“It happened fast in my family. We fell hard and we didn’t get up once we fell. We stayed down and we loved hard and deep.”-Dixie, Riveted
*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.
We all know how much of a Jay Crownover fan I am, right? I think I’ve fangirled enough times for everyone to know, so of course I was screaming when I received an ARC of Riveted, the next installment in the Saints of Denver series. I’ve been waiting a pretty damn long time for Church’s story and let’s just say it’s always the quiet ones that end up surprising you the most.
Dixie Carmichael is on a mission; a mission to find her one true love who will sweep her off her feet and give her the happily ever after she’s been waiting for. But finding Mr. Right is not as easy as it seems, especially when Mr. Right won’t give her the time of day. Dash Churchill has spent that last few years avoiding home, running from the pain and loss he left behind. But when he gets a call for him to return home, Church convinces Dixie to make the journey down to Mississippi with him. What he soon realizes is that the one place he’s been running from may just be the one place he should have be running to.
There’s just something about the way Crownover tells a story that reminds me of home and seriously gives me all the warm and fuzzy feelings inside. I’ve been in the Marked Men/Saints of Denver world for almost two years now and I can honestly say I haven’t gotten bored with this story line or the characters. One thing I love about these two series is the way that Crownover manages to incorporate characters from the Marked Men into this new series and still show how they too have grown over time and how their life has changed so it’s like you’re getting updates on your favorite characters. Family is a major theme throughout both these series and when it came to Riveted, things were no different. The Chuchill family has faced a lot of losses throughout the years and Church had a hard time dealing with these losses which is why he enlisted in the army in the first place. I loved seeing this broken family work through their issues as father and son tried to find a common ground and to see Church finally find his way back home where he belonged. The conflict in this story threw me for a loop and I was not expected that at all. Crownover managed to keep me on my toes and I’m kind of surprised by that because I’m usually pretty good at figuring out the plot twist when it comes to her books.
Dixie has to be one the sweetest characters I’ve ever met. She is a ball of sunshine with a big heart who will literally go out of her way to help a stranger in need. She is so selfless and trusting and I don’t think anyone could hate a character like her. She is also the perfect contrast to our broody former soldier. Church is very hesitant to let himself feel anything Dixie because he doesn’t believe that he is a good enough man for her. He is also afraid that he may do something to hurt her and he doesn’t want that so he keeps Dixie at arms length. But the thing about Dixie is that she has such an infectious personality that once you get close to her, you can’t help but love her and that’s just what happens to Church. He may be a brood on the outside, but deep down, Church is a softie and I knew it was only time until he fell hard and fast for Dixie too. I freakin’ love these two together but I’m so sad because it’s probably going to be the last time we see them in this series, but I couldn’t be happier for how their love story ended.
Riveted was a sweet, heart-warming romance about healing and finding the courage to let love in. I was not expecting Church’s story to be so sweet, but I’m kind of glad it wasn’t as dark as I was expecting it to be. There is only one more book left in this series and with the little plot twist thrown in at the end of Riveted, I have no longer have no idea how things are going to turn out. All I know is that I am not yet ready to say goodbye to my favorite guys and gals of Denver.