Review: His Risk To Take by Tessa Bailey

 

Title:  His Risk to Take

Author: Tessa Bailey

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation with the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into the pub he’s at with his new coworkers and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?


Review:

I am really happy to have discovered Tessa Bailey.  So far, she has delivered two blazing, lightning paced books that have held my interested from beginning to end.  I thought His Risk to Take was better than Protecting What’s His, because the suspense elements were better crafted and fit the story smoothly.  Maybe because, like the rest of this novella, the showdown with the bad guys was lickity-split, and I didn’t have time, or the inclination, to question the setup or the smack down. 

I liked both protagonists, but Ruby really struck a chord with me.  She is trying to put her shady past behind her, and make a better life for herself.  She has learned that she can’t count on anyone but herself, and for the time being, she’s content to focus on her future.  Then she meets Troy, and all bets are off.  Even though he’s a cop, she can’t help but be drawn to him.  As a pool hustler, she certainly doesn’t need the complications his presence in her life will bring, but after one smoldering taste of passion with him, she can’t get him out of her head.  Good thing, because he’s just as obsessed with her.

Troy has some baggage, too, and it’s making him cautious about jumping into a relationship.  He feels responsible for the death of his partner in an arrest gone bad, and he doesn’t trust that he can keep the people he cares about safe.  He transfers from Chicago to New York, needing both a change of scenery and a break from reminders of his failures.  When he meets Ruby, all he’s interested in is one night of unrestrained sex.  That’s it.  With his forceful bedroom demeanor, he usually chases the ladies away as fast as they can run, but Ruby finds that Troy’s dominance and dirty talk are just what she needs have the best sex of her life.  Too bad Troy’s a cop, though.  A lifetime of living on the edge of the law has taught her that cops just can’t be trusted.

This is fun read because both Troy and Ruby have to learn to trust again, both themselves and each other.  They are made for each other, and as they get to know each other better, they begin to realize that they might be able to offer more than a good time in bed.  Misunderstandings pop up as they try to protect the other, and the flow of disagreement and resolution is natural and engaging.  I gobbled this story up in one sitting, and I found myself both unable to put down my eReader until I reached the last page, and longing for more pages to read! 

A word of warning – I would normally endorse this as a beach read.  Because it is so smoking hot, I am fearful of mixing His Risk to Take with blazing, direct sunlight.  You would be better served to read this in a walk in freeze, or with a gallon of your favorite ice cream close at hand.  You have been warned.

Grade: B+

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Guest Post: Tessa Bailey’s Top Ten Cop Movies and Giveaway!

Please welcome Tessa Bailey to the virtual offices!  Tessa is here to share her Top Ten Cop Movies! After, enter to win a copy of her smokin’ hot His Risk to Take!  Please check back later this morning to read my review, too!

Top 10 Cop Movies by Tessa Bailey

Author of PROTECTING WHAT’S HIS and HIS RISK TO TAKE

Hi Julie, thanks for having me! So happy I could stop by to talk about my favorite cop movies in honor of my latest book, His Risk to Take, part of my Line of Duty series for Brazen.

1. The Other Guys – Any movie starring Will Ferrell is an automatic favorite. Throw in Mark Wahlberg and you’ve got yourself a winner.

2. The Inside Man – I actually watched this movie recently as research for my series. It involved a hostage negotiation and the NYPD Emergency Services Unit, which my heroes belong to in the Line of Duty series. There’s a great twist at the end – and you gotta love Denzel J

3. End of Watch – Saw this one recently. I was more a fan of the format and originality of the film. It takes place over the course of almost a decade, focusing on two partners in the LAPD. Sweet, sad, funny.

4. Turner and Hooch – A classic. I watched this movie a zillion times growing up. A big loveable dog and Tom Hanks. It’s like an instant pick-me-up.

5. Mystic River – So dark and twisty, but it’s an incredible story. My favorite thing about this movie is the ending. Nothing is actually resolved and the bad guy doesn’t learn his lesson or face consequences. It’s scary and refreshing at the same time.

6. The Usual Suspects – Hysterical and incredibly smart – plus I love Kevin Spacey.

7. The Departed – I LOVE this movie. Such incredible acting…and God, I love me some Matt Damon. There’s just something about that Boston accent.

8. Point Break – I have memories of watching this movie on Sunday mornings with my dad. It’s almost like the movie should be classified as terrible, but you have too much fun watching it to care. And come on, you have to love Swayze.

9. Training Day – Another Denzel movie. Rookie cop gets paired with veteran who isn’t what he seems. There’s a lot of twists and turns – such a great movie.

10. The Boondock Saints – I’m kind of a fan of stories about vigilante justice and this is one of the best. Two brothers take the law into their own hands. It’s totally a classic.

Thank you, Tessa, for sharing your Top 10 cop movies with us!

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About the book:

The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into the pub he’s at with his new coworkers and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?

Review: Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey

 

Title:  Protecting What’s His

Author:  Tessa Bailey

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come…

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.


