Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Explosive, impulsive and peppered with so much emotion your heart will never be the same! It may not be my preferred installment in this series, but hells bells, this shit is good! I wasn’t entirely stunned at the conclusion, but pleasantly surprised none-the-less. I found it to run parallel to some of it’s predecessors, however for me it just seemed a little flat. That being sad, it’s still a good book, first-rate story, and fine characters but Ham and Zara just didn’t pull me as far in as say… Tate and Lauren or by God my faves… Ty and Lexi, but they were still great!
Kristen Ashley’s stories all seem to have certain components in them; Love, hate, angst, humor, violence, and suspense. This one had all of those workings but it was just not as amplified as the other books in this series. It’s got everything you’d expect from her, but maybe it just leans more on the softer side. Go read it and you be the judge!
Graham Reece “Ham,” well, he was definitely fitting into KA’s mold of alpha males in just about every way. I was a little concerned when I found out he was a bartender. It kind of made me feel that he might not be good enough for one of KA’s leading ladies. Hmmmm, well, he proved me wrong. One huge guy and everything else huge to go with him (wink wink). Seriously, he was a “Rolling Stone,” however, you could tell he really wanted to be with Zara, but just couldn’t bring himself to that point! I have to admit, he’s not one of my favorites of all KA’s alpha males, but he’d do in a pinch! Now Zara on the other hand, I’d hang with that chick! She had more love in her heart than one person should be allowed to have. Especially after all the hardships and heartaches she’d gone through over the years. One would think she’d be insensitive and cynical, but she wasn’t, far from it. She approached life with open arms no matter how many times she got knocked down. Good supporting characters in all her friends and the cameos from past characters. The angst Zara’s parents caused was one for the record books, so, yeah, I guess even THEY were good characters. It’s always pleasant to see how things are going in the lives of characters you’ve visited in the past.
The writing itself flowed for the most part, but at times I felt myself feeling like I wanted to skip around (just a bit). It was 345 (Kindle Version) pages long and generally a KA book usually takes me 2 to 3 days to finish. I got through this one in 1 1/2 days. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad. At my conclusion, I’ll say this, I enjoyed my trip back Gnaw Bone, The Rooster, and even The Dog. It’s a trip I’ll always take!