Blurb from Goodreads:
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 think this is supposed to be a romantic suspense, but it reads more like a romantic suspense comedy. The heroine, Grace, wants to be taken seriously in the bounty hunting business. She wants to be ‘badass’ like her coworkers and bring in the big bounties worth more than a couple thousand dollars. Only the boss keeps giving her lame assignments like taking in crazy drunks who want her to brush their hair. So she gets fed up and lets them know she is just as capable as they are. Then she goes out drinking with her best friend where she happens to encounter a huge, mountain of a man while consoling the woman he broke up with by text outside the club. They have some insta-lust, she insults him, he insults women in general and then they go their separate ways.
Weirdly enough the next day she DOES get a big bounty. Bring in Raide Knox, a possible murderer who has jumped bail. Lo and behold, it’s the same man from the alley. How is she supposed to bring in this massive dude? Seduce him.
I would like to state up front that I only made it about 25% into Hard to Fight. I guess I could have read a little further, but there were several things that drove me just crazy enough that I threw in the towel and admitted defeat.
#1 I honestly believe this is meant to be a comedy. There has never been a more inept bounty hunter in romantic suspense than Grace. She follows Raide around and keeps him in her sights over a two-week period, hoping to eventually seduce him. Only is she sneaky? No. She follows him into club after club, blatantly getting in his face and letting him know that she’s RIGHT THERE. She follows him to a local gun shop. She follows him to his chosen coffee shop. I mean, if you’re a wanted fugitive wouldn’t you be just a tad suspicious that some random woman is in your face every time you turn around? I know she wants to eventually seduce him, but the whole thing just seemed ludicrous to me.
#2 Raide is an asshole. I didn’t really get to know him other than to know that he is an asshole.
He chuckles. “I have no doubt you can take care of yourself, but isn’t it a lot more fun to have a man take care of you?” By the heat in his eyes, there’s no mistaking his meaning.
I cross my arms and stare up at the cab roof, frustrated that he seems to be seducing me instead of the other way around.
“Don’t get me wrong, I think women are great for a lot of things.”
Why thank you, Raide. You’re awesome.
Also, there’s this. Grace gets held up outside the gun shop and she kicks the shit out of her assailant. This is how Mr. Raide Knox responds to the situation when he walks outside right at the end of the assault to see the man on the ground.
He stares at me, horrified. “Did you just beat the shit out of this dude?”
“What?” I cry. “No… Well, yes, but he was attacking me.”
“What’d he do, steal your lipstick?”
I cross my arms, still panting heavily. “He tried to steal my purse.”
Raide blinks, “Seriously, lady?”
“You mangled him for trying to steal your purse?”
I shuffle the purse on my shoulder. “I like this purse.”
He blinks. “Are you for real?”
I smile. “Absolutely.”
Charming. What a hero.
3. I hate romances where every other woman besides the heroine and her bestie are considered jealous bitches who just don’t get it. So far, by 25%, the woman outside the club where Grace first met Raide is a backstabber, the woman receptionist at her bounty hunting agency hates her because her co-worker has a thing for Grace and not for her, and even her beauty queen mom and sisters are cold and rude and hateful to her because they just don’t understand.
4. The word sassy in reference to strong women grates on me. Especially when it’s used over and over.
So I made it to 25% and decided this book was not for me. It’s possible it gets better as Grace and Raide get to know each other and maybe prove his innocence, but I was unable to feel any real chemistry between the protagonists up to the point where I decided to stop so I have no idea if they would have worked as a couple. Final grade- DNF