Book Review: Hard to Forget by Bella Jewel

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Title: Hard to Forget (Alpha’s Heart #3)
Author: Bella Jewel @BellaJewel73
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 200 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis
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**

Ivy

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The Good: I love the idea of a female bodyguard and this is the second one I’ve read this year. Actually I’ve been impressed with the concept Ms. Jewel has used for this entire series, selecting male dominated professions and using it as a showcase for romance. In this book, Delaney has struggled to be accepted in her position and finally completes the challenge to be allowed on her first assignment – protecting Jaxson Shields, millionaire hotelier and at first, gigantic a-hole.

The chemistry is good between Jax and Laney and the story moves along at a good clip. There’s some action, as Laney actually protects Jax from several attempts on his life and there was alot of time spent showing the daily routine of a bodyguard, which lent a bit of realism I appreciated.

The Bad: The first book in this series suffered from a seriously ditzy heroine and I’m glad Laney isn’t as ditzy. However, she’s also not that professional either. It was distracting and it felt like she was more lucky than skilled. I don’t need it to feel like a documentary, but I would have loved to have felt as if Laney was mentally tough and not so insecure. I would have loved to have seen her journey be more about other characters accepting her, and less about her believing in herself. Her confidence in her skills was pretty weak and it was just less than I hoped for.

Everything in Between: The rest of the story is fairly standard and enjoyable, although I would have loved to have seen more done with her co-workers (besides the obvious Kyle) and the villains, who were sparsely drawn. They served a purpose of putting the characters in danger, but nothing more than that and the stakes didn’t feel that high because you barely see anything of them.

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I enjoyed it. I just needed a little more confidence in the heroine and I would have loved it alot more. I would still check out more in this series.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.
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