Title: Take Me Harder
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.
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hold Me Down, Dirty For Me, Take Me Deeper, Take Me Deeper
Series: Texas Bounty #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Take Me Deeper, Take Me Deeper, Make It Hurt
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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I always enjoy Jackie Ashenden’s books and Take Me Harder is no exception. The men of Texas Bounty are hard. Learning to love them is a challenge. Opening up to allow a woman in is a monumental task for these men. Rush has it harder than the others because of his time in prison, the circumstances that sent him there and the rift with his family.
It was refreshing that Ava is a virgin. She’s so focused on reaching her goals, she hasn’t taken time for boys. Well, that and an ages old crush on Rush. Ava is a bit of a saint to put up with the chip Rush wears on his shoulder. He vacillates between being a jokester and being an outright ass to everyone around him, Ava included. Ava certainly uses her knowledge of the man Rush was before prison to deal with the unpleasantness that is Rush now. If she hadn’t know the kind, caring Rush, she’d no doubt give up on his after the first time he’s says anything nasty to her. She had faith that Rush hasn’t lost himself, just misplaced his true personality.
Rush needs Ava. He doesn’t even realize it let alone how much he needs her. Eventually, he realizes he can be the man she needs but damn it takes him a long to get there!
What’s difficult for these two is good for the reader. There’s lots of tension in these complex characters and the story is full of intrigue. Ava and Rush solve the mystery of her mother’s murder and finally work through building a relationship in a way that kept me turning pages