Jaded

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  • Anne Calhoun
  • 21 April 2018
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About the Author: Anne Calhoun

Jaded Kindle ´ Paperback jaded ebok, JadedJaded PDF/EPUBAfter doing time at Fortune companies on both coasts, I found myself living in the suburbs of a small Midwestern city The glamour of various cube farm jobs had worn off, so I gave up making a decent living to take Joseph Campbell s advice and follow my bliss writing romance.


JadedJaded Kindle ´ Paperback jaded ebok, JadedJaded PDF/EPUBThey 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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  1. Baba says:

    4 stars Full review posted January 30, 2014Lucas likes to work out to keep his body in shape.Classy and well bred yet reserved Alana Wentworth is the temporary librarian at Walkers Ford Public Library She came to Walkers Ford to get over a bad breakup Her only goal at the moment is to get under her landlord and Chief of Police, Lucas Ridgeway, to make him her rebound man There s a little problem, though Alana is not so savvy when it comes to men and figuring out how to get Lucas between 4 stars Full review posted January 30, 2014Lucas likes to work out to keep his body in shape.Classy and well bred yet reserved Alana Wentworth is the temporary librarian at Walkers Ford Public Library She came to Walkers Ford to get over a bad breakup Her only goal at the moment is to get under her landlord and Chief of Police, Lucas Ridgeway, to make him her rebound man There s a little problem, though Alana is not so savvy when it comes to men and figuring out how to get Lucas between her sheets seems to be quite a difficult endeavor Well, Alana might end up surprised because Lucas isthan ready to cop a feel after he takes care of her clogged bathroom sink They start a secret affair, sex without any commitment because Alana makes it very clear that she will go back to her job and her rich family in Chicago in a couple of weeks During a town council meeting, however, Alana is charged with an assignment This leads to her prolonged stay at Walkers Ford, yet it will only grant their affair a reprieve Or is there really hope forOne thing is for sure, Lucas is determined toexplore every nuance of her blushes I do it all the time, she added breathlessly All the time he asked, as if he hadn t noticed.She nodded Show me The way Alana Wentworth blushed damn near slayed him Every Single Time.Blushing usually meant innocence, but the combination of soft hands on his body and the heated slide of her tongue banished any illusions he had about sheltered librarians.I m not going to get hurt Stop thinking about what you don t want to do, and tell me what you do want to do I want to finish what we started last night Too general, he said bluntly Be specific I want to know what your beard feels like against my lipsAs a side noteIt s a five o clock shadowMore, she breathed.With a twist of hips and shoulders he surged to his feet and pressed her into the narrow space between the fridge and the door to the dining room She wound her legs around his hips and her arms around his neck, the better to revel in the sensation of his arm under her bottom and that delicious, sensitizing scuff against her mouthLibrarians are sexy The muscles in his face slackened just before his tongue touched the tip of her thumb. Anne really knows how to write the somber, detached hero who displays a remote bearing Lucas is no exception to the rule After an incident in Denver where he worked as a DEA cop, he came to Walkers Ford to live a less hectic life His defense mechanisms are up all the time and readers need patience because his past remains a mystery for a long time I liked the grounded, successful yet simple Alana, although there was something about her that irritated me see minor quibble I don t get tired of repeating it I would LOVE to read Nate s story, a filthy rich businessman and former US Marine He s a very intriguing character Readers met him for the first time in Unforgiven and you will see him again in Jaded Since he came home he isn t the same man any The war changed him and left its mark and might have been the cause of his marital problems I LOVE stories about a second chance at love hint hint makes puppy eyes If you want to read a light and fluffy romance novel, then Jaded might be the wrong book for you While this story provides a much appreciated and multifaceted small town feeling with a very interesting and eclectic cast of secondary characters, the story itself is surrounded by a touch of melancholy and sadness and the road to Alana and Lucas s HEA is quite bumpy Don t let that put you off though, because Jaded is so worth reading As always, the sex scenes are so deliciously good The author takes the reader on a sensual journey while Lucas and Alana explore their bodies You are there when they exchange soft and carnal kisses that turn into passion and hot desire in no time flat And you can feel their aroused breaths when they part their lips in anticipation of yet another sexy kiss Those scenes ooze sensuality and intimacy as all get out A touch, a look and chemistry ignites It goes without saying that their carnal encounters made me shiver Sweetness blending into passion and need, that s what Anne masters easily In consequence, it feels so darn good to immerse myself in Anne s stories and to revel and ultimately drown in so many various sensations While the beginning was good, I wasn t quite sure how I d be feeling about the MCs and the plot, though Funnily enough, I ve had some similar feelings when I read Unforgiven But who I am to worry or even doubt Anne She always delivers and Jaded is no exception to the rule Soon enough, everything was tingling inside me and I was so back in the swing of things.Even though Jaded works just fine as a standalone, I advise you to read the books in order especially if you are a stickler for reading in order because Marissa and Adam, main characters of Unforgiven, makethan a little cameo in Jaded.Minor quibbleLike I mentioned already, this isn t a cheerful story and Alana telling herself again and again that she had to go back to Chicago added another layer of wistfulness to the plot that somewhat impaired the story in my opinion Sometimes less is , just tone it down a little bit Referring to a specific quote of Jaded I d like to say that you have something wonderful here In an age of increasing disconnectedness, Anne has written an engaging story that can connect her fans in different countries Thank you, Anne, for another great readI want to take you upstairs, and turn off the lights, and watch your skin turn pink as I move inside you When I ve kissed you and your skin s marked by my mouth, you look like a rose in the moonlight It gets darker when I m moving inside you, that blood flush You used to care like this.And now I remember why I stopped It fucking hurts Not the pain The longing Recommended read.My rankingUnforgiven 4.5 starsJaded 4 stars Official release date February 4, 2014 All quotes are taken from the pre published copy and may be altered or omitted in the final copy.ARC courtesy of Berkley Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review http baba.booklikes.com

  2. Alp says:

    I LOVED THIS BOOK It was a pleasure to read this beautiful and heartwarming contemporary romance story This was my first time reading Anne Calhoun s book, so I didn t know what to expect Turned out, I loved everything about this one I loved both Lucas and Alana, and also the chemistry between them, which was, of course, off the chart The sex scenes were extremely steamy and sensuous I was impressed with the friendships between people in a small town of Walkers Ford And most of all, there w I LOVED THIS BOOK It was a pleasure to read this beautiful and heartwarming contemporary romance story This was my first time reading Anne Calhoun s book, so I didn t know what to expect Turned out, I loved everything about this one I loved both Lucas and Alana, and also the chemistry between them, which was, of course, off the chart The sex scenes were extremely steamy and sensuous I was impressed with the friendships between people in a small town of Walkers Ford And most of all, there was a wonderful HEA, and I really loved it All in all, this was an amazing read I will definitely readbooks by this author

  3. Jo says:

    This book was fantastic It was a perfect example of why I love small town romances.I believe that we all have a purpose in life, that God created us to fulfill a responsibility here on earth We all have a place to be, where we ll make an impact on the world We can choose to listen to that call, or we can ignore it The question is, when you hear the call, will you respond with your whole heartAlana Wentworth is used to living her life for her political family, always being there fo This book was fantastic It was a perfect example of why I love small town romances.I believe that we all have a purpose in life, that God created us to fulfill a responsibility here on earth We all have a place to be, where we ll make an impact on the world We can choose to listen to that call, or we can ignore it The question is, when you hear the call, will you respond with your whole heartAlana Wentworth is used to living her life for her political family, always being there for whatever they need to make their lives easier But after getting a marriage proposal from Mr Wrong, she decides to take a break and for a few months live the life she always wished she could have as the librarian of the small town Walkers Ford library She wasn t supposed to have any entanglements, but she couldn t help but make friends, and try to make a difference when she is given the opportunity to present a proposal to improve the library before her contract ends, and she has to return to her family And she wasn t supposed to be attracted to her very sexy landlord, the town s chief of police, Lucas Ridgeway But what better way to make sure she returns a changed woman than convincing him that a fling would be perfect between them before she leaves in a few weeksHe had a heart that had been broken so many times, the pieces weren t even worth offering to someone else. Lucas is disillusioned by life Everything that happened in Denver, and his failure of a marriage has left him jaded and cold He had hoped that returning to Walkers Ford would present him with the opportunity for a clean slate, where he could just uphold the law and never again form any emotional entanglements But then his very tempting neighbour who is also his tenant kisses him senseless, and he can t help but give in to the desire between themBut can Alana and Lucas keep their hearts out of their lustful encounters, and can Alana leave Walkers Ford without leaving her heart behindEven though the sexy times between Alana and Lucas started very early, I was a bit hesitant about their romance Their chemistry was scorching, but it seemed to only be based on lust and not , which I need to love the romance But as the story progressed so many things were revealed about Lucas and about Alana and they just won me over Both are too afraid to feel , Lucas because he has lost all hope for life being the way he wanted it to be having a family and being able to save the people he protects, and Alana because she feels that her life should be lived for her family, for the assistance they need from her And I loved seeing these two falling for each other, especially because they thought ending things would be easyWhat I loved most about this book, and what always makes me love small town romances is the secondary characters Cody the teenage boy who had to serve his community sentence by working in the library He has such a hard life, trying to care for his three little brothers and his mom, and not knowing how they would get enough money for food And then there s his older brother being on parole, and making life even harder because he couldn t keep out of trouble I just loved this teenager He was my favorite character of this book.Tanya, Lucas s cousin Whose whole life was derailed and who was so very lost She s an addict, and it just broke my heart that she fell so far from what she dreamed of being I really hope that she will get her own book in the near future.Then there s Lukas s retired dog, Duke I just loved him and the way Lucas was with him.Mrs Battle, the sweet little old lady who helped Alana in the libraryAnd the ending was just perfect This was such a wonderful book with so many great characters and a wonderful little town to fall in love with I simply loved it A definite must read

  4. Heidi says:

    I so desperately wanted to love this, because Anne Calhoun is one of my favourite authors I feel so flat after reading it I didn t feel the sizzling chemistry between Alana and Lucas I found myself skimming The sex scenes are always good with Anne but after each, Lucas basically got dressed and walked out That feeling of I can NOT live without this other person, just didn t come through for me.

  5. Corduroy says:

    DNF for now at 45% I don t know I used to think that I really liked this author s books, but now I think that maybe I really just like two of them Liberating Lacey and the one with the virgin and the cop, ahem , because I am having some problems with this Alana Wentworth is a librarian on a short term contract in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota She has a backstory about how her parents are overbearing overachievers and not happy with her life choices Lucas Ridgeway is DNF for now at 45% I don t know I used to think that I really liked this author s books, but now I think that maybe I really just like two of them Liberating Lacey and the one with the virgin and the cop, ahem , because I am having some problems with this Alana Wentworth is a librarian on a short term contract in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota She has a backstory about how her parents are overbearing overachievers and not happy with her life choices Lucas Ridgeway is the local police chief He works out a lot He has a backstory about developing compassion fatigue and getting a divorce She rents a house from him and decides, as her time in the tiny town winds down, that she s going to sleep with him as a palate cleanser So they do Other stuff happens, I guess Some things that I recognize, somewhat unfortunately hence the maybe I don t actually like these books realization as themes from other Calhoun books The heroine is very slender All her heroines, they are always very slim, and also always seemingly watching their weight And very conventionally attractive in a gamine way Which I find slightly boring It lowers the stakes, you know, there s no chance the dude is ever going to turn her down, and the dude being into her body doesn t really hold a charge if she herself is always carefully doing Pilates to keep her waist narrow, and so is, by her own estimation, very attractive I am not into body shame I don t mind that the heroine is very slim But I do find it mildly irritating to read about a woman carefully restricting herself to half a sandwich because she s worried about weight gain now that she s approaching 30 It makes me worry that the heroine is not very relaxed about things in general, and then every time there s a mealtime scene, I feel tense and worried that she doesn t know how to have a good time EAT THE WHOLE SANDWICH once in a while, lady Live it up Let your hair down Her books are generally about people in a casual sex relationship who find that the casual sex becomes less casual andrelationshippy I think maybe I am not cool enough to enjoy this in every book Is this what small town cops and librarians do You Do It and then get out of bed and put your pants back on and bail It makes me tense THERE, I said it The trauma backstory of her female characters always seems to be about unsupportive parents Sometimes it works like in the book with the virgin from the fundie compound but sometimes it really backfires for me You know, if you re an upper middle class woman who s almost 30 and you have an advanced degree and you are extremely attractive AND SLENDER, don t forget that part, it s crucially important I feel like maybe you just need to do some therapy to deal with the fact that you want your mom and stepdad s approval even though you are not lighting the world on fire I don t really want to read about it It certainly isn t enough emotional stakes for me It just seems like GET OVER IT Tell them you are perfectly happy as a librarian and tell them all to lump it if they don t like it Why are you even still this weirdly emotionally entwined with your parents Why do all of Calhoun s characters desperately want their mom and dad s approval Is there no other backstory they could have It just doesn t work for me as the main keeping people apart obstacle, I guess As a minor flavor of backstory, fine, whatever, but when the reason you can t settle down and date the weirdly in shape for a small town cop dude next door like a normal person is that you want mommy to approve of your perfectly good life, it just makes me go AHHHHHHHHH WHY Update at 45%, where I m going to leave off for now I m calling it I thought I was maybe too harsh in my previous review, and just picked it up again, to see the heroine offering to bring someone lunch, being rebuffed, and pressing again You know I can t eat the whole soup and sandwich from Gina s by myself WE GET IT SHE EATS LIKE A BIRD Why is this always a thing in Calhoun books It s okay if you have a heroine who can eat the whole sandwich It s also okay, even if your heroine is extremely delicate and doesn t really believe in eating, to just not write about eating, or to only mention it once per book I also feel like, if I m at 45% and the main couple are already sleeping together and the main drama is Alana s boring relationship with her successful sister and parents and whether or not she ll leave the small town I don t know, I just don t care enough to keep going The main couple are not that interesting to me, and the things that are kind of interesting the economic drama of the American small town, the generational poverty of the kid who s helping the heroine at the library are treated in your typical fairly pat romance novel ways, and so both slightly upsetting not escapist to read about, but also not treated in any kind of meaningful way Just before I quit reading, the librarian was like Everyone should just work over the internet and be an entrepreneur and I felt the swell of Small Town Miracle happening Presumably she will magically turn Walker s Ford into a tech hub In the middle of nowhere I am disappointed in this book There, I said it I was excited to read about the librarian hot cop CATNIP but I didn t like it very much at all

