MAKE IT HURT by Jackie Ashenden: Review

Posted December 29, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

MAKE IT HURT by Jackie Ashenden: ReviewMake It Hurt by Jackie Ashenden
Series: Texas Bounty #2
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 176
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

The Texas Bounty series heats up as a female bounty hunter goes toe-to-toe with the tantalizing biker who never stopped loving her.

Nora Sutcliffe enjoys having tough guys at her mercy—preferably in handcuffs. The best fugitive recovery agent in the business, Nora always gets her man. But when her latest pursuit leads her to a notorious biker hangout, she’s reunited with “Smith”: the one man who was too hot for Nora to handle. Once upon a time, she was a rich girl and he was a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Now she needs his help, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

Eight years ago, Smith let a pretty little Texas debutante break his heart. He picked up the pieces, went to hell and back with the army, then rode out of the darkness with a gang of outlaws at his back. The last thing he needs is a blast from the past like Nora, who has reinvented herself as a gun-toting badass with the stones to challenge him in front of the whole club. But if she thinks Smith will give up one of his brothers for a single night of pleasure, she’s in for a rude awakening.



I don’t know where I got the idea that this series would be all about the Redmond brothers and I was expecting this story to be about Rush. To be honest, even though the blurb had promise I had to go back to the first book to figure out who Nora was and how she fit into the series. 

From debutante to bounty hunter is a long way to go but for Nora Sutcliffe, being known as one of the best in the business is everything to her and a far cry from the helpless and clueless debutante she was in a previous life. Her reputation in the business is everything and she won’t let any skip mar it, so she’s bold enough to brave a biker bar to get her man except she does not expect to come face to face with her past.

Eight years ago, Smith was a young man trying to make a living until he fell for the princess in the tower and lost everything. A stint in the military and finding his biker brotherhood have changed him in many ways, but a chance to exact some payback is not one to pass up.

A story about a debutante-turned-bounty hunter and a biker definitely was intriguing and Nora and Smith were strong and well-matched characters. I think the author nailed the emotional angle of this story especially the complexity of their relationship, and the chemistry between them was scorching hot. Both of them had very hard exteriors that had been forged by circumstances, but they were each other’s weakness and could very easily bring out each other’s vulnerable side. I liked seeing Smith the emotionally open man as compared to the hard biker he was with his men. Nora on the other hand was a bit annoying with her avoidance of the issues and her refusal to acknowledge her past missteps.

My only issue was that this story focused a lot on their present and there were only few and brief flashes to their past. Their past had a lot of influence on their choices and their present and I wish that the author had expanded on that to fully develop their characters and flesh out this story. 

Overall, it was an enjoyable, lighthearted and hot romance and I am looking forward to reading more in the series.



About Jackie Ashenden

Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who’ve just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

You can find Jackie at her website or on Twitter.

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