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(Colorado Mountain #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  23,849 ratings  ·  1,869 reviews
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 do
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Forever
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Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
DNF at 50 %.**2 stars. Review posted October 27, 2013

I would like to say this…

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…for many wonderful reading hours. Tate will always be one of my favorite heroes. Ever.

But. Yes, there is a 'but'.

Over the years reading tastes change. As I see it, mine must have changed pretty drastically because I don't enjoy KA's books anymore. Simply put, it's obvious that I have moved on to something that appeals much more to me. As a matter of fact, it's a natural process that I, as a reader, need and want to ev
Full review now posted!!


Jagged may not be my favorite Kristen Ashley book–it was too short for one thing, and I struggled with certain aspects of the hero's behavior–but I still loved so much about this story.

I loved the heroine, Zara. I admired her spirit, backbone, and strength of character. I also loved the secondary characters, especially Maybelline. She was a true friend to Zara and really looked out for her. I even came to mildly love the hero, Reece (I can't call him
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2 Second Place Stars

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**** There will be spoilers and rants***

“Ham, you’re the one for me and it doesn’t feel good knowin’ you don’t feel the same.”-Zara

Having read and loved the first 4 books in this series I went into reading Jagged just knowing it would be awesome. I was so ready for the awesome I could taste it, but what I got was cold leftovers. The book wasn't awful I didn't hate it but I didn't really like it either. My 2 main problems was I didn't buy Ham's love for Zara and I just
I could probably rate this as 5 stars without even reading it. WOOHOO I love this series!!

Blacky *Romance Addict*

I've read better by her

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I didn't hate this, but I didn't love it either. It was an OK book, nothing exceptional for me I'm afraid :(

Longer review will be closer to publication date.

*ARC from Netgalley*
Geri Reads
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 disappointing stars...

Another epic buddy read with the Girls!!

To say that I was really looking forward to this book would be an understatement. I was more than looking forward to this. For one, KA's Colorado Mountain Series is my fave series of hers. This series is what started me off on my KA obsession. Tate was the reason I got into the whole alpha male bandwagon. Heck, Tate is the reason I got acquainted with alpha males in the first place, so it's
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

Halfway through reading this one, I sort of said to myself, “Oh, here we go again, another same old same old.” Then, again, that is probably why I love KA books because they have a familiarity about them that makes them feel like comfort food.

“If you worked hard for it, if you didn't give up, even when you found your way and you thought you had everything, life found a way to give you more. “If you worked hard for it, if you didn't give up, even when you found your way and you thought you had
Ash Wednesday

I am having a Maverick-Goose moment with this book. Pour the tequila, bust out the karaoke.

And I swear, to the old gods and the new, this will be my last from this author. For reals.

Stop laughin' I'm bein' serious and shit.

In the latest installment of The Colorado Mountain Series (and you know it's probably going to go on longer than it should now because, hot-diggity it now has an official series logo), we are going to hear ab
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Full review now posted 10.31.13

3.5 Why am I craving ham all of a sudden stars

"Cookie, pay attention. I'm gonna give you everything."

See that fidgety crazy person twitching away in that gif? Well that's me right now (well, minus the penis and the cartoonish look; but you get the idea). Why am I like this? Because this is my least favorite kind of review to write; a book I neither loved nor hated. It was just OK.

I'll be honest, when I saw that Graham will be getting a book next, I wasn't exa
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

*** This is a spoiler free review because I don't recap the plot. I even use a term "review" loosely because below are mostly my opinion/thoughts on the book.

How excited was I to get my hands on a copy of "Jagged" before the release date???? If you are a fan of Kristen Ashley's work, you'd know the answer to this question is VERY! Her books are like a chicken soup for my soul - 99% of the time they leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy, cure my book hangovers and just make me happy altogether ...
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!!

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If you worked hard for it, if you didn't give up, even when you found your way and you thought you had everything, life found a way to give you more.

Zara and Reece have history. They met working together at a bar and hit it off. Zara knew right away that Reece was the one for her. They became close, but as Reece always had done, he moved on. Reece is a the type of guy that doesn’t settle down anywhere or with anyone. It’s just his way. He goes from town to town, state to state,
Georgia ♥
Some thoughts on paper...