  6. Glamdring says:

    1,5 stars When I started Jaded I thought that I was in for a fluffy, potentially hot small town romance I was wrong As much as I loved Liberating Lacey I found this book meh Not only did I found the romance lukewarm, the story boring but at times the writing was off for me It s hard to pinpoint but I think that it s due to how the author managed the time line as well as the lack of continuity in the line of ideas And as a matter of fact instead of being interested by the heroes or their st 1,5 stars When I started Jaded I thought that I was in for a fluffy, potentially hot small town romance I was wrong As much as I loved Liberating Lacey I found this book meh Not only did I found the romance lukewarm, the story boring but at times the writing was off for me It s hard to pinpoint but I think that it s due to how the author managed the time line as well as the lack of continuity in the line of ideas And as a matter of fact instead of being interested by the heroes or their story I wasinterested in guessing the characters of the next book Here are some examples Sure, he said But the night shift gets a pay differential She can afford to do that when I m working Until then, it s a choice between feeding us all or being around at night Alana looked around the kitchen overflowing with food Without a word she got up and started packing leftovers into pans and plastic tubs Macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, a casserole made from tater tots, ground beef, and cream of mushroom soup I ll give you a ride home, she said I ll appreciate it, he said in return.When she got back to the house, He drove her back to her house just before dawn, then went into his own house to catch a couple of hours of sleep before starting his day officially His phone rang as he crossed the driveways to his truck Also, the heroes are invited to the wedding of the first book couple When Alana is asked about it she says that they were invited to the wedding as well as Adam marines ex team and their wives and girlfriends But never during or before the wedding there was mention of above mentioned wives and girlfriends Only the marines There as many other examples but I didn t bother to highlight them

  7. Saly says:

    Rating 3.5 starsI love me a good librarian romance though my complain was that the book needed to be a bit hotter The heroine s time in Walkers Ford is coming to an end and before that happens she intends to share some quality time with her landlord, the hero and chief of police Lucas I loved their romance, it was low key and they knew what they had was temporary I felt Lucas wasinvested than Alana, who I had a problem with, her reasons for wanting to go back to her family and their fou Rating 3.5 starsI love me a good librarian romance though my complain was that the book needed to be a bit hotter The heroine s time in Walkers Ford is coming to an end and before that happens she intends to share some quality time with her landlord, the hero and chief of police Lucas I loved their romance, it was low key and they knew what they had was temporary I felt Lucas wasinvested than Alana, who I had a problem with, her reasons for wanting to go back to her family and their foundation, were kind of foolish, yet I liked the book Even the plot when the heroine helps out a teenage delinquent was good and the one with the hero s cousin was sad

  8. Jess says:

    Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsBlog rating A This is a romance that really sneaks up on the reader It s a nice read, and I remember thinking that exact thought as I passed the halfway mark The characters are interesting, the small town is intriguing, the romance is sweet but not at all in your face And then the last 20% hit and I was sucked in completely, as in I couldn t put the book down until I finished the last page The emotional buildup to the end and the culmination of every Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsBlog rating A This is a romance that really sneaks up on the reader It s a nice read, and I remember