Riveted by Jay Crownover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I've been curious about Dixie and Church ever since they were first introduced to us. They both just seemed to have a story to tell, especially Church. This book was everything I'd hoped for, even though it was very different than I expected it be.
Crownover takes us on the road with this couple, as we head to Church's hometown in Mississippi for the majority of this book. The change in scenery allowed us so much insight into the enigmatic and intriguing character that is Church. Riveted brings us two incredibly strong characters. While they are different in many ways, they are both resilient, yet vulnerable. It was interesting seeing that side of them come to the surface and joining them on their journey of growth.
There was no denying these two were sizzling together. The sexual tension and chemistry was off the charts. Things didn't just fall into place for them though. Church struggled with his own issues while Dixie battled between what she'd always wanted and what she wasn't willing to pass up. This story focused so much on regret. One character was drowning in it, while the other refused to live with it. Living in the now and accepting things for what they were was really emotional. There was so much want and desire and feeling that it was hard not to get swept up in it.
We are confronted with some deep issues in this story: loss, guilt, regret, prejudice, acceptance, love, hope. It was emotional and consuming. Crownover gives us this beautiful story while cleverly weaving in some mystery and suspense. Her stunning writing style perfectly showcased the captivating storyline and bold characters. Crownover never fails to amaze and surprise me.
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