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Review: Jaded By Anne Calhoun

jadedTitle: Jaded

Author: Anne Calhoun

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Walkers Ford (Book #2)

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425265129 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425265123 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

After life as a cop in Denver leaves him burned-out, Lucas Ridgeway returns to Walkers Ford, South Dakota, to serve as their chief of police. He’s hoping to start over with a clean slate and avoid any emotional entanglements—even after his next-door neighbor kisses him senseless. Alana is passionate, dedicated, and most importantly leaving town soon. So why not have some fun?

Alana Wentworth comes from a larger-than-life political family, yet all she wanted was to be a librarian. Then after an embarrassing marriage proposal from Mr. Not-For-Her, she jumps at the chance to live her dream for a few months. She wasn’t supposed to get involved with the community—or sexy, troubled Lucas. But when the time comes for Alana to put Walkers Ford behind her, she’s not ready. And Lucas may not be ready for her to go…

Quick & Dirty: The Librarian and the cop start off with a bang, but will they fall in love for real?

Opening Sentence: “Alana Wentworth locked the front door to the Walkers Ford Public Library with one thing on her mind: Chief of Police Lucas Ridgeway.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Alana has taken a temporary position with the library in Walkers Ford to get away from the public debacle her last boyfriend made back in Chicago. Alana decides that a fling with Lucas is the one thing she needs in order to take charge of that aspect of her life. Lucas was a cop in Denver, but after getting burnt out he returned home to Walkers Ford. Lucas spends a lot of time with Alana because they are neighbors and she is renting a house from him.

When Lucas sends over Cody to do community service at the library; Alana begins to think about what she really wants out of life. She starts trying to help Cody achieve his dreams and find a way to provide a better life for his younger siblings. Lucas and Alana are growing closer and closer as they continue to hide their fling from the prying eyes of their small town. Soon they find that this might not be a fling, and they just might be in over their heads.

I did find the first book and read it, but this is not a series in which you need to read every book in order to understand what is going on. Although Lucas and Alana were in book 1 and Adam and Melissa are in book 2. I find more and more that I am just not a fan of romance novels where they hop into bed before we really know anything about the characters. Maybe that is harsh, but I like build up to the hot steamy stuff, not hot steamy stuff and then romance. Weird, I know that being said, overall this a good solid romance novel. A hot cop (check), a hot librarian (check, check) and a dog, but he is a cute dog. So if you are looking for a quick fun read, then look no further because Jaded is a great way to spend the afternoon.

Notable Scene:

“Librarians kept secrets. They heard odd stories, got requests that ranged from reasonable to wildly inappropriate it, and like cops, they learned not to bat an eyelash.  But keeping the arousal humming under her skin from turning into a radiant aura visible in the spring darkness took every bit of her professional demeanor. And then some.”

Walkers Ford:

1. Unforgiven

2. Jaded

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Jaded. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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