Review: Jaded (Walkers Ford, #2) by Anne Calhoun

Jaded

Contemporary Romance 

Jaded

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They can’t hide from desire…

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…

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~ 3 Jaded Stars ~ 

Jaded is my first experience with author Anne Calhoun. I’m not a big contemporary reader. I read mostly PNR or UF, but I felt I needed a break before diving back into my regular reads. I had won Jaded several months ago and felt it was time to check it out. 

Jaded was a nice read. It had that sweet little hometown feel to it. The plot was ok. Not eye popping spectacular, but sweet with the cliche of hometown cop and head librarian, which even the main characters acknowledge. At times I did wondered how people new each other, but it did not pull away from the story. Yes, I did’t realize this book was part of a series until I was halfway through it, but oh well it can stand on it’s own. 

Alana and Lucas their relationship was lukewarm, not very hot. I was never really taken by Alana and Lucas together. Their relationship starts of with sex and little else, but as they spend more time together it deepens. I liked Lucas the Hometown Cop who was wounded by his ex-wife and past pain caused in his job. Alana I never really got into her. She never could make up her mind on anything, the reasons for her to go back to the family where kind a foolish, and it felt like she was not into the relationship as much as Lucas was. I liked the side characters more then the main ones. I enjoyed the storyline on the teenage kid that Alana helps and Lucas with his cousin. You see that the relationships Lucas and Alana build in there lives/town with others is important to them and helps them both find what they need in each other and themselves. 

Jaded was a nice read from my usual. The sweet hometown feel and the gradual build up in the relationship’s through out the story were nice and sweet.  

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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anna (herding cats & burning soup)
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I felt a lot the same on this one. I liked the romance a bit more than you did but overall pretty much the same. I wish I’d read book one first though because I spent a good bit trying to figure out who people were that were talked about and whew that can drive me a little crazy because I’m too nosy even in books. lol

Braine Talk Supe
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Sometimes cliches and formula are good, similar to comfort food. They won’t surprise but they’ll hit the right spot to satisfy you.

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