3.5-4 KA Dreams and Stars

"Life has certain things planned. For some people it takes you places you don't want to go but the path leads to where you need to be"

♪♫ Well, it's a winding road
When you're in the lost and found
You're a lover – I'm a runner
And we go 'round 'n 'round
And I love you but I leave you
I don't want you but I need you
You know it's you who calls me back here, baby ♪♫


The usual successful KA recipe of alpha males, the sassy women who love them and a crazy b
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Kristen Ashley is more than just a great writer - she’s a master storyteller. I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time – Reece has just been screaming to have his story told - and I was not disappointed. There were things I would have liked to see more of, but all in all, this is another fabulous book from one of my favorite authors!

4 Stars

My thanks to Grand Central Publishers and Forever for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Duchess Nicole

A Short Recap:
Zara and Graham are old lovers. Graham is a traveling man, never settling down in one place, and Zara is happy to meet his needs and serve her own whenever they can meet up for awhile. He's a good guy, just not the permanent type. And she's a good girl, but she's definitely not a rambler.

When Zara decides that she's not going to even expect any more from Graham, she calls off the relationship. It's an easy breakup on the outside. But each of them seems to have some inner turmoil wi
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
4 great stars.

My thoughts after a re read.

Yes, it could have been longer. I love KA's longer stories, and did feel at times, that the issues and just their relationship could have benefited from being written about with a lot more depth.

However, this is a personal preference, and I have read reviews where others have not liked that it can get so "long winded" with some of her older stuff.

In saying that, I liked their history together, and that Reece became aware that he had left the best thing t
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
3.5 stars for the story
4.5 for the kickass KA Epilogue we know and love!

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Zara has shit for a family in this world, but when it comes to the friends she's got in Gnaw Bone, she's blessed. One such constant over the years has been Graham Reece, aka "Ham." It doesn't matter where Ham travels, being a sort of wanderer, he's always there when she needs him. He's not the commitment kind, doesn't like to settle too long, but when Zara needs him, he's there. This, however, isn't the life Zara wants.
Crystal~BIG book addict~
3.5 Stars

Zara (Cookie) and Graham (Ham) have had a "friends with benefits" relationship for years off and on. Zara has to call it quits because she is getting married. Ham lets her walk away from him that day.

Yes, we have a Ham and Cookie...

Three years later...

Zara is now divorced, papers signed. She sees Ham on the news. He was attacked by a serial killer (from the first book in this series) and calls him and they get reconnected. He comes back to see that Zara's life is tougher than it was bef
⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
3 Stars!!

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Talk about family drama, Zara's family is messed up! It did make for a more interesting read though as without it there would be nothing going on at all.

I found I just couldn't get into this one and found it very underwhelming.

Oh well, can't win em' all.
Note: Ham first appears in another series, The ‘Burg, in the first book, For You. I highly recommend reading that book first (I didn’t) as his backstory is important. I didn’t feel lost but think I would have better understood this character if I had.

Zara Cinders and Ham Reece have a history. She fell for him years ago, he wasn’t ready to settle down and he followed his wander lust, checking in from time to time. The last time he checked in, though, Zara had moved on and gotten engaged. Now, Za
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kristen Ashley Fans, Romance
4 Stars Awarded for the Man called Ham
* * * * Spoiler Free
This recent book of KA was something I waited for with anticipation. I knew of the main character Graham Reece from For You of the Burg Series. He had a very minor but meaningful role causing great interest about who this man was and if we would ever get to know him better.

Well, I can say, thank you for allowing me to know Graham Reece AKA Ham. This man was someone who had lived a life as best he could from all of the lessons he had learn
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

“…His deep voice could go jagged with tenderness or desire.”

