Review: Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

 

 

 

 

Title:  Officer Off Limits

Author:  Tessa Bailey

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

His need to possess her is non-negotiable.

Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.

Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.

Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?


Review:

Tessa Bailey’s books just keep getting better and better!  I really enjoyed Officer Off Limits, and found the mix of sensuality and humor very agreeable.  The only reason this story worked for me, though, is because the heroine is so strong.  The first chapter has her getting dumped by her intended two weeks before their wedding, and she starts out restrained and, while not quite timid, certainly not forceful.  She gets a measure of satisfaction by ordering the most expensive bottle of champagne and charging it to his tab, but this is peanuts compared to getting dumped in a restaurant.  Two weeks before their wedding.  What a jerk!

When Story’s father suffers from a heart attack, she flies from CA to NYC in an attempt to patch up their rocky relationship.  She meets a sexy guy in the waiting room, and doesn’t know whether to be relieved to learn that he’s her father’s partner, instead of a psycho stalker with strong opinions about snack foods.  Hostage negotiators for the NYPD, both men are tough, no nonsense men.  Daniel takes it one step further.  Bounced between foster homes when he was a child, he has developed a wall around his emotions that even the most skilled mountain climber would not be able to scale.  A traumatic experience when he was sixteen changed his life forever,  leaving him mentally scarred and even more wary of relationships.  To compensate for what he perceives as his greatest weakness, he is a full-on, raging alpha.  Dear, me! This guy puts on one heck of a front – he hops from bed to bed, never staying with the same woman longer than it takes to get his clothes back on.  He has no close relationships, and keeps everyone at arm’s length.

Daniel came across as such a jerk at the beginning of the book.  He is attracted to Story and makes no secret that he wants to get to know her tan lines better.  When she rebuffs him in the waiting room, she only piques his interest.  Even learning that she’s Jack’s daughter, and that his mentor will flay him alive if he tries any funny business, isn’t enough to get him to back down.  Like a blood hound, once Daniel’s on the scent, it’s hard get him to focus on anything else.  He thinks a quick hook up with Story will get his mind back on work, but the silly alpha is confused.  Story isn’t like the rest of the women he’s known, and after her disastrous engagement, she wants to call some of the shots.  So not what the demanding Daniel is accustomed to.

As I stated previously, if Story has been even one notch more submissive, Officer Off Limits would not have worked for me.  Daniel is so dominating, and I will admit that alpha-jerks are not my favorite hero types.  But with Story’s developing confidence, the two play off each other well.  The author had me believing that jaded Daniel was so enamored with Story that he couldn’t think of anything else. That he was willing to risk Jack’s wrath to spend just one more minute with Story.  As their relationship deepens, he begins to learn to trust again, and Story slowly draws out his tender side.  I was so convinced that he was maturing and and growing emotionally.  This was one couple, with their quirks and hang ups, that I wanted to find their HEA.  Even the admission from Jack that he had been meddling in their relationship didn’t lessen my enthusiasm for this couple.

Like in my last review of a Tessa Bailey book, while I would normally suggest tossing this in your beach bag for a summer read, instead I recommend settling down with a few ice packs and cold beverages.  This is a scorching read, and with temps hovering in the upper 80s, I’m fearful you will get heat stoke if you read this while lounging outside in the sun.

Grade:  B+/A-

Review copy provided by publisher

Spotlight and Giveaway! Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

 

Today I have a treat for you!  In addition to sharing some quotes from Officer Off Limits, I have two giveaways for you to enter!  Let’s start with some information about Tessa Bailey’s latest release, Officer Off Limits.  This is a fun, sexy romp, and if you haven’t read anything by her yet, check it out.

 

 

About the booK:

His need to possess her is non-negotiable.

Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.

Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.

Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?”

 

Goodreads link:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910375-officer-off-limits

Buy Links

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Officer-Limits-Entangled-Brazen-ebook/dp/B00CQYAW3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369966011&sr=8-1&keywords=officer+off+limits

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/officer-off-limits-tessa-bailey/1115375436?ean=9781622662197

Tessa Bailey dropped by the virtual offices to share her favorite alpha quote. There are so many great lines in Officer Off Limits that I don’t know how she picked just one!

Tessa Bailey’s Favorite Alpha Quote:

“Who am I kidding? When I finally get inside you, I’m going to f@ck you until your voice is hoarse from screaming my name.”

