Excerpt and Giveaway: Charged by Jay Crownover


From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won't know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid's story. Keep reading for more about the Legal Eagle and Avett and order your copy today.

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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.


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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denverseries. 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.

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Avett

I blew out a breath and felt that bottom I had careened onto reach up to embrace me even tighter. “It is what it is. I’ve let both my folks down a lot over the last few years but getting caught up with a guy that would rob the bar, a guy who could threaten my dad’s people.” I shook my head. “I deserve to rot.”

I was being overly dramatic but that’s how I felt. I deserved to sit in jail and so much worse than that. Self-pity was good company down here at rock bottom and I wasn’t ready to let go of the warmth it provided just yet.

He gave me a look I couldn’t read and headed for the door. “I’ll call your parents for you and see if we can have something in place before tomorrow. Working on your case will be a lot easier for both of us if you aren’t incarcerated. Remember, you need to listen to me, Ms. Walker. That’s the first rule in all of this.”

Panic hit me like a truck. What if he called my dad and my dad told him he’d had enough of his problematic daughter and her endless nonsense? What if he couldn’t love me anymore? Jail I could survive; losing my father for good, well, it would be the end of me.

Without thinking I jumped to my feet, which had the chains on both my hands and my legs rattling loudly, and two uniformed officers hurried into the room. I was about to make maybe the worst decision to date but I couldn’t stop the words from sliding off my tongue.

“Don’t call my dad!” Recklessness, thy name was Avett Walker.

The attorney turned around and looked at me like I had grown a second head. He didn’t say anything as the officers moved to either side of me and told me to calm down.

“You can’t call my dad.” The words sounded as panicked and as desperate as I felt on the inside.

His broad shoulders lifted and fell in a shrug like he really couldn’t give a shit that he was about to ruin my life…which was saying a hell of a lot considering where I was.

“I have to.” He sounded bored and impatient with my outburst.

I narrowed my eyes at him, and that vortex of awful, which I always seemed to be smack dab in the center of, started to spin faster and faster around me.

“Then you’re fired.” I saw the cops exchange a look and my rushed words had the blond man turning fully back around to look at me. “I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.”

Finally, there was something other than indifference in his gaze. There was surprise, maybe a hint of admiration colliding with a huge splash of humor in the pale depths.

“Sorry, Ms. Walker, but you didn’t hire me, so that means you don’t get to fire me.” That grin of his, which should be registered as a deadly weapon, flashed across his face again as he watched me, and then he was gone.




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I have to admit that I was a bit leery going into Charged because I haven't liked Avett since she came on the scene in the previous series (Marked Men.) So, I decided beforehand that I would put aside my dislike and try to start with a clean slate. I'm glad I did, because while I can't say I totally love her now, I like her well enough, and that's good enough for me. Quaid, on the other hand, I did love. He was strong, thoughtful, and considerate... and looked perfect on the outside. But inside he was a bit insecure, which made him more likable. I also enjoyed his interesting backstory. He and Avett were complete opposites, but they worked so well together. Of course they had off the charts chemistry, and something just clicked when they were in close proximity.

I love that this was written in dual POV. I just really enjoyed getting both perspectives! It always makes the story more interesting for me. This book had a few surprises along the way, and I was happy with the way the story developed.

I was proud of Avett once she decided to turn her life around. She judged herself more harshly than those she had hurt, and she didn't think she deserved to be let off the hook so easily. But everyone around her surprised her by being supportive, and I was glad they didn't hold her past against her.

Overall, this turned out to be a very entertaining story. I loved seeing some of the 'guys' again, and getting a glimpse of new characters whose stories are coming.

Before I forget, I have to mention that I'm looking forward to more Wheeler! I got the tiniest bit of him in Charged (big sigh...) and it just made me want more, more, more! So it looks like Wheeler and Poppy will be getting their own story soon. I can't wait.

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My Rating: 4 Stars

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2 comments:

  1. Ooh looks like an entertaining series. I seriously need to read something Jay Crownover. I hear great things about her writing and stories. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd probably bleach my hair to a shocking pink or blazing red :)

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    1. I'd love to have pink hair Shane, but my daughter tells me I would look ridiculous. Hmph. I binge read all of the books in her Marked Men series. This new series is very addictive also.

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