Adam by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Riding Hard #1
Also in this series: Grant (Riding Hard Book 2)
Published by JA/AG Publishing on March 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 the budding Bailey, with whom Adam had a brief but intense affair, has blossomed into a beautiful woman. Now the sparks that had once ignited between them threaten to explode.Adam is beaten-up, broken-down, and has lost his nerve—the stunt that injured him also killed his best friend. The only one he can turn to is Bailey, but will Bailey, who has come back to Riverbend to lick her wounds after a painful divorce, be willing to help him again?Book 1 of Riding Hard. A 230-page (approx) novel—20 chapters, plus bonus sneak peek at Grant's book and a recipe for Mrs. Ward's Harvest Pie.
Adam was Jennifer Ashley’s first foray into contemporary romance and it wasn’t bad. Adam is the eldest of 5 brothers and is a stuntman. While working with his best mate and fellow stuntman, the stunt goes horribly wrong. His best mate dies and he is left nearly dead himself, while also physically scarred and mentally broken. This story is about Adam’s recovery and him reconnecting with the one woman who always manages to help him in his time of need.
Bailey loved and lost Adam years ago when they were high school students. She was a little nerdy and he was a jock who needed tutoring. It didn’t take Adam long to realise how special Bailey was. They had a short but intense relationship that lasted until Adam was “found” and moved to Hollywood to start his career. While they were away from each other their lives moved on, Bailey got married and divorced, left town, came back and still couldn’t deny the feelings she buried for Adam.
When the two of them come face to face with each other again all of their feelings resurface. Adam is broken, Bailey is recovering from the heartache of finding her husband cheating, so together they have a lot to overcome. I got a little frustrated with Adam because he was knuckle headed, stubborn and immature. I felt sorry for Bailey because she was always looking out for others and never herself.
Boys will be boys, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but Olivia, Adam’s mother, must be a saint…or tough as nails. I can’t imagine having 5 son’s that willingly put their bodies at risk for their jobs. It was great to meet them all and I think there could be some fun stories ahead for these dare devils.
I enjoyed reading Adam. This was a fairly steamy read with some angst that challenged Adam and Bailey but also managed to reinforce their suitability to each other. It was a toss up whether this was a 3 stars or 4 stars read. I ended up rounding up purely because there wasn’t anything specifically wrong with it, just that it wasn’t leaving me with any intense feelings.
Rating: 3.5 Stars.
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