker, being incarcerated for being an accessory to her boyfriend's armed robbery.  Avett has always been a trouble maker, ever since she was little. The older she got, the more self destructive.  However, all those bad decisions and actions never landed her in jail, until now. Avett felt she had finally pushed her dad to his limits and didn't want to ask him or anyone else for help.  

In comes Quaid Jackson, the incredibly sexy man hired to be Avett's lawyer and ends up being so much more. The unlikely pair gave me all the feels.  Quaid was the focused, determined, suit wearing man - while Avett was the crazy, trouble making, pink haired woman.  Even though they seemed completely opposite, their chemistry was OFF THE CHARTS!!  

Avett's dad had always been her biggest supporter and ally. He always told her, "Don't worry, Sprite, bad decisions make for good stories." -  This is now one of my all time favorite lines in any book. -  I loved her dads character. I feel Jay wrote him so well!  The perfect protector and supporter. The definition of a father that unconditionally loves his daughter.  He comes to Avetts rescue once again and bails her out of jail.

At this point Avett wakes up and decides that all her decisions and self destruction is really hurting those closest to her. She vows to do better from then on. 

I loved this book, I feel like Jay did an amazing job developing both main characters throughout the book.  The self worth struggles of the heroine are very relatable to many people. The reader is taken on a journey of real growth and personal development. I cheered on the heroine from the beginning wanting so much for her to be successful and realize her self worth.  I love Jay's writing and the dialogue between characters.  The story flowed really well and I could not put the book down.  My only complaint was that there was a lot of internal dialogues throughout the book, that I could have done without. Also, I'm not a huge fan of insta-love and I feel there was a bit of that going on. 

Bottom line, this was another great book by Jay that I loved!

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