Charged (Saints of Denver Series #2)

Charged (Saints of Denver Series #2)

by Jay Crownover


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062385970
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Series: Saints of Denver Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 454,211
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and Welcome to the Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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Charged (Saints of Denver Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
AmandaKozi More than 1 year ago
Jay Crownover is one of my favorite authors and an insta buy for me. I really liked Quaid and Avett! They remind me of how Cora and Rome don't make sense on paper, but together just work. I think they are the same way. I liked that their story was unlike any in marked or saints of denver. It had a little of the darkness that is in her point series, no where near as much but some similar elements. Charged did not disappoint!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs editing on all the exposition and thought ramblings of each character. Didn't need to be 300 pages with 2 post scripts. Good enough story. Won't be back for more from this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another tally mark on the side of good books from Jay Crownover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really didn't know if I was going to enjoy this book judging by the last one (Built). I was pleasantly surprised as well as relieved. These two opposites just make sense to me once you really take severing else in the story into consideration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good read in a great series from Jay Crownover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avett is tough to like but easy to love. Quaid proved that not everything that looks perfect is actually perfect beneath all that perfection. This book is worthy of your time ... don't miss out!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Saints of Denver (2) – Charged,  Crownover, Jay Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Erotica, New adult. I’ve read a few of Jay’s novels now, hadn’t read the first in this new series though but that didn’t matter it was easy to keep up with. There’s characters here from the Marked Men series and its fun to see how they’re all getting along now. I loved Quaid, and of course Avett. Its easy to judge people looking at their outsides - the faces they show, and yet underneath they have reasons for portraying that appearance that isn’t really who they are. That was so true of Avett, she was judging herself so harshly, acting up because she just had no self esteem left, blamed herself for some things in her past. She was so lucky in her support from parents and dad’s “brothers”. I loved the push and pull tension between Avett and Quaid, their sensuality was tangible, it jumped off the page to the reader just how connected they felt, but of course who Avett was and where she was going didn’t match with who Quaid wanted to be and where he wanted to go in his future. I really enjoy that, when two such disparate people get together, wondering if and how they can make things work. I enjoyed the suspense angle, it was fun- though not for Avett of course! but somehow, just like their romance, it felt a little “lite”, a bit slick and polished, where I need the rawness and unpredictability of both to really love this type of book. It was a well deserved fours stars for me but a bit short of the full five. For JC lovers though I’m sure this will be the perfect read. Stars: Four, a fun and sexy read ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Avert and Quaid's story. I'm liking this series in that there is some intrigue and a bit of mystery in addition to romance. These two characters were made for each other. I like that we get a glimpse every so often of past characters from the marked men series. I have enjoyed reading Jay's books. This book was #13 and she has gotten better and better. You are very talented Ms. Jay and we your fans benefit from that. Thank you!
Book_Sojourner More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved Avett and Quaid. I was completely hooked on their story. From the synopsis, we know that Avett is in trouble and finds Mr. Hot Attorney on her side to help her. If you've read some of Crownover's previous books, you may recall a few insights into Avett's troublemaking past and a glimpse of the hot Legal Eagle. So that's intriguing, right? Sounds like a fun story already. But what sends this story over the edge is how very much I actually liked these two main characters. They sold their love story. Plus, Crownover has a way of developing her characters and changing their lives in such a thoughtful and impactful way, that you know you're getting more than a simple love story. 'Charged' was written beautifully. I loved the depths in which we got to know Quaid and Avett. While Avett reveals the heart behind her behavior and finally a desire to get her act together (while still holding strong to her fun, jump-in spirit), the reveals about Quaid's life, upbringing, and overall character were the real gem for me. Quaid completely rocked. Putting these two seemingly different, but very much similar, people together made this read hit me in the heart. The age gap was actually no biggie to me because I know a couple with this exact age gap and they are perfect for each other. I also loved all the side characters, new and old. Brite, however, is the best! The only downside was that I wanted more dialogue. This was one of my complaints with the last book as well. There's lots of telling and internal feelings, but I wanted to read it, not be told about it. I don't want to be told the summary, I want to see it happen. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but there was even too much sex. Now, I may have only noticed this because I was missing the other parts in their relationship or experiences together that I was told about but didn't actually read, so going from sex scene to sex scene seemed like a lot when I wanted the relationship building in between. (But Avett and Quaid were still really hot.) Overall, I loved Avett and Quaid and their story. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series, and hope Avett and Quaid will make some guest appearances.
