Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s
My Copy: Sent
I cave in to no one. My hardass exterior is what makes me one of the hottest defense lawyers around. It’s why I’m the perfect guy to defend the notorious Bayou Butcher serial killer – and why I’ll come out on top.
Except this new associate I’ve hired is unnaturally skilled at putting chinks in my well-constructed armor. Her brazen talk and fiery attitude make me want to take control of her and silence her – in ways that will keep both of us busy till dawn. She drives me absolutely 100% crazy, but I need her for this case. I need her in my bed. I need her to let loose the man within me who fights with rage and loves with scorching desire…
Book two in the Bad Bitch series by Christina Saunders was definitely a book I was looking forward to. Book one blew me away with the fun writing and awesome characters. Hardass is Washington’s book and I wanted it real bad…really really bad.
Washington is known for his stoic, hardass exterior. He never lets anyone get to close and his job never gets mixed with pleasure. His drive and ambition has made him highly sought after and he’ll be damned if he’s going to let anything get in his way. When he lands a highly publicized case and needs a second chair, he hand picks a new associate to prove her worth. Problem is, that associate is Caroline, the one associate he can’t keep his eyes off of. And soon he can’t keep his hands off her either. The woman tests every limit he’s ever given himself when it comes to fraternization but no matter how much he tells himself it’s wrong, it just feels too right to stop.
I loved how in control Washington was until he met Caroline. I loved watching that tightly reigned control shatter when she was near. The hair pulling, the dominance, yeah he lit my fuse. YUM. Caroline pulled out all the stops to turn Wash’s head. Although her outfits were borderline inappropriate in a professional setting, and she often didn’t realize how her appearance might hinder her when investigating in rough neighborhoods, I did like her. She was spunky and driven and determined to win this case not only for Wash but for her as well. She didn’t let the unknown and the more, unsettling aspects of the case keep her down. She approached everything with that same determination to see it through. I loved their interactions together as Caroline baited Washington and he responded with a leashed tongue and a ticking jaw. Until he didn’t anyway. Then it was all hot and heavy on the top of any nearby surface.
Hardass was only lacking the suspense aspect that played a huge part in book one. There was a bit, but I didn’t feel as if the build up was quite as well executed as the prior book and that’s what made this a lower rating for me. I loved the characters, I enjoyed the sex, I just needed a bit more action than I was given. I am still loving the series though and will be reading book 3, Total Dick here shortly. I am eagerly anticipating Kennedy’s story because I have a feeling his man whore ways are about to come to a sudden end.
I give Hardass by Christina Saunders 3.75 stars!