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Colorado Mountain Series, #5

There is absolutely no way that Kristen Ashley could ever write a book that I'm not going to love. That's right. I said it. It isn’t happening, sister. That's because KA is the best at what she does. She knows how to spin a story that's going to get you where it counts. In the heart. Geez. Ever since that first itty bitty glimpse of Reece, way back in For You, I've been dying to read his book. Never "saw" the guy, but the way he came across those pages made my heart go to thumping. That's the beauty of this amazing author. Her characters come to life. They reach out and grab you. They'll make you laugh. Make you cry. They refuse to let go of your heart. So as soon as I got my copy of Jagged, it was goodbye world. I had to give everything else up for a few hours and let myself be swept away by this wonderful world that my favorite author had created.

So here's the thing. This book was good. It was real good. It wasn't as amazing as the other books in the series. But I'm not complaining. KA gave me everything I was looking for in this book. Great characters. Like I said, I already had this thing for Reece. Zara had a back story that broke my damn heart. I could have done without the silly pet names though. Why? Her alpha guys usually give good pet names. But here they were just weird and didn't work for me. Cookie and Ham. Just no. They definitely had the chemistry going on. The love scenes still sizzled. Though not like in some of her other books I've read. It was like Reece settled for Zara because he couldn't have Feb. Hell. Even Zara felt it for a while. The plot was solid. We had Reece feeling bad because he let Zara down back in the day. Then all this bad stuff happened to her and he's regretting his rambling ways. He does have a few scenes where he's a total asshat to his woman. Hey, he wouldn't be a Kristen Ashley man if he didn't act like an alpha jerk at least once in a while. Am I right? We do have some suspense in the story. Hey, this is Kristen Ashley we're talking about here. There's gotta be suspense. It was good too. Zara had this rough childhood with her prick father. He's still a prick, by the way. Man, I really hated her dad. Her family was really screwed up! KA strings it along and we find out about it in small doses. So I'm not gonna spill anything, but Zara's messed up family did give her one good thing. That's another great thing about this author. Her characters really do get to you. You either love them with an undying devotion. Or you hate them with unwavering loathing. You're fascinated either way, though. She did not disappoint this reader here. The characters were memorable. We got a couple of twists along the way to keep things interesting. Then not to be forgotten, there was a great throw down at the Rooster and it made up for anything that was missing in this one. I love those scenes and nobody does them better than KA.

Bottom line is that I loved it. Jagged is another great read from Kristen Ashley. Next up: Kaleidoscope. This is Deck's story. I read the blurb and it sounds like another good one. I can't wait for it. So I'm recommending this book to everyone out there.

Book Blurb for Jagged

The next novel in Kristen Ashley's sizzling Colorado Mountain series introduces a new electrifying relationship that turns Carnal, Colorado into a hotbed of action, romance, and suspense.

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.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2013 4.50