Mari15 More than 1 year ago
Love, that's the word that describes my feeling about Charged. I love this book. I love this story. I love these characters. I love the writing. I love stories of redemption even when it seems like the characters shouldn’t get yet another chance. But that’s what makes a character truly worth of redemption in my opinion. Even someone you hate can go through so many bad things that you begin to feel sorry for them and that hatred turns into hope; hope that they find a way out of their rock bottom situation. This was one of those stories. My heart broke for Avett and for Quiad who each had their own share of flaws and mistakes but whose story together absolutely blew me away! It was not only super-hot and sexy, even more so than I was imagining it would be, but it was funny, it was gut-wrenching, it was SO.FREAKING.BEAUTIFUL. I seriously adored this story so much I never wanted it to end. I freaking love Jay Crownover so much. I’m convinced she can’t write a bad story. I know I say this every time but this time I truly mean that this is my favorite Jay book so far. I can’t wait for the rest of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and all of Jay's books!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and I gotta say it took me through a lot of emotions I didn't expect but I loved it none the less Jay Crownover you are an incredible author I love all the series written. Great job once again on a great story of love and sacrifice.
BG1585 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite authors. When she puts a book out I willingly hand over all my trust to her that I will like it even if I'm not one hundred percent sure. She never lets me down and Charged is not different. I didn't really like Avett as a character so I wasn't sure I would love a story about her. Yet again though Jay Crownover didn't steer me wrong. This book is absolutely amazing. I ended up falling in love with the story and with Avett and Quiad. This book is so great and I can't recommend it enough.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Jay Crownover delivers once again in Charged, the latest release in her Saints of Denver Series, providing readers with a hot alpha male hero and a kickass heroine all wrapped up in an action-packed story that will consume your attention from beginning to end. Quaid is the hot lawyer who rocks a suit and whose commanding presence is palpable both in and out of the courtroom. Don't let the suit fool you though, he's got a past background that has made him tough as nails. Avett is a pink-haired wild child who finds herself in one mess after another, the latest of which lands her in jail, which is how she and Quaid meet. She is also the daughter of Brite, who you will recognize if your familiar with Crowover's previous series. Avett comes across like she deserves all that's happened to her because of all the bad choices she's made. She's stubborn and headstrong, and I wasn't sure I was going to like her in the beginning, but she really comes into her own in this novel, showing what a fiercely loyal and loving heart she has. Secrets from her past are revealed, which are heartbreaking, yet help you to understand her even more. Quaid has his own demons from his past that he's battling, and this little pink-haired ball of fire stirs up all kinds of things in him with the force of a tsunami. Their romance is hot, passionate, and seems like it will never work, yet is meant to be. The story is filled with danger, suspense, steamy romance, and plenty of hotties who ooze badass alpha pheromones right off the pages as you read. True to form, Jay Crownover delivers yet again, a story that her fans, and contemporary romance fans in general will definitely most definiely want to check out.
Bex-NightOwlReader More than 1 year ago
Jay Crownover's best work yet! I truly love Jay Crownover’s writing. She’s as adept at writing about tortured heroes trying to remain on the right side of good as she is about tortured anti-heroes who don’t. Her writing is so layered and dimensional, it paints a picture of life in Colorado and dives deeply into the character’s lives, making them seem real. I was riveted to the story from the very first page, and by that I mean the dedication. The story hadn’t even started yet, and I was already invested. Both the dedication and introduction set the tone for the book. They make you feel like it is drawing you into the author’s personal memories and experiences, at times feeling like an auto-biography of sorts. Avett Walker is described as wild and sweet and that exactly what she is. She’s a force to be reckoned with and is set on making bad decisions in her life. One of those decisions leads her to Quaid Jackson. Quaid is a man who is tired of putting on appearances, living behind an armor, and doing the right thing. Avett barrels her way into his life and his thoughts and he can’t get enough. They were like oil and water, but they mixed together in such an explosive way. I couldn’t get enough of them. As much as I loved Avett and Quaid, my favorite part of Charged had to be Avett’s relationship with her dad. He loves her so fiercely, it brought tears to my eyes at one point. Like Brite, my dad is taciturn, but you know when he is disappointed and you also know when he is going to fight for you. Avett’s relationship with her dad is similar to my own, so I felt an immediate connection to her. Brite may be big and gruff, but he’s so loving and supportive, I couldn’t help but love him. I’ve read and loved many of Jay Crownover’s books, but I honestly believe this is her best yet. Charged feels like it’s deeply personal to the author--like she just opened her heart and poured it out onto the page. I highly recommend this book. And this series. Ok, just read all of her books, she’s that good!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
All of Jay’s books in this series are magnificent, they always leave something behind in my heart and I can remember little bit of each one in which my heart was feeling happy and content with the characters. This book was no different in that regard but it was different in the fact the the whole book made me feel like that in the end, there weren’t little bits that made me feel like that it was the entire book, the entire time I was reading I felt like I was reading something real, I was feeling so much for Avett and then I was feeling so much for Quaid and together they were perfect! I think Avett is the best character Jay has written, I was prepared to maybe like her, because in my mind there all the things that he had done and said in the last books, but it became apparent really quickly it hat I more than liked her, I felt for her, I could see her struggling with everything that was happening, the character growth that she has in the book is huge and the sad part is that that side of her was always there in the past books we just didn’t know enough about her past but in this book we do know and that makes everything that she did make a bit more sense. Quaid was perfect for her, I didn’t know how it was going to work with the age difference and the different backgrounds but wouldn’t you know … They weren’t that different after all. A part from being a very swoony and romantic book, there’s also lots of action and legal dram that I think added a nice touch to it. The next book in the series seems like a bit of a mystery to me from the little I have read and I can’t wait to know more!