Graham “Ham” Reece was introduced to us in “For You”, the first installment of the ‘Burgs series. A former lover of Feb Owens, he survived a vicious and brutal attack at the hands of a crazed axe murderer. It is that attack which causes a domino affect, forcing Reece to reassess his life and change it’s course.

description”/><br /><br />Reece is a drifter traveling from town to town, from woman to woman and never planting roots or staying in one place longer than necessary. Being screwed over and betrayed so many times, Reece opts for simplicity, a life with no complications, no ties, and no hassles. He is a rolling stone, leaving one bar tending gig and off to another, avoiding attachments. His story broke my heart, and through his experiences, I understand why he chose to live a nomadic life. Relationships with out strings were to protect his heart, which was totally destroyed in the wakes of women he once loved. But, throughout his travels, two lovers left their mark on Ham’s soul. One was Feb Owens and the other was Zara Cinders. Leaving Zara was Ham’s greatest mistake and biggest regret.<br /><br /><img src=

Zara, “Cookie”, is one of his many conquests. Their relationship spans over a nine-year period, during which Ham has walked awa
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Colorado Mountain Men series by Kristen Ashley is probably one of my favorite KA series. The other being the ‘Burg series. Individually, I like some of her other books, but not the whole kit and caboodle. I was so excited to get my advance copy of Jagged. I pushed everything aside just so I could read it as soon as it hit my grubby little fingers. I was expecting a GREAT read in line with Sweet Dreams and Lady Luck. Instead, I got a story I was able to put down at will. Normally this wouldn’t be ...more
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Reread: May 21, 2018
I was thinking about Reece and Zara after “Colder Weather” by Zac Brown Band came up on my playlist yesterday so naturally I had to revisit them, I’m so glad I did!!

Re-read October 2014~ Audio Book Review

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4.5 Stars!!!

I absolutely loooooved the audio book version of Jagged so much so that I upped my initial rating, just goes to show the power of great narration! Reece (I refuse to refer to him as "Ham") is a wonderer who never stays very long in one place, he has woman in
Aestas Book Blog
Sep 08, 2012 marked it as to-read

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 w
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
The story of Ham and Cookie, aka Graham and Zara. Can you trust a man that doesn't commit, to commit?


• While I love this series, I'll just keep saying that I wish she would switch up the characters. All the men sound. exactly. alike.

• I did enjoy getting Ham's POV even though I didn't connect with it as much as I would have liked.

• I loved having Max and Nina so involved in the story but I would have loved having more Tate than just a paragraph!

• The emotional drama...even though
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
No cone of shame for me. I enjoyed reading this book. This is my first book in the Colorado Mountain series. Even though I started with this book in the series I didn't feel lost. KA writes her novels in such a way that each book could be read as a standalone.

Reece & Zara are the featured couple of JAGGED. I wasn't a huge fan of their nicknames; Ham & Cookie.

Reece wasn't into commitment and Zara watched him walk in and out of her life over the years. Some major life situations happen that make
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
*** 3.35 ***

A buddy read with my girls at BB&B, trying to enhance our KA addiction:):):)

"You shouldn’t miss a moment of feeling that feeling if you can. And if you do, if you remember to enjoy life a little bit and stop thinking all the time about how bad it’s been, your mind might clear of some of the things bogging it down and you can move on. Including move on from being hung up on a man you can’t have.”

This was a great advice given to the Lady of this book, Zara, by her girl/lawyer Nina. Th
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full Review to come closer to the November 5th release date, as per publisher.


But I have to say this...

1. Someone has been watering down my drinks lately and I don't like it. YOU GET ME?

2. What happened to

the extended Epilogues of days past?

Those pages and pages yummy goodness?

This is a bit short...

3. Can I have the UNEDITED Version?


Regardless of my issues, this story is good thus the 4 rating - Forever a KA Fan!

Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, whos-the-boss, ka

***4 Stars***

First and foremost, let me say that it's VERY difficult for me to write an unbiased review when it comes to KA books.....unless they are straight up 5 star reads. For me, pretty much all of her books start as a 4 star and can only go down if there's something seriously wrong. This was not the case here.

Let me warn (which I wish I knew going in so I could be ready) the book ends at around be prepared. I was expecting more story and then all of a sudden.....Epilogue. The bo
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5 AWESOMEer STARS!!!!!!!!!!!

ARC provided by the author via NetGalley

I've yet to be disappointed by a Kristen Ashley book.... and this one is no exception!!! The story grabs hold of you from the very beginning, and doesn't let you up for air until you're reading the final sentence. And the gamut of emotion is full spectrum.

Zara Cinders is a strong heroine that has always had to struggle through life to get to the good stuff...wading through the muck of shit that her family doled out just to surv
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