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(Walkers Ford #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  88 reviews
They can’t hide from desire…

After life as a cop in Denver leaves him burned-out, Lucas Ridgeway returns to Walkers Ford, South Dakota, to serve as their chief of police. He’s hoping to start over with a clean slate and avoid any emotional entanglements—even after his next-door neighbor kisses him senseless. Alana is passionate, dedicated, and most importantly leaving town
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Berkley
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4 stars.****Full review posted January 30, 2014

Lucas likes to work out to keep his body in shape.
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Classy and well-bred yet reserved Alana Wentworth is the temporary librarian at Walkers Ford Public Library. She came to Walkers Ford to get over a bad breakup. Her only goal at the moment is to get under her landlord and Chief of Police, Lucas Ridgeway, to make him her rebound man. There's a little problem, though. Alana is not so savvy when it comes to men and figuring out how to get Lucas between
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was a pleasure to read this beautiful and heartwarming contemporary romance story. This was my first time reading Anne Calhoun's book, so I didn't know what to expect. Turned out, I loved everything about this one! I loved both Lucas and Alana, and also the chemistry between them, which was, of course, off the chart. The sex scenes were extremely steamy and sensuous! I was impressed with the friendships between people in a small town of Walkers Ford. And most of all, there w
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jo by: Alp

This book was fantastic!! It was a perfect example of why I love small town romances.

“I believe that we all have a purpose in life, that God created us to fulfill a responsibility here on earth. We all have a place to be, where we’ll make an impact on the world. We can choose to listen to that call, or we can ignore it. The question is, when you hear the call, will you respond with your whole heart?”

Alana Wentworth is used to living her life for her political family, always being there fo

Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: part-of-series
I so desperately wanted to love this, because Anne Calhoun is one of my favourite authors.

I feel so flat after reading it. I didn't feel the sizzling chemistry between Alana and Lucas. I found myself skimming. The sex scenes are always good with Anne but after each, Lucas basically got dressed and walked out. That feeling of I can NOT live without this other person, just didn't come through for me.
DNF for now at 45%.

I don't know. 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, ahem), because I am having some problems with this.

Alana Wentworth is a librarian on a short-term contract in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota. (She has a backstory about how her parents are overbearing overachievers and not happy with her life choices.) Lucas Ridgeway is

*1,5 stars*

When I started Jaded I thought that I was in for a fluffy, potentially hot small town romance. I was wrong.

As much as I loved Liberating Lacey I found this book meh. Not only did I found the romance lukewarm, the story boring but at times the writing was off for me. It's hard to pinpoint but I think that it's due to how the author managed the time line as well as the lack of continuity in the line of ideas. And as a matter of fact instead of being interested by the heroes or their st
Rating 3.5 stars
I love me a good librarian romance though my complain was that the book needed to be a bit hotter. The heroine's time in Walkers Ford is coming to an end and before that happens she intends to share some quality time with her landlord, the hero and chief of police Lucas.

I loved their romance, it was low-key and they knew what they had was temporary. I felt Lucas was more invested than Alana, who I had a problem with, her reasons for wanting to go back to her family and their fou
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: A-

This is a romance that really sneaks up on the reader. It’s a nice read, and I remember thinking that exact thought as I passed the halfway mark. The characters are interesting, the small town is intriguing, the romance is sweet but not at all in your face. And then the last 20% hit and I was sucked in completely, as in I couldn’t put the book down until I finished the last page. The emotional buildup to the end and the culmination of every
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feb-2014
What a FABULOUS story! Anne Calhoun has a way of taking you on a slow and inviting journey through the lives of people in Walkers Ford. It always takes me a chapter to get into the rhythm of this style of writing but I once get sucked in I want to curl up in a chair, read slowly and savor everything.

I adored Alana Wentworth. She was such a lovely person who took her role of tending to everyone else's needs seriously. She effortlessly went about her job of librarian in Walkers Ford not realizing
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it very much. The story was nice. I liked both hero and heroine there. She was afraid to be involved and instead she deserved to be involved in that little community. He was very good. I like little town story but I cannot say this was the factor for this book because the previous one had the same background and I didn't like it. So it must be the book ;) ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Review to come

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This was my first book by Anne Calhoun. After reading some great reviews of her other works by my GR friends, I had some pretty high expectations of this book. For the most part they were met and I enjoyed the story, just not as much as wanted to.

This book is the second installment in Walkers Ford series but can be read as a standalone. It's a small-town romance and I have a love-hate relationship with these stories. Sometimes they work really well for me, other
Mandi Schreiner
Alana Wentworth left her high-powered family where she was the research librarian for her family’s foundation and moved to the small town of Walker’s Ford, South Dakota to serve as the temporary library director. After a bad break-up, she felt she needed to find herself and a spontaneous move to a new place was a life cleanser she was craving. She rents an old home from the town’s chief of police and is currently helping write a proposition to expand and remodel the library. As her time is comin ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alana Wentworth has always felt like the black sheep in her family because they all have prestigious job/title and her sister is marrying a rock star. But Alana wants simple things so in an effort to live her life to the fullest and not feel like just a spectator, she accepted a temporary position as a librarian in an other state. She'll go back to Chicago soon but in the meanwhile, she intend to have a fling. Not to say that she would choose just anyone, but the man she rent a home from (an
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! For more on this review, please see...