thinking that exact thought as I passed the halfway mark The characters are interesting, the small town is intriguing, the romance is sweet but not at all in your face And then the last 20% hit and I was sucked in completely, as in I couldn t put the book down until I finished the last page The emotional buildup to the end and the culmination of everything that was building between the hero and heroine, Lucas and Alana, as well as their relationship with other members of their small town Walkers Ford, was so emotional and so well done, the journey for these two packs a big punch.Alana planned to be in Walkers Ford only temporarily to help run the library and she s asked to stay a little longer to put together a presentation on a major rebuild that the library needs to go through to make ituseable and useful to everyone in the community Even though she s sticking around just for a short time, she wants to be unlike her normal self before heading back to Chicago soon So, acting a little out of character, she sets her sights on her neighbor and landlord Lucas She doesn t want anything permanent, neither does he and they start to sleep together and have a short term fling as Alana wraps up her Walkers Ford commitments But she does what her sister warns her against doing, getting ensnared Not only is Lucas starting to make her rethink her future plans, but she s slowly become an important person the in community, making friends, having people begin to depend on her and she has to decide if she really wants to go back to a life that she was led into by her family, or make something for herself in this small town.Lucas is dealing with some past pain that s caused him to shut himself off, do the job and not let emotion play a role in anything he does In fact, he s really only close and sweet to his dog at the start He s hardened his heart after having it crushed in a few different ways, including a divorce and losing a young boy he was mentoring prior to moving to Walkers Ford He s not a mean guy, he s just not willing to let go of that hard shell, let people in and let some of his decisions be based on his heart instead of his head This all starts to change when he and Alana get closer and they end up being exactly what the other person needs Alana needed a reason to make a change in her life for her and Lucas needed a reason to let go of the pain and see that happiness doesn t always lead to heartbreak.Like I mentioned above, this romance really sneaks up on you I can t say I was completely taken with Alana and Lucas together, it was initially all about sex and little else But they started spendingtime together and in that, their relationship deepened and you can see on page the importance they re each starting to have in the other person s life and how much they help each other change for the better The romance, while the buildup is slow, is well worth the wait so stick with it because I was captivated by not only their relationship but the other relationships that ended up being so important to both Lucas and Alana.For Lucas, he s dealing with his addict cousin, a woman who s been in and out of rehab many times and the cycle continues here It s a small look into Lucas, his family and how he goes from dealing with Tanya at the start of the story to how he deals with her after Alana s influence There s also a young teen, Cody, who is serving community service hours at the library under Alana He s helping take care of his three younger brothers while his single mom works, struggling to make ends meet, which isn t happening I loved Cody s supporting role and how it showed the impact Alana has on not only his life but what her overall impact on other members of the town is and could be I m a sucker for small town romances and this one just hit all the right buttons.Bottom line, I started out liking this story but ended up loving the end result and the overall journey of Lucas and Alana Theirs is an understated love story but just because it doesn t jump off the page and smack you in the face, it s still powerful, emotional and a great read

