Sunday, November 3, 2013

ARC Review: Jagged by Kristen Ashley

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham's faced his own demons, and he's learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he's meant to live. So when he hears that Zara's having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he's a changed man.

Another KA smash! Jagged brings us back to the Colorado Mountain town of Gnaw Bone where we first met Max and his Dutchess Nina. I must say, I was excited to get to go back here and perhaps see a little bit more of these two we fell in love with. We also get to remember our friends from the Burg, February and Colon. This is because our hero in Jagged, is an ex of Februarys. That's right folks! Graham Reece finally gets his own story. 

Reece is a nomad. Never staying in one place long, hoping from town to town, bar to bar, bed to bed. He's not a player, just doesn't give his heart away. Zara is one of those women he's left behind. 

Zara's been in love with Reece for as long as she's known him. Their first months together were a whirlwind but she always knew he'd move on, relegating her to a stop on his travels when he can visit. So when a new man comes in her life, she marries him. Clearly settling for companionship over love. But when the marriage ends, and Zara hears of the stalker who almost chopped Reece to bits, she calls him. 

Reece is back and is there to stay but now it's Zara who won't open her heart. Scared of being hurt, she puts up the fight of her life to keep Reece out. But Reece just won't give up. Jagged is everything Kristen Ashley does best and I absolutely loved it! 

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). 

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. 

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better

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