Saints of Denver Series – Book 4
By Jay Crownover
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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series.
Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.
Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.
The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.
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“Poppy.” I whispered her name and she tilted her head back and blinked up at me.
“Wheeler.” I was astounded that there was a hint of amusement in her voice. How she could find anything to laugh about after what she just told me was unfathomable. Her father had handed her off to a monster like it was nothing. She made her way out of hell with one of the purest hearts I had ever seen.
“I really want to give you a hug, probably more for me than for you, but I told you not to let anyone touch you without permission.” I knew I sounded a little desperate but I didn’t care. “So, can you put me out of my misery and give me permission to hold you, just for a second, please?”
Her eyes widened and then her obscenely long lashes dropped as she nodded timidly. “Okay, since you asked so nicely.” The humor was now thick around every word and she was laughing for real as I carefully wrapped my arms around her.
I sighed into the top of her head as I pulled her to my chest. Her hair smelled like flowers and felt like silk as I rested my cheek against the soft strands. WE stood like that for a long time, me with my arms curled around her as she stood stock-still. I could feel her heart beat and I wanted to think it was racing like it was because she was affected by my touch rather than because she was terrified of being so close to a man she didn’t know all that well.
I told myself not to breathe, not to move a single muscle, as her hands slowly lifted and gently touched my sides above the tops of my jeans. It felt like her palms were burning their imprint into my skin as they slowly, achingly started to inch their way around my back so that she was lightly holding me back. I heard her make a sound that may have been one of pleasure, but just in case it was one of fear, I leaned away from her so I could see her face.
Her gaze was centered on the tattooed candle that was burning bright and surrounded by light and smoke right on the center of my throat. She watched the movement as I swallowed hard and her gaze drifted up to mine.
“No one ever has ever asked me for permission for anything before. No one has ever cared what I wanted before.” The murmur of her words brushed across the base of my throat and my cock went instantly hard. I knew she felt it because her eyes popped wide and her breath hitched as she looked up at me and ordered quietly, “Ask me what I want right now, Wheeler.”
Salvaged is Jay Crownover’s best book in both the Saints of Denver and Marked Men Series. This novel will touch your soul and leave you with a great sense of hope.
When it comes to Hudson Wheeler most would think that old saying “nice guys finish last” was created just for him. I tend to think the old saying “good things come to those who wait” was created by him.
Readers were first introduced to Hudson Wheeler in Marked Men series. This quiet, sexy, unassuming mechanic has intrigued readers throughout the Marked Men series and the Saints of Denver series. He has earned the respect of all the men in the series. His earnest quiet nature has intrigued all the ladies throughout the series. He seems like the perfect guy except for his choices in women. His fiancee is another matter. It’s blatantly obvious she’s using him and cheating. It seems like he has turned a blind eye and lets her walk all over him. When he’s finally had enough and learns that her betrayal is more than some wild escapades, he walks away with a broken heart. The problem is he doesn’t really know how to move on. He’s been with the same girl since he was in high school. Her family became the family he never had. They turned their backs on him when he broke the engagement. Now she’s pregnant with his baby so he can never completely break his ties with her. His dream of having a family has changed and he doesn’t know how to alter those dreams. He has no idea how to be a father because he never had a family. He doesn’t know how to move on because he’s only had one relationship in his life. He’s going through the motions, trying to be a good guy where his ex is concerned but it’s hard with the anger and sense of betrayal festering beneath the surface. The only thing getting him through it all is his work until he makes a very unlikely friend, another damaged soul like himself. Poppy Cruz showed up in his life with her reluctant offer of friendship and an adorable puppy.
Poppy Cruz ( also from the Marked Men & Saints of Denver series) has survived brutal domestic abuse. Every experience she has had with men has ended with verbal abuse and violent physical abuse. The scarring went beyond physical, it damaged her soul. She has a hard time trusting anyone and keeps everyone at arms length. She no longer trusts her own instincts even though she’s surrounded by good, supportive people since she came to Denver. The only person that has made her feel like she might want to step out of her comfort zone is the quiet mechanic, Hudson Wheeler. She can sense that Hudson is a damaged soul as well. His quiet unassuming nature makes her feel safe rather than threatened. He respects her boundaries but also encourages her to expand them. He opens her eyes to all the good possibilities rather than reminding her of all the failures of the past. She wants to step out her comfort zone and strive to become normal. He’s willing to hold her hand and let her set the pace. Together they are healing from all the wounds life has left on their souls. Life hasn’t been easy for either one of them. Their souls have been wrecked but together their hearts are Salvaged.
Salvaged was an emotional journey for two very different but severely damaged people. They were brave enough to reach out and take each others hand while moving forward. It’s a story of healing and finding hope. It’s a story about accepting the good things life has to offer.
About Jay Crownover:
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 dogs.