KaraHildebrand More than 1 year ago
Charged is the second book in the Saints of Denver series and I'm absolutely loving this series! I haven't read the Marked Men Series, so I didn't know Avett before Charged (except for her short appearance in Built). She's a mouthy thing who seems to find trouble wherever she goes. She follows the wrong men and makes incredibly bad choices. This last one was bad enough to land her in jail with the possibility of not getting out. When a stranger shows up to represent her, she can't help notice how sexy he is. But she doesn’t want someone paying for her. She's ready to suffer the consequences of her actions. She doesn't think she deserves to be forgiven. Quaid can't stop thinking about the pink haired hurricane who he's trying to keep out of jail. She's a breath of fresh air and unlike every other woman he's ever met. She's not impressed by his wealth, his material possessions or his fine three piece suits. Don't get me wrong, she loves the suits, but she really wants to see the casual Quaid. When they get the opportunity to spend some time alone, she gets to see more than just the casual executive. She gets to see where he comes from. Inside his soul. Inside his heart. Quaid has been running since he was eighteen. He ran into the military and then to law school. He wanted to make something of himself and prove to his family and himself that he could have everything. House, car, money, clothes, anything and everything. But it doesn't feel right anymore. Not since he met Avett. She's changed him and made him want to be a better man. He's on the wrong side of the law and he doesn't want to do it anymore. When Avett is in danger, Quaid will do anything to keep her safe. Once he gets a taste of her and a glimpse of her soul, he's not letting her go. He'll fight for her no matter what it takes. Will Quaid and Avett be able to make it work? Will the danger be too much for them? I loved this story. Quaid is smokin' hot. Those suits! That tattoo. I can't even. Avett is young and made mistakes, but she's trying to make it right. This story is all about showing those you love who you really are and trusting that they will still be there for you. His words kissed me as his eyes devoured me. Even though zero parts of us were touching. I could feel him all over, including deep down inside of me. "I guess at the end of the day it's better to have nothing with the right person than to have everything with the wrong person, isn't it?" "My mountains are still standing after my hurricane blew through them."
