Jagged (Colorado Mountain Series #5)

Jagged (Colorado Mountain Series #5)

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by Kristen Ashley
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/18/2014
Ashley’s old-fashioned fifth Colorado Mountain contemporary (after Breathe) heads to Gnaw Bone, Colo., where one woman finds love with her on-again/off-again boyfriend. Zara Cinders knew that Graham “Ham” Reece was a man who didn’t want to put down roots. She left him to marry another man, but the marriage imploded in short order. When Zara contacts Ham after her divorce, he moves back to Gnaw Bone and asks her to move in with him and waitress at his bar. She initially resists both offers, but the mutual attraction and practical benefits are undeniable, and soon their lives are thoroughly entangled. The newfound relationship is complicated by Zara’s own family drama when she discovers that her nephew, the son of her deceased sister, is living in a nearby town. Sizzling sex and machismo are at the forefront of this page-turner. Feminists beware: Ham frequently refers to Zara as “my woman,” and, while his desire to take care of her is endearing, his territorial behavior might not appeal to readers who are drawn to a more independent heroine. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Ashley delivers a deeply emotional second installment of the Chaos contemporary romance series (after Own the Wind)... Punctuated by blistering-hot sex scenes and fascinating glimpses into the tough world of motorcycle clubs, this romance also delivers true heart and emotion, and a story that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Fire Inside"

I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author"

Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!"—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author"

[Kristen] Ashley captivates."—Publishers Weekly"

There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious."—Kati Brown, Dear Author"

I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when her my heart (I mean... her heart) would break."—Maryse's Book Blog on Motorcycle Man

Kati Brown - Dear Author
"There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious."
Maya Banks
"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"
Jill Shalvis
"Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!"
Maryse's Book Blog on Motorcycle Man
"I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when her my heart (I mean... her heart) would break."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455599134
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/30/2014
Series:
Colorado Mountain Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
74,684
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and 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 multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

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

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

You can learn more at:
KristenAshley.net
Twitter @KristenAshley68
Facebook.com/kristenashleybooks

