I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Brace yourself. You may not like what I have to say. Let me start first with a disclaimer. I am a fan of Bella Jewel, and I will not stop reading her books, both future and presently published. Having said that, I also have to admit that I miss the books like the Til Death cuet where I was emotionally invested in both main characters. I miss the Criminals Of The Ocean where I was entertained with a different setting by modern day pirates and their dangerous lives in the high seas. Lately, I’ve only gotten half baked stories that I could care less about.

After being disappointed by Rainer’s story in Flawed Heart, I looked forward to this book both with dread and excitement. I wanted this book to turn it all around. I was also afraid that I may have set myself up for another disappointment. Hard To Fight was neither. I wasn’t disappointed at all. However, I also wasn’t in love with it.

I couldn’t really see the connection between the main characters. I couldn’t feel the chemistry. Grace was a bounty hunter who actually made a lot of mistakes in the business of bounty hunting. Raide’s character here was almost nonexistent. Seriously, I was more intrigued with him in the books where he made cameo appearances than in his own book. I wish that scenes were written when his sister was still alive, to show us, reader, exactly how much they loved each other. Instead, it was narrated and forced into me, so I have no choice but believe that.

I guess the main reason that this book went down a couple of notches for me was that in the manner of showing versus telling, this book told me everything but showed me very little. However, because I am still a fan of Ms. Jewel, I will probably still follow this series and wait for the other two books to come out. I am praying hard that those books will turn things around by then.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Hard To Fight

Book 2 – Hard To Break

Book 3 – Hard To Forget

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