Saturday, July 16, 2016

Charged (Saints of Denver, #2) by Jay Crownover ~ Review

Source:  Purchased audiobook

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.


I like Avett and Quaid's story.  It's a good story that had me remembering Rule and his self destructive ways.  And Quaid is nothing like I was expecting from the brief glimpse we had of him in a previous story.  I enjoyed finding out his secrets.  Both Avett and Quaid's characters are full and real.  

As is always the case with this author, the book with was FULL of sexy.  The chemistry between these two has profound effects of each of them.  Quaid's "executive" style appeals to Avett and her "hurricane" style transforms Quaid.  Let's just say they enjoy exploring sexual fantasy's.

I listened to this one and so I'll comment on that performance too.  There are three narrators.  Adam Lazarre-White reads for Church.  His rich voice certainly added fullness to his character and while it was only one chapter, I enjoyed it.  Monica Palms reads for Avett and I could have done without her reading.  She has a slow quality to her voice that got on my nerves.  I would have much rather heard Michael Reeves, who read for Quaid, read the whole thing.  Michael's voice is delicious and he added to my love for Quaid.

I have two issues with this book.  One is that it followed a very predictable storyline.  I worked things out well before they happened and even the ending wasn't a surprise.  Sometimes that's just not a big deal to me.  I just enjoy the journey with them.  But this time wasn't like that.  It had more to do with the second issue than the predictable nature of the story.  There is a lot and I do mean a lot of inner dialogue.  Repeated thought processes that go over and over how Avett has gotten herself into this situation and the people she has hurt.  The reasons she feels the need to punish herself and the mistakes that happen again and again.  Quaid too did a lot of thinking things through.  While I usually would like the self-reflection and that's certainly one way that characters grow, this time those monologues would happen at very strange times - like in the middle of conversations or sexy moments.  They were so long, that I would find myself confused when the story would pick back up.  Some of this is a good thing, but this book went over the top and then some.  I just wanted to get on with the story.

While I enjoyed this one, it didn't compel me to keep listening.  I could and did put it down easily.  I do love this series, this world set in Denver that continues from the Marked Men series and I'm sure I'll read the next one.  Church's story definitely has my interest.


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