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 Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today!Charged
(Saints of Denver #2)
by: Jay Crownover
Release date: May 24th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
MY RATE: ★★★★★
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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What we know of Avett from previous books is that she is a troublemaker, and the worst kind of them. She wanted to destroy herself and we never knew why because she was very loved by her parents and friends. Reading everything from her mind and Quaid's open my mind about her and everything she did. She was just misunderstood and trying to erase a pain in her heart.
Her last trouble put her in jail and Quaid was hired to be his lawyer. Obviously, he being the best of best, he got her out and good, but not everything ends there. Things start happening between them, things that he cannot denied and Avett wants to run from because she doesn't want anyone hurt again. She is reckless and like she says... she will always jump below not knowing what's at the bottom. Avett doesn't want Quaid following her because it can destroy his career, but what she doesn't understand that he will follow her no matter what she says because he already jumped.
The love story between these was beautifully constructed. That's why I love this author. Because it even though is not an actual slow-burn book, it doesn't happen that fast. It has the perfect balance that I always love. These two were totally opposites, but like once she wrote "opposites crash and burn everything down" and I love every second of it. It broke my heart to heard Avett's story and its even sadder to know that such things happen in real life.
Quaid character is different from other Jay male characters, because he is not that possessive dominant but he can show it when is necessary. I love how fast he thinks and organized he is in his thoughts. He is basically a perfect lawyer defendant. I loved that he had the perfect hope for Avett and that he never gave up on her, even though she told him to walk away, he never wanted to.
I'm curious about the next book, like for reals. I thought it was going to be about Wheeler, but not. We are finally getting Church with Dixie and I'm as excited as a kid in Christmas. Since I read Asa, I was curious af about those two. Because they are clearly attracted but Church doesn't want to go there and Dixie is waiting for him to take the first step. The story of this two will be gooooood af. Is called Honor and I want to know why. I guess this book was called Charged because Avett was actually charged for violating the law, even though she was exonerated, she was charged. Plus Quaid and Avett's feelings for each other are actually charged. So, let's see why Honor is called like that. Read me later!
I tapped the edge of my thumb on the black-and-white mug shot photo and couldn’t stop the grin from tugging at my mouth.
She tried to fire me.
She was five-foot-nothing, a lifetime younger than me, had multicolored hair that had seen better days, wild eyes that couldn’t decide if they wanted to be green, gold, or brown, while dressed in convict orange and obviously scared out of her ever loving mind, yet she still tried to fire me. If it had been any of my other clients—the cop accused of sexual battery, the frat boy accused of manslaughter over a bet on a football game gone wrong, the middle school teacher accused of pedophilia and having an inappropriate relationship with several of her students, or the pro football player accused of domestic abuse—I would have tipped my proverbial hat, wished them luck while I cut my losses, and walked away without a backward glance. People always committed crimes. People always needed a good defense, so it wasn’t like I was hurting for clients, but there was something about the girl. Something about the defiant tilt of her chin and the raw desperation in her tone when she begged me not to call her father.
“I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.” She sounded like she meant it when she said it, but I figured she was too young and too scared to know exactly what she wanted or needed. Regardless, it was still refreshing to hear.
Everyone always wanted something from me and my help was usually the least of it.
I tapped the picture again, wondering why I found it so easy to believe that she really hadn’t been a part of the boyfriend’s plan to rob the bar. She wasn’t anyone’s idea of a model citizen and she had the shady track record to prove it. She was too young, and frankly too adorable, to have a file this thick. From what I could see, she had a set of parents always willing to ride to the rescue when she got herself into trouble. She looked like some kind of colorful woodland fairy from a Disney movie with her odd hair and delicate features. None of it added up, but the sincerity in her tone when she said she would never have gone with the boyfriend if she knew his intent and the fear in her eyes when I mentioned her father seemed genuine.
I learned long ago to treat everyone like they were guilty of whatever it was I was paid to defend them against. I didn’t want to know the truth. I didn’t want to know the circumstances. I wanted my clients to listen to me and let me do my job as I tried to convince the rest of the world they were innocent, regardless if they were or not. But this girl with her faded, rose colored hair and turbulent eyes oozed innocence through the cracks of a very guilty façade.
Because I was intrigued and actually believed the girl might be innocent, I wasn’t going to let her fire me. I was going to call her father and hope that he would help me keep her out of the slammer while I figured out how to plea bargain her charges down or get them dismissed altogether. Again, because a cop was involved in the robbery and because the boyfriend, junkie or not, was offering up a pretty plausible explanation for Avett’s involvement in the crime, nothing was a slam dunk, yet. I was going to help her whether she wanted me to or not.