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Jagged (Colorado Mountain, #5)

by Kristen Ashley

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Series: Colorado Mountain (5)

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Zara Cinders, who has lost her business and marriage, accepts help from Ham Reece, who was unwilling to settle down with her despite their love, but finds it hard to trust him, even as he tries to prove to her that he has changed.

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When one is his ex and the biscuit is you what does that tell you?
I'm sorry but as much as there are good parts to the story I can't get over the feeling that she is second best to a woman he missed out on cos she was taken.

HEA. If you think he wouldn't have been happier with Feb from For You. ( )
  izzied | Oct 29, 2020 |
Was disappointed :( Her heart stopping dilemma in this book was a let down for me. Writing was great as usual but wish it made me jump to the edge of my seat at the end like she usually does. ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
Laugh out loud quote, 'Maker of the seed that spawned me, ' you'll get it once you read the story. This couple isn't easy, when they fight they go for killing shots. It wasn't always an easy read in the beginning and I stopped to read other books before coming back to finish.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
Amazing as allways. Thanks Kristen Ashley, your books only get better! ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
Jagged
3 Stars

Knowing full well that Ham Reece will never give up his wanderlust and settle down, Zara Cinders does the only thing she can and walks away. Three years later, Zara is in dire straights after losing her business and failing at her marriage. Thus, when Ham arrives on her doorstep with the offer of a job and a place to stay, Zara cannot afford to refuse even as she vows to protect her heart from being broken once again. Ham, however, is a changed man and regrets the past. But convincing Zara that he wants something more than a temporary fling will be no easy feat.

Series note: It is necessary to read For You book #1 in The Burg series prior to this book for the back story.

Sadly, I must concur with the majority of reviewers that this is the weakest of Kristen Ashley's books. Regardless of the fact that second chance romances are not a preferred trope of mine, Ham and Zara's relationship is marred by other more significant issues, namely Ham's annoying personality and the lack of a cohesive plot.

Possessive, domineering and arrogant heroes are Ashley's specialty, yet she always manages to focus on the positive aspects of these traits, and makes it possible for the reader to look past the surface flaws to the sweet, caring and besotted man beneath the exasperating façade.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with Ham. Not only is he patronizing, condescending and egotistical, but he is also a misogynist and this does not change as the story progresses. His idea of the perfect woman is one who adapts herself to his needs and desires, and never questions his words or actions.

Alas, despite exhibiting some minor backbone at the beginning of the book, Zara devolves into exactly the type of doormat heroine who would give into the selfish demands of this pathetic excuse for a hero.

The romance is further undermined by the fact that Ham has a past sexual relationship with another woman, which is never satisfactorily resolved despite his protestations to the contrary. Given the facts of her situation and his attitude when her name is mentioned, it is difficult to believe that Zara is anything more than his second choice.

The secondary storyline involving Zara's abusive and destructive family has potential, but the episodes involving them are interspersed between Zara and Ham's personal angst. Consequently, it never becomes an integral part of the plot.

In sum, both the romance and the characters in this one are disappointing. Ham is the worst KA hero to date and all attempts to convince the reader of his worthiness are an epic failure. Thankfully, this is not my first KA book and her stories are usually far more appealing. If this were not the case, I might have been tempted to call it quits on her work. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
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