Riveted is one of the sweetest books I’ve read from Jay Crownover in a while. Dixie is a fabulous personification of a woman willing to put the happiness of others before her own and Church is just the man to put her first…even if he doesn’t know it.
Though difficult to read at times, the honest portrayal of a man who is different and scorned for it throughout his childhood endeared the alpha male to me. Church is overwhelmed with the idea that he is the root of the destruction of his family and those he loves, and lives his life in a way that he hopes will prevent anyone else from being burned. but Dixie, she loves the fire within him.
“She lived in the light and I was far more comfortable hiding in the dark.”
Dead set determined that he is the man for her, Dixie goes above and beyond the call of their so-called friendship and helps lead Church down the road toward redemption. Her love for him – even when he proclaimed himself unable to give it back, was strong enough for them both.
“No one had ever given me any idea how to handle it when the right one came along, but you weren’t the right one for him.”
She took what she could get, “happy” to have memories to keep her company long after her time with the man of her dreams came to an end. Always looking for the good, Dixie refused to focus on the bad.
Far before the end, I fell in love with both characters; their strength, vulnerability, and determination to do what’s right for those they care about is inspiring and heartwarming.
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.