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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425265129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425265123
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Uncommonly good storytelling.”
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 “Scintillating sexual chemistry, wonderfully drawn characters—a total winner.”
—Lauren Dane, New York Times bestselling author
 
“Beautifully written and emotionally charged, Anne Calhoun’s romances define erotic.”—Alison Kent, author of Unforgettable
 

Praise for the novels of Anne Calhoun
 
“Anne Calhoun is one of the best writers of contemporary erotic fiction.”
Kirkus Reviews blog
 
“One of the best erotic romances I’ve read in a long time…An emotional read with two characters that I can fall in love with.”—Dear Author
 
“Absolutely fabulous.”—The Romance Readers Connection
 
“A must-read.”—Smexy Books
 
“Fresh and imaginative.”—The Romance Studio

About the Author

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne Calhoun landed in a flyover state, where she traded business casual for yoga pants and decided to write down all the lively story ideas that got her through years of monotonous corporate meetings. Her first novel won the EPIC Award for Contemporary Erotic Romance. 

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The flow of the story was good, just a bit slow in the middle.
Ellie V.
He knows he is falling in love with Alana, but understands that she has commitments and he will lose her.
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It's a lovely return visit to Walkers Ford and bodes well for the next book in the series.
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By Voraciousreader on September 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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JADED is a captivating, emotional story that drew me in from the first page. Alana and Lucas both come to small town, Walkers Ford at different times, but for similar reasons, they are unhappy with their lives. They are two mature adults who have faced disappointment and long for things they don’t think they will ever have.
Alana Wentworth takes a job as the temporary librarian in Walkers Ford, South Dakota against her family’s wishes. She takes the job in Walkers Ford because she needs a break from everything including her family. She is renting the house next door to Police Chief, Lucas Ridgeway. Alana decides to throw caution to the wind and do something totally out of character, she seduces Lucas. She is returning to Chicago in two weeks and decides to have a fling with him before she leaves. That is okay with Lucas, because he doesn’t want to get involved with anyone.
Lucas stole my heart. He is a broken man, living day to day with no expectations. Alana is taken with him from the first moment she sees him. Lucas is dedicated to his retired police dog and that is the only time he shows his emotions which are always hidden behind a stony façade.
Walkers Ford is a small town with small town values, where everyone knows you and it’s impossible to have any secrets. Alana slowly, before she even realizes it, finds her life intertwined with the townspeople.
Anne Calhoun transports the reader to small town Walkers Ford. She is a wonderful storyteller and I love the way she draws you into the story and the characters. Her characters are strong and real and her writing is natural. I loved the sexual tension between Lucas and Alana.
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Format: Kindle Edition
~ 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 home town feel and the gradual build up in the relationship’s through out the story were nice and sweet.  
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Small town romance. A sexy cop. A librarian. The cutest retired police dog. And a town brought together by an unlikely new addition to their ranks. I mean. Hello. That's just an amazing combo. Jaded was a fun read that easily kept me entertained as Alana and Lucas start up a bit of a fling before she's supposed to leave town and things, well, they get...complicated.

The quick of it is that Alana landed in Walker Ford as their temporary librarian to escape a bit of a blunder back home and to live a little on her own terms and not for what everyone else expected of her. But her time in Walker Ford is almost over and she wants one last thing before she leaves town...a hot and heavy fling with the town's police chief Lucas.

I really enjoyed both Alana and Lucas. Alana was delightful. She's good at what she does, puts her whole heart into everything and really makes a difference to the people around her--even if she doesn't think she's all that remarkable. And damn. Lucas is a lot of sexy in one tasty man package. And omg he is the sexiest thing doting on his senior pup the way he does. Instant *girly sigh* from me. He's also a bit of a damaged hero that's sporting a lot of hurts after a horrible incident and is in desperate need of someone who will just make him feel again.

The romance between them and seeing their fling turn into something more was nicely done. Things get pretty steamy and I loved watching not just their relationship evolve and them grow as individuals but the sexual side of things change and evolve as well. They were always nice but very much moved from just an orgasm and a thanks see ya later to a deeper emotional impact on each of them which was just wonderful to see. And holy hell...steamy.
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What people are saying about Anne Calhoun...

"Anne Calhoun is one of the best writers of contemporary erotic fiction, and her books are among my favorites, particularly Liberating Lacey (Ellora's Cave) and What She Needs (Harlequin)." -- Sarah Wendell, Kirkus Reviews

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne Calhoun traded business casual for yoga pants and started writing the stories that got her through a decade of tedious meetings. Her first release, Liberating Lacey, won the 2010 EPIC Award for best Contemporary Erotic Romance. Sarah Wendell of Kirkus Reviews and NBC Washington listed Liberating Lacey as a great choice to follow 50 Shades of Gray for readers new to erotica and erotic romance.

Anne has been a poker-faced HR specialist, a cube-locked IT geek, and a run-off-her-heels administrative assistant. She holds a B.A. in English and History and an M.A. in American Studies. Visit annecalhoun.com for information on upcoming releases, and follow her on Twitter as @annecalhoun. Anne lives in the Midwest with her husband, son, and a rescue dog named Kate, where she is at work on her next novel.