ARC Review | Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel

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ARC Review | Hard to Fight by Bella JewelHard to Fight by Bella Jewel
Series: Alpha's Heart #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release date : August 11th, 2015
Format: eARC
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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's going to be a case they will never forget.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Take:

There comes a time — and any reader can attest to this — when you realize a little too late: THIS IS NOT A ME BOOK. You try to get into it. You ignore the small things that would normally irritate you, and you continue solely for the entertainment. But it gets harder and harder to take anything within the pages seriously. The Struggle is Real. 

Sadly, Hard to Fight is that book for me.

I love the premise. Female Bounty Hunter on the hunt for a dangerous fugitive. I mean, GIRL POWER. I even liked Grace at first. She is strong (physically), witty and has this deep desire to prove her worth in the business, since there are many that do not take her seriously. But what bothered me is all her bad assery went out the window when she meets her target. Not to mention, when times get tough, she failed, again, to channel her inner bad ass.

As far as the romance goes, Pure Insta Love. Don’t get me wrong – the physical attraction between the two was there. But the development of their relationship was fast, unrealistic and honestly? EYE ROLL INDUCING. Maybe I am over the bad boy gets the girl because “he’s soooo hot” thing? Not sure. But I didn’t find anything about Raide “swoony,” let alone, likable. Speaking of Raide — he is proof that the word LADY as a term of endearment is not sexy. “Oh, yeah. I got your number, lady” NO.

One other thing that bothered me. There were characters in the story that were suppose to play a major part into Grace’s characterization, ie her mother and sisters. They were just horrible people. It wasn’t the fact that they were horrible; they were written TOO horrible, forcing us to feel sympathetic towards Grace. And the resolution? WHAT resolution? Pardon, but if someone treated me that way for years and just gave me a hug and said, “I’m sorry” is not enough. It felt like an added plot device.

Overall – Hard to Fight fell flat for me. I enjoyed the snark and the sexy scenes were hot — but this is not enough to sate me. Still, other readers may enjoy this one immensely!



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

2 responses to “ARC Review | Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel

  1. Wendy @ Book Scents

    That’s disappointing. 🙁 I don’t think I’d enjoy it either. Also, what is with that abnormally large indent in the center of this guy’s abs? it seems TOO big a divide down the middle?

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