Hard Night by Jackie Ashenden Release Date: November 27, 2018 Publisher: Kensington Book #3 in the 11th Hour series Number of Pages: 304 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Romantic Suspense/Military M/F Rating: XXX Read 11/20/18 to 11/22/18
Jacob Night, ex-Black Ops, owner of a billion-dollar security company, and leader of the 11th Hour, spends his life completing dangerous missions for others. But there’s one personal mission he has yet to complete: Finding his missing brother, who was betrayed by the woman he should have been able to trust. But when he finally tracks down his brother’s ex, there’s one surprise: she can’t remember a thing.
Faith has no memory of who she is. She can’t remember life before she came to work for Jacob Night, and she’s not sure she wants to. But when she and Jacob are ambushed by men who have come to kill her for sins she can’t recall committing, she has no choice but to face the past. Yet once she does, and Jacob’s identity–and her own–come to light, they may not survive with their lives intact, let alone their hearts.
Holy cow! This book was so hot. I said in my review of Total Control, in reference to the interrogation scene between Kellan and Sabrina, that this author knows how to write a sexy scene. Compared to the (for lack of a better/different term) interrogation scene between Jacob and Faith in this story the other one is child’s play. I felt like I needed to take a cold shower before these two ever even came close to sealing the deal, so to speak.
Now, I don’t want you to get the idea that there’s no actual story here. That’s the genius of Jackie Ashenden…she can write these amazing intimate scenes while also delving deep into the other aspects of the characters and the story. There were so many aspects of Faith’s story that I wouldn’t have thought of, but the author covered them all. From her sense of self to her worries about who that self really was and who she wanted to be. Would she lose that once her memories returned? So much to think about and such intricate writing. All of which carried over into the second part of the story when those memories came into play.
Jacob has an amazing way of reading the thoughts and feelings of those around him. With Faith, that helped him to switch from tough and unbending to soft and caring as the situation called for. Even when Faith herself didn’t realize what she needed. I loved that they could be rough with each other and still show the softer side, and even show the soft side while being rough.
All the stories of this series converge in this book. While I’m fairly happy with the way things are wrapped up, there’s still definite wiggle room to add to this series if the author so decides. Or to offshoot some of the characters to another series. Whichever makes the most sense. Whatever it may be, I’ll be there ready to read what the author has to write. She keeps me hooked.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cover of this book since it’s been bugging me so badly. The cover of Raw Power irked me because there was a huge character trait that was left off the model on that cover, but I let it go. The cover of Total Control looked more like I envisioned that character in facial features, but the clothing and the apparent age didn’t make sense. Still, let it go. This one I can’t let go. It’s a great cover with a gorgeous model, it’s just so not a representation of Jacob Night in any way other than the fact that the guy has dark hair. I just don’t understand. I know there are impressive looking men in there 30s and older out there. This in no way sways my review or rating of this story, just one of those things I felt I had to get out of my system.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**