Kari_on_From_the_TBR_Pile More than 1 year ago
Charged, the second book in the Saints of Denver series, is another amazing story to come out of the wonderful imagination of Ms. Crownover. Yeah, I'm a fan. In her introduction, she talks about giving a story to a character that no one really likes. She hopes readers will eventually like that character by the end of the story. I will admit that Avett was one of those characters for me. I didn't like her in previous books. But after reading Charged, I'm convinced she deserved a story. I devoured this book. I loved Avett and Quaid together. At first glance, it looks like opposites attracting. Yet, when you look under the surface, they are more alike than they seem at first. The chemistry between the two was off the charts! I'm not going to give away any of Avett's secrets. Just know that after hearing them you will be rooting for her as much as I was. One of the best parts of the books is a sneak peek into Church's thoughts. After that scene, I can't wait to read his story. I just wish I didn't have to wait until 2017! I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
tradermare More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Let me start out by saying I love how the Saints of Denver series is coming together. Charged is the second book in the series, and I was totally captured by this tale of the lawyer and his client. Avett is Bright's daughter and she's been in and out of trouble starting as a teen and into her adult years. Most of her troubles have been of the not-too-serious type, more annoying and disappointing than truly criminal. But when she's arrested as an accessory to robbing Rome's Bar, she gets a taste of where her life is heading. It's a huge wake up call for her. Quaid Jackson is the criminal attorney hired to represent her at the request of that "southern charmer" Asa. Asa's familiar with this sort of trouble since he's been there before. Quaid is the best, and when he meets with Avett for her preliminary hearing, he's immediately taken with her pink hair and her attitude. Things progress from that point, and when Avett is no longer Quaid's client, things really heat up between them. It's a good thing too, because Avett is going to need Quaid as the aftermath of the robbery and her ex-boyfriend try to implicate her further in a related drug case. What really made this a wonderful story is the introspection on the part of both Avett and Quaid. They both have some serious decisions about how they want to live and their future. This brings them together on a level that's heartfelt and life-changing. But when Avett realizes that she doesn't fit into Quaid's world, she has some serious choices to make. They both do. Quaid is one hot lawyer too, not just in the courtroom and bedroom, but when it comes to protecting Avett, he's steps up to it, even though it might destroy his career. I really loved so many things about him. Avett was an interesting character to me as well, with her history of doing bad things, and her desire to change her life around, if only she thought she deserved it. There was a lot about Avett that rang true to me, especially how her guilt weighed her down. There's some nice mentions of Rule and Rome and Asa has a role to play in Avett's recovery. It's always nice to see characters from the previous series, and it's Rule and Rome so what more can I ask for! While I think there were maybe some spots in Charged that could have been tweaked to be a little more suspenseful, I really enjoyed this title. I love the misfit couples so far in the Saints of Denver series, and I hope there will be more cameos from Avett and Quaid as the series progresses. I'd like to know if their "happy for now" turns into a "happily ever after". So overall, a great addition to this series. Fans of Jay Crownover will love this, and new readers will too.
Julalicious More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 I was really excited about Avett's book because like any characters in this series, you know she deserves to be heard; she deserves that we get the time to see who she truly is. Since she first appeared in the Marked Men series, she is portrayed in a way that made us annoyed with her. I wouldn't go towards the word hate because I never hated her; I was just annoyed with all the poor choices she made, but she wouldn't have fit with the whole bunch if she happened to be perfect either. I never knew if we would get her story, but Jay, like a fairy godmother, made our wish come true with this spin-off and added Avett's book to it. This book starts after the events that occurred in Asa's book. If you haven't read that book, I suggest you stop reading this now and go read it like right now. Spoilers might be said in this book though maybe nothing to stop you from reading Asa's book, but let's not take any chances. Avett is in big trouble due to her role in the armed robbery at Rome's bar and she is facing jail time. Avett acted out a lot and we saw her dad having a lot of problems with her though he never gave up on her. Her relationship with her mother is rocky at best and her latest actions are not helping much to reconnect with her. Enter Quaid Jackson, who we met briefly in Built (which you should also totally read if you haven't), to save the day. On the outside, Quaid looked like the picture perfect of what an attorney must look like. Suits and ties, confidence and a lot of charisma. But if you have read Jay's books, you know her men are anything but perfect. From the moment they both meet, something is definitely building. Some attraction for sure, but a connection neither seem to understand. On the outside, they are the definition of day and night, but once you start reading about their thoughts and feelings, they are the definition of never judge a book by its cover. Throughout this book, you learn a lot about these two characters. Avett’s confessions will bring forth other confessions from her entourage, mending some broken links with her family while Quaid’s priorities will change as he rediscovers who he is really. A lot happens in this book and I’m really trying to make a general review without giving too much away, but if you fell in love with Jay’s other characters, you will love them too. You will cheer their triumphs, cry with them and let’s admit it, you will scream at them for their stupid choices too hahaha Forgiveness is a strong subject in this book and it’s beautifully used in it; especially the forgiveness for oneself. Jay has a way to write that makes you addicted from the first few sentences. Each new chapter begs for the next one and each ending makes you want the next instalment in the series. Once again, Jay has proven why she is in my top 5 favourite authors.