My favorite Story Quote:

I was going to share my favorite alpha quote, too, but I thought it would be more fun to share my favorite quote from Story.  This book worked so well for me because the heroine didn’t take any crap from Daniel.

“Oh, and just so you know, I am going out tonight.  It will be after dark.  And if you have a problem with that, you can kiss my perfectly palm-sized ass.” (page 66)

 

Giveaways!

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Digital copy of Officer Off Limits

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Interview with CJ Carmichael, Author of Promise From a Cowboy

Please welcome CJ Carmichael to the virtual offices this morning. She’s here to chat about her latest Harlequin American Romance, Promise From a Cowboy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[CJ Carmichael]  Empty-nester, book-loving, nature freak who loves hiking and biking with her life-partner Mike and hanging out with family & friends when not writing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Promise From a Cowboy?

[CJ Carmichael]  The hero of this book, BJ Lambert, decided to keep mum about an arson and accidental death that occurred when he was eighteen years old. He did it to protect his girlfriend’s brother, but the price he pays is losing her in his life. The story picks up over ten years later, when new evidence is found that leads to re-opening the investigation. His girlfriend is now the County Sheriff and the kicker is…he still loves her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[CJ Carmichael]  BJ is the oldest of four in the Lambert family of Coffee Creek, Montana. I love writing connected stories because this allows me to spend time developing a community feel to the stories and also to include sub-plots that span the length of the series.

The sub-plot in the Coffee Creek books involves the domineering, manipulative Olive Lambert (mother of BJ as well as Corb, Brock and Cassidy) and her feud with her much nicer sister, Maddie Turner.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Savannah?

[CJ Carmichael]  determined, responsible, fearless

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If BJ had a theme song, what would it be?

[CJ Carmichael]  Once in a Lifetime by Keith Urban (Because despite all their years apart, Savannah is his Once in a Lifetime girl)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Savannah is never without.

[CJ Carmichael]  her Sheriff badge. It means everything to her, because she craved respectability as a kid, and who could be more respectable than a Sheriff?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in BJ’s bathroom?

[CJ Carmichael]  Any other woman but Savannah, hair gel—he likes the natural look, and cologne—he’s not that guy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Savannah’s greatest regret?

[CJ Carmichael]  Savannah’s biggest regret is that she wasn’t there the night the old Turner barn caught on fire and a man died in the loft.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[CJ Carmichael]  I love spending time in Montana (show me anyplace more beautiful than Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake), perusing Western magazines and cowboy pictures on Pinterest, listening to country music—all can be very inspirational for my cowboy romances.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[CJ Carmichael]  Quiet. Quiet. Quiet. (and a computer)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[CJ Carmichael]  I can only name one? Sigh. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[CJ Carmichael]  One of the earliest novels I remember reading was Little House On The Prairie. I grew up on the prairies, so that made the story more relevant to me.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[CJ Carmichael]  I love to spend times outdoors, whether it’s hiking in the mountain, biking or sitting on the patio playing cribbage or scrabble with Mike and enjoying a glass of wine. I also love family dinner when my girls are home and we end up playing board games after.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[CJ Carmichael]  Just try to avoid me! I’m on twitter as CJ_Carmichael, on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, and I have a blog called CJ’s Desk Diary on http://cjcarmichael.com. And hey, you can always send me an e-mail! I’ll contact you  if you review one of my books on Goodreads. I think it’s awesome when readers take the time to spread the word about a book they’ve read and I try to personally thank everyone who does this for mine.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[CJ Carmichael]  Thank you for the fun questions, Julie!

About the book:

A Cowboy With Something To Hide…

On the rodeo circuit, B.J. Lambert had plenty of chances to forget about his first love. Back in Coffee Creek, it’s impossible. Savannah Moody is as irresistible to B.J. as when they were teens. He’d still do anything for her – except give up the secret he promised to keep.

Sheriff Savannah Moody knows B.J. is hiding something. Not his feelings for her – it’s obvious to both of them that the attraction is as strong as ever. But she simply can’t afford to give in. She has her sister to care for, and the family land, and B.J. might be gone tomorrow. She also has a job to do: to pursue the truth and discover what really happened eighteen years ago when a barn burned and a man died. Even if it costs her dearly….