Friday, August 14, 2015

REVIEW: Hard to Fight (Alpha's Heart #1) by Bella Jewel **EXCERPT**

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's going to be a case they will never forget.

**Hard To Fight is a full-length standalone romance with a HEA**


This was my first Bella Jewel book and it was a fun read. Hot, sexy, sassy, fast paced and some great laughs!

Grace and Raide were a whole lot of fun. Raide just exuded confidence and cockiness and Grace really gave as good as she got.

Grace was awesome. A really sassy lady with a whole lot of badass…seriously, a female bounty hunter? Loved it!

And what I also enjoyed was that it was believable. She was in a “man’s” job and while she was good at it, she was realistic in knowing she had limitations due to her size. But what I just loved was her moxy and that she didn’t cower from a challenge. I had a few laughs with Grace's plan to use her "assets" to lure Raide in...

"Say what? This man is testing my nerves. Who doesn't like this dress? Everyone likes this freaking dress!...I am not cut out for this, it's killing my inner badass and maybe my ego."

Raide was so easy to like even though he was this fugitive on the loose, wanted for murder. It was obvious he had a heart and was no cold blooded murdered. There were some real tender moments between Grace and Raide

and also when he spoke about his sister…

I also enjoyed the secondary characters and how they contributed to the story. Absolutely loved Gracie’s father, what a man! I could totally see why Grace followed in his footsteps. Kady and Benny – BFF’s of the H/h – were both a hoot. And Don, Grace’s boss was wonderful as was Vance, Grace’s friend and colleague. I would love a book on Vance.

I hate to nit pick but there was one thing that kept me from giving this a solid 4 stars. The story for the most part was somewhat predictable but the fun, chemistry and banter kept it very entertaining. The one thing that has me scratching my head are some unanswered questions about the bad guy in this whole thing.

I mean was it me or was it not strange that Dean had this posse of men helping him take down Raide and Gracie? He was an abuser, murderer and junkie. Not part of the mafia so, what gives? Who were they and why were they helping? Unless I missed it, this was never explained.

Really fun read and looking forward to more Bella Jewel and the next book in the Alpha's Heart series!

**ARC kindly provided by St. Martins Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
“I’m freaking out, Kady,” I whisper down the phone. “How the hell am I supposed to get “With your mind,” she says with amusement in her voice. “And your 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. . . .”

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

“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.

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

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.

Release Date: Oct 13, 2015       Release Date: Dec 15, 2015

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