Review:

I enjoyed Protecting What’s His because protagonist Ginger was more rough around the edges that most series romance heroines.  She and her younger sister Willa have had to depend on each other and protect each other their whole lives.  Their mother, Valerie, will never be Mother of the Year, and they are both fortunate that they did have each other.  Mom was too busy turning tricks or getting high to do more than blame them for making her life miserable.  Scraping by, either by stealing food for Willa or begging the neighbors for handouts, Ginger has become a fierce guardian.  When she sees the opportunity to get the hell away from their mother, she takes it, as well as a bundle of cash that she finds in her mom’s purse.  Grabbing her sister, she throws their meager belongings into her beat up pickup truck and flees Nashville for greener pastures.

As they move into their new apartment in Chicago, Ginger and Willa make a less than favorable impression on their anal neighbor, Derek.  Though sparks fly between the two of them, Ginger quickly places him on her people to avoid list after discovering that he’s a cop.  She’s lived her whole life suspicious of the police, and after stealing that fifty thousand from her mother, she’s not in a hurry to get chummy with a cop.  She’s got enough to worry about without adding her grumpy new neighbor to the list.  New job, Willa has a new school, and Ginger just wants to fade into the woodwork and live a happy, quiet, safe life as far away from her mother and her seedy acquaintances as she can.

Now, of course, Ginger and Derek can’t keep their hands off of each other.  Every time they encounter each other there is a spontaneous combustion between them.  It was hot!  They are both fighting an intense and all-consuming attraction that will not allow them any peace.  Derek uses some of his police resources to perform a background check on Ginger and her family, and suddenly he’s overcome with an overpowering urge to protect Ginger and Willa from their past.  He can only guess at how dysfunctional their childhood must have been, and despite the disruption they bring to what he thought was a contented life, he can’t get close enough to Ginger. This is probably the only part of the story that didn’t work for me, because he was a cop.  Derek is so possessive of Ginger that he physically attacks other men, both on and off duty.  I just kept wondering if the police department had a hefty insurance policy to pay the lawsuits that were certain to follow him around.

Protecting What’s His is a quick, blisteringly hot read with likable protagonists.  I was glued to the story from beginning to end, and I can’t wait to see what Tessa Bailey comes up with next!

Grade:  B/B+

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Review: Too Hot to Handle by Aleah Barley

 

Title: Too Hot To Handle

Author: Aleah Barley

Publisher:  Entangled

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

She was playing with fire…

Honey Moore has made a pledge: no more stealing cars and no more lusting after Jack Ogden. But when an arsonist torches her house and chases her all over Los Angeles, she’s forced to throw herself on Jack’s mercy. No one will look for a convicted felon in an LAPD detective’s apartment, right?

Jack doesn’t need a woman like Honey in his life. She might be sexy, but trouble follows her everywhere. But it’s hard to walk away from someone who lives at full throttle—and even harder to keep her safe. Now he’ll have to sacrifice everything to protect Honey from the arsonist determined to kill her.

Review:

When I read the blurb for Too Hot To Handle, I was intrigued.  The heroine is a car thief.  That was new for me, and I was eager to see how events played out in the story.  Honey’s love interest is a cop, and I didn’t think I could be convinced that they could put her past indiscretions behind her.  I was wrong.  This is a very fun read, perfect for vacation reading or lounging by the pool.  I hate to keep saying that lately, but during the summer, I do adjust my reading habits to include fluffier fare, because I enjoy escapist reading so much.  While I enjoyed Too Hot To Handle quite a bit, I did have to check my skepticism at the door.

Honey Moore is a reformed car thief.  Kind of.  After serving eighteen months in jail for stealing Jack Ogden’s police car, she decided to turn over a new leaf.  Instead of stealing cars, she fixes them now.  Honey loves working on cars, but when the chance comes to score some easy money by recovering a stolen car, she agrees to find and retrieve billionaire Logan Burrow’s auto.  She quickly regrets the decision after her house is burned down to the ground.  Quickly realizing that someone wants her dead, Honey adds another crime to her portfolio – she breaks into Jack Ogden’s apartment.  She has had a crush on Jack since high school, but realizing that her shady family would ruin his political career, she denied her feelings for him.  Except that she couldn’t stop thinking about him, leading to harmless pranks and the not so harmless car theft that left her a convicted felon. 

When Jack finds Honey hiding out in his apartment, he isn’t amused, but he can’t deny the attraction that still simmers between them.  Another attempt on Honey’s life kicks him into protector mode, and soon they are both flirting with danger, as well as with each other.  If Jack doesn’t come clean with his involvement with Honey, he can ruin his career, which is already on shaky ground because of his temper.  Now that Honey is back in his life, he will do anything to keep her there.

I thought this was a humorous and fast-paced read.  I loved the tension between Jack and Honey.  Jack has no reason to trust her, given her long list of crimes, and he is still baffled by her sudden rejection when they were in high school.  I understood his confusion, and I even forgave him for jumping to the wrong conclusions about Honey’s actions.  She has never been straight up with him, and with her history, it’s easy to believe that Jack would have some reservations about trusting her.  Honey is so used to defending her family, which by her own admission is full of criminals, that she doesn’t think that she is good enough for Jack.  His parents are prominent and socially influential people,  and Honey doesn’t fit in well with them.

The ending is a bit too neat, with all of the loose ends tied into a pretty bow, and that is my one gripe with the story.  Honey’s circumstances change dramatically, and I thought that it would have been more interesting if they hadn’t.  Not only does she score the love of her life, she also finds a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I kind of wish that she hadn’t, though I am certain she loved letting Jack’s nosy mother know about the change in her social status.

Grade: B

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