Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: Take Me Harder by Jackie Ashenden

Take Me Harder
Texas Bounty #3
by Jackie Ashenden
Published:  February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Loveswept

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An ex-con with a bad-boy reputation falls for his childhood sweetheart—a good-girl cop chasing a ruthless killer—as the Texas Bounty series gets steamier than the Lone Star State.
 
Rush Redmond never expected freedom to taste so bittersweet. He spent eight years in jail doing someone else’s time, and for what? As an ex-con, Rush can’t work as a bounty hunter like his brothers—not in Texas. Better to drown his sorrows with a stiff drink and soft curves. Too bad the temptation he craves is a redhead with a badge: Ava St. George. Once upon a time, Rush would’ve done anything for the sheriff’s innocent daughter. Now he’s fighting the urge to let her sweet-talk him into some trouble he can’t afford.
 
Even though she’s a cop, Ava knows that sometimes justice means pushing the boundaries of the law. To track down her mother’s killer, she turns to the man with the county’s criminal underworld in his little black book. The boy she knew is still drop-dead gorgeous, with panty-dropping charm as smooth as his smile. But his sculpted arms and the menacing gleam in his eyes scream “Don’t mess with me.” Yet Ava needs Rush more than ever—in more ways than one.

My Thoughts:  I've read quite a few of Jackie Ashenden's books now and I can truly say I've enjoyed them all.  Take Me Harder is the third book in her Texas Bounty Series and is Rush Redmond's story, and I must say I've really been looking forward to reading about him.  Rush is one of those guys that you want to slap and devour all in the same breath.  He's had it rough, of that there's no doubt, and he's been done wrong.  He's also used that as a reason to live up to the reputation he's formed for himself - or has been formed for him, and he's turned into a manwhore and somewhat of a jerk at times, yet you can't help but love him.  

Ava St. James always considered Rush her hero.  He was her best friend and even though he didn't know it, the love of her life.  She's not seen him in years, but suddenly circumstances have put her in a place where she needs his help.  When she confronts him on his territory, she finds herself in a bit more of a situation than she bargained for.  Rush, thinking he has the upper hand, soon finds he doesn't.  As the story progresses, Ava soon finds that what she felt for Rush has never truly gone away, and Rush finds that he wants Ava more than he wants to admit.  When they find themselves working together, the lines become even more blurred.  Fear and the past threatens to rip them apart, but when push comes to shove, Rush must decide if he's going to come clean and step up to the plate for the woman he loves.  

Take Me Harder is a great addition to the Texas Bounty Series.  I did enjoy the book and admired Ava and all she stood for and endured a great deal.  She was a stand up person and when he came down to it, she chose Rush and stood up for him.  Rush was a bit of a jerk, of that there's no doubt, but I couldn't help but love him.  He had many faults, but he won me over comepetely and totally by the end.  I'm looking forward to the next installment.  

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