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Jaded Mass Market Paperback – February 4, 2014

4.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Walkers Ford Series

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

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“Anne Calhoun is one of the best writers of contemporary erotic fiction.”
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“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
 
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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425265129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425265123
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,422,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Smitten with Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 7, 2014
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My Review:
The title of this book is all about Lucas. He's the police chief in this small town, but he moved there from Denver where he worked with the DEA. He's burnt out and lost hope for actually helping people after so many disappointments both in Denver and locally. He is jaded in every sense of the word and as a result, he's cut himself off emotionally. There are several points in the story where it talks about nobody being able to read him because he's created this mask of disinterest that has come from seeing and getting hurt way too much.

The other side of the coin is Alana. As the town librarian (temporarily) she shows every single little emotion. She's lived a very high-profile life with her Senator father and working with her high-powered philanthropic sister, but she's been protected and sheltered most of her life and is truly a little naive. She wants to help everyone. Lucas hates this plan. He knows she's there temporarily and keeps warning her that she's raising expectations for things that will never happen when she leaves.

They both symbolize the two extremes and the book follows their character arcs as they learn that they're both wrong.

Caught up in the midst of that are two heart-wrenching character stories....
*Cody the young 17 yo caught stealing to feed his younger siblings. He's serving 100 hours of community service at the library. He's also an incredibly talented artist that Alana wants to encourage. Lucas sees him as just a step away from prison and holds no hope for him. His story hurt my heart...I loved him and hated the situation he was in and the fact that Lucas didn't want Alana to help him.
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I'll admit, the inclusion of a law man hero is what sucked me in. I've read lots of "let's just have an affair" stories, but this is the first "true" "just affair" story I've read. Meaning they had sex, Lucas immediately got up, got dressed and started talking about stuff like kitchen remodeling, which made me feel rather icky about the whole thing.
Overall, I enjoyed the secondary story of all the other people Alana affected and met in Walkers Ford, but I felt things between her and Lucas were TOO impersonal. Throughout much of the story, he never even indicated that he was attracted to her (even in the beginning right before they had sex for the first time) or thought about her when they weren't together. I didn't feel a "building" of a relationship that turned into love. i felt an impersonal story about two ppl having sex.
Can't say that I'm a fan but I'll give it three stars because I enjoyed other elements of the story.
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Erotic romance at its best. Anne Calhoun's writing is so lush and descriptive that you can't help but lose yourself in the story of Lucas and Alana.
Although this book is a stand alone I highly recommend reading Unforgiven first. It will enhance your experience and there are several characters who appear again ( which I loved because It was an epilogue of sorts for Unforgiven). Lucas is the "jaded" and enigmatic chief of police. A tragic event and a failing marriage drive him to move to Walkers Ford where he spent his summers as a boy at his grandmother's home. He lives alone with his retired K9 dog (loved Duke!) and rents his Gram's house to Alana, a contracted librarian on a temporary assignment while the town decides what to do with the library.
Alana has a privileged life and obligations to return to when her term is up but she doesn't realize that she has become "entangled" with the lives of the townsfolk and is falling for the chief of police. They start a casual relationship but the sex is anything but.
The sex scenes are so beautifully drawn out they are a testament to the deep attraction that they feel for each other. Nobody writes them like Calhoun. Nothing ever feels rushed or predictable. The feelings are complex, deeply emotional and surprisingly Lucas and Alana share the same values despite their vastly different backgrounds. Alana has some difficult choices to make and either one will let down the people she loves. And Lucas struggles to suppress the rising passion in his core and ultimately comes to term with his past losses.
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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, Uncommon Passion), because her new series, set in Walker's Ford, is 0 for 2 with my brain.

Premise: Alana Wentworth is a librarian on a short-term contract in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota. Alana is thin and carefully controls her intake of sandwiches to remain so. (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 and looks splendid without a shirt on. (He has a backstory about developing compassion fatigue and getting a divorce.)

Alana rents a house from Lucas 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 of this author's heroines tend to be specifically slim, with "narrow waists", and also always seemingly watching their weight and doing yoga or Pilates, not because it feels good or they enjoy it, but so their waists will stay the right size. And her heroines are also, I am now realizing, all very conventionally attractive. (Which I find slightly boring.
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