Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
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.
Earlier this year I picked up my first Kristen Ashley book at the insistence of my Twitter peeps. They usually don’t lead me astray, so I read Mystery Man and I was hooked. I flew through all four books in that series and then two books of the spin off series. Her writing style captivated me. The distinct personalities of her characters called to me and insured I sat, spellbound, for hours on end.
When I saw Kristen was releasing Jagged I knew I had to read it even though I had not read the previous four books in this series. Unfortunately I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I enjoyed aspects of it of course. Zara was a really well wrote heroine. She was likable, strong and a fighter. Though she often unintentionally pushed people away because of her pride I found that her heart was always in the right place.
First, the hero….ugg I should start with the obvious…his name is HAM. Which is so unsexy when she’s moaning and it’s all “Oh Ham…oh my God, Ham”. I kept wondering if she was hungry. His actual name is Graham Reece. Why couldn’t we call him Reece? Or Graham? Nope…HAM. No. Just no. I just couldn’t get past it.
Secondly, this book reads exactly like her other series. It seriously could have been put with the other books and I would have never known the difference. Ham is a motorcycle guy. A rolling stone who didn’t want to settle down. He’s tough, stoic, big, mean, scary…I could go on and on. He falls hard and he’s very protective of Zara. He’s alpha to the core and he will go balls to the wall if Zara needs him. I enjoyed him for that aspect but didn’t think Ashley did a very good job of differentiating him from her other male characters. I think it may just be her voice, but I’m not sure I’ll continue reading if every character is a carbon copy of the last. The scenery may change but they all talk alike…and it can get irksome after a while.
I did enjoy the story line that focused primarily on Zara’s family battles and her strength in trying to get her nephew back. I liked reading about her family dynamics and Ashley did a good job of making me feel for her and what she went through growing up. Ham’s protectiveness and love was her beacon and that lifeline kept her sane even when Ham pissed her off.
By the end I both liked it but was glad it was over. I hate when I’m so conflicted about things because there’s no clear answer. Jagged was a decent read, I just hope for more variety in the coming books.
I give Jagged by Kristen Ashley 3 stars!