Title: Hard to Fight
Author: Bella Jewel
Series: Alpha’s Heart, #1
Imprint: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication 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 won't 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.
“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 it unless 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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Revenge, that is all Raide Knox can think about. His one goal is to find the guy who took everything away from him and make him pay. Grace is all about her job and finally getting the chance to show she can run with the big boys. When a big case comes in she finally gets her chance. Find Raide and bring him in. This is her big break and she is willing to do anything necessary to make it happen well, almost anything. Falling in love was never in her plans, but you know what they say about making plans. Does she choose the job she has worked to hard for or follow her heart?
I have been intrigued by Raide since he appeared in Bella Jewel's Joker's Wrath series. In true Bella Jewel style, this book is action packed and the characters are very strong. I love that her books always have a strong female lead as well as the alpha male. A great start to new series!
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.