Saturday, September 3, 2016

Take Me Deeper (Texas Bounty #1) by Jackie Ashenden




Goodreads Review











Jackie Ashenden’s scintillating series introduces the men of Lone Star Bounty: three badass bounty-hunter brothers who will have readers begging to be caught.
Even as a Green Beret, Zane Redmond hasn’t faced a tougher mission than going home again. Loyalty to his brothers is the only reason he’s back in Texas, not that he intends to stay for long. Zane sure as hell isn’t going into the family business. One last bounty and he’s done—or so he thinks. Nobody warned him that his fugitive happens to be a red-hot brunette with a smart mouth, a body made for sin, and a brutal cartel on her trail.

Bad circumstances and worse choices have left Iris Callahan in a desperate situation. After getting arrested for a drug drop gone wrong, she skipped bail and hit the road to avoid testifying. Now the cartel wants Iris silenced forever, and she’s just lucky that Zane catches her before they do. Handcuffed to a bed, she surrenders to the cool-as-ice bounty hunter in order to survive. But as the chase heats up, Zane sneaks past her emotional defenses—and Iris is in too deep to let him go.

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


 
Take Me Deeper surprised me. I hadn’t read anything from her before although she did constantly pop up on my radar but not close enough to pay attention.
Iris Callahan made a bad choice that kicked off a chain of events that will kill her. All for the sake of family. I get why she did it. But there is no such thing as making easy money. With the Cartel hot on her heels and the police looking for her she is fighting for survival without pulling her younger sister Jamie in to it. Iris’s mistake landed her sister in foster care. A decision she blames herself for.
Zane Redmond is on leave from the Army but he wants to relist. The last thing he wants to do is go back home to the Lone Star Bounty Hunter business and make nice with his brothers but after the death of his father. He doesn’t really have a choice. He hasn’t see one of his brothers for five years and the other for eight years and it’s not a happy family reunion.
They have a very dysfunctional family and it looks like it can’t be repaired. Quinn who runs Lone Star has convinced Zane to take on one last job for them. He reluctantly agrees.  He is to pick up one Iris Callahan.
“Now, do as you’re told like a good girl and I won’t use handcuffs.” “Aww. Spoilsport.” A thread of sarcasm wound through her voice. “Handcuffs are fun”
Zane finds out the real reason for Iris skipping bail and instead of taking her back to jail he decides to help her. He has a white knight in shining armour complex. He couldn’t save Charlie but he’ll do anything to save Iris. It was supposed to be easy. It wasn’t.
But they have a plan and they need to get another bail bond company on board. Duchess Bail Bonds now believe me when I say I’m intrigued by the Duchess and her peeps.
I am torn on the rating I wanted to give this. Yes the two had issues and demons that they had to work through but boy did they drag it out.  But they both had to work through there insecurities and past experiences and they both helped one another.
The balance between romance, sexual tension and suspense is exactly right. That in my opinion isn’t always an easy feat.
Zane Redmond. Ah man what a man. Well done Ms. Ashenden. YOU. WILL. LOVE. HIM.
Now that I liked the first one and I think that the authors writing style is good I’m gonna scot off and request the second book on Netgalley.