Jared by Nicole Edwards Release Date: September 20, 2016 Publisher: Nicole Edwards Limited Contemporary Romance M/F Book #2 of the Coyote Ridge series (A spin-off of the Alluring Indulgence series and crossover with the Dead Heat Ranch series) Number of Pages: 347 Kindle Edition Source: purchased from Amazon Rating: XXX Read 4/8/17 to 4/9/17
Jared’s been around quite a while in the Alluring Indulgence series. There’s always been a bit of mystery with him. What happened in his previous relationship? How did he end up with a son? So many other questions, none of them really answered during the course of the AI series. Don’t worry though, you can definitely read this book if you haven’t read the others yet. Since we actually didn’t get a lot of back story on Jared there are no real huge tidbits on him to be gleaned from the other stories.
Although there are only 2 (well, 2.5) books in the Dead Heat Ranch series, we know a bit more about Hope than we know about Jared. A little more of her back story…that is if you read that series. Again, not necessary for you to do so to read this book. I think it adds some depth if you read the other books though. And they’re great, so why not?
The relationship between Jared and Hope is really sweet. Neither of them is looking for a relationship. They’re not even looking for a hook-up when they initial meet. But the chemistry between them is palpable from the moment they talk…not even meet, but talk! Jared realizes the futility of fighting the attraction first, but Hope is soon on the same page. I love how both of them have the overwhelming urge to open up to each other but both hold back. The way Jared and Hope are so at ease and natural with each other is great.
As usual, Jared’s cousin Travis comes through for the family. Travis, as well as the rest of the Walker family, is not going to sit back and allow Jared’s ex to ruin his life or hurt his child. This group always has each other’s backs. And the family goes beyond blood to those friends who are in their “inner circle”. I love when the claws come out with the family and they all band together.
A bonus in this book, we actually get to visit Alluring Indulgence. It’s always there in the background of the AI books, but seldom does anyone visit (at least not during their story lines) for anything other than special events. We get to get a peek at the resort on a regular weekend night. Not only did I enjoy the look inside, I also love the way Hope handles the situation. It seemed like a very real response.
As usual, Nicole Edwards hooks me into her story as well as gets me curious about the other characters. I can’t wait to read more about the extended Walker family as well as see the rest of Hope’s sisters get their HEAs one day.