TAKE ME HARDER                                        JACKIE ASKENDEN

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.


This is the third book in this series, and it is about Rush Redmond. He is the middle brother who did eight years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He is still pissed off at that, at his deceased father, his older brother Quinn, and just about everyone. That is accept for Ava, he always had a soft spot for her when she was younger after her mother passed away, and he would sit with her listening to talk while eating cookies and drinking milk that he severed her. Now she is all grown up and a local police officer like her deceased mother and her living father. She has not seen Rush since he has been out for two weeks, and she needs to talk to him. She goes to the one place she knows he is at. The stripper club a place she has been into and one she ends up going back to a few times in the story for different reasons. She wants his help in finding a criminal who she thinks may have a hand in her mother’s murder. At the same time she knows there is something going on with Rush that is much deeper and she wants to help him, but in doing so they become closer than were already even though neither one thought they were. You find out a lot about Ava and her loneliness without a mother and how that affects her now as a women. Who does she go to ask for help about makeup, cloths, or just talk about feelings for a guy? Her father no, she has no friends. The most unlikely source a female at the strip club, and that in a strange way works for this character, and for the story. The person who tells Rush to get his head out of his A-s is Zane, not just like that but it works, and together this is a hot and fun story of two people trying to find themselves and each other if they can get out of the way. A very good book. Some very hot sex scenes as well. I got this book from netgalley.com. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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