Release Date: November 5, 2013
From the Publisher:
The next novel in Kristen Ashley’s sizzling Colorado Mountain series introduces a new electrifying relationship that turns Carnal, Colorado into a hotbed of action, romance, and suspense.
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 love KA. Seriously, I do. I look forward to anything new that comes out by her. She is not for everyone. Some people get really annoyed with how her male characters speak. Personally, I think it’s endearing and hot. Therefore, I love Kristen Ashley. I was a little concerned when I read the synopsis for this because what kind of hot alpha male goes by Ham? Seriously?! Honestly I got all worked up for nothing. Ham is hot! He also goes by Reece to anyone other than Zara which makes it infinitely more acceptable.
Alright, enough about names, let’s talk about the story. I found the premise of the book very interesting. I don’t think I have read anything like it. So, Ham and Zara met working at the same bar when she was 24 and he was 35. They spent 4 months living and working together and it was the best time of Zara’s life. She understood that one day he would leave because he was a drifter. He never stayed in one place for long. They still kept in contact and would call each other and hook up when he was traveling through. Five years of this…. Five! In Zara’s defense it wasn’t just booty calls. Anytime she needed someone, he would drop everything and come to her. So five years of this and one night Ham calls, Zara decides its time to break it off. Shes been dating this nice guy Greg for a couple of months and she knows that Ham will never give her the relationship she wants.
Zara gets married, then divorced a couple of years later. Her life is in shambles and who comes back? Ham. He refuses to take no for an answer on getting her back on her feet. She eventually gives in and its a rollercoaster ride of emotions after that. So many things happen that can’t talk about. As soon as I would get it together and stop the tears some other crazy shit would happen and the tears were back. There are a lot of touching moments. We find out what happened that pushed Zara and Ham together in the first place. We find out why Ham is so resistant to giving himself to a relationship.
All in all, I really loved this book. It was extremely touching and well written. The only thing I can fault KA for is sometimes she is a little long-winded and books go on longer than I feel they should. Not the case on this one.
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars