Title: Hard to Fight
Author: Bella Jewel
Series: Alpha’s Heart, #1
Imprint: St. Martin’s PaperbacksPublication
Date: August 11, 2015
Grace is a bounty hunter who wants to be taken seriously, but her boss refuses to believe that a woman can bring down a dangerous criminal. She finally gets a chance to prove herself when she’s given the case of a lifetime: capture Raide Knox and bring him to justice.
Raide is a dangerous fugitive on the run…and the sexiest man Grace has ever met. Catching Raide wont be easy. He’s not the kind of man to go down without a fight. Raide is more intense and frustrating than any man she’s ever had to deal with, and the instantaneous attraction that sparks between them is undeniable. One thing is for sure…it’s going to be a case they will never forget.
Kindle eARC: Netgalley
Reviewed by: Ladyballs
Raide Knox is on a mission…to avenge his sister’s death. His only problem is that he was wrongly accused and has gone into hiding and on the run until he can find the man who did kill her.
While running down leads one night he runs into a woman who turns his head and sparks an interest….you can say they have a “moment”.
Grace, a bounty hunter, is out one night with a friend and runs into the biggest, hottest, sexiest but most arrogant man she has ever met…and can’t seem to get him out of her mind. While in a meeting at work, she is given one of the biggest cases she has ever had…..when she opens the file guess who is looking back at her? Yes, Raide Knox!! She has no idea how she will catch him but she sets out to find him.
It was quiet a comical game of cat and mouse and with every interaction they have each one of them starts to fall harder and harder for the other. Raide opens up to Grace about his sisters murder and explains to her why he is on the run….and she believes that he didn’t do it but is now left at a crossroads. Will Grace be able to put her feelings aside and do her job, bringing Raide in and prove to her bosses she can take on the big cases or will she put her job to the side and choose love? What happens if Raide finds out that she is really with him to try to arrest him and not because she has feelings for him?
I really enjoyed this storyline and definitely felt the attraction between the characters! It kept my attention, was fast paced and my only wish was if it had been longer!! Definitely recommend!
“I’m freaking out, Kady,” I whisper down the phone. “How the hell am I supposed to get him in?”
“With your mind,” she says with amusement in her voice. “And your body.”I frown. “My body?”
“Don’t you see? You’re looking at this all wrong. You’re expecting to be able to just go over and drag him in but you can’t do that. Whether you like it or not, you don’t have the physical power to bring a man his size in. So start thinking outside the box.”
She’s piqued my interest. “Go on. . . .”
I blink. “Excuse me?”
She huffs as if my question is completely unwarranted. “Seduce him.”
I laugh nervously. “Kady, I met him and basically abused him for being a player. Then I told him girls like me never sleep with men like him, and now you’re asking me to approach him and try to make him believe I’m interested?”
I close my eyes. “Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”
“What are you going to do, then?” she challenges. “Waltz up to him and order him to come in? He’ll run before you get your damned gun from your purse.”
I laugh. “I know how to use my gun, thank you very much—I’m just not allowed to use itunless it’s life or death.”
“Seriously, Gracie,” she says, softer now. “Think about it. You seduce him, get him interested, then you set him up. You could do something as simple as making him drop you to work one day—and, bam, he’s in.”
She makes a really good point.
“He’s not just going to grow an attraction to me overnight.”
“What?” She giggles. “A man isn’t just going to fall at your feet? Gasp. But seriously, that man was undressing you with his eyes. I don’t think you’ll have a problem.”
I snort. “Shut up—he was not.”
“He was so, and you can do it. I know you can. Just drop the charm on him, and you’ll have him panting.”
It’s actually not a bad idea. It would be an easy way of getting Raide in without alerting him or having to wrestle him. I might be trained, but a man his size wouldn’t be easy to move. Being a bounty hunter isn’t always easy. We have to track down criminals and bring them in for their trials, things like that. It isn’t always a walk in the park, a good deal of them run or attempt to assault us, so we’re always on our feet.
“I’ll think about it, but it is a good plan.”
I hear her clap and squeal. “While you’re at it, get some of that fine ass for yourself.”
“I think that’s against the code. . . .”
“Not if it’s kept secret.” She’s grinning—I can hear it in her voice.
I laugh, flopping down onto my couch. “You’re a rebel, Kady…”
…I hang up and lean back against the soft cushions of the couch. Seduce Raide Knox, prove my team wrong, and get the chance to expand my career. It all sounds simple, but I have no doubt whatsoever that it won’t be. Raide is a hard man, and he’s going to think I’m a great big joke when I turn up, trying to seduce him. I can only hope he’s seducible.
Things are about to get interesting.
About The Author
Bella Jewel is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in North Queensland where she’s working on her next novel.
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