Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: Make It Hurt by Jackie Ashenden

Make It Hurt (Texas Bounty, #2)Make It Hurt by Jackie Ashenden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sexy bikers and tough ladies ... well this was like getting that one piece of pie - you know the very last piece and everyone is looking for ways to steal your pie. THIS WAS JUST THAT GOOD!

This entry in the Texas Bounty by Jackie Ashenden has a classic theme with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks and the innocent/sheltered rich girl. If the story stopped there it would be only half done and the reader would never get to enjoy the angst concealed within the pages of the story.

It was a treat to read about a heroine who doesn't buckle under the pressure of a strong male lead. The character of Nora Sutcliffe is well developed and is an equal to her male counterpart. There aren't any fight scenes in this entry where the heroine gets to kick a little butt (it really isn't that kind of story) but the reader gets to experience the hurt she has gone through. First with the loss of her first love and then the loss of father. The adult Nora is no longer the curious young woman lounging about. Heck, with her life as a bounty hunter who has time to lounge around? She's too busy burying her past and forgetting about lost opportunity.

Smith knew Nora as soon as he heard her, seen her, smelled her but that wasn't going to be enough to tempt him to let down his guard. After so many years apart he's let his heart harden and his 'golden girl' definitely wasn't going to change who or what he was. Riding into his domain putting his balls in jeopardy definitely won't win her any points either. But there is just something about sweet Nora that this battle harden MC president just can't stay away from.

Just a couple of elements that I would have liked to have seen but it doesn't take anything away from the story that is being told.

  Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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