Series: Alpha’s Heart, #3
Genre: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Delaney, a professional bodyguard, has spent years trying to prove herself in a male dominated industry. Now she’s facing her greatest challenge yet.
Bad boy billionaire Jax Shields has made plenty of enemies on his climb to the top, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time has put his life at risk. Now he’s putting his life in the hands of Delaney and her team. He demands the best in everything, and he doesn’t think she has what it takes to protect him. He’s also made it clear he’d rather have her on her back then covering his. Will Delaney be able to prove herself to the most arrogant—and devastatingly handsome—man she’s ever met?
Hard To Forget is a full-length standalone romance with a HEA
An irresistible attraction. A passionate connection. A potentially fatal combination. If you like kick-ass heroines, alpha heroes and happy-ever-afters, this is the series for you. Bella Jewel delivers a solid, action-packed, suspenseful, steamy and satisfying read in ‘Hard To Forget,’ #3 in her Alpha’s Heart series.
Delaney is a strong woman, living a life she’s always dreamed of. She’s a bodyguard, tackling her new career with meaning, passion and determination. As a woman in a man’s world – and a relative newcomer to the elite Thorpe Security team – she has to work twice as hard to prove herself worthy of the “big” assignments, competing with her brawny male counterparts who taunt her at every opportunity. She has to appear confident and defiant – an act of sheer will, since underneath it all, she’s consumed with self-doubt and the fear of failure. It’s very relatable and a great set-up for the story that follows.
When Delaney finally qualifies for her first major protection assignment, her client, “Jax,” aka Jackson Shields, comes on like a misogynistic jerk. Knowing this is her one and maybe only chance to prove her critics wrong, she faces him head-on. The results are, among other things, hilarious. And obviously, she gets the job.
Delaney is bright, honest, and charmingly snarky. Her character is a great mixture of intensity, integrity, tenderness, humor, inner strength and resilience. She is consistently true to herself, to her company, her co-workers, and her assignment. With her career on the line and no one other than her boss in her corner, she has to learn to let go, be aware, trust her instincts, and act — regardless of the possible consequences. You want her to kick ass – and she does – sometimes for the best, and sometimes not.
Jax is a powerful man, a true alpha, who craves control and the freedom it brings. Unfortunately, his life has been turned inside out after an unfortunate encounter with the wrong people. He is in imminent danger, something he can’t predict or control. He’s vulnerable – something he hates. To admit that he needs protection from an unseen enemy is an affront to him; but to be forced to depend on a woman to ward off the bad guys is utterly unbearable. Unfortunately, like it or not, he has to accept Delaney, to learn to trust her, and he resents it with every fiber of his alpha self. If you enjoy stories with a love-hate angle and palpable erotic tension, the fiery relationship that follows will satisfy your every craving.
There is precious little time for Laney to falter – and no room for failure. Her attraction to Jax is irresistible – but could be deadly for them both. Distraction is dangerous – and as the thugs close in, Jax is not the only one in danger – everyone who protects him is a target. And let’s not forget that a romantic relationship with Jax could derail, if not end, her promising new career. Getting caught in a compromising situation with him is the last thing she can afford – but, as it turns out, it’s a risk she’s willing to take, and Jax makes it impossible for her to say no. I doubt if any woman could.
You can see it all coming, but you can’t stop it, so you might as well enjoy it. Once the action starts, it feels like an avalanche, playing with your mind as well as your emotions. The principal and supporting characters are believable and relatable – you can feel their tension, their anger, their desperation, and their fear. The situation is plausible – any one of us could find ourselves caught up in a random act that changes our lives. We weigh the risks and possible consequences of decisions every day – even if they aren’t as life-threatening as these. With a relatable premise; intense, erotic, potentially dangerous, forbidden romance; and a suspenseful build-up to an explosive finale, Hard To Forget is seriously entertaining and a lively escape that will keep you guessing along the way.
I found it a bit sluggish in the beginning, and I felt a bit let-down at the end, but all in all I recommend this series and this author for adventurous, alpha-loving readers who enjoy suspense without cliffhangers, and a guaranteed HEA. I’m looking forward to the next book in this intriguing series.