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Take Me Deeper

Book 1, Texas Bounty - A Texas Bounty Novel

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Jackie Ashenden’s scintillating series introduces the men of Lone Star Bounty: three badass bounty-hunter brothers who will have readers begging to be caught.
Even as a Green Beret, Zane Redmond hasn’t faced a tougher mission than going home again. Loyalty to his brothers is the only reason he’s back in Texas, not that he intends to stay for long. Zane sure as hell isn’t going into the family business. One last bounty and he’s done—or so he thinks. Nobody warned him that his fugitive happens to be a red-hot brunette with a smart mouth, a body made for sin, and a brutal cartel on her trail.
Bad circumstances and worse choices have left Iris Callahan in a desperate situation. After getting arrested for a drug drop gone wrong, she skipped bail and hit the road to avoid testifying. Now the cartel wants Iris silenced forever, and she’s just lucky that Zane catches her before they do. Handcuffed to a bed, she surrenders to the cool-as-ice bounty hunter in order to survive. But as the chase heats up, Zane sneaks past her emotional defenses—and Iris is in too deep to let him go.

Praise for Take Me Deeper

“In the first installment of Ashenden’s Texas Bounty series, the attraction between two strong-willed individuals sizzles hotter than the Texas heat despite their opposing agendas. . . . There’s plenty of action and emotional turmoil; readers will clutch their hearts as they sit on the edges of their seats.”Publishers Weekly
“For those who love hunky bounty hunters, Take Me Deeper is the perfect read for you!”—Harlequin Junkie
“The Texas Bounty Hunters are three strong and sexy brothers and this introduction will ensure that readers will return. . . . This isn’t over, by any means.”RT Book Reviews
A thrilling and fast-paced read [with] a lot of hot chemistry, funny moments and awkward situations! This book has a captivating plot full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.”—Kelly’s Book Blog

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From Publishers Weekly

Aug 29, 2016 – In the first installment of Ashenden's Texas Bounty series, the attraction between two strong-willed individuals sizzles hotter than the Texas heat despite their opposing agendas. Iris Callahan's ex-boyfriend talked her into couriering drugs, so her need for love takes a backseat to more important needs: staying out of jail after skipping bail, dodging people who want to kill her, and regaining custody of her younger sister. Special Forces sniper Zane Redmond only returned to Texas to pay his respects to his brothers after missing his father's funeral, but his older brother talks him into taking a job for the family bounty-hunting business. He's startled when the bail jumper turns out to be young and beautiful, and he definitely didn't expect to end up in a war with a drug cartel. Unwilling to let Iris go to jail, where the cartel's agents could easily find and kill her, Zane decides to help her, and the two hide out until he and his brothers can come up with a plan. As sex turns to pillow talk, the lovers share their deepest pain and find emotional comfort in each other. There's plenty of action and emotional turmoil; readers will clutch their hearts as they sit on the edges of their seats.

Customer Reviews

strong characters and an imaginative plot

Three brothers, estranged by life circumstances, are brought back together after their father’s death to run the family bounty hunting business. Zane Redmond really escaped that life by becoming a Green Beret. He has come home to help his brothers out but has intention to stay and plans on reenlisting as soon as possible. He never imagined his first fugitive was going to be the hot, spit fire Iris Callahan.

Iris is on the run from the cartel. Iris knows just enough to cause them lots of problems and no one that has turned up to testify against the cartel has lived to make it to court. Not knowing who she can trust, she ran. Iris has been flying under the radar, trying to raise enough money to grab her sister and run until Zane shatters her plans.

Zane soon discovers there is more to Iris than meets the eye, she isn’t just some low life on the run. Something about Iris brings out his protective side.

I found Take Me Deeper a good contemporary romance with strong characters and an imaginative plot that keeps you vested in the storytelling.

I received this ARC copy of Take Me Deeper from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.

Loved it

Freaking loved this book!! Jackie Ashenden is one of those authors that is able to get me from the first page of her books and hold me spellbound all the way through. The characters in this one are real, flawed, and unforgettable. Zane, an army special forces soldier, is finally going home for a short visit before reenlisting. It's been 8 long years since his family fell apart and seeing his brothers again will be one of the hardest things he's ever done. Being part of the family business was never on the agenda for Zane but he finally caves to his brothers insistence and agrees to one last bounty job. What should be an easy job of catching and returning with a female skipper named Iris Callahan turns into a race to save her life and protect her from a drug cartel that wants her dead. Zane definitely has a white knight complex and can't help but give it his all when he sees she's in real danger. With bullets flying and sexual tension sizzling, get ready for a wild ride with this one.

This is a great read and one I highly recommend.

Bounty Hunter vs. Red-Headed Fireball

Zane Redmond may be great at being a Green Beret, but having to be part of the Redmond family isn't all that it's cracked up to be. While being on a mission, his good-for-nothing father passes away. Now that Zane's duty is over, he decides to head back home to Austin, TX to see his two older brothers, Quinn and Rush, whom are still running their father's bounty hunter business, Lone Star Bounty. While Quinn may be mad that Zane didn't make it home for the funeral, he's still glad his baby brother is home. Quinn would like Zane home for good and to work for the family business but Zane wants to head back to the army asap. Quinn convinces Zane to take on one job while he is home. It should be easy...pick up a skip who is wanted to testify against some drug dealers in order to not go to jail. What Zane doesn't realize is that this skip is a red-hot brunette with a smart mouth, a body made for sin, and a brutal cartel on her trail.

Enter Iris Callahan. While Zane is instantly attracted to her, he just wants to get her back to Lone Star and head back to the Army. Zane was in for a surprise when Iris tries to outsmart him. I loved the character of Iris. She was a feisty, little thing who was determined to do right by her little sister, Jamie. After some interesting moments, Zane realizes that Iris is in danger and decides he needs to protect her. Based on events from Zane's past, he HAS to protect her.

Zane surprisingly has help from his brothers and another bounty hunter can he just trust these people willing to help? While trying to protect Iris, Zane starts having feelings for her. He realizes the mess she is in and wants to help her. Part of this help is taking her mind off of everything and boy does he! The chemistry these two had together was wonderful. It was hot, raw and down right sexy! As Zane and Iris start to fall for each other, they both realizes that their pasts are very similar. These two have to go through an action packed story to finally get to their happy ending, but it was worth the wait. I can't wait to read Quinn and Rush's stories too!

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Take Me Deeper
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Oct 04, 2016
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 291 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Texas Bounty
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