DirtyShanda More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars If you have read the Marked Men series and the first Saints of Denver you will recognize the leads in Charged. Avett is the daughter of Brite, the father figure to many of the Marked Men. Avett is always in trouble and she was last seen involved in something so bad it has now landed her in jail. Quaid was introduced in Built as the attorney interested in Sayer. Quaid has been hired by Asa to help Avett out of her mess because as you know Asa has been there done that. Now I know many readers hated Avett and didn’t want a book for her but I am a sucker for the bad girl or bad boy getting a chance to turn it all around. I loved the opener to the story and seeing Avett in jail at rock bottom was sad but she needed that wake up call. I think Crownover did a fantastic job of letting both Quaid and Avett tell their truth. She didn’t try to change Avett into a good girl to sell the story. Avett didn’t change who she was at all; she just learned how to make better choices. Quaid was a surprise for me and he hooked me right away when he started telling his story. I saw him like Avett did; handsome good guy lawyer that goes to dinner parties, has high dollar shoes, and a fancy apartment. In Avett’s eyes they were so different they would never fit. Quaid wasn’t the perfect and proper rich guy but he has spent his life trying to mold into that because he thought that is what he wanted. Avett was perfect for him because he found himself through her once he let her in. He got back to his roots and started to remember who he was and what he wanted out of life. Avett and Quaid were smoking hot together and I think out of all the couples Crownover has written these two had the "it" factor when it came to chemistry. It was also great to revisit old faves. You will get some nice scenes with Rome as Avett tries to make amends. I wasn’t a big fan of Asa’s book but I loved him in Charged. It was great to see him mentor Avett and help her stop self-destructing. Charged is a great story of finding yourself and learning from your mistakes. I have to say this is hands down my favorite Jay Crownover book. Well done! *copy received from Harper Collins via Edelweiss for review*
RedCheeksReads1 More than 1 year ago
“Bad decisions lead to great stories.” I am a longtime fan of Jay Crownover and this new series, Saints Of Denver, has a wonderfully fresh feel for her while still visiting with characters we know and love. I will be honest and say that going into this book I was skeptical about her ability to make me feel for Avett and Quaid. But damn did I not just feel for them I fell for them too. “I don’t know you thought was happening here, but it was just a job. You are a client, like any other client I represent, Avett. Nothing more, nothing less.” We will start with Avett because while I really liked her Quaid is the true star of this story. Going in from other books we knew that Avett has a penchant for trouble and a lack of caring how that affects others. But this time her bad decisions have landed her in jail and Asa has sent hot shot lawyer Quaid to get her out, for a fee of course. Avett is a character who truly shows growth and depth. And while I thoroughly enjoyed watching her learn and grow she was outshined a bit by her dad, Brite. Brite is the dad we all want and the man we want all men to strive to be. His story of love loss and second chances was one of the best things in the book for me. ‘What was one more impending disaster, when it was attached to rough hands that brushed along my exposed rib cage and paused under the achy swell of my breast? What was one more bad decision on top of all the other ones that had led this particular mammoth-sized bad decision to my door?’ Now Quaid, I thought Quaid was an arrogant jack a** who only cared about money and for the beginning of the story he proved this to be true. But the more and more the story unfolded the more complex he became with underlining issues and insecurities. But the hardness to which he fell for Avett and the lengths he would go to help and protect her made me love him too. He is a clean cut, prim and proper lawyer but he accepts her and her pink hair for the craziness she is. I adored him. He loves with his whole heart and for this I love him with my whole heart as well. “Some of us are born into the storm and some of us are born to chase after it,” Once again Jay has penned a story I couldn’t put down and while I loved everything about Avett and Quid I will say that for me personally there was almost too much sex but I know this is not an issue for everyone. Still once again I have fallen for Jay’s men (and women) and am completely entranced with her side characters and cannot wait for more. 4.5 smooches ~m @ red cheeks reads
Bella_Nalla_Milaya More than 1 year ago
#HURRICANEAVETT IS HERE! Spoilers below... That opening; shivering, orange jumpsuit, interview room with the Legal Eagle. Avett Walker knows how to make an entrance and make a lasting impression. I haven’t felt so emotional tied to a character in such a long time. Avett knows the mistakes she’s made and it took one nasty fall for her to snap into action about making the right choices, while still being all that is Avett. When we got two snapshots of Quaid and Avett in Built I was 100% convinced that Avett was a firecracker and that Quaid had a hard shell that couldn’t be broken. But, lords, I couldn’t’ have been more wrong. Quaid “Legal Eagle” Jackson owns up to the name and more as he swoops in and recues Avett from sure-fire regret and a sentence of aggravated robbery that no big-hearted girl could come back from sane. But more so, he helps Avett realize that not only is she more than what she’s done and what’s happened to her. She’s distractingly kind and caring; would do anything to protect those she loves from being touched by the ripples her actions cause. She may be kind hearted but she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to shielding her loved ones. #THATJUMP Don’t SCARE ME like that. Cannot wait for more of THE SAINTS OF DENVER!