Shel: Church has always been this brooding mysterious presence in the background and I just knew there had to be a story there. There is. There's a story of love and loss and associated with that guilt. His story was one that just made me so sad for him. He made choices that were well meaning and yet so isolating. I wanted to hug him and shake some sense into him all at the same time--thank god Dixie did just that. Court: Ugh, when people do things for a noble reason...but really just end up hurting more in the long run by putting it off. Those are my people. I am an avoider, and try to keep things inside instead of letting them flow and wax and wane, and I liken Church to that type of guy. He avoided the heck out of Dixie for her being exactly the OPPOSITE; who lived her life in a way that was honest and true. And I really loved her character for that.
Shel: If Church is the epitome of closed off, Dixie was his exact opposite--her kindness and love were on constant display. The more I knew of her the more I wanted every dream of hers to come true--how could you not?! She was funny and generous and willing to stand her ground, really a perfect blend of what Church needed to unstick himself from the emotional place he insisted on being stuck in. Court: YES. That. I need to channel this woman's strengths way more often, and honestly...I don't know Jay...but from what I "know" of her online, and see of her with her friends, and read of her characters...I compare Dixie to her the most in this. (Sorry, Jay if you don't agree!) But...a big hearted, loving person who is loyal and fun to be around..and I enjoyed reading about Dixie all the more.
Shel: I love that Jay Crownover paired these two together and I really love that she continues to include main characters of color, of diverse backgrounds, and who make a living in industries that include blue collar people. Her novels continue to be reflections of the diverse world we live in and I will always support her work because of it. Court: Real world characters for us, in maybe sometimes not how we live our "real lives" out day to day, but I do love the mix of reality and fiction...and how hardcore these characters love each other even when it hurts. I really loved this book.
Shel: I can't wait to see what she does with Poppy and Wheeler and Kallie--these saints of Denver are some of the most interesting saints I've read. Court: That one is going to KILL ME, in the best way possible!
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.
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