So in a roundabout way, I was vaguely aware of Anne Calhoun before I stumbled upon her latest release, Jaded, book two in the Walkers Ford series. I thought I recognized the author's name and asked my Nerds if they had read anything by her when a resounding 'Duh, Liberating Lacey' came back in response. How could I forget? Although I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, (can you feel Nikki's eyes roll
Anna's Herding Cats
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
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Alana Wentworth comes from a large political family. After an embarrassing public proposal, she takes the opportunity to act as a stand in librarian in a small town of Walkers Ford and escape a life she never thought was meant for her. Lucas Ridgeway returned to Walker's Ford to serve as their chief of police after an incident in Denver bringing him back home to start over. He doesn't want any distractions but the blushing librarian next door is proving to be one he cannot ignore.

Cute story. I
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: The Librarian and the cop start off with a bang, but will they fall in love for real?

Opening Sentence: “Alana Wentworth locked the front door to the Walkers Ford Public Library with one thing on her mind: Chief of Police Lucas Ridgeway.”

The Review:

Alana has taken a temporary position with the library in Walkers Ford to get away from the public debacle her last boyfriend made back in Chicago. Alana decides that a fling with Lucas is the one thing

In the third instalment to the Walkers Ford series, Anne Calhoun features a hot cop and a sweet librarian. When Lucas Ridgeway returns to Walkers Ford, South Dakota for work, he wants to remain completely focus on the job without any distractions. However, temptation comes in the way of an intelligent and sweet woman named Alana Wentworth.

This Contemporary Romance series feels unique to me in that it doesn’t have the usual cutesy/fun/flirty humor that a lot of well-loved series have. But at
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm struggling with how to put into words exactly how this book made me feel. Isn't that ringing endorsement in and of itself? I'm speechless and thoughtless. Actually, I'm not so thoughtless, I have lots of thoughts and that is the problem. I wish I had a wand, like in Harry Potter, where I could just pull the thoughts right out of my head. Poof! I will say that I am an unapologetic certified Anne Calhoun fangirl. I'm pretty confident that whatever she writes will always work for me. This book ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I got a copy of this book from goodreads first reads in exchange of an honest review.

Love small town romances, so was really glad to get my hands on the copy of Jaded. Alana comes from a rich family that has build quiet a name for themselves. Thought she lived a very different life, coming to Walker's Ford might be just what the doctor ordered. Coming off a bad proposal, Alana takes the job to escape only to find Walker's Ford more then just another job.

I loved the romance. It started out with A
Read my review at Heroes and Heartbreakers
subtle elegance in this story. no big storylines, no big confessions. a story about discovery and renewal.
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Jaded Stars!

This was such a sweet, feel good read.

Full review to come.
This kinda reminds me of KA's Breathe. Town's fav cop hooking up with the librarian.

Anyway, Lucas is hot yes but Alana steals the show for me. SHE IS SO AWESOMEEEEEEE
Elizabeth GlamShazam
Oh, I truly wanted to like this one. I AM a research librarian! I married a man from South Dakota! I was so excited for this. But the tired, tired tropes of: he's a REAL man because he's quiet, stoic = manly, women love being claimed, argh. Just give me a break. Just give me a freaking break. As the wife of a South Dakotan man, I can say that yes, culturally speaking, stoicism is huge. And yes, most humans (not just women, go figure) like to feel a part of something larger than themselves, wheth ...more
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher

They can’t hide from desire…

After life as a cop in Denver leaves him burned-out, Lucas Ridgeway returns to Walkers Ford, South Dakota, to serve as their chief of police. He’s hoping to start over with a clean slate and avoid any emotional entanglements—even after his next-door neighbor kisses him senseless. Alana is passionate, dedicated, and mo
Debbie Lester
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Anne Calhoun continues her Walkers Ford series with Jaded, the story of a big city cop who returns to his small hometown to become sheriff and a pretty young librarian who is about to leave town for good. Readers who haven't read Calhoun's other books will be surprised by her expertise with setting. Walkers Ford gives readers an enchanting small town feel with engaging, reoccurring, characters and plenty of spice. A great feel good story that will leave readers wanting more.

What I liked:
The Romance Evangelist
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at Seductive Musings.

The small town librarian and the police chief. It may be a cliche, but JADED shows us why it works. When you live in a town as tiny as Walkers Ford, everybody knows your business. We saw how destructive that could be in UNFORGIVEN, the first book in this series, and fear of those repercussions is reflected in the behavior of our hero and heroine when JADED begins.

Alana is one of those people who choose a
Christi Snow
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this emotional story, filled with self discovery for both Alana and Lucas.

Alana Wentworth is a public Librarian in Walkers Ford, South Dakota, a job she has dreamed about having while working for the Wentworth Foundation as their researcher. She decided that she is going to be proactive in her life rather than letting things happen, and even though it is only a temporary position she feels that she is finally doing something for herself. Alana’s family is very well known, h
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