Review: Built by Jay Crownover

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…

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Rating: 3/5

There’s nothing better than a big, burly tattooed guy. Strap on a tool belt and a heap of compassion, and you’ve got the perfect package. Zeb Fuller is a dream, and I might be a little in love with his confidence and ability to turn shitty situations into something beautiful, whether it’s a beat-up house in need of a remodel or the more complicated aspects of life.

I felt almost the complete opposite about Sayer Cole. There were parts of her I liked – her friendship with her roommate, Poppy (a young woman who’d been abused by her husband), and her determination to fight tooth and nail for children’s rights in court. She has some major daddy issues, and I felt bad for her, but there comes a time when you’ve just gotta let it go. And she wouldn’t. Let. It. Go. Her redundant inner monologue about how she was frozen inside just wouldn’t fly after a certain point, and I got kinda annoyed with her for making choices on behalf of Zeb. He’s a grown-ass (and I mean GROWN) man. Let him make his own decisions about who he wants to love.

Other aspects that knocked this book down in rating for me were the insta-love and never-ending sex scenes. I’m not a prude by any means but I just felt like if a chapter ended with a pages-long sex scene, the next chapter shouldn’t begin with one. Maybe I got bored with it all because most of these scenes had the exact same wording. Anyway, less is more in this case. That, and their feelings for each other felt forced – there was no growth – it was just *BAM* we’re obsessed with each other, and that was that.

I loved, loved, loved the little boy, Hyde, and how he came into the picture (I won’t spoil it for you). I feel like he brought it all together, and I wish we’d seen more of his story. He brought out new emotions in all the other characters and, I feel, was the catalyst in their growth.

Overall, Built is a pretty satisfying read about two people on complete opposite sides of the spectrum coming together. The writing is good and the characters are well-developed. Although this wasn’t a favorite of mine, Jay Crownover receives a lot of raving reviews, and I liked this one enough to be curious about some of her other books.

Last thought: check it out and see for yourself. This book has a lot of five-star reviews, so the odds are that you’ll love it.



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