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Jagged 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
GayleNM More than 1 year ago
I love KA's contemporary books. They are my go to when I want to take a vacation from life. It hurts to say this but I am so disappointed in this book. It is almost as if she didn't write it the editors did. I noticed the editing was overdone in Raid but It was still total KA. This is not. It make me worried about Kaildascope. Will the editors write it too.? Feb's tender relationship. Ham is nothing like him, most of Ham is on the cutting room floor, I fear. How did he get the name ham? What was his upbringing like, how did he feel about his first wife, the other relationships that formed him? You can't real feel it in this book. Zara!  Who is she, how are she and Nina, Becca and Missy connected, how did her parents influence her? None of these things are felt in this book. It is emotionless and that is NEVER how KA writes. In all her other books, I can smell, taste and feel where the characters are. I am right there. In this book, I felt like I was reading it from Mars. All of us KA fans know that she can write powerful, emotional, and fun stories. When she was self edited they all were that way, now they are not. KA, you need to fire your editors!. We all expect and love your real stories. I wish right now I was reading the unedited version of Jagged, I bet it was killer. This version is not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, the development of the lead characters and their chemistry fell flat. The heroine was unlike KA's previous and came off as more of a victim than a survivor. Unlike her previous novels where the Alpha Male comes off as loyal and irresistable, Ham came off as less of a hero and more of an egotistical jerk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to say I was disappointed because I LOVE KA. She writes such wonderful characters that for me her books are crack. Sadly, while still much better than books I've read from other authors, it's not her best. Compared to her other books I would rate it a 3, but even a disappointing KA book is still a 4 star when compared to others. The relationship between Graham Reece and Zara didn't do it for me. I love flawed characters, but I also need to find a way to connect with them and respect them in some way. He was a traveling man and KA didn't quite showcase how he was special enough to justify Zara's lack of self-respect from the very beginning. Since we started the story with her already loving Ham, and we later found out that Ham came back because he realized he loved Zara, I felt I missed out on their journey of falling in love and the reasons why they found each other so special. KA didn't quite bring it home for me, mostly because I felt so much of the critical part of their journey, how they fell in love to begin with, was told instead of shown. I couldn't understand why he was so wonderful that Zara thought he was worth being at his beck and call, especially when she knew he had other women. This dynamic was very unattractive to me, so it was an uphill climb for me to like these characters to begin with, and the character redemption wasn't as fleshed out as I needed it to be for either Ham or Zara. I enjoyed the story but I could not care enough about these characters for it to be satisfying. This is not one of her books that I will read over and over again, however I'm still a fan and looking forward to her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristen tells the best stories. From bad to good.I finished this inn under 24 hours. Couldn't stop to sleep n the song at the end is awesome.
MSAnne64 More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite KA but I still enjoyed.. I did not feel the connection to her characters that I usually do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my fav of hers, but still a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the KA books but this one sucked. I could barely finish it. Zara was boring Ham was flat. No emotional attachment between them or to me as a reader. The story just dragged no oomph. No rooting for any characters. No deep feeling. I feel like KA lost her natural talent and what made her so popular. Im kind of worried and am not that excited for the next book. Please switch up KA (i want the old KA back)
DaBazz More than 1 year ago
I thought it was perfect! I have read and reread All of KA's books and if you have you will know and understand what is going on in Jagged. As for a few of the other reviews; if you had actually read this book you would have the answers and if had actually read the others in this series you would get all the background you needed. Such as Carnel  is the small town next to Gnaw Bone.   (It's also reiterated here) Ham hated his ex-wife for what she had done  to him (I won't say here what but I didn't much like her either and could totally understand where he was coming from).   Not all characters can be what you think a hero/heroine should be or follow a preset script. That would be way boring. Thanks KA for another great read!
Ziggy70 More than 1 year ago
Kristen Ashley has another winner. Reese and Zara have an on and off relationship. Reese is not the man that stays with one woman for long but always remains friends. He had deep relationships, but Zara is the one that gets away. Can not say enough about the story. I have yet to read a bad Kristen Ashley and they seen to just get better and better. ..We all need more hot, alpha males.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a waste of great characters and a great story line. I have read almost all of KA's books, and I was looking forward to the follow-up of Graham Reece from For You. I don't.understand why the story was so short and poorly wrapped up. Bummer bc it could have been a classic, fabulous novel. But it fell waaaay short!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love KA, but like others this book just didn't do it for me. I agree with the person who said that Ham is on the cutting room floor. The book felt rushed. I really hope the next book isn't like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have read every book ka has written and was very excited about this one. i am disapointed. this book is boring and does not even seem like she wrote it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Kristen Ashley novels and have loved almost all of them. This one will not be on that list. I'm use to a 1,000 pages where you get to know all about the characters and clever dialogue. I know she's gone with a publisher now and that she has guidelines for them but this seemed like a rush story and more of a promotion for Gamble (which is one of my favorites) than her usual books. I only hope this isn't what I have to look forward to.