BXTCHES Gotta Warn: This isn’t the usual “you must read the first two books before you read this one” speech. Yes, this is a series, but each book is really a stand alone that focuses on a particular couple. This book follows Hanna and Raid. If you read Creed, you know that while it visited Knight some, it really focused on the story of Creed and Sylvie. The same goes here. Knight is mentioned, and Anya, Creed, and Sylvie will visit, but only briefly. The only way that Raid connects to Knight (book #1) is, Knight has contracted Raid to find someone for him.
This book is told mainly through the POV of Hanna, there are a couple of instances where the POV shifts to Raid, but not too many. This story takes place in Willow, CO with Hanna being the towns “girl next door” and the great granddaughter of the town’s matriarch, Miss Mildred (whom I loved). She has had her sights on Raiden Miller since she was 6 years old. Raid is a former Marine and a current “underground” bounty hunter and his work has brought him back to the small town of Willow. The beginning of the story has Hanna almost stalkery towards Raid. She hangs out in the local diner (which happens to be owned by Raid’s sister) just hoping to catch his eye. The day she sees him front to front, making out with another girl, one who is her total opposite, she decides to give up and focus more on her. Months pass and the “new” Hanna finally catches the eye of one Raiden Miller. And so, their story begins.
The relationship between Hanna and Raid, starts out a little rocky. As with a lot of the female characters in KA’s books, she doesn’t necessarily deem herself worthy of Raid. But, I don’t think it’s because she thinks she is not pretty enough, she doesn’t really have any self esteem issues. Her issue is, after seeing him making out with another girl and over hearing a phone conversation, that was taken out of context, she really just thinks that she isn’t his type. Once he establishes, in a very alpha male way, that she is indeed his type, their relationship takes off (rocket style).
KA does a really good job, as usual, writing the sex in this book. Hanna really discovers her “sexual side” with the help of Raid. All of the “Heroes” in this series seem to have a desire to “play” and I’m talking about the kind of play that uses safe words. It is not extreme, very light, but he is definitely bossy in the bedroom. There is not a lot of secondary characters in this book. There are some, her great grandmother for example. But the one thing I LOVE about reading Kristen Ashley, is her ability to really develop supporting characters and this series she really didn’t do that. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but is was something that I wished there was a little more focus on. For example, Miss Mildred’s cat, Spot, seems to have more devotion than her best friend does. The books in this series aren’t as many pages as usual for KA, so that could be a reason.
There is some violence in this book, so be prepared. Nothing too drastic, but it is there. The only part of this book that made me give a frustrated sigh, is when Hanna first asks Raid about his Marine buddies. He really freaked out. I know it was something he didn’t like to talk about, but I felt as though his reaction and then her quickness to forgive him, made me cringe just a bit.
I don’t think I’m giving away any spoilers by saying that of course, Hanna and Raid get their HEA. Their journey to get there is a little rocky. I think that this is a goodread, not my favorite KA series, but she is one of my favorite authors, so usually, she can do no wrong. This series is a quick read, it is enjoyable, and the characters are lovable.
Even though a lot of KA’s series can be read as stand alones, and I usually advocate for reading the series in order to get the most enjoyment out of them, this is one book, I think could be read as a stand alone, without necessarily reading Knight and Creed firts. With Creed, I think that it was important to read Knight first, because their stories kinda intertwined, but this one is really a “by itself” kinda book. Enjoy.