Take Me Deeper
(Texas Bounty #1)
by Jackie Ashenden
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Jackie Ashenden’s tantalizing series introduces the men of Lone Star Bounty: three badass bounty-hunter brothers who will have readers begging to be caught.
Even as a Green Beret, Zane Redmond hasn’t faced a tougher mission than going home again. Loyalty to his brothers is the only reason he’s back in Texas, not that he intends to stay for long. Zane sure as hell isn’t going into the family business. One last bounty and he’s done—or so he thinks. Nobody warned him that his fugitive happens to be a red-hot brunette with a smart mouth, a body made for sin, and a brutal cartel on her trail.
Bad circumstances and worse choices have left Iris Callahan in a desperate situation. After getting arrested for a drug drop gone wrong, she skipped bail and hit the road to avoid testifying. Now the cartel wants Iris silenced forever, and she’s just lucky that Zane catches her before they do. Handcuffed to a bed, she surrenders to the cool-as-ice bounty hunter in order to survive. But as the chase heats up, Zane sneaks past her emotional defenses—and Iris is in too deep to let him go.
My Thoughts: I've read several of Jackie Ashenden's books lately and have become a fan of her work. Take Me Deeper is the first book in her new Texas Bounty Series, which features the oh so hot Zane Redmond......and he has two hot brothers whose stories I can't wait to read as well. Zane is pure Alpha male, in the Special Forces, and tough as nails. His brothers run the family bounty hunting business, but the past has kept Zane away from home, his brothers and the business with no desire to return. Enter at this point the female lead, Iris Callahan. Her past, circumstances beyond her control, and bad choices have landed her in a very dangerous place that has her on the radar of some very bad people, as well as the police. When she and Zane cross paths, however, there is just something about her he can't let go, and he finds himself determined to help her, even if it means facing his his past.
Take Me Deeper is filled with suspense, danger, and red hot romance. The relationship between Iris and Zane is intense, and sometimes raw, with both of them having been affected deeply by their past wounds, actions, and responsibilities. Ashenden does a great job of setting the scene for what is to come in Take Me Deeper, and I enjoyed getting to meet the secondary characters that I am sure we will see a lot more of as the series progresses. I look forward to seeing what she has in store for her readers next.