Take Me Harder - Jackie Ashenden

Take Me Harder

By Jackie Ashenden

  • Release Date: 2017-02-07
  • Genre: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 7 Ratings)

Description

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.
 
Don’t miss any of Jackie Ashenden’s seductive Texas Bounty novels:
TAKE ME DEEPER | MAKE IT HURT | TAKE ME HARDER

Praise for Take Me Harder
 

“Sparks fly between Ava and Rush and their chemistry will light the pages on fire. Highly recommended to those who enjoy their characters with attitude!”—Harlequin Junkie
 
“Intensely suspenseful [and] wholly entertaining . . . If you like gritty, sexy stories, you need to put Jackie Ashenden on your to-read list.”—Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews
 
“Rush and Ava create a lot of steamy chemistry, funny moments and awkward situations that keep the story interesting and entertaining!”—Kelly’s Book Blog

Reviews

  • Wow!!!!!

    4
    By Kassassin24
    Wow! Ms. Ashenden has done it again! I loved this story. Let's begin shall we. In this story, we have Rush Redmond, middle brother to younger brother Zane, whom we met in Take Me Deeper and he is living his HEA with Iris. Then we have big brother Quinn whom we really need to read about. I mean I seriously need to read his book next...something is going on with Quinn and The Duchess and the air is just palatable with electricity. Lol. I digress, Rush has spent the last 8 years in prison for a crime he did not commit to protect his Dad or Quinn (because at this point, we really don't know who did the deed tsk,tsk,tsk) He is released and he is bitter with a secret he has kept for 18 years and not only does he deserve some series R&R, he sets out for revenge as well. Ava St. George, the heroine, is a girl, now a woman, whom he used to look after when her Dad and his Dad used to shoot the breeze together. He always gave her milk and cookies, sweet right? Ava goes to Rush at a stripper bar to ask for his help and contact names that might know some answers to an unsolved murder that is very important to her. He does not want to give her the information because he knows that she will be in danger. In the end, when she reveals why she needs the information, he decides to help her. Ava has always had a crush on Rush and after losing her V card to him, realizes that she has loved him all along. The sex scenes were hot, which is par the course for Ashenden's books. Scorching hot! Lol. As far as, Rush goes, it took me some time to warm up and fall in love with him. He was basically an a**hole for most of the book to Ava and his family. As the reader, you know why and what he is going through, but you still want to take a frying pan to the side of his head. Lol... He starts to make amends with his brothers and becomes the sweetest and most adorable male to Ava. Justice is met and Rush and Ava get their HEA. Loved it!
  • Great story

    5
    By Cntrygirlz
    Ava is a cop and lives with her dad. Her mother was an officer and was killed when she was a child. Her dad is the sheriff and is cold and distant. She gets a tip, that her mother wasn't killed by the drug dealer but an arms dealer. The only person she can get to help her is Rush. Rush spent eight years on prison for a crime he didn't commit. He and his brothers run a fugitive recovery business. He is bitter, angry, and a douche. The man Ava is after, happens to be the man Rush thinks is his real father. They crash a party he is having and truths are revealed. Great story. Ava is sweet, red headed virgin. Rush is a sexy, tattooed bad boy who needed an attitude adjustment. I understand the angry but he didn't have to be a douchebag. I didn't understand why he didn't tell his brothers about their mother's deathbed confession. But once you get past the rough spots of Rush's character, he's a sweetheart. *voluntarily reviewed this from netgalley *
  • Awesome

    5
    By bh313@hotmail
    Loved this!! This is Rush Redmond's story. He's a character that has you hating him and loving him at the same time. After spending 8 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit he's back in town with a bad attitude and determined not to care about anything or anyone. The only person that seems to be able to get through to him is the one woman he should want no part of. Rush remembers Ava St. George as the little girl he befriended when they were younger but she's not that little girl anymore. Now sweet sheriff's daughter is all grown up and a deputy working for her father. When she starts poking her nose into some very dangerous territory Rush knows he has to help her. And while he doesn't think she should be anywhere near the dangerous people she's hunting, these same people hold some answers that Rush needs as well. Will spending so much time with Ava be Rush's undoing?? This is the third in the series but each of these books can be read on their own. I definitely recommend this one.
  • 3.5 Stars!

    3
    By Burton 74
    The biggest draw for me with this book was the pairing of an ex-con and a cop. I love when unlikely pairs are matched in books and they usually end up being very entertaining for me. I read and loved book 2 in this series so I was excited to dive right in for Rush and Ava's story. With book 3 we have the same town, same characters and a smooth flow from book 2 to 3 with the focus switched to Rush and Ava. As much as I loved book 2, this book was a bit of a struggle for me. The jerk Hero's are not my favorite but can still be a good read for me as long as they treat the heroine right. Unfortunately, we don't get that with Rush. He was rightfully angry with the world. He took the fall for his dad and brother for a manslaughter charge and spent 8 years in prison. When Rush was finally released, he lashed out at everyone, including Ava. I think what made his treatment of her worse for me was that she was young, naive and had the memories of a man that was the only one that had been there for her growing up. You wonder how a cop can be naive? She has only been on the force for one year and you learn how she never got to bond with anyone in the academy because her father was the sheriff. You realize how isolated she was and always has been. He knew she had no one but him before he went to prison and her life wasn't easy. I actually really liked how she handled Rush in the beginning. He justified his jerk behavior trying to get her to leave him alone and her reaction to him kept throwing him off. There was no game playing with Ava. You got what you saw with her and if he had just treated her even a little bit better, I would have enjoyed this story so much more. ARC provided by NetGalley.

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