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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,476 ratings  ·  233 reviews
Stuntman Adam Campbell returns home to Riverbend, Texas, after being seriously injured in a movie stunt gone wrong. He settles in to heal at his family's ranch, where his four brothers, famous trick riders, train horses.

Adam is stunned to find Bailey Farrell working there—she was the shy girl who'd helped Adam graduate high school so he could run off to Hollywood. Except
ebook, 172 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by JA / AG Publishing
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Stacey is Sassy
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I decided to give Jennifer Ashley 's first attempt at Contemporary Romance a try. I have always loved her historical ( mainly her beloved character Ian Mackenzie!) So I thought I couldn't go wrong! I did enjoy this western like story, and I am eager to see what else the Cambell brother's will bring to the table. There is also another family that is introduced,and they are the Malory's. ( There are two chunky brothers in this family as well! So we have a ton of stupidly Texan guys to follow and ...more
Jennifer Ashley
Jan 16, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Great fast read with low angst. Plenty of alphas, horses and strong women. I really enjoyed this. Wasn’t sure how this couple would be able to find a happy ending but when they did it was perfect. If you like cowboys and horses and a stuntman who is damaged, you will love this book.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Jennifer Ashley. She knows how to write about Scottish Lairds, Shifters, Pirates and now Cowboys. Stunt cowboys at that.

This was a great start to a new series. Adam was yummy. I really wish we could have met his friend, Dawson. Bailey was just perfect for him since high school. Shame on him from walking away from her, even if she told him too.

Can't wait to read the rest of the brother's HEA and even Kyle's. Job well done, Ms. Ashley.
Beanbag Love
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm giving it four stars even though it was probably more like a 3.5. It's the first book in a series and the first contemporary romance Jennifer Ashley's written so it was bound to be a bit clunky.

I did like the family a lot. A bunch of brothers, their mother and a young girl who's the daughter of one of the men. They're very close and they're alphas. Yeehaw. As a rule I like cowboys and the working man/woman ethic that puts them on common ground. I also think the angle is interesting in that
Lover of Romance
Review-Adam This was a novella, so I will just do a short review on this one.
Adam is the first book in a new series by Jennifer Ashley, and after having reading this, I am beyond impressed with this authors abilitiy to transfer between genres. Its very awe inspiring when you see such talent from a favorite author. Most of the time I can’t stand it when authors transition between genres, because it usually means that some of those books won’t be as good as what they normally write…but this fine
Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥
Mar 16, 2017 marked it as waiting-on-kindle-tbr
Free!!! Amazon Kindle 3/16/17

It's Jennifer Ashley!!! I would get it while you can :D



I liked this well enough, I just didn't love it !
Jasmin Jace
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A good starter to what seems to be a good series. :)
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, e-book, romance
I feel like I should have liked this one better. I like this author, love her Shifter series, but this one fell flat for me. I didn't really get how Adam and Bailey could do the instant fall in love thing when they hadn't seen each other for 10 years and lead separate lives, where it didn't seem like they thought about each other in the meantime. I did like how Bailey stood up to Adam on the stunt aspects of the book.

I found the feud between Adam and Kyle to be stupid and childish. I kept
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adam Riding Hard
Jennifer Ashley
Adam is the first book in bestselling author Jennifer Ashley’s contemporary Riding Hard series set in the Texas Hill Country. It’s a spicy and sweet second chance romance starring Adam Campbell and Bailey Farrell, who are genuine and likeable, have amazing chemistry and their romance is as sizzling as a hot Texas summer. With a fast paced narrative, action packed scenes and an engaging storyline plus some fabulous costars this amazing author once again makes her
Pam Nelson
Adam was hurt on the job which left him scarred, and back home where his old flame Bailey is and their spark ignites again.

Bailey is confused by the men in her life, Kyle and Adam she knows she has to choose but Kyle isn’t having her answer at all oh no he isn’t.

I loved how Bailey helped Adam overcome some of his fears from his accident. It was unique and sweet.

Overall a good book. I love love, Eric G. Dove’s voice he always makes me enjoy the listening experience.
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Adam was a sweet second chance romance in Jennifer Ashley’s, Riding Hard series.

It’s a fast read, with plenty of alphas, horses, and strong women. I enjoyed meeting the Campbell family, each brother is unique. I loved the strong family bonds portrayed and the loyalty they have for one another. I also had a fun with the family and their business of being trick riders. Adam was yummy and Bailey was perfect for him. The romance is sweet and you can see they still have chemistry even after all
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I prefer Ashley's other books, especially her McKenzie series and her Shifters. I am not a big fan of contemporaries, but I read all of her books because I like her as an author. I found the topic of this book, stunt riders interesting because I knew nothing about the topic.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ashley-jennifer
I love Jennifer Ashley's work. I have all of her books and thought I would give her foray into contemporary romance a shot. It was a bit predictable, but I will continue with the series because it IS Jennifer Ashley!

Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Firmly in "Nice " category - liked it, but didn't love it.
Varied Books
Mar 10, 2017 marked it as on-kindle-to-read
Shelves: kindle-freebie
3/10/17 freebie
Ann Lorz
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Jennifer Ashley but it took me a second or two to get into this. I think part of the problem was I was waiting for a lion or wolf to show up. I love her shifters!

Unfortunately none did.

At first I had a little issue remembering that. But I soon got into the story and found myself really enjoying it. As with all her books I enjoyed the characters. She does a wonderful job of layer their emotions and making me was to dig for more!

I was a little put off with the fact that his family hired
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adam returns home to recover after a disaster at work, where he suffered a broken bone and burns and the death of his co-worker.
He used to be a daredevil but this accident is making him rethink the stunt work.
Back at home his childhood love has taken up work at his familys ranch. Can they resist each other, and can Bailey keep her heart out of it, since hes soon gone again?
Contemporary romance, smutty fluff and horses in a great combo. Cant wait for Christina & Grants book <3
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
wanted to like it because its JA, but she def. does historical/UF better than contemporary
[[ Frankie ]]
I’m having a really hard time with my decision on a final rating for Adam. Part of me feels as though it should be bumped up to three stars. Then another part of me starts screaming, “Nooo!!! Don’t do it, Frankie!”

Here’s why . . .

To me, dialogue & character development are important pieces to the puzzles we call “stories”. Without good dialogue & character development, I find that it’s harder for me to become fully invested in a story. That was the case with Adam. Not only were the
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can someone tell me how I let a Jennifer Ashley book sit in my kindle for so long?
Okay well, I am a huge fan of her McKenzie's, but I admit I have been distracted with other authors and genre, and I admit for me when I think Jennifer Ashley , I think hot sexy Highland men, not Cowboys, but I do now! So here is to a New Year!
Serioisly ,how can you not be pulled in when a book starts of like this; "Adam heard himself flatline. The machine shrilled one long sound, and everything he’d ever known
Nancy Brady
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
In this contemporary second chance romance, Adam Campbell has returned home to Riverbend, Texas after a horrendous accident that nearly killed him, leaving him scarred (inside and out) and killing his best friend, Dawson. Now, this Hollywood stuntman is undergoing physical therapy to recover strength and functionality, but what about the internal scars...the PTSD?

Home brings him back into the orbit of Bailey, the young woman who once meant so much to him. She, previously returned to Riverbend,
Eleanore June
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For most of this book I was leaning to 3 stars, but I liked the last 40%. I also started reading it as a 0.5 instead of a book 1. There was so much explaining of people and relationships in the start of this book. Too much, and not very gracefully at that.
That was disappointing to me because I k ow how beautifuly Jennifer Ashley can introduce a sexy band of brothers. I couldn't help but compare this to The Madness of Ian McKenzie, the first book of the McKenzie series, and it fell woefully
Eleanore June
For most of this book I was leaning to 3 stars, but I liked the last 40%. I also started reading it as a 0.5 instead of a book 1. There was so much explaining of people and relationships in the start of this book. Too much, and not very gracefully at that.
That was disappointing to me because I k ow how beautifuly Jennifer Ashley can introduce a sexy band of brothers. I couldn't help but compare this to The Madness of Ian McKenzie, the first book of the McKenzie series, and it fell woefully
Liberty Blake
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Ashley never fails to create strong characters and give her readers a satisfying Happily Ever After. She has become one of my "go-to" authors when I desperately need a good read.
Dec 07, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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FREE on Amazon today (12/07/2017)! ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF, not enough character development...
Author: Jennifer Ashley
First published: January 2015
Length: 2630 kindle locations
Setting: Riverbend, Texas. Smalltown contemporary,
Sex: Very explicit.
Hero: Injured Stunt Man.
Heroine: Has a Masters in Maths and CS but has thrown in her successful career to work on a ranch with horses and do some stunt work. Divorced.
Includes: Excerpt from Grant by Jennifer Ashley and Mrs Ward's Harvest Apple Pie


Nothing to write home about.

A bit of a plot but mostly a sex-driven relationship as the two MCs
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NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, historical mysteries, and urban fantasy as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

Jennifer's novels have been translated into many different languages, and earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly. More about her books at,

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“I’m beat up and broken, and scared of everything that’s going to come next, but just sitting here with you is making me better. So I’m going to hold on, all right? When you want me to let go and leave you alone, you tell me, but not … Not right now.” 1 likes
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