Published by William Morrow Genres: Romance
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Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.
Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.
The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.
“It was different when you were all in. It didn’t feel like drowning or treading water. If felt like being saved.”
I’ve always been a Rule lover, and no one else was able to steal his top spot (though Rome gave some solid competition), but I think Wheeler has my heart now, for good–and that has everything to do with Poppy. I connected with him the most, and I think it’s fantastic that this series ends on the same high note that it began on. Compared with the rest of the series, I do believe this might be the best one because it has all the elements of a great romance: intimacy, heat, heartbreak, and an emotional, healing arc.
The Saints of Denver series, a spin-off of the Marked Men series, ends with two marked souls. Wheeler and Poppy’s love story is poignant and engaging. Jay Crownover gave them both the story I wanted them to have and one that they definitely deserved. I loved their connection and journey. Their sweet chemistry was the best, and I could’ve read 100 pages more about them.
I’ll miss this world that Crownover created, a world that stars vibrantly compelling characters that I’ll likely never forget.
Audiobook notes: I began by reading the print version, and decided to listen to it instead, because I kept getting distracted. I got sucked in quicker while listening to the book and I binged pretty much the whole thing, only stopping to sleep. I loved it!
The narrators are solid when performing their characters, but both were subpar when performing dialogue for characters from the opposite sex. Regardless, the story was strong enough to keep me listening. I listened at speed 1.25x.