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- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (February 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2017
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F2IMRBE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Take Me Harder (Texas Bounty) Kindle Edition
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I would liked more interaction with brothers and Rhys. Jackie you are right deadlock.
This installment features of one the bounty-hunting Redmond Brothers, Rush Redmond, who has spent the past eight years in prison for a crime he didn't commit--but who accepted the punishment his father and brother, Quinn, deserved. His father, who Rush has believed hated him for his entire life, had promised to get him out but never did, and visits from his other brothers didn't happen either. To say that he's bitter or that he has a large chip on his shoulder is putting it mildly, but he's making up for lost time by hanging out at bars and strip clubs, getting laid by strippers and drinking heavily. A large part of the chip on his shoulder is about his mother, a former cop, who, before she died, told him that the reason his father hated him and treated him so poorly was that Rush really wasn't his son--she'd had an affair and Rush was the result of that affair. That man was a bail jumper his mom had in custody, or so rumor has it, but Rush wants the truth about whether or not that man, crime lord Jimmy Troy, really is his father.
The heroine of this novel is Ava St. George, someone Rush used to babysit for--she's 10 years younger than Rush, and is no longer the lonely little girl he used to take under his wing, talk with and befriend. When Ava's mother, also former cop, was murdered, it left a huge hole in Ava's life. Her father, lost in his own grief at the death of his wife, shut her out, leaving her with no one except for Rush, the teenage boy who made feel safe by giving her milk and cookies and giving her someone to talk to, earning her gratitude and her devotion.
Ava is all grown up now, and she's been a police officer for a year. She's grown into a beautiful woman (although she doesn't think so), she's never been kissed, never dated, is still a virgin, and is a far cry from the women Rush usually beds, and although Rush didn't want her to visit him in prison, he's been out for the past two months and to add to his aforementioned anger, she still hasn't gone to see him. But Ava has a received an anonymous tip, that the man serving time for killing her mother really isn't the man who killed her, and she seeks out Rush to help her track down her mother's true killer. What she doesn't know is that Rush believes that the same man Ava is looking to bring to justice, is actually also the man who had an affair with Rush's mother, an affair which resulted in her giving birth to Rush.
The Rush that Ava tracks down is a far cry from the teenager who was once so kind to her. He's now a big, scarred, tattooed, tough, hostile and sizzling hot bad boy with an attitude, and when Ava tracks him down and asks for his help, he very reluctantly agrees. Her fresh-faced innocence draws him in, and although he knows better than to get involved with her, he has his own motives in doing just that--and eventually agrees to help her find the man who killed her mother, not mentioning the fact that he'd also like to confront the man he believes to be his birth father.
If you've read any of Jackie Ashenden's previous novels, you already know that in addition to creating characters so real and so fully fleshed out that you feel that you know them personally, but she can also ramp up the heat between those characters, and she pulls out all the stops in this novel, which is definitely for the 18+ reader.
So, will the bad boy and the good girl agree to join forces? Will Rush agree to follow the clue that the mysterious tipster gave to Ava? Will they track down and bring Jimmy Troy to justice? Will Rush finally confront the man he believes fathered him and if so, what will happen when and if he succeeds? Will Rush and his brothers, one of whom he served prison time for, ever make peace with one another? Will Rush and Ava get together and have a HEA in their future? To find out the answers to these questions, prepare yourself for a sexy, suspenseful story with serious angst, complex characters that practically jump off the page, and another damn good read by Jackie Ashenden. While this novel can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the series in the order in which was written.
I voluntarily read and advance reader copy of this novel.
Overall reaction to the story? Take Me Harder had a lot of potential to be a nitty gritty, hot and heavy romance but it fell flat for me. I felt like Rush and Ava didn't quite live up the the buildup the author gave them. The story itself was interesting but needed a bit more fleshing out and a lot less rushing to get everything wrapped up at the last minute. Overall with Rush's backstory and Ava's mission, there was a lot of material that wasn't explored or developed. Had that happened, the entire book would have flowed better and had a better response from me.
Describe the hero in five words: Stubborn. Bitter. Grumpy. Intelligent. Brave.
Did you like him? He was alright.
Why? Rush had a prime background to make him into a complex, sexy, irresistible character but all that was ignored in favor of making him into a toned down version of what he could be. He didn't do much growing either. I mean, he was a jerk when Ava first approached him and I could understand that because come on, he just did time in jail for someone else's crime and that someone didn't even appreciate that so yeah Rush had a reason to not want to help anyone at the point. However, I never really felt that he changed from beginning to end. He never really rediscovered his humanity or found that softer side of himself with Ava.
Describe the heroine in five words: Innocent. Stubborn. Incompetent. Weak. Kind.
Did you like her? Not really.
Why? Ava was too innocent for my tastes and for a cop she wasn't very tough or capable which irritated me to no end. It was like all her capabilities went flying out the window once she started working with Rush because he was a big, strong, hunky guy and she was just a little ole female. There were times Rush was a jerk to her and instead of standing up to him she just took it! She kept going on and on with her mental dialogue about how in love she was with the boy he used to be instead of reconciling that memory with the reality of who he was at present. I found her to be too bland, and at times useless as anything other than a tool to make Rush look good.
Let’s talk about the romance: What romance? To me there were only hints of an emotional attachment but no real development on that front. There was a lot of lust between them but a decided lack of a genuine connection between Rush and Ava and the romance suffered for it.
How about that supporting cast? I felt that Rush's brothers and father were crucial to Rush's growth yet the author didn't take that opportunity to expand on this family's dynamics which borders on the Effed Up side. I didn't really connect to them and maybe that's because the lot of them are emotionally constipated. And I'm not joking.
Click It or Skip It? Skip It. There are too many holes in the characters' development not to mention the rushed ending to make Take Me Harder the story that it could have been. However, since Ashenden seems to enjoy giving her characters' a rough background, I would be interested in seeing if her later books have more development.
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.
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