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 5 of 5 ¿¿ For five years Zara Cinders had rebuilt her life and started up her business, before coming to the realization that her occasional lover, Ham Reece, would not be the one to go that one step further and create the family with her she always wanted. He had been her rock through the years, helping her through the most difficult of times, but part of her had always known he would not stay around for long. Unfortunately Zara was very much in love with Ham. Graham Reece had sworn off serious relationships. He was content travelling from place to place, getting work wherever he decided to stop for a while, usually tending bar somewhere. No longer a young man, he dragged his share of baggage along and never really considered settling down.  So when Zara informed him she was seeing someone and was ready to settle down, he let her go. But he never completely could let her go. She had always been special to him and through a friend in town he was able to keep tabs on her. Three years later, when he crossed the path of a deranged madman, Ham took the opportunity to take a good long look at his life. There was one woman he regretted walking away from, and from the information he has received, she is not doing so great right now. Zara lost her business, her home and her marriage went up in smoke. She now is living in a seedy apartment and works for minimum wage barely making ends meet. Ham won't stand for that. Not trusting the changed man Ham claims he is, Zara is hesitant putting herself in a vulnerable position again. He has walked away before, why would she trust him to stick around now. But as some unfinished business from Zara's past rears its ugly head, Ham moves heaven and earth to resolve it and keep Zara as clear as possible from the fallout. Until his own nightmare comes knocking at the door....... ******** Almost every Kristen Ashley book I read, I get so emotionally drawn in, I actually FEEL the emotions. I feel physically ill when Zara thinks Ham is with another woman....I FEEL a lump in my throught when he says "easy", or strokes his finger along her ear and jaw. I really live these books, and I can't think of another writer who has that ability. I'm a big fan...... I love stories like these, of men that seem to be stuck in their unattached ways. Good men, just for some reason unable to give 100% of themselves........until they meet that someone. Then suddenly it's like a switch is flipped and they have a determination like no other to get the deal done. Graham at least shows a little restraint, that is, until he feels his woman is threatened or in danger of being hurt. Then it it's full steam ahead and in complete Alpha protective mode. For a big burly bear of few words, Ham is surprisingly insightfully and sensitive to Zara's needs.... Delicious!! Having survived a messed up childhood, Zara is not a push over by any stretch of the word. She built her own life, her own business after turning her back on her family, sure it didn't work out the way she wanted, but she wasn't sitting down or letting others pick up the pieces. She was scratching and clawing and doing whatever she had to to survive once again. Had it been anyone but Ham, basically forcing help on her, she would have resolutely refused. But Ham knows she won't take handouts, so he allows her to barter and bargain in order to at least maintain her pride.  As always the writing is a breath of fresh air. So tight and to the point, with few wasted words or endless dialogues. When you read the book, it is like watching a movie in writing. It is that captivating, that constantly entertaining. There is a pace and a flow that is almost impossible to interrupt, even for a bathroom break. (That's why I love my Kindle!!)  The language used is real, the emotions portrayed are not overdone, but feel honest. The sex is not drawn out, but concise and scalding hot, and I love that we often just 'walk in' on a scene, she loves doing that!!!  Let's face it, if I could, I'd have Kristen Ashley design me a man!!! I have no doubt he would be absolutely perfect!! ¿Spicy, colourful and kick-ass trip to Gnaw Bone!¿ **ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Forever in return for an honest review.**
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was so wonderful. Truly. Amazing writing, a beautiful, detailed story with rich characters. It was full of emotion, drama, heart, and so much love! Zara and Ham were really great characters. They had such an interesting dynamic to their relationship and I loved their history. There were so many ups and downs but they were so there for each other. Graham Reece (Ham) was so awesome, strong, sweet and protective and Zara, wow. I loved her. What she endured and how she stood on her own and got stronger every day, it was empowering. The two had this crazy intense relationship but it was so heartfelt and sometimes filled with heartbreak, it was awesome. I loved their story! I really loved the character connections from this series and others. I seriously felt jealous because of another character… I was so caught up with everything. The secondary characters were well written and I thought they enhanced the overall storyline. The struggles of Zara's past felt so real and I felt for her but I love how she persevered. The storyline that is related to her past, as well as the people that were involved in it, were terrific and I love how it all played out and how Ham was there making her stronger during all of it. I'm not sure what else I can say, this was an exceptionally well written story with great characters and a fantastic build. Emotion, drama, intensity, and most of all love, this story has it all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just okay :-(
OV_Hemi_Girl More than 1 year ago
Part of one of the KA series, this book still carries its own unique theme. Characters are still able to suck you in because, again, they are realistic. As I always say, you can't go wrong with any KA book; this just proves true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this one. They're all good but this was pefect. Zara&Ham I so love. It gives me a great feeling knowing all is better than great. Its more... It was great to catch up with some old friends I.e. Nina & Max, kami, Arlene & santa Cotton. Thank you for this story. You did good! Rhop
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I love Kristen Ashley and this entire series, but I think this is my favorite book in the series. What a great read.
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I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The only problem I have is getting the srories out of order! In reading this book about Zara & Ham I found out that I missed quite a few in between, so now I know about stuff that happened in other books before reading those stories which is very irritating..WHY DO THEY NOT NUMBER THEM !!!!!Now aparently the Burg series should have been read before the Mountain series ???????? Help!!!!!!!! Frustrating but.... Kristen Ashley writes some rock'n good stories!!!!! Just someone put them in order please!!!!!!