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 ...more
Lucas likes to work out to keep his body in shape.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 for...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Cute story. I ...more
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.”
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Anyway, Lucas is hot yes but Alana steals the show for me. SHE IS SO AWESOMEEEEEEE
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 ...more
What I liked: ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
This is book two of the Walker ford series but can be read as a stand alone.
In this book we have Alana who has temporarily come to town to help with their library. While she is town she befriends Marissa (from Unforgiven) and many others.
All Alana really knows is being in the background of the lives of others but for the first time ever in this small town people start to see her for her and with this she makes a ...more
“We’re a cliche”
Lucas Ridgeway left Dever after a tragic accident and returned to be sheriff of Walker Ford, South Dakota. Years later what happened in Denver still has control over his life and things have only gotten worse and made him shut off all of his emotions. When his tenant, Alana Wentworth, who happens to be the town’s librarian, finally acts on the feelings between them Lucas sets out to have a casual, no-strings attached affair. The ...more