"The mystery of the past, casting a shadow over the hope for love." Jaded by @MichelleBellon

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Written by Michelle Bellon

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To what lengths will a man go for the woman he loves? Reed Dartmouth will learn the answer to those questions time and time again throughout his relationship with Jade Montgomery. When he first meets her as a young, gentle boy the heartache from losing his mother only a year before is still fresh and painful.

Jade is different from anyone else he’s ever met; tough, sassy, and even a bit cruel. But she’s also the same as he is: she knows what it’s like to lose a parent. Their friendship begins and a bond like no other is formed.

Time passes and Reed learns that not only are Jade’s parents dead, they were murdered and she’s made an oath to one day bring them justice. No matter the price. As they grow older their love evolves but for Jade, old habits die hard and she can’t stop hurting those she loves the most. Even in the midst of searching for her parents’ killers, passion ignites and jealousy burns as Jade tests Reed’s devotion for her.

Will she push him too far?

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Fans are saying

The mystery of the past, 
casting a shadow 
over the hope for love

The first thing that delighted me about this book is the names of the two protagonists, ‘Reed’ (a tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground) and ‘Jade’ (a hard, typically green stone used for ornaments.)

By choosing these names, the contrast between them is already established. Add the title ‘Jaded’ (‘weary’) to this mix, and you already have a beginning of a feel for the characters.

Wonderful story, very well written! Michelle Bellon was able to so aptly write from the man's point of view I forgot at times that I was reading a female author's work.

She was able to hit on every emotion with this story of grief, anguish, anger, betrayal, and love. Great book!!

Author Bio

Michelle Bellon

Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children. She loves to travel with her family. She is desperately confused as to why she lives where it rains all the time because she lives for sunny days and blue skies. She drinks coffee until she’s manic and loves to dance.

She was raised by her loving mother and cherished grandmother in areas along the west coast. An avid reader at a young age, she read everything she could get her hands on and took ballet for many years.

She married Pablo Bellon in her early twenties and relished her time as a stay-at-home mom for many years before she decided to go to college. She graduated with her nursing degree in 2005. Then when she and her husband decided to have their fourth child she took leave of her medical career to be with the baby. It was during this time that her writing career was born.

It started when she began to have dreams about stories and characters. She knew they would be great books but doubted whether she had what it took to take on the monumental task of writing a novel. Though she loved to read, she’d never considered it possible that she would one day write a book of her own. It seemed too fantastic.

However, those dreams kept haunting her and one day she decided that maybe instead of doubting whether she could or not, she would simply try and see what happened. What could it hurt?

Six months later, she sat back and stared in complete disbelief at the final page of a young adult novel and said, “I think I just wrote a book.” What next? So she set to doing the research on what it took to publish a novel. That’s when she discovered that writing the book was the easy part. Publishing and marketing that book was another beast altogether. She also discovered that her book was somewhat of a mess. It needed a lot of work!

So she immersed herself in the business. She found a writers critique group. She read everything she could on the craft of writing. She went to conferences and listened to the wisdom of authors and editors. She researched on the internet until her eyes felt like they were bleeding. But most of all, she wrote. And wrote. And wrote. Until she began to feel like she might, just might, have a chance at making a name for herself in this tough industry.

In four years she wrote seven books. Three have been published. Four are contracted to be published with Pandamoon Publishing. In the summer of 2012, she won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for her YA, Embracing You, Embracing Me. Later that same year she won a silver medal award from Wise Bear Media literary contest for her YA, as well as a silver for Rogue Alliance, the first edition.

As a multi-genre author, she writes suspense, romance, women’s fiction, literary fiction, YA, and her latest is crime suspense with paranormal elements.