  9. Lisa says:

    What a FABULOUS story Anne Calhoun has a way of taking you on a slow and inviting journey through the lives of people in Walkers Ford It always takes me a chapter to get into the rhythm of this style of writing but I once get sucked in I want to curl up in a chair, read slowly and savor everything I adored Alana Wentworth She was such a lovely person who took her role of tending to everyone else s needs seriously She effortlessly went about her job of librarian in Walkers Ford not realizing What a FABULOUS story Anne Calhoun has a way of taking you on a slow and inviting journey through the lives of people in Walkers Ford It always takes me a chapter to get into the rhythm of this style of writing but I once get sucked in I want to curl up in a chair, read slowly and savor everything I adored Alana Wentworth She was such a lovely person who took her role of tending to everyone else s needs seriously She effortlessly went about her job of librarian in Walkers Ford not realizing how her presence affected others Chief of Police Lucas Ridgeway was a man carrying a lot of pain and went about his job of keeping the town safe while keeping people at arm s length He was totally working the dark and brooding alpha role I immediately wanted to hug him and swoon of course The slow burn between Alana and Lucas was great I ve always enjoy the way Anne Calhoun can create two characters who bring their own set of issues to a relationship without making it about angst and drama I loved how their relationship started hot and sexy and slowly and quietly bloomed into so muchemotionally Their HEA was perfect.The supporting characters were all a wonderful addition to this story My heart went out to Cody Burton Community Service brought him to the library and working for Alana A young man helping his mother raising younger brothers meant his future wasn t too bright Alana s encouragement brought out Cody s confidence to show his creative side, allowed him to feel his potential as an artist and give him hope for a positive future Mrs Battle was delightful She felt like everyone s grandmother who offered words of wisdom and loving support Her relationship with Alana was heartwarming.I loved Freddie, Alana s sister What a ball of fire Freddie was the one person who knew Alana was so muchthan just her assistant She recognized Alana s heart was in Walkers Ford and encouraged her to follow her heart Their devotion to each other was fantastic and so endearing Obviously I m a huge fan of the author and if you are too this is yet another perfect addition Now Go Forth and Read

  10. Mareli says:

    I liked it very much The story was nice I liked both hero and heroine there She was afraid to be involved and instead she deserved to be involved in that little community He was very good I like little town story but I cannot say this was the factor for this book because the previous one had the same background and I didn t like it So it must be the book