Series: Colorado Mountain #5
Published by Forever on November 5, 2013
Pages: 389 pages
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.
I believe that Jagged by Kristen Ashley is the most underrated story in her Colorado Mountain series! Seriously, Jagged might not have had the mystery and suspense that seemed to be embedded in the make up of the previous stories in Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series, but the authentic angst and once in a lifetime love between Ham and Zara is classic Kristen Ashley.
What Ashley did for Jagged‘s story was tie it into the first story in her ‘Burg series, which I thought was pretty cool because unbeknownst to me at the time I was hoping that Ham would get his own HEA when I finished For You because I thought that he got the worse end of the deal out of all of February’s suitors. But I’m glad that his story ended up with way it did, I don’t think that I could’ve survived reading about him starting fresh with someone else when he had someone like Zara waiting for him back home.
I find myself trying to find a starting place on how to speak on the story of Jagged that doesn’t give anything vital away but still gives you all a sense of how beautiful its story is…I don’t want to just tell y’all to read it because you might not, you’ll probably read this review and think I’m blowing smoke up your butt.
I will say that Jagged is a definite second-chance love story, and I never thought that I would be a fan of that type of story because in the past they just haven’t been my cup of tea. And while the stories I’ve read in the past that have been second-chance love stories were about adults, there was still an immature tone to the entirety of their story that was absent in Jagged. The struggles that Ham and Zara went through and battled together resonated with the adult in me, they spoke of real life situations and real life solutions. I didn’t feel as if I was reading a purely fictional story with fantastical aspects, but about two characters who really had a rough go at things and remained mature about their mess ups and decisions.
Jagged was a very competent story with competent characters. I wouldn’t trade a thing about this story because everything that happened felt real and timely.